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CITY OF ANAHEIM AWARDED FOR ‘TURNING RED TAPE INTO RED CARPET’
ANAHEIM, Calif. (November 24, 2014) The Orange County Business Council announced the winners of the 4th Annual Turning Red Tape into Red Carpet awards with the City of Anaheim garnering two recognitions at a reception at the Irvine Marriot on Sunday night. The awards program was developed to recognize leaders, policies, and programs in local government that eliminate barriers in economic growth and private sector jobs creation.
Anaheim received “The Award for Public-Private Partnership” for the establishment of the “the World Class Partnership” process. With its long history of completing large-scale construction projects to facilitate the millions of people that travel to and from the area, Anaheim developed this process to improve quality and efficiency to avoid re-occurring themes that negatively impacted the success of such projects. The process was applied to the $76 million Gene Autry Way Overpass Project in 2011 and is currently being used for the completion of ARTIC and the Anaheim Convention Center expansion. It has resulted in over $24 million in savings for taxpayers on its first project alone.
For its outstanding leadership, the Anaheim Police Department also received the “Leadership Award.” In the face of civil unrest, the Police Department showed strength and unwavering leadership to keep residents safe. The department has also taken great strides to address the significant homeless population with its “Homeless Outreach Program,” which was designed to solve the problem head on by addressing the underlying issues of homelessness. Through this program, the department works with Orange County public agencies to provide mental health care, transportation, shelter, and other assistance. The program resulted in getting 215 of the 461 homeless individuals they contacted off the street, and calls regarding homeless-related incidents dropped 13 percent from the previous year.
The City of Anaheim welcomes input in how the City can cut red tape so programs and businesses can thrive. In his first State of the City address in January 2011 Anaheim Mayor Tom Tait announced the creation of the Anaheim Regulatory Relief Task Force. The task force, made up of innovators, business leaders and City staff, was asked to comprehensively review Anaheim’s regulatory environment and make recommendations on ways to reduce red-tape and regulation for area businesses. For more information please visit www.anaheim.net/regrelief.
To learn more about the City of Anaheim, please visit www.anaheim.net.
ABOUT ANAHEIM –The City of Anaheim, founded in 1857, is one of the nation’s premier municipalities and is one of California’s most populous cities. Anaheim covers 50 square miles with more than 346,000 residents and more than 2,900 City employees. The municipal corporation’s annual budget is $1.6 billion. Anaheim supports a thriving business community with companies such as Carl Karcher Enterprises, Inc., L-3 Communications, Pacific Sunwear, and Disneyland Resort. Successful sports franchises call Anaheim home, including Angels Baseball, Anaheim Ducks, the U.S. Men’s National Volleyball Team, and the 2012 Olympic Games Silver Medal winning U.S. Women’s National Volleyball Team. Anaheim also boasts world-class meeting and entertainment venues with the Anaheim Convention Center, LEED-certified and the largest on the west coast, Honda Center, City National Grove of Anaheim, Anaheim GardenWalk, and Angel Stadium of Anaheim. In addition, Anaheim embraces its vibrant cultural arts community, including the world-renowned Anaheim Ballet. Annually, Anaheim welcomes millions of visitors to the city, truly making it where the world comes to live, work and play. For more information, please visit www.anaheim.net.