Orange: A Leading Innovator Last night, the Orange County Business Council recognized the City of Orange as part of its yearly “Turning Red Tape into Red Carpet Awards.” We were honored with a “Leading Innovator” award for our partnership with HomeAid of Orange County in the development of the Orange Family Care Center, which opened last year in the northwest area of Orange. The Orange Family Care Center is a 57-bed shelter, funded entirely through non-profit organizations. The Center is specifically intended to serve homeless families, particularly those with school-age children. Working with HomeAid, Orange City staff were able to greatly reduce the review and permitting time usually required for this type of project, allowing the Center to complete construction and open as quickly as possible. Each year, the Orange County Business Council recognizes organizations for finding new and innovative ways to streamline their development processes and serve the public better. Orange was a nominee in four different award categories this year, and we are very proud to have been recognized for our work on the Orange Family Care Center with HomeAid of Orange County. For more information on the Turning Red Tape into Red Carpet Awards, visit www.ocbc.org/event/2018redcarpet. Pictured, right to left, Orange City Manager Rick Otto, Orange Mayor Pro Tem (and Mayor-Elect) Mark Murphy, Orange Council Member Kim Nichols, Executive Director of HomeAid Scott Larson, and Orange Public Works Director Chris Cash.