Community Investment Division serves as the administrative support to the Orange County Development Board (OCDB) and is primarily responsible for administering programs and activities of the Workforce Innovation and Opportunity Act (WIOA) in Orange County. The WIOA assists individuals who are employed, unemployed and underemployed, to increase their self-sufficiency and/or improve their ability to meet the demands of Orange County businesses and employers. Through WIOA, Community Investment Division seeks to meet the needs of businesses and employers by offering programs that focus on offering services that focus on recruiting, training and retraining valued employees.
The OCDB also serves as the county's Comprehensive Economic Development Strategy (CEDS) committee. The committee is responsible for a five-year plan for lowering unemployment, reducing poverty, and sustainable growth in our communities through strategic planning for economic development county-wide. The Plan is developed under guidance from US Economic Development Administration and is offered as a planning tool for community and economic development projects, as well as being a prerequisite EDA funding of those projects approved by the CEDS committee.
Community Investment Division administers various grant-funded programs. The Domestic Violence Program serves victims of domestic violence and their children in need of shelter. The Dispute Resolution Program serves individuals seeking mediation as an alternative to litigation.
Carma Lacy, Director of Workforce Development
Community Investment Division
(714) 834-7132 Fax
May 29, 2020
COUNTY OF ORANGE LAUNCHES BACK2BUSINESS INITIATIVE TO HELP SMALL BUSINESSES MEET SOCIAL DISTANCING GUIDELINES
SANTA ANA, Calif.(May 22, 2020) – In partnership with 3D Event Designer, the County of Orange is launching the Back2Business Initiative program to help local small businesses impacted by COVID-19 safely reopen by meeting local, state and federal social distancing guidelines.
April 29, 2020
County of Orange Teams Up with Google Fiber
Irvine, Calif.(April 29, 2020) – The County of Orange (County) Community Services Community Investment Division has partnered with Google Fiber and Orange County United Way to provide loaner laptops and hotspots in an effort to increase access to workforce development programs and services offered through the Irvine One-Stop Center during this critical period.
March 31, 2020
OCCS Workforce & Business Services Economic & Business Recovery (Available in English, Spanish, Vietnamese, Korean) Santa Ana, Calif. (March 31, 2020) - This document is to help provide guidance and support for Orange County businesses and individuals affected by the novel coronavirus (COVID-19). (
View PDF )
March 24, 2020
OCCS Workforce & Business Services Economic & Business Recovery Santa Ana, Calif. (March 24, 2020) - Like much of the world, we are watching the Novel Coronavirus (COVID-19) progress. This document is to help provide guidance and support for Orange County businesses and individuals affected. (
View PDF )
Making Orange County a safe, healthy, and fulfilling place to live, work, and play, today and for generations to come, by providing outstanding, cost-effective regional public services.
You Are Now Leaving the County of Orange Official Portal