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OCBC dinner to feature Wall Street Journal columnist Peggy Noonan

The former Reagan White House staffer will address the need to break down barriers to economic growth.

By OC METRO staffPublished: February 02, 2011 09:57 AM

More than 700 professionals and community leaders from across the region on Thursday are expected to attend the Orange County Business Council’s annual dinner, themed “Turning Red Tape into Red Carpet” and featuring Wall Street Journal columnist and former Reagan White House staffer Peggy Noonan as the keynote speaker.

The evening’s program will focus on the importance of government and the business community to work together toward the common goal of economic recovery and sustainability. In her address, Noonan will connect her experience at the federal level with California’s need to break down barriers to economic growth

Noonan has penned eight books on American politics, history and culture, and she frequently appears on television as an expert on politics. Her writings have been described by Forbes magazine as “principled, perceptive and patriotic.”

She gained a keen understanding of politics and the machinations of government, having worked as a special assistant to President Ronald Reagan from 1984 to 1986. And during Vice President George H.W. Bush’s run for the presidency in 1988, she served as his chief speechwriter.

Prior to that, Noonan worked as a producer at CBS News in New York and as an adjunct professor of journalism at New York University.

“When you’ve got a keynote like Peggy Noonan from the Wall Street Journal coming to town, that’s gotten a lot of buzz and some very good response, in addition, obviously, to celebrating our local agencies that are trying to do the right thing,” said Orange County Business Council President and CEO Lucy Dunn.

For more information, visit ocbc.org.

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