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Chapman University named Thomas Piechota its first vice president of research, effective Sept. 1.
John Wayne Airport passenger traffic increased about 8% in April compared with the same month last year.
Costa Mesa-based Newlight Technologies LLC, founded to make technology that captures and converts carbon and methane into plastics, received $29.2 million in “Form D” venture funding, according to a regulatory filing Tuesday.
The University of California-Irvine School of Law community is mourning the loss of Rizza Barnes, who died May 21.
Destination Marketers, Others Hunt for Ways to Stand Out
More local cities, marketing groups and hotel companies are using data to decide how to reel in new business.
Orange County is known for drawing visitors from across California and the rest of the country—and from many points around the world. Less attention goes to day-trippers, or those who come to Orange County without staying overnight, yet make a significant contribution to the tourism industry. The Business Journal’s Paul Hughes asked some local tourism and hotel executives about the value of what turns out to be a big segment of their business, and how they work to attract day-trippers to the county. Here are edited excerpts of their responses:
HOSPITALITY: Great Wolf raises top 50 to 21,508 rooms
There have been a few changes on a list that rarely sees them.
HEALTHCARE: Combo to make both more competitive
It’s not yet clear how Abbott Laboratories’ pending $25 billion buy of St. Jude Medical Inc. will impact the latter’s Orange County operations.
Pacific Hospitality Walks Line Between Resorts and Chains
This week’s opening of Paséa Hotel & Spa in Huntington Beach marks the seventh high-end property out of 10 in owner-operator Pacific Hospitality Group’s stable.
Apex Parks Group LLC in Aliso Viejo bought Martin’s Fantasy Island theme park in Grand Island, N.Y., on undisclosed terms.
CandyBAR Delivers Images to Mobile Devices
Irvine-based Candy Lab, which has developed an augmented reality product intended to help businesses attract consumers, is one of eight companies selected by the Plug and Play Tech Center in Sunnyvale to pitch to venture capitalists, angel investors, and government officials in China.
Will Be Interviewed By Another Company Veteran
David Pyott, retired chief executive and chairman of Allergan Inc., now Allergan PLC, will be the headliner next month at the annual Ophthalmology Technology Summit put on by OCTANe, an Aliso Viejo-based booster group for life sciences and other forms of technology.
Event Showcased SoCal, Vietnam-Based Designers
Viet Fashion Week, showcasing designers of Vietnamese heritage, was held over the weekend outside the Westminster Mall.
University of California-Irvine’s Gavin Herbert Eye Institute received a $2 million gift from the Discovery Eye Foundation in Los Angeles.