Orange County Business Journal

OCBJ SPECIAL REPORTS

Banks, Thrift Expand Orange County Deposits by 8%

43 Combine for $84.1 Billion, Mirroring Year-Earlier Rise

Commercial banks in Orange County continued to grow local deposits, notching another 8% increase over the year through June for a total of $84.1 billion.

Platinum Triangle Preps for 2nd Act of Development

Office, For-Sale Projects Eyed Alongside More Apartments

The development of the Platinum Triangle area in Anaheim is entering its second decade, and the 820-acre swath of land around Angel Stadium remains poised to be a hub of apartment construction.

Irvine Land Deals Top $100M, Usher in New Plans

Offices Could Join 1,600 Planned Apartments

Nearly 30 acres along a busy stretch of Jamboree Road in Irvine have sold over the past few weeks or are expected to soon, with plans for apartment and office development expected to start on the sites.

Office Market Moves Up in Fourth Quarter

The Orange County office market, building on an already-successful 2014, is gaining momentum through the turn of the year.

Industrial Market Clients Scrounge for Space in Q4

The Orange County industrial market was tight throughout most of 2014, a sign that the region is in need of a significant amount of new construction and development projects on top of its current 253 million or so square feet.

Q&A

The Business Journal’s Jane Yu asked local law firms whether the pace of associate hires has picked up in recent years after a long slowdown hiring in the industry following the recession. Yu also asked attorneys how they’re grooming young talent for their firms’ future leadership. Here are edited excerpts of their responses:

Legal Pros Focus on Fine Arts, Plan UCI Collaboration

Attorneys Work With UCI Program to Boost Fine Arts

Put together a few attorneys sharing a passion for the arts and a local university that fosters artistic talent, throw in some creative thinking and readiness to provide support, and you’ll get Off-Center, a collective launched by a committee of local lawyers and educators in concert with University of California-Irvine’s art department.

Law Firms Add Attorneys After Two Years of Cuts

Headcount Up 3.2%; More Make List Due to Growth

The biggest law firms in Orange County grew their workforces in 2014, breaking a two-year streak of cuts in attorney headcount.

Q&A

Meetings and conventions venues, which host many events that involve guests eating and drinking, typically experience trends taking place at restaurants in the community, and Orange County is no exception. Local operators observed some similar patterns last year and expect many in common this year. The Business Journal’s Paul Hughes asked a sampling of venue executives about significant food and beverage trends and how the hospitality industry is responding to them in the meetings business arena. Here are edited excerpts of their responses.

How to Mind the Gaps: Teamwork, Planning, Creativity

Hotels Reach Beyond Big Groups to Meet Needs

Going “dark” in the meetings and conventions business is a bad thing.

Local Meetings Clients Won With Shoe Leather, Pizazz

Venues Get Creative, Find Niches to Home in On

Out-of-town groups that book rooms, meeting space, food and beverage, and an interesting evening event or two spend more than 80% of dollars spent on meetings in Orange County.

Hotels Add Little Space, Numerically and Spatially

Up 1.3% As More Small Rooms Meet New Demand

Orange County hotels added little meeting space last year, but what they did bring online came creatively in a market where occupancy and room rates are growing.

Toastmasters Takes on Speakers’ Fears From Historic Home in OC

Nearly three-quarters of the U.S. adult population—74% to be exact—fears the idea of speaking in public, according to a 2013 National Institutes of Health survey.

Q&A

The Business Journal’s Jane Yu asked local bankers to discuss their and their clients’ thoughts on how to manage operations in a changing interest rate environment, where rates are expected to rise. Here are edited excerpts of their responses:

Banks Post Biggest Jump in Assets Since Predownturn

23 Together See 35% Rise To $18.5 Billion In Year

Orange County-based commercial banks have notched the biggest year-over-year asset growth in the ongoing economic recovery and even since the few years prior to the recession.