Orange County Business Journal


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Q&A - Strong Economy?

Orange County’s economy has largely strengthened over the past few years of continued post-recession recovery.

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Bank Deposits Rise Sharply After 3 Slow-Growth Years

Majority of Banks With OC Presence Post Gains

Commercial banks in Orange County grew local deposits by nearly 8% last year after three straight years of gains averaging 2.6% a year.

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Change Is Constant for County’s Infill Developers

Shea, Sares-Regis Shift With Market, Changing Tastes

There’s no such thing as a slam dunk or a straight shot when it comes to infill redevelopment projects.

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Irvine Business Complex Continues Apartments Trend

Plans Represent Most Development There in Years

The one-time homes of churches, dietary supplement manufacturers, clean-energy companies, and a host of other office tenants in Irvine are on the fast track to being turned into apartment sites in the latest burst of development activity at the Irvine Business Complex.

Office Rents Up as Negative Absorption Returns


The Orange County office market continued to make steady progress during the fourth quarter, despite some lingering headwinds.

County’s Industrial Vacancy Near Record Low


The downward trend of Orange County industrial vacancy rates continued throughout the fourth quarter.

Retail Market Ends 2013 on Healthy Note


The Orange County retail market ended 2013 with improving market fundamentals as tenant demand and overall activity increased.

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Santa Ana’s Intellectual Property

Federal Courthouse, Bench Raise Profile on Patent Law

Orange County’s federal district judges have been a key to the emergence of Santa Ana as a venue of choice for patent litigation among lawyers throughout the U.S.

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Q&A - Law Firms

The legal industry is in constant flux due to changing laws and shifting trends in the business of running law firms and in educating lawyers.

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Firm Expects Business Boost From Healthcare Reform

Boutwell Fay Specializes In Employee Benefits Law

Legal work related to healthcare reform has been taking up a growing share of business at Boutwell Fay LLP, an employee-benefits specialist whose partners said they expect the trend to strengthen through 2014 as various parts of the Affordable Care Act take effect.

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Firms Continue Attorney Cutbacks, Combine for 2% Dip

30 of Largest Firms Trim Their Orange County Ranks

Orange County’s largest law firms trimmed their workforces last year, marking the second straight year of modest cuts in the number of lawyers here. Includes the 2014 OC's LARGEST LAW FIRMS list for download (pdf)

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Visitor Bureau Head Builds Staff to Build Business

Prepares for New Hotels, Convention Center Growth

Jay Burress is just shy of a year on the job heading up the Anaheim/Orange County Visitor & Convention Bureau, but he’s already made a splash with a retool of its sales force.

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Q&A - Executives Talk Technology

Technology continues to change and improve, and everyone from meeting planners to hoteliers to destination marketing organizations is taking advantage of it to remain competitive, retain existing clients, or book new groups.

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Irvine’s Hotel Pipeline Fills Up in New Year

Its Hotel Room Count Could Grow By About 25%

A hotel development push in Irvine is under way as the city aims to grab a larger slice of Orange County’s business and tourism travel.

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Hoteliers, Meeting Venues Regain Advantage in Upturn

Hold More Leverage in Negotiations on Rates

The outlook for the hotel and meetings business continues to shine bright into the new year. Includes the 2014 OC's HOTEL MEETING ROOM SPACE list for download (pdf)