OCBJ SPECIAL REPORTS
Chance for Independence, Creativity Part of Appeal
Sunny winters aren’t the only draw for financial industry professionals to move to Orange County from Wall Street and other finance centers on the East Coast.
Reps Jump 3.4%, Overall Staff Down 5% at Top 23
Orange County’s financial advisory firms combined to deepen the pool of registered advisers here while reducing the size of their overall employment bases.
Expanding Local Plants, Adding Training Facilities
Manufacturing in Orange County is in growth mode, with many local companies—those that have weathered the recession and managed to notch consistent business gains—making investments in facility expansions and upgrading their training resources.
Recovery Growth, Offshore Jobs Return, Spur Hunt
Manufacturing companies and industry organizations are aggressively searching for young talent, with schools and businesses coming together to showcase advanced technologies and provide opportunities for hands-on work experience.
Trend Comes With Economic Recovery
Enrollment in master of business administration programs serving Orange County fell 11% over the past year while the number of graduations was up at some schools.
Research Meets Real Life In Industry Applications
The ivory tower is lowering the drawbridge as Orange County’s college campuses more directly connect their research and education efforts with business concerns.
EDUCATION: Research, Charity, Social Change Programs Up
Some of the smaller colleges and universities in Orange County are increasing nonprofit work, ranging from research and study—already within the scope of a school—to local charitable efforts and global social change.
Further Integrate ‘Practice Ready’ Trend in Training
The “practice-ready” trend in law schools that began taking shape locally last year heated up this summer when the American Bar Association House of Delegates revised its Standard 303 to increase the number of credit hours.
Firms Benefit From Brighter Economy’s Boost to Clients
Orange County’s top insurance brokers picked up the pace in growing their revenues last year, benefiting in part from a generally improved economy that helped boost business prospects for their clients.
Says Unique Identity Makes It Stand Out From Crowd
Stantec Consulting Services Inc. was able to put its best foot forward when competing for business this year, thanks to a major rebranding effort initiated by its parent, Stantec Inc. in Edmonton, Canada.
Rome & Associates Built On Telecommunications Work
Jeffrey Rome never thought when he got his degree in architecture that he’d spend most of his time designing wireless networks. Now, some 24 years later, 90% of billings at his Jeffrey Rome & Associates Inc. firm come from projects for major telecommunications companies such as AT&T, Crown Castle International Corp. and Verizon.
Combine For 1% Jump To $417 Million Locally
Orange County’s architecture firms combined for a 1.6% increase in local billings, modest growth after last year’s 13% surge.
39 Bring in $2.8 Billion In OC-Generated Billings
The top engineering firms with headquarters or significant operations in Orange County ended a three-year streak of gains with a 1.5% drop in local billings during the 12-month period ending June 30.
Driver Urban’s Revenue Jumped 25,402% to $131.3M
Driver Urban had three things working for it in 2012 when it spun off from a large construction company—it entered the marketplace at the right time, at the right price, and with the right expertise.
Alternative Lender Translates Conditions Into 2,236% Revenue Jump
Growth for Quick Bridge Funding LLC was fast but not too fast.