OCBJ SPECIAL REPORTS
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.
The Orange County office market continued to make steady progress during the fourth quarter, despite some lingering headwinds.
The downward trend of Orange County industrial vacancy rates continued throughout the fourth quarter.
The Orange County retail market ended 2013 with improving market fundamentals as tenant demand and overall activity increased.
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.
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.
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.
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)
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.
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.
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.
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)
ECONOMY: Potential for gain; post-recession mindset required
Orange County’s economy looks good as it heads into 2014.
Cloud spending, including services and data center infrastructure, will surge 25% in 2014, topping $100 billion.
Developers involved with converting Orange County’s two big former military bases into commercial projects finally look likely to put the remnants of the last downturn behind them.