OCBJ SPECIAL REPORTS
34 Companies Employed 16,000+ in Orange County
The 34 largest medical device makers in Orange County experienced 2% job growth during the 12 months ended in August, according to the Business Journal’s annual list.
Edwards, Endologix Among Big Gainers on Consultant List
Irvine-based medical device makers Edwards Lifesciences Corp. and Endologix Inc. are vastly different when it comes to revenue and profit, but they both rank among the top 10 hirers in the medical technology field over the past five years, according to a recently released report.
Allergan Leads the Way With 2,400 Local Workers
Irvine-based Allergan Inc. is the runaway leader on the Business Journal’s annual list of drugmakers based in Orange County or with sizable local operations.
Biggest Here Combine For Workforce of 2,728
Local employment growth has evaded Orange County’s largest contract electronics makers for another year, despite a boost in global sales for the industry.
Older Firms Programmed Play for Today’s Innovators
Orange County’s influence in the video game industry traces back decades, from trailblazing studios in the early 1980s to today’s innovators of virtual reality.
Producer Waited 10+ Years To Get Money for Follow-Up
It’s taken Brian Fargo more than a decade to get the band back together for a follow-up release to the smash hit “Wasteland.”
Daughter’s Accounts of Autism Led Pimco Vet, Wife on Journey
What happens when an executive who spent a career trying to stay ahead of where markets might move hears a story that leads him on a different journey?
Education Programs Aim for Neighborhoods
Luis Castillo experienced something entirely new when he was touched by the Summer at the Center program back in 1994.
Savvy, Tech-Smart Gen Y Maps Out Its Own Way
Look who grew up. Generation Y, born roughly between 1980 and 2000 and also known as the Millennials, is leaving its mark on everything it comes into contact with, and that includes philanthropy.
Reagan Proclamation Came After Years of Efforts
On Nov. 14, 1986, President Ronald Reagan took the podium in a room crowded with reporters, photographers, and camera operators, ready to make a proclamation about an event five years in the making.
40 Give $33M Locally Last Year, Down 9.3% From ’12
Private foundations based in Orange County gave $156.2 million overall based on their most recent data compared to $128.7 million a year ago—21.4% higher—but their local giving was down, according to data compiled by the Business Journal.
Foundations, Firms’ Charity Arms Give 3.1% More OC Cash
Total cash giving by 35 corporate foundations and company charitable arms active in Orange County dropped 6.4% from a year ago. But discounting two major, one-time giving efforts in 2012 from the largest giver on that year’s list, Wells Fargo & Co. there was a fractional boost for the year—the fourth straight of positive increases, the Business Journal’s list shows.
The Orange County office market continued its healthy performance in the second quarter, indicating market stabilization and a positive trajectory, with possibly the most significant trend being the current progression of average asking lease rates.
The activity levels for the Orange County industrial market remained healthy in the second quarter, with approximately 2.2 million square feet of gross activity.
“Affiliation” continues to be more than a buzzword in Orange County’s hospital world. The latest affiliation happened this month when St. Joseph Hoag Health and Children’s Hospital of Orange County said they were creating an accountable care organization. CHOC and St. Joseph Hoag Health are going to share in the financial and medical responsibilities of managing and providing care to patients. The institutions said the affiliation’s goals include improving quality, enhancing patients’ experience, and creating “efficiencies through collectively attending to patients’ needs and avoiding unnecessary treatments.”