Orange County Business Journal

OCBJ SPECIAL REPORTS

Will OC Economy Go From Good to Great?

ECONOMY: Potential for gain; post-recession mindset required

Orange County’s economy looks good as it heads into 2014.

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2014 Preview: TECHNOLOGY

Cloud spending, including services and data center infrastructure, will surge 25% in 2014, topping $100 billion.

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2014 Preview: REAL ESTATE

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.

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2014 Preview: HOTELS & TOURISM

It should be a healthy year for Orange County hotels.

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2014 Preview: HEALTHCARE

Orange County’s 2014 healthcare news is likely to continue to have a hospital flavor as healthcare reform begins its first full year of operation.

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2014 Preview: FINANCE

Banks may face “fiercer” competition in 2014 as an improving economy fuels more business spending.

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2014 Preview: RETAIL & APPAREL

Cool logos on T-shirts helped shape many action-sports companies here—and that’s still big business—but pressures from street and fast-fashion brands will remain hurdles for companies looking to break out of the “core” market and compete globally.

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2014 Preview: RESTAURANTS

Fast casual.

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2014 Preview: MARKETING & MEDIA

Orange County marketers will no doubt continue to increase their focus on digital marketing to connect with consumers who are increasingly tethered to their smartphones.

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2013 Year in Review

New Energy Gets OC Back to Old Normal

Enough of all that talk about a “new normal” in the wake of the recent recession.

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2013 Year In Review: Real Estate

It was a year of construction, home sales and political victories for Emile Haddad, developer of Great Park Neighborhoods in Irvine.

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2013 Year In Review: Healthcare

Our pick of Richard Afable was stoked by the fact that he was starting a new job this year—becoming the initial president and chief executive of Covenant Health Network in Irvine.

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2013 Year In Review: Finance

Steven Sugarman was named chief executive of First PacTrust Bancorp Inc. a year ago, a role he took on with the goal of growing and integrating the thrift company into a commercial bank.

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2013 Year In Review: Retail

The drama surrounding the sale of Irvine-based Billabong USA’s Australian parent dragged on for a couple of years, and perhaps its greatest fallout came with the August departure of former Americas President Paul Naudé.

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2013 Year In Review: Marketing/Media

We placed Irvine-based Specific Media LLC on our watch list last year as it prepared for the official relaunch of the social network Myspace, which the Irvine-based online advertising company bought for $35 million in 2011.