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Hotels Hold Ground on Meetings, Prepare for Better Conditions Ahead

Occupancy gains expected, rates seen moving up some

ABOUT THE LIST - The area’s 50 largest hotels reported a 1% increase in meeting space, relatively unchanged from last year. Includes the 2011 OC's LARGEST HOTEL MEETING ROOMS List for download (pdf)

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Nonprofits See Revenue Bump on Downturn Priorities

GIVING: Arts, education take back seat to more dire needs

ABOUT THE LIST: Some local nonprofits are seeing a dip in donations as the county's givers shift their priorities to groups with more immediate needs. Includes the 2010 OC's LARGEST NONPROFITS List for download (pdf)

Big Employers Lagging County’s Jobs Rebound

ECONOMY: 50 big employers down 1.6%, less after adjustments

ABOUT THE LIST: Total jobs declined at OC’s largest employers in the past year, lagging recent gains countywide. Includes the 2010 OC's LARGEST EMPLOYERS List for download (pdf)

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Contract Electronics Employment Steady

TECHNOLOGY: Jobs rise at many; one sends work to China

ABOUT THE LIST: Local employment for contract electronics firms has stabilized in the past year. Includes the 2010 OC CONTRACT ELECTRONICS MAKERS List for download (pdf)

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Chipmakers Hire on Rebound

TECHNOLOGY: Big boost in demand, 7% rise in local hires

ABOUT THE LIST: The county’s biggest chipmakers have been hiring amid a recovering semiconductor industry. Includes the 2010 OC CHIPMAKERS List for download (pdf)

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Brokers Post Revenue Decline, Hold Steady on Employment

Sale of Aon Auto Unit Drags on Totals; Benefits Broker Hirings Offer Sign of Improvement

ABOUT THE LIST: The county’s insurance brokers saw a drop in revenue for the second year in a row. Includes the 2010 OC INSURANCE BROKERS List for download (pdf)

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Fast-Growing Privates: $12B in Sales, Growth of 23%

Recession Takes Toll on Group’s Size, Two-Year Growth Rate; Survivors Defy Downturn

ABOUT THE LIST: A list of 69 companies with strong two-year growth. Includes the 2010 OC FAST-GROWING PRIVATE COS List for download (pdf)

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AT&T, Verizon Lead Local Telecom Employment Cuts

TECHNOLOGY: About 1,000 local jobs cut in past 12 months

ABOUT THE LIST: OC’s telecommunications companies cut jobs in the last year. Includes the 2010 OC TELECOMMUNICATIONS COS List for download (pdf)

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Private Foundations Kept Up Giving Despite Drop in Assets

GIVING: OC’s wealthiest up donations in trying times

ABOUT THE LIST: OC’s private foundations held their giving steady. Includes the 2010 OC PRIVATE FOUNDATIONS List for download (pdf)

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Corporate Foundations Reduced Giving 13% in 2009

GIVING: Assets grew 7% as programs waited out downturn

ABOUT THE LIST: Local corporate foundations decreased their giving but assets went up. Includes the 2010 OC CORPORATE GIVING List for download (pdf)

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Engineering Cos.’ Billings Fell 8%, Second Year of Decline

ABOUT THE LIST: The county’s engineering companies saw a decline in local billings for the second straight year. Includes the 2010 OC ENGINEERING COMPANIES List for download (pdf)

Awaiting Recovery

Top 30 Architecture Firms Saw Second Year of Lower Local Billings as Construction Lags

ABOUT THE LIST - OC’s architecture firms continued to struggle last year and don’t see much changing in the near future. Includes the 2010 OC ARCHITECTURE FIRMS List for download (pdf)

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Accounting for Losses

Accounting Firms Shed 5% of Local Workers in Past Year, Predicting Pickup in Business

ABOUT THE LIST. OC’s biggest accounting firms have shed workers in the past 12 months. Includes the 2010 ACCOUNTING FIRMS List for download (pdf)

Management Companies Continue to Shed Employees

ADVISORY: Top 20 cos. drop 6% of local workers, led by top 2

ABOUT THE LIST. Most of the area’s management consulting companies kept hiring flat or down. Includes the 2010 MANAGEMENT CONSULTING FIRMS List for download (pdf)

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