August 2020 – “Envision Your City” Map Reveals OC as a Tapestry of Communities

August 31, 2020
We spotlight current news and resources that help connect our communities, with the common goal of creating a thriving Orange County for all. Read on to learn about new tools being launched to showcase the county, its educational institutions, and helpful tips for your career, enterprise, and lifestyle.

Free data training provided by top OC company, Alteryx

August 6, 2020
The Alliance for SoCal Innovation works closely with a number of leading corporations in the SoCal region, such as data analytics company Alteryx, who are aligned and committed to elevate the region as a global center for innovation and entrepreneurship. In response to a data analyst shortage and massive disruption in general employment due to the pandemic, Alteryx launched their ADAPT program, which offers free data training to thousands of workers globally as part of a broader initiative to expand data literacy and upskill workers adversely impacted by the COVID-19 crisis.

UCI to launch innovative School of Pharmacy and Pharmaceutical Sciences

August 4, 2020
As part of a prescription to reshape 21st-century healthcare, the University of California, Irvine announced the establishment of the School of Pharmacy and Pharmaceutical Sciences, the first public pharmacy school in the Los Angeles-Orange County region, which will bring new solutions to advance health and wellness for the community

Alteryx CEO Presses Ahead During Crisis

June 25, 2020
CEO Dean Stoecker’s belief in the power of Alteryx Inc.’s value, and its desire to help those impacted is showcased by their offering of free data training to thousands of unemployed workers, to upskill them on data analytics. Their ADAPT program, which stands for "Advancing Data and Analytics Potential Together", is meant to get these professionals back on their feet as quickly as possible. The company's cross-town move in Irvine, and with OC being an ideal location for an underlying pool of talent, sees the coronavirus pandemic as a wake-up call for business executives to embrace data analytics.

Facebook Acquires The Order: 1886 Developer Ready at Dawn

June 23, 2020
Game Developer Ready at Dawn, whose behind titles such as The Order:1886 and Lone Echo, has been acquired by Facebook, and will operate under Facebook's Oculus Studios banner. According to Oculus, Ready at Dawn caught the attention of Facebook with its 2017 VR hit Lone Echo and its redefined VR movement mechanic. In 2003, Ru Weerasuriya co-founded Ready At Dawn Studios in Irvine, California, and helped build the company to become one of the leading developers in the world today. Oculus VR, which also originated from Irvine, has grown over the years with VR developers and talent from over the world, and expanded the VR footprint within Orange County.

June 2020 – Working For a Better Future in Orange County

June 23, 2020
Welcome to the first edition of our EnvisionOC Newsletter. As we aim beyond economic recovery in establishing Orange County as a top-tier hub for innovation, promoting a connected business ecosystem and attracting and retaining top talent in our workforce are paramount. To that end, EnvisionOC was launched to help showcase the breadth of career, enterprise and lifestyle opportunities offered.

It’s Official: Skyworks HQ Now in Irvine

May 18, 2020
Chipmaker Skyworks Solutions Inc. has changed its headquarters to Irvine from suburban Boston. The company employs some 450 people at UCI Research Park, and has become the third-largest publicly traded company with headquarters in Orange County. The COVID-19 pandemic weighed on the company’s most recent financial results, increasing the company's employability factor, and providing more opportunity to OC growing talent base. OC’s vibrant and growing community of technical professionals supports the continued expansion of Skyworks’ highly talented workforce. Irvine is also home to the Skyworks’s design center for custom and standard analog and mixed signal semiconductors.