Perhaps the German farmers and vintners who settled near the Santa Ana River in 1857 were homesick. Or maybe it was because they finally found a place in the New World to put down roots. Either way, the city of Anaheim (JOBS), derives part of its name, heim, from the German word for home.
So what's home like today? Today's Anaheim, which is part of the larger Los Angeles metropolitan area, has a population 328,014 and is renown as a center for business and leisure. And with more than $1 billion in city assets it is one of the richest cities in North America.
And what is there to do in one of the richest cities in North America? Pretty much anything you can think of!
Youngsters, and the young-at-heart, can head to one of the world's most famous theme parks, Disneyland, first opened by Walt Disney in 1955. Rides of a different flavor can be had at nearby Knott's Berry Farm in Buena Park.
Sports fans should get ready to root on the home team because Anaheim has two! Grab a 'dog (and a seat) at Angel Stadium of Anaheim for a MLB Angels of Anaheim ballgame. Or, if hockey is more your game – despite living in sunny California – there's the Anaheim Ducks.
Music aficionados will want to check out Anaheim's 650,000 square foot (60,385 square meter) Honda Center, which hosts concerts and family oriented shows. Concerts can also be seen at the House of Blues and the Grove of Anaheim.
If you're always looking for a reason to celebrate, Anaheim has plenty of them. Festivals include Cinco de Mayo (which celebrates the defeat of French troops at the Battle of Puebla in 1862), the Greek Festival in May, and a variety of arts festivals. And in December, there's the Anaheim Nutcracker Festival, which helps bring out the seasonal cheer in sunny California.
But if the noisy roller coasters, screaming sports fans, loud music, and raucous festivals start getting to you, respite can be found in nearby Featherly and Yorba Regional Parks – both of which have been described as being perfect "urban getaways."
As sprawling as Los Angeles is, so are the number of biotech, pharma, and medical device companies you can find there. The six-county region of Greater Los Angeles is home to about 900 life science companies. Near Anaheim, in the cities of Orange, Tustin and Irvine, you will find Ista Pharmaceuticals, Stason Pharmaceuticals, Spectrum Pharmaceuticals Inc., Zymo Research Corporation, Irvine Pharmaceutical Services, Inc., Peregrine Pharmaceuticals Inc., Cortex Pharmaceuticals, ISTA Pharmaceuticals, Inc., and Allergan Inc.
Closer to the city of Los Angeles you will find Amgen and Catalyst Pharmaceutical Research. In the Inland Empire you can find Watson Pharmaceuticals and KC Pharmaceuticals Inc.
The Southern California Biomedical Council also known as SoCalBio is the trade association of the life-science industry in Greater Los Angeles. The mission of SoCalBio is to represent and promote medical device and biotechnology industry in Los Angeles and Orange Counties, and the Inland Empire and Gold Coast.
For more information about opportunities in Los Angeles, visit the Biotech Beach™ Hotbed community which highlights the biotech, pharmaceutical, medical device industries in the area and keeps its audience abreast with the latest information about industry news and events throughout the region.
Check out job opportunities by visiting the BioSpace Career Center. Here you will find the life sciences most premier career events which showcase an array of local employers. At the Career Center homepage you can even check out video to see what the career fair experience is like and hear what job seekers and employers have to say.
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