Orange County's economy is booming and its life style hard to beat, but business executives agree that prosperity has its price.
Traffic congestion tops their list of concerns, followed by sky-high housing prices and a tight labor market.
That's the assessment of the 562 Orange County business leaders who participated in an executive outlook survey conducted for The Times by Mark Baldassare & Associates of Irvine.
Completed in April and supplemented with more than 50 follow-up interviews, the survey is the most extensive poll of its kind ever conducted in Orange County.
As they enjoy the benefits of a growing economy, executives here are generally upbeat. Most believe that their businesses will continue to prosper, and a majority plan to expand their Orange County operations.