Compiled by Mary Ann Galante, Times Staff Writer

Hill and Knowlton has set up shop in the county.

The New York-based public relations firm has moved into new quarters in Newport Beach's MacArthur Court. Six staffers are there to start, but the office anticipates growing to 10 within the next year, said Bill Ott, a vice president.

"It's a rapidly expanding area with lots of business," Ott said. "And we have a real strong client base to begin with."

So far, that client roster includes Mazda Motor Corp., Alpha Microsystems, Carl Karcher Enterprises, Covington Technologies, PacifiCare, Archive and Alleran.

Gary Odegard, a 38-year-old vice president with H&K;, manages the office.

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