Posts By: Donovan Lazaro

San Jose Finishes Year with Record-Low Unemployment

January 28, 2019 by Donovan Lazaro | Blog

  The unemployment rate for the City of San José dropped to a historically low in 2018, finishing the year at 2.5% after hitting an all-time low of 2.3% in May. The high demand for workers continued to draw sidelined workers into the market and new housing complet…

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Cities and Community Leaders Gather in San Jose to Celebrate Bay Area Manufacturing

November 21, 2018 by Donovan Lazaro | Blog

On November 9th, cities, business groups, and nonprofits from around the Bay Area gathered in San Jose to celebrate urban manufacturing at the third annual Bay Area Urban Manufacturing Summit. The event highlighted changes that are happening in the sector across the reg…

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The Man Who Brought Olympus to San Jose

September 28, 2018 by Donovan Lazaro | Blog

Sitting in his office, Eddie Garces reflects on Olympus’ move to North San Jose 40 years ago. “When I first came out here there were orchards all over the place,” he says. “Coming from New York City it was quite the contrast. When we would give directions to vis…

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Manufacturing Week 2018 in San Jose

September 24, 2018 by Donovan Lazaro | Blog

In a collaboration with East Side Union High School District and the Silicon Valley Organization (SVO), the San Jose Office of Economic Development is excited to announce the return of San Jose Manufacturing Week. During the week of October 1-5, more than 600 East Side …

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San Jose Hosts MFG DAY events with area students and manufacturers, Oct. 1-5

September 21, 2018 by Donovan Lazaro | Blog

In a collaboration with East Side Union High School District and the Silicon Valley Organization (SVO), the San Jose Office of Economic Development is excited to announce the return of San Jose Manufacturing Week. During the week of October 1-5, more than 600 East Side …

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Silicon Valley Manufacturing Roundtable meets Manufacture: San Jose

August 23, 2018 by Donovan Lazaro | Blog

Take a second-generation San Jose tool manufacturer. Add in a tech-entrepreneur-turned-whiskey-distiller. Throw in a medical-equipment maker. Include a Stanford lecturer. That’s the recipe for last month’s installment of the Silicon Valley Manufacturing Roundtable, …

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$70 Million in funds available for Cal Competes Tax Credit

July 31, 2018 by Donovan Lazaro | Blog

The California Governor’s Office of Business and Economic Development (GO-Biz) is now accepting applications for the California Competes Tax Credit program. $70 million in tax credit funds are available during application periods in 2018 and 2019. The incentive progra…

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City Council Pays Tribute Longtime San Jose Manufacturing Leader

June 26, 2018 by Donovan Lazaro | Blog

On June 19, the San Jose City Council paid homage to Don Mountz, founder of Mountz, Inc. a legendary manufacturer and distributor of precision torque and fastener tools used around the globe. The Council adjourned its meeting in honor of Mountz, who died this January at…

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NSJ Startup Farmecology Seeks to Redefine Urban Farming

June 7, 2018 by Donovan Lazaro | Blog

Step into the spacious headquarters of San Jose startup Farmecology, and the first thing you notice are the glowing racks. But at this startup, they’re not filled with servers. Instead, delicate microgreens – kale, arugula, and specialty lettuces — thrive unde…

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FlexFactor:  Faith in the Future for San Jose

June 5, 2018 by Donovan Lazaro | Blog

Guest Blogpost by Emily McGrath, Deputy Director of Workforce Development, NextFlex  This June, NextFlex—an advanced manufacturing institute based in San Jose—completed the second year of FlexFactor, its flagship workforce development program. A collaborative t…

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San Jose Economy Remains Red Hot

May 25, 2018 by Donovan Lazaro | Blog

Business Insider has once again named San Jose the #1 economy of the top 40 metro areas in the US. In 2016 (the most recent year data is available), GDP growth in the San Jose metro area grew at a faster clip than all other metros nationwide, increasing 6.9 percent year…

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Wrike Brings its Momentum Back to Downtown San Jose

April 23, 2018 by Donovan Lazaro | Blog

On April 18, Wrike celebrated the grand opening of its new global headquarters in Downtown San Jose. A global leader in online project management, the 11-year old company now boasts more than 15,000 customers and one million active users, with  500+ employees across it…

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Hardware is Making a Comeback

March 23, 2018 by Donovan Lazaro | Blog

HardwareCon is Coming to San Jose and the takeaway is: Hardware is Making a Comeback Greg Fisher has spent his career working in hardware. As the Co-Founder and CEO of Berkeley Sourcing Group, Greg has consulted with more than 900 hardware startups to develop market-re…

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December 22, 2017 by Donovan Lazaro | Blog

On Thursday, December 14, the City of San Jose hosted 2017’s final Silicon Valley Manufacturing Roundtable. Executives and business owners from prominent San Jose manufacturing companies attended, representing companies ranging in size from 50 to 1600 employees. T…

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FlexFactor Finals Showcase Student Innovation

December 21, 2017 by Donovan Lazaro | Blog

On December 7th I had the pleasure of being a panel judge for the inaugural FlexFactor Finals. An initiative spun out of the NextFlex advanced manufacturing institute in North San Jose, FlexFactor is a month-long program that exposes high school students to the world of…

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June 20, 2017 by Donovan Lazaro | Blog

Earlier this month I sat on a panel for FlexFactor at Willow Glen High School. A class of about 30 AP Biology students broken up into small teams gave “Shark Tank” style pitches about devices and products they designed, utilizing flexible circuit technology. Applica…

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Boutique Urban Gym opens in historic Downtown building

June 16, 2017 by Donovan Lazaro | Blog

When you see the rows of treadmills and gym equipment in the window of the historic Sperry Flour building on North 3rd Street, do not mistake what you are seeing for run-of-the-mill heath club. Indeed, there are people on stair climbers and squatting with barbells as in…

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Woman-Owned Naprotek Is Electronics Manufacturing Success Story

December 22, 2016 by Donovan Lazaro | Blog

  The Bay Area has long been the epicenter for advanced electronics manufacturing. Predominantly concentrated in the San Jose metro, the industry is buoyed through its proximity to both incumbent and up-and-coming hardware companies, decades of intellectual capital…

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SVMR panel: Manufacturing training available, but where are the students?

December 13, 2016 by Donovan Lazaro | Blog

Last week OED hosted Silicon Valley Manufacturing Roundtable 2016. One of the panels was planned to highlight the need of Silicon Valley companies for trained manufacturing workers . The panel consisted of Michael Chissell, who runs training programs for San Jose-base…

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San Jose is Key to Bay Area’s Manufacturing Ecosystem

December 2, 2016 by Donovan Lazaro | Blog

It is unusual for the mayors of the Bay Area’s four largest cities to appear together publicly. However, On November 17, San Jose’s Mayor Liccardo was joined by his counterparts from San Francisco, Oakland, and Fremont to support local manufacturing at the Inaugur…

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High-Tech-Employees Turned Artisinal – The Wood Connection Hand-Crafts Custom Cabinets in San Jose

November 14, 2016 by Donovan Lazaro | Blog

  The perception of Silicon Valley is tech, tech and more tech. But some thriving businesses in San Jose focus on artisanal skills, even if their founders started out in tech.  One of these is part of a thriving little community of custom cabinet-making, in the Mo…

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Therma Success Based on Quality, Service and Employees

October 31, 2016 by Donovan Lazaro | Blog

When Joe and Nicki Parisi established Therma Corporation in 1967, they could sense that the region was poised for considerable growth. Yet even they had little idea that the relatively quiet Santa Clara Valley would one day be home to the economic engine it is today. To…

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