Posts By: Elisabeth Handler

Viva CalleSJ takes to the streets in all kinds of weather – even hail!

May 23, 2019 by Elisabeth Handler | Blog

For its fifth year in San Jose, Viva CalleSJ again planned fun and exercise for many thousands of San Joseans on Sunday, May 19. However, the weather brought rain, ranging from sprinkles to deluge to hailstones, which cut the number of participants but not the spirit o…

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San Jose holds third place in U.S. “Solar Star” rankings

May 16, 2019 by Elisabeth Handler | Blog

In case there is any doubt that renewable energy is “a thing,” the sixth annual survey of solar energy in America’s biggest cities shows that the country now has more than 60 gigawatts (GW) of solar photovoltaic (PV) capacity installed – enough to power nearly o…

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San Jose ranked #2 “Best Small Business Growth City in America for 2nd year

May 7, 2019 by Elisabeth Handler | Blog

Retaining its position as the second best metro area for small businesses in the US for the second year, San Jose has shown continued strength in its small business community’s annual revenue, credit score, longevity and other factors. The annual ranking is by Biz2Cre…

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Five things businesses should know about San José’s Energy and Water Building Performance Ordinance

April 24, 2019 by Elisabeth Handler | Blog

The City of San José adopted the Energy and Water Building Performance Ordinance (BPO) as a first policy step in the implementation of Climate Smart San José, the City’s new climate action plan for reducing community-wide greenhouse gas emissions and water use. The …

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San Jose Citywide, North San Jose and Downtown retail strategies approved by City Council

April 22, 2019 by Elisabeth Handler | Blog

On March 12, OED presented to the Community and Economic Development Committee of the San Jose City Council the culmination of a year’s worth of studies and planning to help increase the availability of retail city-wide and in North San Jose and Downtown. The process …

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Affordable housing development breaks ground in North San Pedro area

April 22, 2019 by Elisabeth Handler | Blog

The City, Santa Clara County and the state of California were among the many partners represented at the celebratory groundbreaking for North San Pedro Apartments in April. North San Pedro Apartments, located on Basset and Terraine Streets, is the affordable housing com…

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Storefront assistance grants in action

April 19, 2019 by Elisabeth Handler | Blog

Guest blogpost by  Adrianna Oliver, OED Business Development Intern Silicon Valley is more than big business. According to EDD payroll data, over 80 percent of San Jose businesses are small businesses, which have fewer than 35 employees. San Jose is made up of thousand…

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Eighth annual summit of Entrepreneurship and Innovation in San Jose, May 8

April 18, 2019 by Elisabeth Handler | Blog

Bringing together area leaders in business, government and not-for-profit organizations, the Eighth Annual Summit of Entrepreneurship will provide in-depth information and resources for start-ups and existing small and medium-sized businesses in Silicon Valley, Wednesda…

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San Jose area shows fastest U.S. growth in international visitors

April 18, 2019 by Elisabeth Handler | Blog

As OED’s International Programs Manager, Joe Hedges regularly analyzes a wide range of data sources for information and trends that are important to the economic health of the city.  Looking at the latest annual federal report of overseas visitors to the United State…

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Downtown openings include cafe, workout innovation and AARP

April 10, 2019 by Elisabeth Handler | Blog

In March the San Jose Downtown Association and OED helped celebrate a series of openings in and around Downtown. AARP: Mayor Sam Liccardo was on hand as AARP inaugurated its new San Jose regional office in March. AARP is a nonprofit and nonpartisan organization that  …

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Deadlines for building water and energy compliance getting closer

April 4, 2019 by Elisabeth Handler | Blog

San Jose Downtown Association is offering advice on how commercial and multifamily buildings 20,000 square feet or more will need to comply with the new City of San Jose Energy and Water Building Performance Ordinance. SJDA Communications Director Rick Jensen shared the…

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Viva CalleSJ will open San Jose streets twice in 2019

March 22, 2019 by Elisabeth Handler | Blog

Responding to the ever-growing crowds of walking, biking, scooting and skating participants, the open-streets event Viva CalleSJ will be held in May and September in 2019. “Downtown and Eastbound” will take place on Sunday, May 19, covering a route from St. James Pa…

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OED hosts well-attended forum on Foreign Trade Zones

March 22, 2019 by Elisabeth Handler | Blog

As a Foreign Trade Zone grantee, the 18th in the country, San Jose’s Office of Economic Development held an event to provide Silicon Valley companies insights into the advantages of operating within an FTZ. The Forum was held at City Hall on March 5,  and attract…

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City’s housing crisis workplan update

March 20, 2019 by Elisabeth Handler | Blog

In a February, 2019 presentation to the Community & Economic Development Committee (CEDC) of the San Jose City Council, OED outlined the City’s major initiatives that address the need for housing in San Jose, including progress on existing initiatives and planned …

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Silicon Valley workforce shortage addressed in new alliance of manufacturers, educators

March 20, 2019 by Elisabeth Handler | Blog

Guest blogpost by Emily McGrath, Deputy Director, Workforce Development, Education & Training, NextFlex; and Brynt Parmeter, Director, Workforce Development, Education & Training, NextFlex Creating a deep talent pipeline that will fuel the technology sector’s …

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OED Business Development Team takes a field trip on the Peninsula

March 19, 2019 by Elisabeth Handler | Blog

Led by Chris Burton, OED Deputy Director, and Blage Zelalich, OED Downtown Manager, seven members of OED’s business development team toured noted development projects in San Mateo County. Taking the train from Diridon Station to Redwood City, we were amazed at how clo…

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OED welcomes Development Facilitation Officer Emily Lipoma

March 11, 2019 by Elisabeth Handler | Blog

Moving to OED’s  Business Development Division, Emily Lipoma is bringing her services as Development Facilitation Officer to the group, utilizing her extensive experience managing complex projects in the City of San Jose Planning Department. Now located within Bu…

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City completes sale of iconic Hayes Mansion

February 20, 2019 by Elisabeth Handler | Blog

In February, 2019, the City of San José announced the successful completion of the sale of Hayes Mansion to JMA Ventures LLC, for $30 million. The City Council approved the sale on June 26, 2018, and escrow closed on January 5, 2019. The sale allows the City to elimina…

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SJPL Works for job applicants and entrepreneurs

February 15, 2019 by Elisabeth Handler | Blog

A guest blogpost by Rick Jensen, Communications Director, San Jose Downtown Association SJPL Works is just one of the assets that makes San Jose Public Library one of the top libraries in the country. San Jose librarians saw a need to provide dedicated support to job-se…

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San José Clean Energy: Energy and Innovation for Businesses

February 13, 2019 by Elisabeth Handler | Blog

Guest Blogpost by Mark Bachman Account Services Manager, San José Clean Energy   San José Clean Energy (SJCE) is the new Community Choice Energy program providing cleaner and cheaper electricity generation services to residents and businesses in San José. Opera…

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Opportunity Zones get more attention in San Jose

February 11, 2019 by Elisabeth Handler | Blog

Fresh from creating and leading a City Hall presentation of the Opportunity Zone program and its implications for property owners, developers, and businesses, OED’s Nathan Donato-Weinstein will be a presenter at BisNow‘s upcoming half-day event: Silicon Vall…

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Hugs and Kisses from San Jose City Hall

January 23, 2019 by Elisabeth Handler | Blog

In celebration of Valentine’s Day, the City of San Jose Office of Cultural Affairs is offering a free commemorative photo,  taken in front of the public artwork XO  at City Hall.  Photos will be taken of couples, co-workers, groups, BFFs and even with a much-loved …

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