Posts By: Elisabeth Handler

Summer 2019 Silicon Valley Manufacturing Roundtable —  Maximizing Growth through Financial Planning

September 18, 2019 by Elisabeth Handler | Blog

Hosted by Manufacture:San Jose (MFG:SJ), the Summer 2019 Silicon Valley Manufacturing Roundtable brought in 70 participants interested in learning more about financial planning as a tool for maximizing growth. The Keynote Speaker was Amadea Sanchez, Business Developmen…

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OED welcomes Housing Catalyst to Business Development staff

September 18, 2019 by Elisabeth Handler | Blog

OED is pleased to welcome our newest Business Development Officer, Jerad Ferguson, our first Housing Catalyst on the team. As the housing shortage across the Bay Area continues to take an economic and personal toll on so many, OED is committed to providing additional su…

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New pavement-level art in SoFA – x4

September 17, 2019 by Elisabeth Handler | Blog

In September, a celebration of new art in Downtown took place at the intersection of South First and San Salvador Streets. In fact, the art being welcomed actually defines the four sides of that intersection. Four colorful, lavish blocks of color designed by local artis…

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Olympus celebrates 40 years in San Jose and plans a move – in San Jose

September 17, 2019 by Elisabeth Handler | Blog

San Jose has been proud to be the home of Olympus America’s National Service Center for 40 years.  An OED contingent attended the company’s outstanding anniversary party on August 30, 2019. The employee celebration was held over the lunch hour on a lovely lawn next…

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OED gets a private tour of The Grad

September 10, 2019 by Elisabeth Handler | Blog

In August, a small group of OED staff were given a private look at The Grad, a 19-story dorm-style apartment building one block from San Jose State University.  The tour was hosted by Carol Schwartz, senior project manager for Amcal, co-developer with Swenson, and incl…

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Community engagement around Google project continues

September 10, 2019 by Elisabeth Handler | Blog

At the end of August, Google shared their Mixed-Use Framework for the intended project around Diridon Station. Last month’s SJ Economy News included a blogpost on their presentation. Since then, the City and Google have been participating in a series of community-base…

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Digital signage initiative clears City Council

September 3, 2019 by Elisabeth Handler | Blog

In August, the San Jose City Council gave the green light for advertisers to bid on electronic billboards to be placed on public buildings downtown. Similar to the large signs already on the SAP Center, the new signs could be placed at these locations: San Jose Conve…

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OED visits new head of Webcor’s new San Jose office

August 23, 2019 by Elisabeth Handler | Blog

The new manager of Webcor’s year-old San Jose office is young in years, but seasoned in the company and the world of large-project construction. Senior Vice President of South Bay operations for Webcor, Jitendra (Jit) Pahilajani started with the company as a project e…

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Google shares Diridon Station project vision with community

August 23, 2019 by Elisabeth Handler | Blog

The regularly scheduled Station Area Advisory Group (SAAG) meeting on August 22 was the occasion of the first public viewing of the initial plan for the Google project in the Diridon Station area.  Google’s real estate team headed by Alexa Arena, director of deve…

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16 San Jose companies on Inc.’s fastest-growing 5000 list

August 22, 2019 by Elisabeth Handler | Blog

One Silicon Valley private business made the top 100 in this year’s annual Inc. 5000 ranking of the fastest-growing companies in the U.S. It is San Jose-based DigitalOnUS, a company that helps develop cloud native apps for business customers. It grew by an astoni…

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Riverpark Tower II is filling up

August 22, 2019 by Elisabeth Handler | Blog

Guest blogpost by Rick Jensen San Jose Downtown Association The rapidly completed full occupancy of River Park Tower II at 300 Park Avenue is another example of the uptick in business interest in Downtown San Jose, and its appeal has been enhanced by being close to the …

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San Jose Public Art featured as downloadable screensavers

August 21, 2019 by Elisabeth Handler | Blog

Guest blogpost by Michael Ogilvie City of San José Director of Public Art The City of San José announces its ‘Public Art Screensaver’ for those who need a screensaver makeover! Want something cool to look at when you mash that keyboard and cycle through a million …

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We Opens Everyone’s Backyard

August 16, 2019 by Elisabeth Handler | Blog

Guest Blogpost by Bree Von Faith, Director of Marketing, Communications and Events, San Jose Downtown Association Backyard, a pop-up community garden, has put a jolt of energy into the heart of downtown San Jose’s Historic District.  It is a place where innovative …

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Children’s Discovery Museum unveils upgraded Art Studio

August 1, 2019 by Elisabeth Handler | Blog

With $250,000 in funding from the Good Tidings Foundation and the LeRoy Neiman and Janet Byrne Neiman Foundation, the iconic Children’s Discovery Museum celebrated the opening of a newly upgraded arts and creativity space. Renamed the LeRoy Neiman Art Studio, the stud…

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New mural adds color and “placemark” to City Hall area

July 18, 2019 by Elisabeth Handler | Blog

Office of Economic Development staff have worked for several years to brighten up a wall  at the corner of Third Street and East San Carlos, facing City Hall. While most murals are entirely the artist’s creative vision, this one was actually commissioned by the C…

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VivaCalle SJ – Parks to Roses!

July 8, 2019 by Elisabeth Handler | Blog

Intense rain and even hail dampened VivaCalle SJ in May this year, and luckily, this year we are going to enjoy two VivaCalle SJ Sundays! The second VivaCalle SJ is planned for Sunday, September 22, threading a beautiful route from The Alameda through some of downtown…

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Adobe breaks ground on new tower in Downtown

June 28, 2019 by Elisabeth Handler | Blog

For the first time in more than a decade, Downtown San Jose was the site of a groundbreaking for a new commercial tower building as Adobe, Inc., celebrated construction beginning on its 1.3 million-square-foot fourth tower. The 18-story building is located at 333 W. San…

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The pig dances again!

June 28, 2019 by Elisabeth Handler | Blog

San Jose turned out with enthusiasm to celebrate the restoration of a landmark neon sign at the corner of Montgomery and W. San Fernando Streets – the “dancing pig” that signifies the location of the former Stephen’s Meat Products company. The event included a b…

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OED presents third video in our Live/Work San Jose Series

June 20, 2019 by Elisabeth Handler | Blog

After helping to create and share video essays on San Jose’s essence and the city as a workspace, OED reached out to three individuals to share their personal experience living and working in San Jose. This third video, Resident Roundtable,  focuses on three very d…

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San Jose’s Small Business Ally Program – Meet Xuan and Juan!

June 20, 2019 by Elisabeth Handler | Blog

It’s a well-worn cliché that working with City Hall – in any city – can be a daunting experience. Like all cities, San Jose asks businesses to conform to regulations and ordinances designed to protect customers, ensure good business practices and align with the c…

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Co-working comes to warehouse space: San Jose welcomes CustomSpace

June 6, 2019 by Elisabeth Handler | Blog

For businesses that need room for assembling, fixing, deploying and managing inventory, office space and general storage CustomSpace is the innovative solution, with a growing roster of facilities across the country, now including an increasingly busy location in San Jo…

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San Pedro Square and MOMENT honored

June 4, 2019 by Elisabeth Handler | Blog

Enhanced by the addition of the MOMENT retail project, San Pedro Square has won an Award of Excellence in the category of Great Places from the Northern California chapter of the American Planning Association.  The award was collected earlier this year by Jason Su, at …

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