Posts By: Elisabeth Handler

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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San Jose scores upgraded Wi-Fi service for Downtown events areas – just in time for huge sports events

January 22, 2019 by Elisabeth Handler | Blog

Just before the launch of College Football Playoff’s Championship Campus events in Downtown, San Jose was excited to inaugurate significantly upgraded Wi-Fi service in and around Plaza de Cesar Chavez. For this deployment, Ruckus Networks provided T710 outdoor access …

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Launching and growing a dream – BOS events offer small business guidance

January 22, 2019 by Elisabeth Handler | Blog

A full roster of events, workshops, skills sessions, clubs and clinics are held every month courtesy of Business Owners Space, one of the City of San Jose’s economic development programs. Here are two worth noting: New Year, New Business @ Action Spot Designed for ent…

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Silicon Valley Foreign Trade Zone Forum – Enhancing your company’s global competitiveness

January 11, 2019 by Elisabeth Handler | Blog

OED is hosting an important business forum on the advantages of using a Foreign Trade Zone on (FTZ), March 5, 2019, 8:30-11 am, at City Hall. Foreign Trade Zones are territories within the US that are considered outside of US. Customs territory. The City of San Jose’s…

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San Jose Climate Champion nominations open

January 3, 2019 by Elisabeth Handler | Blog

We wanted to be sure our readers have the chance to put forward nominations in seven categories for the first annual Climate Smart Champion Awards. The awards will recognize San José individuals, employers and organizations that have made outstanding effort this year …

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San Jose ranked fastest-growing city in the world, 2019-2035

December 21, 2018 by Elisabeth Handler | Blog

A story in MarketWatch details a new report from Oxford Economics predicting that San Jose will be the fastest-growing urban economy world-wide, while New York City will retain its crown as the largest urban economy globally. Oxford Economics says in its annual Global C…

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The most-read stories of 2018

December 18, 2018 by Elisabeth Handler | Blog

Confirming our suspicion that our audience is diverse and curious, a review of our most popular stories in 2018 prove that you have a wide range of interests. The most popular blogpost was posted in July and appeared in our August SJ Economy News, about a Brookings stud…

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Zanotto’s opens new-format store on Southwest Expressway

December 3, 2018 by Elisabeth Handler | Blog

Family grocery stores are kind of a San Jose thing, and the Zanotto family has been upholding that tradition and expanding their offerings for more than 45 years. In December, Zanotto’s hosted a grand opening of Zanotto’s Fruitdale Station market, a new conc…

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All Good Work opens at CommonGrounds in San Jose

November 30, 2018 by Elisabeth Handler | Blog

Guest Blogpost – Rick Jensen, San Jose Downtown Association All Good Work held its Silicon Valley kickoff event Nov. 14 at CommonGrounds.  The New York City-based foundation hooks local non-profits up with co-working environments including NextSpace and CommonGroun…

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College Football Playoff 2019 comes to San Jose

November 21, 2018 by Elisabeth Handler | Blog

San Jose is excited to be hosting the 2019 College Football Playoff (CFP) Championship Campus, January 24-7, 2019 To provide fan fun and a “homecoming weekend” leading into to the game on Monday, January 7, San Jose’s Championship Campus will open at noon on Frida…

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Key documents on Diridon Station development go to City Council Dec. 4

November 21, 2018 by Elisabeth Handler | Blog

At the December 4, 2018 City Council meeting, the proposed Memorandum of Understanding (MOU) and Purchase and Sale Agreements (PSA) developed by the City with Google LLC will be presented for consideration. Together, the documents provide a framework for a regionally s…

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OED unveils second video “anthem” with focus on work and life in San Jose

November 14, 2018 by Elisabeth Handler | Blog

We are thrilled to share with you our latest video project highlighting the people and businesses that make San Jose such a strong city for growth, innovation and culture. This video couldn’t have happened without the hard work and participation of many businesses…

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