Posts By: Elisabeth Handler

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…

Continue Reading

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…

Continue Reading

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…

Continue Reading

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…

Continue Reading

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…

Continue Reading

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…

Continue Reading

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…

Continue Reading

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 …

Continue Reading

OED presents 2019-2020 economic outlook at City Council budget session

May 28, 2019 by Elisabeth Handler | Blog

Chris Burton, Deputy Director of Economic Development, provided a close look at a wide range of economic indicators that will affect the City’s economic future, as part of the City Council’s budget deliberations for fiscal year 2019-20, which begins July 1, 2019. Ch…

Continue Reading

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…

Continue Reading

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…

Continue Reading

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…

Continue Reading

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 …

Continue Reading

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 …

Continue Reading

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…

Continue Reading

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…

Continue Reading

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…

Continue Reading

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…

Continue Reading

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  …

Continue Reading

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…

Continue Reading

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…

Continue Reading

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…

Continue Reading