Posts By: Elisabeth Handler

Downtown Real Estate Tour 2018 – Old and New on View

October 15, 2018 by Elisabeth Handler | Blog

Guest Blogpost by Rick Jensen, Communications Director, San Jose Downtown Association Four buses took 170 people on a sweltering summer afternoon tour through and around downtown to see and hear firsthand about the new and revitalized projects shaping San Jose. About a …

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San Jose looking at wholesale food center to support local ag businesses

October 12, 2018 by Elisabeth Handler | Blog

Although we all are familiar with San Jose’s agricultural heritage, we may not be aware of the agricultural businesses that still make their home in our city.  OED has been working with Bay Area nonprofit, SAGE (Sustainable Agriculture Education) on efforts to suppor…

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Assembly at North First Phase I Nears Completion

September 28, 2018 by Elisabeth Handler | Blog

One of San Jose’s most interesting real estate projects is nearing completion in North San Jose, next to the bustling @First retail center. Phase 1 of Assembly at North First featuring three completely revamped, high-roof buildings that once constituted a Lam Rese…

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Notes from San Jose Downtown Association….

September 27, 2018 by Elisabeth Handler | Blog

We appreciate this update from the San Jose Downtown Association, on happenings and openings in and around Downtown. Two new stores at MOMENT:  As planned, two businesses moved into MOMENT at San Pedro Squared in August: Hapertas and Company opened Aug. 16, offering …

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Incentive awards available for arts-related businesses

September 24, 2018 by Elisabeth Handler | Blog

The City of San José Office of Cultural Affairs, in partnership with the Center for Cultural Innovation, announces the latest round of the Creative Industries Incentive Fund (CIIF). CIIF provides project support to arts-based commercial businesses involved in the produ…

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Workshop on “Green Leasing” offered by SJ Environmental Services Division

September 21, 2018 by Elisabeth Handler | Blog

Does your business have sustainability goals and want to make sure that its lease is promoting green buildings and sustainability? Join ESD for a free workshop, “The Business Case for High-Performance Leases and Buildings”on October 17th at the Environmental…

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City Workforce Initiative Helps Flood-Displaced Workers

September 19, 2018 by Elisabeth Handler | Blog

Since its launch last August, San Jose’s work2future Storm Program has provided temporary employment for a total of 54 displaced workers to do cleanup work at areas of San Jose damaged by devastating storms that occurred in Feb 2017. Utilizing a National Dislocated Wo…

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Welcome Vic Farlie, Business Development Officer!

September 19, 2018 by Elisabeth Handler | Blog

We are delighted to welcome Vic Farlie to OED’s business development team. His role is to engage businesses across the City of San Jose and support them to invest and grow. Vic is a Brit who brings deep experience as a successful business owner and public servant focu…

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“Leading Climate Innovation” – San Jose Hosts Global Climate Action Summit

September 14, 2018 by Elisabeth Handler | Blog

The City of San Jose joined community partners and stakeholders Sept. 12 in celebrating a year of remarkable progress toward a clean and sustainable future, achievements that will serve as a foundation for even bigger things to come. City leaders gathered with advocates…

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Culture Shock in Silicon Valley

August 31, 2018 by Elisabeth Handler | Blog

Recently, City Hall hosted a group of Swiss college students participating in an“International Program Experience” – a six-week work/live immersion into the US tech world. IPE brings students and a professor to the US for six weeks, and in addition to learning ab…

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Biennial Downtown Real Estate Tour Set for Sept. 20

August 24, 2018 by Elisabeth Handler | Blog

Reservations are being accepted for a three-hour tour of Downtown San Jose’s most interesting real estate opportunities, 1:30-4:30 pm, Thursday, Sept. 20. The roughly biennial tour will showcase some recent Downtown success stories, reveal investment opportunities…

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San Jose Identity Quest – The story behind the logo

August 24, 2018 by Elisabeth Handler | Blog

For many years, one of the challenges faced by OED’s business development team has been the need to explain San Jose before we could present the advantages of our city as a place to live, work and do business. Considering that it’s the 10th largest city in the U…

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New Traffic Measuring Method Could Benefit Infill Development in San Jose

August 23, 2018 by Elisabeth Handler | Blog

Guest Blogpost by Ramses Madou Interim Division Manager, Planning, Policy & Sustainability Department of Transportation, City of San Jose The City of San Jose has recently changed the way it measures the impact of vehicle traffic spurred by development. The new metr…

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Women Entrepreneurs Welcome and Thriving in San Jose

August 23, 2018 by Elisabeth Handler | Blog

According to a study just released by MagnifiyMoney, a financial product comparison website, San Francisco, Austin, and San Jose, Calif. are the top three cities for women business owners.The West Coast seems to foster woman entrepreneurs, with six of the top 10 me…

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Downtown Progress Report: Mid-Year 2018

August 14, 2018 by Elisabeth Handler | Blog

Recently, OED’s Downtown Manager Blage Zelalich presented an update on Downtown to a committee of the City Council. Her presentation can be viewed, and highlights are presented here. A vibrant city center is eclectic, interesting and inviting; has strong commer…

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OneWheel hosts Adam Savage of “MythBusters” at San Jose’s BriteLab

July 24, 2018 by Elisabeth Handler | Blog

Adam Savage is well-known for his role in the popular Discovery Channel show, “MythBusters.” He is also an avid “one-wheel” rider, and a fan of the Santa Cruz company, Future Motion/OneWheel. Their OneWheel electric skateboard is designed in Sant…

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Urban Villages – Critical for San Jose Growth

July 19, 2018 by Elisabeth Handler | Blog

In order for San Jose to reach its goals of adding jobs and building housing, while also maintaining its Urban Growth Boundary, the city needs to build more urban mixed-use development within infill locations along key transit corridors. More than 60 of these planned gr…

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San Jose Ranked Second in World’s Fastest-Growing Cities

July 13, 2018 by Elisabeth Handler | Blog

An in-depth study of the growth of cities over time based on employment and GDP growth statistics was just released by Brookings, and San Jose was the #2 city globally in terms of fastest-growing economy, 2014-2016. Dublin, Ireland ranked highest, and San Francisco came…

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San Jose’s Iron Construction Comes Home to a Big Upgrade

July 10, 2018 by Elisabeth Handler | Blog

A company with roots in San Jose celebrated its return to the city and the inauguration of its headquarters in a newly restored building at 1995 The Alameda. Situated just south of I-880 on one of San Jose’s most historic thoroughfares, the multi-story facility demons…

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Environmental Services Division discusses climate solutions with Adobe

July 6, 2018 by Elisabeth Handler | Blog

Guest Blogpost by Aaron Kinney, Senior Public Relations Representative, City of San José Environmental Services Division In February, the San José City Council adopted Climate Smart San José, an ambitious new plan to reduce greenhouse gas (GHG) emissions and save w…

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Update on Hammer Theatre Center, San Jose’s Performing Arts Partnership with SJSU

June 15, 2018 by Elisabeth Handler | Blog

One of San Jose’s most architecturally significant public buildings started as a Redevelopment Agency project in the heart of downtown, the Susan and Phil Hammer Theatre Center. Originally built for the San Jose Repertory Theatre, the facility was opened in 1997, feat…

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Downtown Retail Strategy Update

June 7, 2018 by Elisabeth Handler | Blog

In a presentation to the Community & Economic Development Committee (CEDC) of the City Council, Downtown Manager Blage Zelalich provided insights into national trends that influence retail expansion in Downtown San Jose, along with an overview of the studies and act…

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