Posts By: Elisabeth Handler

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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Teknol’s Early Learning Lab with a Tech Twist in San Jose 

November 6, 2018 by Elisabeth Handler | Blog

San Jose welcomed a new addition to our education ecosystem, with the official grand opening of Laurel Play Gardens just west of Downtown at 1050 Park Avenue. The brainchild of Rahul Beri, father of two and an economist by qualification, Beri knows the importance of qua…

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New Burning Man art now appearing in Downtown San José

October 25, 2018 by Elisabeth Handler | Blog

San Jose’s City Hall Plaza was vastly enhanced by the extended visit last year of an interactive art work from Burning Man, Sonic Runway. And now the partnership between Burning Man Project and the Office of Cultural Affairs has brought us two more stunning pieces as …

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Corporate Openings in San Jose

October 18, 2018 by Elisabeth Handler | Blog

Assembly at North First opens Phase 1 On October 17, some 200 guests gathered in the three buildings and outdoor amenity area of the newly rehabilitated Assembly at North First.  The ribbon-cutting for Phase 1 of the project signaled the availability of more than 1 mil…

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CityDance San Jose completes its third year

October 18, 2018 by Elisabeth Handler | Blog

For eight consecutive Thursday nights between August 16 and October 4, Plaza de Cesar Chavez was rocking to an eclectic mix of dance genres, with live performers, dance instruction, food trucks and a beer and wine garden. With its roots in a 2016 meeting hosted by Mayo…

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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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