Posts By: Elisabeth Handler


December 19, 2017 by Elisabeth Handler | Blog

Guest Blogpost contributed by Nate LeBlanc, Business Development Manager, San Jose Downtown Association 2017 was a year of strong growth for cafés and restaurants in Downtown San Jose, marked by the opening of some great new places. I’m going to highlight some stando…

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December 12, 2017 by Elisabeth Handler | Blog

Downtown San José was showing its best side on Dec. 11. As night fell, the lights from Christmas in the Park blinked on, and more than a hundred tech workers, real estate professionals, elected officials, philanthropists and City employees gathered on the eighth floor …

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How Google’s future campus could be a game-changer for Silicon Valley

December 6, 2017 | In The News

Real estate website CURBED published an in-depth look at the proposed Google project in the Diridon Station area, and it’s possible impact on San Jose and Silicon Valley as a whole. “….a collection of land and former industrial lots in downtown San Jos…

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25 Ways to Attract a Student Talent Pipeline into Manufacturing

November 20, 2017 by Elisabeth Handler | Blog

By Alyssa Lynch, Superintendent of Metropolitan Education District Businesses are feeling the painful effects from the lack of well-trained people in the trades. There is a nationwide skills gap to fill 5.7 million job openings. Since the 1960s, vocational education pro…

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November 9, 2017 | In The News

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Diridon Area/Google Update – City of San Jose

November 3, 2017 | In The News

A detailed update and timeline of the process of negotiating, planning and building the Google project planned for San Jose’s Diridon Station Area is available. Once the fair market value land price has been agreed to with Santa Clara County and San Jose, the Cit…

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PBS News Hour Looks at San Jose and Google Project 11-2-17

November 3, 2017 | In The News

  For a report on huge companies and their impact on the cities they choose for their facilities, PBS’ NewsHour sent a crew to San Jose to talk with our Mayor and others, and tour the Diridon Station area. Our portion of the show is at the end of the segment.…

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KGO-TV News on San Jose’s Proposal for Amazon’s HQ2

October 27, 2017 | In The News

Local ABC news affiliate, KGO-TV, aired a segment on the competitive proposals submitted in response the Amazon’s HQ2 Request for Proposals. Reporter Jonathan Bloom contrasted the larger Bay Area group’s proposal with San Jose’s options, which include …

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NBC Bay Area News clip – Oct. 23, 2017 – OPTIS and San Jose

October 24, 2017 | In The News

Nanci Klein interviewed on opening of VR lab in San Jose, by OPTIS. …

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How San Jose small businesses are joining the holiday shopping act

November 30, 2016 | In The News

        Jody Meacham Nov 23, 2016, 4:54am PST Updated Nov 23, 2016, 5:52am PST   Thanksgiving has become a holiday that really is “the holidays.” You’ve got the turkey feast let’s-watch-the-Detroit-Lions-and-Dallas-Cowboys day itself a…

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October 21, 2016 by Elisabeth Handler | Blog

  Home to the world’s largest concentration of technology companies, San Jose leads the San Jose/Silicon Valley Emerging Technology Innovation Hub (iHUB). Designated by the California Governor’s Office of Business and Economic Development, the San Jose iHUB pro…

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San Jose Welcomes Auto Innovator NextEV

October 19, 2016 by Elisabeth Handler | Blog

Adding to San Jose’s growing presence in the electric and autonomous car manufacturing market, startup NextEV celebrated its grand opening on North First Street in North San Jose, with San Jose Mayor Sam Liccardo and hundreds of partners, investors and media.   The t…

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Manufacturing didn’t leave Silicon Valley — it evolved

October 6, 2016 | In The News

  Guest Commentary: Kim Walesh, Deputy City Manager, Director Economic Development, City of San Jose Oct 6, 2016, 4:10pm PDT   Oct. 7, 2016, marks the fifth annual Manufacturing Day across the U.S., when thousands of manufacturers host students, teachers, pare…

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San Jose Manufacturing Comeback Linked to Equitable Growth

September 16, 2016 | In The News

        BY JOHNNY MAGDALENO | SEPTEMBER 16, 2016 Chris Schildt, of national research and advocacy group PolicyLink, says the potential for economic opportunity she saw in the San Jose, California, area while being raised there as a kid in the ’80…

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Urban Life Transformer Jason Roberts Visits San Jose

July 28, 2016 by Elisabeth Handler | Blog

One of the advantages of working in economic development for an active, engaged city is that we get to meet creative and actively engaged people who are making amazing contributions to urban life. This week, we heard from Jason Roberts, the founder of Better Block Proje…

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Beer yeast company raises production levels at new San Jose facility

July 12, 2016 | In The News

        Bryce Druzin Economic development reporter at the Silicon Valley Business Journal. His Twitter handle is: @SVBizBryce Jul 12, 2016, 5:13am PDT Updated: Jul 12, 2016, 7:34am PDT The original 1516 German Reinheitsgebot decreed that beer could …

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What Makes a Great Sports City?

June 6, 2016 by Elisabeth Handler | Blog

Traditionally it’s been a combination of one or more legacy teams, venerable venues, a rabid fan base, and crappy weather. That’s how Chicago, Boston, New York, Detroit and the other old-school sports cities earned their rep. Now there’s a new kid in the game – …

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SPUR report to San Jose: You need more money — here’s the blueprint

May 12, 2016 | In The News

      SPUR report to San Jose: You need more money — here’s the blueprint May 12, 2016, 2:43pm PDT Updated May 12, 2016, 3:30pm PDT   Bryce Druzin Economic development reporter Silicon Valley Business Journal     San Jose has the…

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Asians forecast to increase from 33% to 44% of San Jose/Santa Clara county residents by 2040

May 13, 2015 by Elisabeth Handler | Blog

#sjplace A new forecast commissioned by San Jose’s Office of Economic Development from the University of Southern California predicts the Asian population will increase in San Jose/Santa Clara County from 33% in 2010 to 44% by 2040. The proportion of foreign-b…

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Growing tech companies succeed downtown with acquisitions and IPOS

April 13, 2015 by Elisabeth Handler | Blog

#sjplace Uber, the popular ride-sharing start-up, recently announced its first-ever public acquisition – Downtown-based deCarta, a San Jose firm founded in 1996 that develops software focused on location-based features, including mapping, local search, and turn-by…

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Avaya stadium opens – Let the games begin!

March 13, 2015 by Elisabeth Handler | Blog

#sjplace San Jose Earthquakes will officially cut the ribbon on February 27 signifying the opening of Avaya Stadium just in time for the first game on the new pitch. On February 28, the Quakes take on the LA Galaxy and fans are in for a real treat when they enter the 18…

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Looking for a high-paying, high-growth job? San Jose ranks

March 13, 2015 by Elisabeth Handler | Blog

#1 #sjtalent The Brookings Institution recently ranked the San Jose area as the #1 city in America for share of the workforce employed in “advanced industries” — industries that spend a lot on R&D and have a high number of workers in science, techn…

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