Posts By: Elisabeth Handler

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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Mobility, Energy and Environment – a Symposium at City Hall

June 6, 2018 by Elisabeth Handler | Blog

Prospect Silicon Valley hosted the Innovation & Impact 2018 Symposium at City Hall, with a full day of presentations, demonstrations and breakout sessions with a focus on the convergence and interdependence of emerging technologies in advanced mobility, energy and…

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Southwest Airlines Adds Florida Flights to SJC

June 5, 2018 by Elisabeth Handler | Blog

Southwest Airlines® added another important transcontinental route to its growing list of cities available for direct flights  from Mineta San Jose International Airport (SJC) on May 6, 2018, with an inaugural flight to Orlando. The carrier operated Florida One, Sout…

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Bringing Cleantech to the Mainstream – Prospect SV

May 22, 2018 by Elisabeth Handler | Blog

Guest blogpost, by Ruth Cox, CEO of Prospect Silicon Valley Cleantech Clientele Prospect Silicon Valley, an innovation hub whose mission is to accelerate the adoption of clean technologies for smarter, more sustainable communities, has been instrumental in advancing sta…

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Update on Diridon Station Planning

May 21, 2018 by Elisabeth Handler | Blog

The City of San Jose’s planning activities for the Diridon Station area are ramping up, with the appointment of Lori Parks Severino as Community Engagement Program Manager for the Diridon Station Area, launching of a new website and several tracks of community eng…

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San Pedro Square is having a MOMENT

May 18, 2018 by Elisabeth Handler | Blog

With the cutting of the ribbon at MOMENT at San Pedro Square, the many speakers truly represented the network of partnerships that made the project possible in Downtown San Jose. Chuck Hammers, San Jose businessman and president of the Downtown Property-Based Improvemen…

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SJeconomy.com Blog ranked #9 in San Jose Blogs

May 16, 2018 by Elisabeth Handler | Blog

Feedspot announced a ranked list of the Best San Jose Blogs from thousands of San Jose blogs in their index, using search and social metrics. They selected these websites because they are actively working to educate, inspire, and empower their readers with frequent upd…

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New to Downtown, Cohesity work team mounts team-building scavenger hunt

May 15, 2018 by Elisabeth Handler | Blog

We appreciate being able to share this Guest Blog by Tyler Livingstone, Inside Sales Manager, Cohesity It’s accepted fact around Cohesity that we have a phenomenal Inside Sales HQ Team. We do a great job. We hang out together after work. We do our weekly one-on-ones…

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High Schoolers Pitch their Businesses in Innovation Summit in San Jose

May 11, 2018 by Elisabeth Handler | Blog

As part of National Small Business Week, San Jose hosted the Youth Entrepreneurship & Innovation Summit, an all-day competition with more than 100 high-schoolers, largely from East Side Union High School District. The event took most of May 4, featuring semi-final p…

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VivaCalleSJ 2018 Opens up Monterey Road, Sept. 23

May 10, 2018 by Elisabeth Handler | Blog

One Sunday a year, more than 100,000 people give up their cars, trucks and motorbikes and take to San Jose’s streets on foot, pushing strollers, riding bikes, skateboards and a variety of human-powered vehicles. Each year, a new route is declared, and the route is…

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