Posts By: Elisabeth Handler

Sonic Runway Closing after Four-Month Installation

February 26, 2018 by Elisabeth Handler | Blog

Sonic Runway opened on November 4, 2017, and created a new experience at City Hall Plaza. The installation came to San Jose from Burning Man, thanks to a collaboration between the Burning Man Project and the City of San Jose’s Office of Cultural Affairs. Since it…

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SJ #3 Most Diverse U.S. Big City

February 20, 2018 by Elisabeth Handler | Blog

In a recent survey of US cities in terms of diversity, WalletHub ranked San Jose as the #3 most diverse of the U.S. big cities, with New York at#1 and Oakland at #2. Compared to all 500 U.S. cities in the survey, San Jose came in at #8. WalletHub is personal finance web…

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Cinequest Film Festival Returns for 28th Year

February 16, 2018 by Elisabeth Handler | Blog

Voted Best Film Festival by USA Today Readers, Cinequest Film & VR Festival (CQFF)  returns to San Jose between February 27 and March 11, 2018. CQFF showcases premier films, renowned and emerging artists, and breakthrough technology—empowering global connectivity…

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Artisanal brewery re-born with stylish taproom on South First Street

February 13, 2018 by Elisabeth Handler | Blog

There are so many ways that Clandestine Brewing exemplifies San José entrepreneurship, not the least of which is its cheeky approach to naming itself and its products. Branding yourself as “secret” is audacious, but solidly based in fact – the brewery’s first l…

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Nox Cookie Bar Opens in Downtown SJ

February 8, 2018 by Elisabeth Handler | Blog

After two years of successfully fueling SJSU’s all-night study sessions and tech coding marathons, Nox Cookies has opened a retail store to meet San Jose’s daily need to satisfy the craving for a warm cookie and cold milk. Convenient to Downtown offices and high-ris…

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Grants program for San Jose arts-based commercial businesses

January 29, 2018 by Elisabeth Handler | Blog

The City of San José Office of Cultural Affairs, in partnership with the Center for Cultural Innovation (CCI), is pleased to announce that the guidelines for the 6th round of the Creative Industries Incentive Fund (CIIF) are now available here. CIIF provides projec…

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January 22, 2018 by Elisabeth Handler | Blog

In a report that analyzes 30 metropolitan areas in terms of the economic impact of what they call digitalization, Brookings has just ranked San Jose ranks as #1 – possibly a bit of a mixed blessing! An informative infographic tells the story. In recent decades, the di…

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San Jose’s public life to get a boost from Knight Foundation grant

January 18, 2018 by Elisabeth Handler | Blog

San José will benefit from a recently announced grant from the John S. and James L. Knight Foundation, providing $249,600 to help the City learn best practices for making public spaces into active hubs that connect the community and improve civic life. The grant was ma…

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January 16, 2018 by Elisabeth Handler | Blog

It wasn’t just another tech company ribbon-cutting on Jan. 11 at the new Kika Tech offices at 8 North San Pedro Street. Kika’s staff were just back from an amazing Consumer Electronics Show (CES) in Las Vegas, where the China-based startup had been awarded four 2018…

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Silicon Valley’s Airport is Boosting the Region’s Economic Growth

January 12, 2018 by Elisabeth Handler | Blog

Guest post by Jonathan Vaden, Marketing Manager/Business Development, Mineta San José International Airport New airline service boosts any community’s economic development. It generates new business opportunities, enhances trade, creates local jobs and stimulates t…

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January 9, 2018 by Elisabeth Handler | Blog

OED’s mission is to drive a vital and competitive economy that increases prosperity and quality of life for our residents and businesses. In today’s Silicon Valley, that means more than good transit, available real estate and reasonable housing costs. It also means …

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December 20, 2017 by Elisabeth Handler | Blog

As part of making Downtown San Jose more attractive and walkable, grants are available to small businesses interested in upgrading their sidewalk visuals. There are two kinds of grants – vacant storefront grants that provide reduced permit costs, and existing stor…

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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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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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