Posts By: Vic Farlie

Rockwell Automation on future of electric vehicles and San Jose

September 26, 2019 by Vic Farlie | Blog

By Vic Farlie, Senior Executive Analyst, OED By 2040, it’s expected that 54% of new vehicle sales will be electric vehicles, according to Bloomberg New Energy Finance. Batteries currently represent a third of the cost of an electric vehicle (EV). As battery costs cont…

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NextFlex and Evergreen Valley College launch regional workforce development initiative

July 9, 2019 by Vic Farlie | Blog

After months of work, a group of high-visibility stakeholders in workforce development in Silicon Valley gathered at Evergreen Valley College (EVC) to kick off the college’s Advanced Manufacturing Technology (AMT) pathway . Driven by NextFlex and EVC, this highly inno…

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Prospect Silicon Valley symposium on energy and transportation

July 9, 2019 by Vic Farlie | Blog

A record audience attended the annual 2019 ProspectSV innovation & impact Symposium to hear leading experts across California set out the latest thinking in the rapidly expanding world of clean energy, electric transportation, and zero net energy buildings. The part…

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Report on Prospect Silicon Valley, San Jose’s Cleantech Innovation Hub

June 21, 2019 by Vic Farlie | Blog

OED recently presented a report on Prospect Silicon Valley (ProspectSV) to the Community & Economic Development Committee of the San Jose City Council. ProspectSV is a nonprofit clean tech innovation hub located at the City’s Environmental Innovation Center at 160…

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HBR  Industries, Inc. Celebrates its 40th Anniversary

May 16, 2019 by Vic Farlie | Blog

HBR Industries is 40 years old and going strong! Established in 1979 by Hendricus Bernardus Ryssemus and now led by his sons Mike and Karl, HBR is one of those pioneering local businesses that has played a critical role in the prototyping of new designs in the electrica…

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Cal-Stanford Challenge – the Golden Shovel goes to Cal

May 3, 2019 by Vic Farlie | Blog

April 25 witnessed the 30th anniversary of the Cal-Stanford Challenge between teams of graduate students from Stanford University and UC Berkeley, competing for the James W. Brecht Memorial Golden Shovel. The Challenge is an intense, 60-day, hands-on experience in…

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“Future of Downtown San Jose” – SV Business Journal Event

February 6, 2019 by Vic Farlie | Blog

At a sellout breakfast summit hosted by the Silicon Valley Business Journal, developers, property owners and City officials shared their views on the future of Downtown. Mayor Sam Liccardo gave the keynote speech highlighting just how far Downtown has come over the past…

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San Jose immigrants are buying homes – 2nd highest rate in US.

December 3, 2018 by Vic Farlie | Blog

A Lending Tree study of home ownership by immigrants in US cities found that San Jose has the second-highest rate of foreign-born residents, 39 percent, and one quarter of them own their own homes.  Miami’s rates of immigrant residents and homeownership are just a bi…

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San Jose – 1,300 businesses benefitting from SBA approved loans since 2008

November 21, 2018 by Vic Farlie | Blog

OED recently researched the value and impact of Small Business Administration (SBA) approved loans for business here in the city of San Jose. Figures released going back to 2008 reveal that more than 1,300 businesses in the city have benefited for a total value close to…

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Crowdfunding in San Jose – A closer look

October 15, 2018 by Vic Farlie | Blog

Here in the City of San Jose crowdfunding has taken off. The Brookings Institute has published research to show that over the past eight years, the Kickstarter platform alone has secured funding for 82 projects with a combined value of $16 million.  Entrepreneurs are …

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