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We Opens Everyone’s Backyard

August 16, 2019 by Elisabeth Handler | Blog

Guest Blogpost by Bree Von Faith, Director of Marketing, Communications and Events, San Jose Downtown Association Backyard, a pop-up community garden, has put a jolt of energy into the heart of downtown San Jose’s Historic District.  It is a place where innovative …

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San Jose development projects update and interactive map

August 12, 2019 by Emily Lipoma | Blog

In addition to our Development Update Report, this month we are delighted to share a new feature, an interactive map of San Jose development projects, that incorporates links to Google satellite maps to see street view images of the project site, and a link to SJPermit…

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Children’s Discovery Museum unveils upgraded Art Studio

August 1, 2019 by Elisabeth Handler | Blog

With $250,000 in funding from the Good Tidings Foundation and the LeRoy Neiman and Janet Byrne Neiman Foundation, the iconic Children’s Discovery Museum celebrated the opening of a newly upgraded arts and creativity space. Renamed the LeRoy Neiman Art Studio, the stud…

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New mural adds color and “placemark” to City Hall area

July 18, 2019 by Elisabeth Handler | Blog

Office of Economic Development staff have worked for several years to brighten up a wall  at the corner of Third Street and East San Carlos, facing City Hall. While most murals are entirely the artist’s creative vision, this one was actually commissioned by the C…

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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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VivaCalle SJ – Parks to Roses!

July 8, 2019 by Elisabeth Handler | Blog

Intense rain and even hail dampened VivaCalle SJ in May this year, and luckily, this year we are going to enjoy two VivaCalle SJ Sundays! The second VivaCalle SJ is planned for Sunday, September 22, threading a beautiful route from The Alameda through some of downtown…

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Adobe breaks ground on new tower in Downtown

June 28, 2019 by Elisabeth Handler | Blog

For the first time in more than a decade, Downtown San Jose was the site of a groundbreaking for a new commercial tower building as Adobe, Inc., celebrated construction beginning on its 1.3 million-square-foot fourth tower. The 18-story building is located at 333 W. San…

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The pig dances again!

June 28, 2019 by Elisabeth Handler | Blog

San Jose turned out with enthusiasm to celebrate the restoration of a landmark neon sign at the corner of Montgomery and W. San Fernando Streets – the “dancing pig” that signifies the location of the former Stephen’s Meat Products company. The event included a b…

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San Jose Development Update

June 21, 2019 by Emily Lipoma | Blog

We are launching a new regular communications feature  – a detailed update on development projects underway in San Jose. The update will provide details on new projects and updates on progress, and we include a link to a project-by-project spreadsheet with all the de…

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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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OED presents third video in our Live/Work San Jose Series

June 20, 2019 by Elisabeth Handler | Blog

After helping to create and share video essays on San Jose’s essence and the city as a workspace, OED reached out to three individuals to share their personal experience living and working in San Jose. This third video, Resident Roundtable,  focuses on three very d…

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San Jose’s Small Business Ally Program – Meet Xuan and Juan!

June 20, 2019 by Elisabeth Handler | Blog

It’s a well-worn cliché that working with City Hall – in any city – can be a daunting experience. Like all cities, San Jose asks businesses to conform to regulations and ordinances designed to protect customers, ensure good business practices and align with the c…

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Co-working comes to warehouse space: San Jose welcomes CustomSpace

June 6, 2019 by Elisabeth Handler | Blog

For businesses that need room for assembling, fixing, deploying and managing inventory, office space and general storage CustomSpace is the innovative solution, with a growing roster of facilities across the country, now including an increasingly busy location in San Jo…

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San Pedro Square and MOMENT honored

June 4, 2019 by Elisabeth Handler | Blog

Enhanced by the addition of the MOMENT retail project, San Pedro Square has won an Award of Excellence in the category of Great Places from the Northern California chapter of the American Planning Association.  The award was collected earlier this year by Jason Su, at …

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OED presents 2019-2020 economic outlook at City Council budget session

May 28, 2019 by Elisabeth Handler | Blog

Chris Burton, Deputy Director of Economic Development, provided a close look at a wide range of economic indicators that will affect the City’s economic future, as part of the City Council’s budget deliberations for fiscal year 2019-20, which begins July 1, 2019. Ch…

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Viva CalleSJ takes to the streets in all kinds of weather – even hail!

May 23, 2019 by Elisabeth Handler | Blog

For its fifth year in San Jose, Viva CalleSJ again planned fun and exercise for many thousands of San Joseans on Sunday, May 19. However, the weather brought rain, ranging from sprinkles to deluge to hailstones, which cut the number of participants but not the spirit o…

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San Jose holds third place in U.S. “Solar Star” rankings

May 16, 2019 by Elisabeth Handler | Blog

In case there is any doubt that renewable energy is “a thing,” the sixth annual survey of solar energy in America’s biggest cities shows that the country now has more than 60 gigawatts (GW) of solar photovoltaic (PV) capacity installed – enough to power nearly o…

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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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San Jose ranked #2 “Best Small Business Growth City in America for 2nd year

May 7, 2019 by Elisabeth Handler | Blog

Retaining its position as the second best metro area for small businesses in the US for the second year, San Jose has shown continued strength in its small business community’s annual revenue, credit score, longevity and other factors. The annual ranking is by Biz2Cre…

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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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Five things businesses should know about San José’s Energy and Water Building Performance Ordinance

April 24, 2019 by Elisabeth Handler | Blog

The City of San José adopted the Energy and Water Building Performance Ordinance (BPO) as a first policy step in the implementation of Climate Smart San José, the City’s new climate action plan for reducing community-wide greenhouse gas emissions and water use. The …

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