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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 Wu, 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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San Jose Citywide, North San Jose and Downtown retail strategies approved by City Council

April 22, 2019 by Elisabeth Handler | Blog

On March 12, OED presented to the Community and Economic Development Committee of the San Jose City Council the culmination of a year’s worth of studies and planning to help increase the availability of retail city-wide and in North San Jose and Downtown. The process …

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Affordable housing development breaks ground in North San Pedro area

April 22, 2019 by Elisabeth Handler | Blog

The City, Santa Clara County and the state of California were among the many partners represented at the celebratory groundbreaking for North San Pedro Apartments in April. North San Pedro Apartments, located on Basset and Terraine Streets, is the affordable housing com…

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Storefront assistance grants in action

April 19, 2019 by Elisabeth Handler | Blog

Guest blogpost by  Adrianna Oliver, OED Business Development Intern Silicon Valley is more than big business. According to EDD payroll data, over 80 percent of San Jose businesses are small businesses, which have fewer than 35 employees. San Jose is made up of thousand…

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Eighth annual summit of Entrepreneurship and Innovation in San Jose, May 8

April 18, 2019 by Elisabeth Handler | Blog

Bringing together area leaders in business, government and not-for-profit organizations, the Eighth Annual Summit of Entrepreneurship will provide in-depth information and resources for start-ups and existing small and medium-sized businesses in Silicon Valley, Wednesda…

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San Jose area shows fastest U.S. growth in international visitors

April 18, 2019 by Elisabeth Handler | Blog

As OED’s International Programs Manager, Joe Hedges regularly analyzes a wide range of data sources for information and trends that are important to the economic health of the city.  Looking at the latest annual federal report of overseas visitors to the United State…

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Downtown openings include cafe, workout innovation and AARP

April 10, 2019 by Elisabeth Handler | Blog

In March the San Jose Downtown Association and OED helped celebrate a series of openings in and around Downtown. AARP: Mayor Sam Liccardo was on hand as AARP inaugurated its new San Jose regional office in March. AARP is a nonprofit and nonpartisan organization that  …

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Deadlines for building water and energy compliance getting closer

April 4, 2019 by Elisabeth Handler | Blog

San Jose Downtown Association is offering advice on how commercial and multifamily buildings 20,000 square feet or more will need to comply with the new City of San Jose Energy and Water Building Performance Ordinance. SJDA Communications Director Rick Jensen shared the…

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Viva CalleSJ will open San Jose streets twice in 2019

March 22, 2019 by Elisabeth Handler | Blog

Responding to the ever-growing crowds of walking, biking, scooting and skating participants, the open-streets event Viva CalleSJ will be held in May and September in 2019. “Downtown and Eastbound” will take place on Sunday, May 19, covering a route from St. James Pa…

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OED hosts well-attended forum on Foreign Trade Zones

March 22, 2019 by Elisabeth Handler | Blog

As a Foreign Trade Zone grantee, the 18th in the country, San Jose’s Office of Economic Development held an event to provide Silicon Valley companies insights into the advantages of operating within an FTZ. The Forum was held at City Hall on March 5,  and attract…

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Next steps — San Jose Wayfinding Project

March 21, 2019 by Salvador Alvarez | Blog

OED has been working with other regional entities including SFO and SJC, VTA (others) on developing an integrated way-finding approach that provides block-by-block guidance to visitors to Downtown San Jose while also relating to way-finding initiatives throughout the Ba…

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City’s housing crisis workplan update

March 20, 2019 by Elisabeth Handler | Blog

In a February, 2019 presentation to the Community & Economic Development Committee (CEDC) of the San Jose City Council, OED outlined the City’s major initiatives that address the need for housing in San Jose, including progress on existing initiatives and planned …

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Silicon Valley workforce shortage addressed in new alliance of manufacturers, educators

March 20, 2019 by Elisabeth Handler | Blog

Guest blogpost by Emily McGrath, Deputy Director, Workforce Development, Education & Training, NextFlex; and Brynt Parmeter, Director, Workforce Development, Education & Training, NextFlex Creating a deep talent pipeline that will fuel the technology sector’s …

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OED Business Development Team takes a field trip on the Peninsula

March 19, 2019 by Elisabeth Handler | Blog

Led by Chris Burton, OED Deputy Director, and Blage Zelalich, OED Downtown Manager, seven members of OED’s business development team toured noted development projects in San Mateo County. Taking the train from Diridon Station to Redwood City, we were amazed at how clo…

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