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Checkmate Boxing – Boxing, technology and community all rolled into one terrific workout

October 17, 2019 by Elisabeth Handler | Blog

Every once in a while a new business opens in downtown San Jose by owners who step out of the high-pressure day-to-day grind of corporate America and into a business focused on building community. Such is the case of Checkmate Boxing, a new business at 157 W. San Fernan…

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New San Jose hotels by Marriott offer waterfront Bay views

September 27, 2019 by Emily Lipoma | Blog

Two new Marriott properties are now open in North San Jose’s Alviso area – Residence Inn and Fairfield Inn & Suites. Located at 656 America Center Court, the facilities represent an added 261 rooms to San Jose’s hotel-hungry landscape. Guests have been checkin…

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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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Summer 2019 Silicon Valley Manufacturing Roundtable —  Maximizing Growth through Financial Planning

September 18, 2019 by Elisabeth Handler | Blog

Hosted by Manufacture:San Jose (MFG:SJ), the Summer 2019 Silicon Valley Manufacturing Roundtable brought in 70 participants interested in learning more about financial planning as a tool for maximizing growth. The Keynote Speaker was Amadea Sanchez, Business Developmen…

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OED welcomes Housing Catalyst to Business Development staff

September 18, 2019 by Elisabeth Handler | Blog

OED is pleased to welcome our newest Business Development Officer, Jerad Ferguson, our first Housing Catalyst on the team. As the housing shortage across the Bay Area continues to take an economic and personal toll on so many, OED is committed to providing additional su…

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New pavement-level art in SoFA – x4

September 17, 2019 by Elisabeth Handler | Blog

In September, a celebration of new art in Downtown took place at the intersection of South First and San Salvador Streets. In fact, the art being welcomed actually defines the four sides of that intersection. Four colorful, lavish blocks of color designed by local artis…

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Olympus celebrates 40 years in San Jose and plans a move – in San Jose

September 17, 2019 by Elisabeth Handler | Blog

San Jose has been proud to be the home of Olympus America’s National Service Center for 40 years.  An OED contingent attended the company’s outstanding anniversary party on August 30, 2019. The employee celebration was held over the lunch hour on a lovely lawn next…

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OED gets a private tour of The Grad

September 10, 2019 by Elisabeth Handler | Blog

In August, a small group of OED staff were given a private look at The Grad, a 19-story dorm-style apartment building one block from San Jose State University.  The tour was hosted by Carol Schwartz, senior project manager for Amcal, co-developer with Swenson, and incl…

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Community engagement around Google project continues

September 10, 2019 by Elisabeth Handler | Blog

At the end of August, Google shared their Mixed-Use Framework for the intended project around Diridon Station. Last month’s SJ Economy News included a blogpost on their presentation. Since then, the City and Google have been participating in a series of community-base…

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Digital signage initiative clears City Council

September 3, 2019 by Elisabeth Handler | Blog

In August, the San Jose City Council gave the green light for advertisers to bid on electronic billboards to be placed on public buildings downtown. Similar to the large signs already on the SAP Center, the new signs could be placed at these locations: San Jose Conve…

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OED visits new head of Webcor’s new San Jose office

August 23, 2019 by Elisabeth Handler | Blog

The new manager of Webcor’s year-old San Jose office is young in years, but seasoned in the company and the world of large-project construction. Senior Vice President of South Bay operations for Webcor, Jitendra (Jit) Pahilajani started with the company as a project e…

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Google shares Diridon Station project vision with community

August 23, 2019 by Elisabeth Handler | Blog

The regularly scheduled Station Area Advisory Group (SAAG) meeting on August 22 was the occasion of the first public viewing of the initial plan for the Google project in the Diridon Station area.  Google’s real estate team headed by Alexa Arena, director of deve…

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16 San Jose companies on Inc.’s fastest-growing 5000 list

August 22, 2019 by Elisabeth Handler | Blog

One Silicon Valley private business made the top 100 in this year’s annual Inc. 5000 ranking of the fastest-growing companies in the U.S. It is San Jose-based DigitalOnUS, a company that helps develop cloud native apps for business customers. It grew by an astoni…

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Riverpark Tower II is filling up

August 22, 2019 by Elisabeth Handler | Blog

Guest blogpost by Rick Jensen San Jose Downtown Association The rapidly completed full occupancy of River Park Tower II at 300 Park Avenue is another example of the uptick in business interest in Downtown San Jose, and its appeal has been enhanced by being close to the …

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San Jose Public Art featured as downloadable screensavers

August 21, 2019 by Elisabeth Handler | Blog

Guest blogpost by Michael Ogilvie City of San José Director of Public Art The City of San José announces its ‘Public Art Screensaver’ for those who need a screensaver makeover! Want something cool to look at when you mash that keyboard and cycle through a million …

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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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