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Living Spaces opens first store in Santa Clara County

November 12, 2019 by Elisabeth Handler | Blog

Expanding San Jose’s options for home décor, Living Spaces, a leading West Coast-based home furnishings retailer, opened its newest location at the Westfield Oakridge Mall. This is the company’s first Santa Clara County location and first store inside of a shopping…

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Jay Paul’s first San Jose project breaks ground in Downtown

November 12, 2019 by Elisabeth Handler | Blog

That corner. You know the one. The one at the corner of Almaden Blvd. and Park Avenue, across from the Center for Performing Arts. The empty, one-story, concrete, boarded-up former….  bank, I wanna say? Here’s what it looked like a year ago, but never again…

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San Jose development projects update

November 4, 2019 by Emily Lipoma | Blog

We are pleased to share the latest report on development projects in the City of San Jose, updated since our last report in August, 2019; Key Projects List_External Partners_10.25.19 Since August, projects submitted to the City for approval, excluding the Google projec…

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550+ students get tours during San Jose Manufacturing Week 2019

November 1, 2019 by Elisabeth Handler | Blog

Since 2013, Manufacturing Week has been part of OED’s portfolio of activities dedicated to supporting and expanding San Jose’s legacy manufacturing sector. This year we partnered with Manufacture:SJ to manage this visible and valuable partnership of educational inst…

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Update on SJSU’s Spartans Athletic Center at CEFCU Stadium

October 29, 2019 by Elisabeth Handler | Blog

Guest Blogpost, Rick Jensen, Communications Manager, San Jose Downtown Association Spartans. Athletic.  Center.  Sounds and will be impressive.  When construction concludes in 2023, it will house locker rooms for football and soccer teams, 150-seat auditorium, coachi…

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No Swimming – 12-foot Shark Fin Installed at SAP Center

October 29, 2019 by Elisabeth Handler | Blog

Just in time for the launch of hockey season, our Office of Cultural Affairs and Burning Man Project unveiled the stunning artwork,  No Swimming, by South Bay artist Oleg Lobykin. Placed in front of the SAP Center, at 525 West Santa Clara Street, No Swimming will be i…

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Local coffee business moves in to Almaden Plaza

October 29, 2019 by Elisabeth Handler | Blog

The bustling Almaden Plaza shopping center at the corner of Almaden Expressway and Blossom Hill Road has a new, home-grown source for refreshment and community – Spectra Coffee is now open, where a Starbucks used to be. “We are excited to welcome a family-owned and …

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Small Business Ally Program reached 1,100 entrepreneurs in FY 2018-2019

October 29, 2019 by Elisabeth Handler | Blog

A small but mighty team of two, City of San Jose’s Small Business Allies, personally interacted with 1,100 new small business owners between July 1, 2018 and June 30, 2019. Of those, almost 800 small businesses received general information on business registration req…

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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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