Urban Life Transformer Jason Roberts Visits San Jose

July 28, 2016 by Elisabeth Handler | Blog

One of the advantages of working in economic development for an active, engaged city is that we get to meet creative and actively engaged people who are making amazing contributions to urban life. This week, we heard from Jason Roberts, the founder of Better Block Proje…

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Sun Basket—The Newest Addition to San Jose’s On-Demand Economy Creates Jobs

June 14, 2016 by Reena Brilliot | Blog

E-commerce business have emerged to bring you meals any way you want them—whether it’s your weekly groceries, meal kits you prepare, meals made for you by community chefs, or your favorite restaurant dishes. You can get them all delivered to your doorstep with some …

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What Makes a Great Sports City?

June 6, 2016 by Elisabeth Handler | Blog

Traditionally it’s been a combination of one or more legacy teams, venerable venues, a rabid fan base, and crappy weather. That’s how Chicago, Boston, New York, Detroit and the other old-school sports cities earned their rep. Now there’s a new kid in the game – …

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Indie Coffee Houses Perk Up Downtown

May 27, 2016 by Tina Kapoor | Blog

I love coffee. And the recent growth of coffee scene in Downtown San Jose is on point! As more and more local and independent coffee shops continue to pop up in Downtown, I couldn’t be happier. Not only do they add to the many choices in high-quality, caffeinated beve…

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Put Your Money Where Your Pedal Is!

May 12, 2016 by Reena Brilliot | Blog

May is here and there is no better time to fix that flat and pull your bike out of the garage. While we may think of biking for exercise or even commuting, it may not occur to us to get on our bikes to do our errands. These days, with our speedy thumbs and smart... Continue Reading

Making a Splash in 2016—San Jose’s Year for Beer & Craft Drinks

March 30, 2016 by Reena Brilliot | Blog

2016 is on its way to be a big year for beer and other craft drinks in San Jose, and their presence will not be pint sized. It’s no secret that microbreweries are growing in number across the country, taking a sizable share of the market traditionally held by large mu…

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Breaking Down the Gross Metropolitan Product Figures

November 16, 2015 by John Lang | Blog

The Bureau of Economic Analysis ( recently published their 2014 estimates for Gross Metropolitan Product. Bloomberg Business news reported that the San Jose Metropolitan Area was ranked number one Richest City in America. Looking more closely at the Bureau o…

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Fiercely Collaborative, Living Laboratory “Cogswell College” Opens New Digital Arts Campus in North San José

October 5, 2015 by John Lang | Blog, Press Releases

New headquarters brings award-winning talent to North San José SAN JOSE, CA — Cogswell College, a digital art, engineering and entrepreneurship school, will celebrate the opening of its new headquarters in North San José, serving its 600 students and Academy Award-w…

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Asians forecast to increase from 33% to 44% of San Jose/Santa Clara county residents by 2040

May 13, 2015 by Elisabeth Handler | Blog

#sjplace A new forecast commissioned by San Jose’s Office of Economic Development from the University of Southern California predicts the Asian population will increase in San Jose/Santa Clara County from 33% in 2010 to 44% by 2040. The proportion of foreign-b…

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Growing tech companies succeed downtown with acquisitions and IPOS

April 13, 2015 by Elisabeth Handler | Blog

#sjplace Uber, the popular ride-sharing start-up, recently announced its first-ever public acquisition – Downtown-based deCarta, a San Jose firm founded in 1996 that develops software focused on location-based features, including mapping, local search, and turn-by…

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Avaya stadium opens – Let the games begin!

March 13, 2015 by Elisabeth Handler | Blog

#sjplace San Jose Earthquakes will officially cut the ribbon on February 27 signifying the opening of Avaya Stadium just in time for the first game on the new pitch. On February 28, the Quakes take on the LA Galaxy and fans are in for a real treat when they enter the 18…

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Looking for a high-paying, high-growth job? San Jose ranks

March 13, 2015 by Elisabeth Handler | Blog

#1 #sjtalent The Brookings Institution recently ranked the San Jose area as the #1 city in America for share of the workforce employed in “advanced industries” — industries that spend a lot on R&D and have a high number of workers in science, techn…

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City vitals 3.0 benchmarks San Jose among 130 cities nationwide

February 13, 2015 by Elisabeth Handler | Blog

#sjplace San Jose recently ranked among the top regions in the US in CEO’s for Cities’ City Vitals 3.0 report. The report measures the performance of 130 cities and metro regions nationwide on essential characteristics that underlie urban vitality and econom…

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“Sky’s The Limit” – Downtown High-Rise Development Incentive

January 5, 2015 by Elisabeth Handler | Blog

#sjdowntown The San José City Council recently approved suspending the collection of city construction taxes in order to incent the next high-rise office development project and keep pace with growing demand in Downtown San José. “Today, companies are choosing u…

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Pop-up Retail Arrives in Time for the Holidays

December 5, 2014 by Elisabeth Handler | Blog

#sjdowntown From therethere to SJ Made, nine pop-up retail stores in Downtown San Jose will spring to life in the Hammer Theater Center (the former San Jose Repertory Theater) and around Downtown this holiday season and stay open through January. The pop-ups, or tempora…

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Study Indicates Talent Pipeline Starts at San Jose State University

November 5, 2014 by Elisabeth Handler | Blog

#sjtalent A recent study by Business Insider researched universities that students should attend if seeking a job at Apple (one of the most sought after tech giants to work for according to the study). Using LinkedIn’s new education search utility, the report …

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Manufacturing Week Kicks Off in San Jose

October 5, 2014 by Elisabeth Handler | Blog

#sjplace Manufacturing Week 2014 comes to San Jose September 29 through October 3 with a series of facility tours, open houses, and panel discussions about careers in manufacturing in an effort to raise awareness about the industry’s rapid growth in the region. To…

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San Jose is Ranked as One of Coolest Places to Live in the U.S.

September 5, 2014 by Elisabeth Handler | Blog

#sjplace San Jose recently ranked as one of the Top 20 Coolest Cities in the U.S. to Live, in part, because of the increase in local residents frequenting Downtown, the availability of non-chain restaurants, abundant entertainment and cultural venues per capita, and …

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Q2 Market Reports Show Leasing Ramps Up as Vacancy Drops

August 5, 2014 by Elisabeth Handler | Blog

#sjinvests In Cushman & Wakefield’s: Marketbeat Report for Q2 2014, high-tech leasing was robust in Silicon Valley with the North San Jose sub-market capturing the three largest leases in the quarter. The report noted that North San Jose is poised to attra…

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City Momentum Index Notes San Jose Among Top Dynamic Cities Globally

August 5, 2014 by Elisabeth Handler | Blog

#northsj The recent release of theCity Momentum Index(CMI) by Jones Lang LaSalle positioned San Jose as a top 20 city worldwide for its short-term real estate and socio-economic momentum, and its ingredients for longer-term sustainable performance. This index is signifi…

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San Jose Ranks #1 in Nation for Employee Satisfaction

July 5, 2014 by Elisabeth Handler | Blog

#sjplace Glassdoor recently announced that San Jose’s metro region ranks as the #1 city in the U.S. in employee satisfaction in its annual Employment Satisfaction Report Card by City for 2014. San Jose got the top spot this year based on local employee feedbac…

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San Jose Ranked #1 City in U. S. For Small Businesses

June 5, 2014 by Elisabeth Handler | Blog

#sjsmallbusiness San Jose recently ranked as the No. 1 city in the U. S. for small business, according to  Biz2Credit’s report. The City’s No. 1 ranking is based on a weighted average that includes annual revenue, credit score, age of business (in months),…

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