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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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OED welcomes Development Facilitation Officer Emily Lipoma

March 11, 2019 by Elisabeth Handler | Blog

Moving to OED’s  Business Development Division, Emily Lipoma is bringing her services as Development Facilitation Officer to the group, utilizing her extensive experience managing complex projects in the City of San Jose Planning Department. Now located within Bu…

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San Jose implements changes in construction tax effective March 31, 2019

February 22, 2019 by Chris Burton | Blog

What’s in your office? The Silicon Valley workplace has changed significantly over the past two decades. You’re now more likely to see open collaboration spaces and fire pits than you are closed door offices or even cubicles. Also gone are many of the traditional la…

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OED kicks off City of San Jose Opportunity Zones dialogue

February 22, 2019 by Nathan Donato-Weinstein | Blog

There’s a lot of buzz right now around Opportunity Zones – a new federal tax incentive for investment in lower-income communities. With 11 designated Census tracts, San Jose has the most Zones in Silicon Valley, and investors have responded by looking for deals thro…

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City completes sale of iconic Hayes Mansion

February 20, 2019 by Elisabeth Handler | Blog

In February, 2019, the City of San José announced the successful completion of the sale of Hayes Mansion to JMA Ventures LLC, for $30 million. The City Council approved the sale on June 26, 2018, and escrow closed on January 5, 2019. The sale allows the City to elimina…

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SJPL Works for job applicants and entrepreneurs

February 15, 2019 by Elisabeth Handler | Blog

A guest blogpost by Rick Jensen, Communications Director, San Jose Downtown Association SJPL Works is just one of the assets that makes San Jose Public Library one of the top libraries in the country. San Jose librarians saw a need to provide dedicated support to job-se…

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San José Clean Energy: Energy and Innovation for Businesses

February 13, 2019 by Elisabeth Handler | Blog

Guest Blogpost by Mark Bachman Account Services Manager, San José Clean Energy   San José Clean Energy (SJCE) is the new Community Choice Energy program providing cleaner and cheaper electricity generation services to residents and businesses in San José. Opera…

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Opportunity Zones get more attention in San Jose

February 11, 2019 by Elisabeth Handler | Blog

Fresh from creating and leading a City Hall presentation of the Opportunity Zone program and its implications for property owners, developers, and businesses, OED’s Nathan Donato-Weinstein will be a presenter at BisNow‘s upcoming half-day event: Silicon Vall…

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“Future of Downtown San Jose” – SV Business Journal Event

February 6, 2019 by Vic Farlie | Blog

At a sellout breakfast summit hosted by the Silicon Valley Business Journal, developers, property owners and City officials shared their views on the future of Downtown. Mayor Sam Liccardo gave the keynote speech highlighting just how far Downtown has come over the past…

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San Jose Finishes Year with Record-Low Unemployment

January 28, 2019 by Elisabeth Handler | Blog

  The unemployment rate for the City of San José dropped to a historically low in 2018, finishing the year at 2.5% after hitting an all-time low of 2.3% in May. The high demand for workers continued to draw sidelined workers into the market and new housing complet…

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