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San Jose scores upgraded Wi-Fi service for Downtown events areas – just in time for huge sports events

January 22, 2019 by Elisabeth Handler | Blog

Just before the launch of College Football Playoff’s Championship Campus events in Downtown, San Jose was excited to inaugurate significantly upgraded Wi-Fi service in and around Plaza de Cesar Chavez. For this deployment, Ruckus Networks provided T710 outdoor access …

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Launching and growing a dream – BOS events offer small business guidance

January 22, 2019 by Elisabeth Handler | Blog

A full roster of events, workshops, skills sessions, clubs and clinics are held every month courtesy of Business Owners Space, one of the City of San Jose’s economic development programs. Here are two worth noting: New Year, New Business @ Action Spot Designed for ent…

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Silicon Valley Foreign Trade Zone Forum – Enhancing your company’s global competitiveness

January 11, 2019 by Elisabeth Handler | Blog

OED is hosting an important business forum on the advantages of using a Foreign Trade Zone on (FTZ), March 5, 2019, 8:30-11 am, at City Hall. Foreign Trade Zones are territories within the US that are considered outside of US. Customs territory. The City of San Jose’s…

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San Jose Climate Champion nominations open

January 3, 2019 by Elisabeth Handler | Blog

We wanted to be sure our readers have the chance to put forward nominations in seven categories for the first annual Climate Smart Champion Awards. The awards will recognize San José individuals, employers and organizations that have made outstanding effort this year …

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San Jose ranked fastest-growing city in the world, 2019-2035

December 21, 2018 by Elisabeth Handler | Blog

A story in MarketWatch details a new report from Oxford Economics predicting that San Jose will be the fastest-growing urban economy world-wide, while New York City will retain its crown as the largest urban economy globally. Oxford Economics says in its annual Global C…

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Innovative entrepreneurship and art celebrated in Downtown San Jose by OED programs

December 19, 2018 by Dhez Woodworth | Blog

Showcasing the diversity of programs and initiatives that OED manages, a event on a Friday night in December saw crowds of dignitaries, performers, entrepreneurs and bystanders gathering in the Hammer Theatre Plaza for a joint inauguration – the launch of Eastside-Gr…

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The most-read stories of 2018

December 18, 2018 by Elisabeth Handler | Blog

Confirming our suspicion that our audience is diverse and curious, a review of our most popular stories in 2018 prove that you have a wide range of interests. The most popular blogpost was posted in July and appeared in our August SJ Economy News, about a Brookings stud…

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Update – San Jose retail strategy

December 7, 2018 by Nathan Donato-Weinstein | Blog

America’s love for online shopping is hard to miss: Just look at the smiley-faced Amazon boxes that are probably dotting your neighborhood porches right now. But even amid the disruption, San Jose’s brick-and-mortar retail sector continues to grow. Now City official…

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Zanotto’s opens new-format store on Southwest Expressway

December 3, 2018 by Elisabeth Handler | Blog

Family grocery stores are kind of a San Jose thing, and the Zanotto family has been upholding that tradition and expanding their offerings for more than 45 years. In December, Zanotto’s hosted a grand opening of Zanotto’s Fruitdale Station market, a new conc…

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San Jose immigrants are buying homes – 2nd highest rate in US.

December 3, 2018 by Vic Farlie | Blog

A Lending Tree study of home ownership by immigrants in US cities found that San Jose has the second-highest rate of foreign-born residents, 39 percent, and one quarter of them own their own homes.  Miami’s rates of immigrant residents and homeownership are just a bi…

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All Good Work opens at CommonGrounds in San Jose

November 30, 2018 by Elisabeth Handler | Blog

Guest Blogpost – Rick Jensen, San Jose Downtown Association All Good Work held its Silicon Valley kickoff event Nov. 14 at CommonGrounds.  The New York City-based foundation hooks local non-profits up with co-working environments including NextSpace and CommonGroun…

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Cities and Community Leaders Gather in San Jose to Celebrate Bay Area Manufacturing

November 21, 2018 by Donovan Lazaro | Blog

On November 9th, cities, business groups, and nonprofits from around the Bay Area gathered in San Jose to celebrate urban manufacturing at the third annual Bay Area Urban Manufacturing Summit. The event highlighted changes that are happening in the sector across the reg…

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College Football Playoff 2019 comes to San Jose

November 21, 2018 by Elisabeth Handler | Blog

San Jose is excited to be hosting the 2019 College Football Playoff (CFP) Championship Campus, January 24-7, 2019 To provide fan fun and a “homecoming weekend” leading into to the game on Monday, January 7, San Jose’s Championship Campus will open at noon on Frida…

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Key documents on Diridon Station development go to City Council Dec. 4

November 21, 2018 by Elisabeth Handler | Blog

At the December 4, 2018 City Council meeting, the proposed Memorandum of Understanding (MOU) and Purchase and Sale Agreements (PSA) developed by the City with Google LLC will be presented for consideration. Together, the documents provide a framework for a regionally s…

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San Jose – 1,300 businesses benefitting from SBA approved loans since 2008

November 21, 2018 by Vic Farlie | Blog

OED recently researched the value and impact of Small Business Administration (SBA) approved loans for business here in the city of San Jose. Figures released going back to 2008 reveal that more than 1,300 businesses in the city have benefited for a total value close to…

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OED unveils second video “anthem” with focus on work and life in San Jose

November 14, 2018 by Elisabeth Handler | Blog

We are thrilled to share with you our latest video project highlighting the people and businesses that make San Jose such a strong city for growth, innovation and culture. This video couldn’t have happened without the hard work and participation of many businesses…

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Teknol’s Early Learning Lab with a Tech Twist in San Jose 

November 6, 2018 by Elisabeth Handler | Blog

San Jose welcomed a new addition to our education ecosystem, with the official grand opening of Laurel Play Gardens just west of Downtown at 1050 Park Avenue. The brainchild of Rahul Beri, father of two and an economist by qualification, Beri knows the importance of qua…

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New Burning Man art now appearing in Downtown San José

October 25, 2018 by Elisabeth Handler | Blog

San Jose’s City Hall Plaza was vastly enhanced by the extended visit last year of an interactive art work from Burning Man, Sonic Runway. And now the partnership between Burning Man Project and the Office of Cultural Affairs has brought us two more stunning pieces as …

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Corporate Openings in San Jose

October 18, 2018 by Elisabeth Handler | Blog

Assembly at North First opens Phase 1 On October 17, some 200 guests gathered in the three buildings and outdoor amenity area of the newly rehabilitated Assembly at North First.  The ribbon-cutting for Phase 1 of the project signaled the availability of more than 1 mil…

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CityDance San Jose completes its third year

October 18, 2018 by Elisabeth Handler | Blog

For eight consecutive Thursday nights between August 16 and October 4, Plaza de Cesar Chavez was rocking to an eclectic mix of dance genres, with live performers, dance instruction, food trucks and a beer and wine garden. With its roots in a 2016 meeting hosted by Mayo…

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Downtown Real Estate Tour 2018 – Old and New on View

October 15, 2018 by Elisabeth Handler | Blog

Guest Blogpost by Rick Jensen, Communications Director, San Jose Downtown Association Four buses took 170 people on a sweltering summer afternoon tour through and around downtown to see and hear firsthand about the new and revitalized projects shaping San Jose. About a …

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Crowdfunding in San Jose – A closer look

October 15, 2018 by Vic Farlie | Blog

Here in the City of San Jose crowdfunding has taken off. The Brookings Institute has published research to show that over the past eight years, the Kickstarter platform alone has secured funding for 82 projects with a combined value of $16 million.  Entrepreneurs are …

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