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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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San Jose looking at wholesale food center to support local ag businesses

October 12, 2018 by Elisabeth Handler | Blog

Although we all are familiar with San Jose’s agricultural heritage, we may not be aware of the agricultural businesses that still make their home in our city.  OED has been working with Bay Area nonprofit, SAGE (Sustainable Agriculture Education) on efforts to suppor…

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The Man Who Brought Olympus to San Jose

September 28, 2018 by Donovan Lazaro | Blog

Sitting in his office, Eddie Garces reflects on Olympus’ move to North San Jose 40 years ago. “When I first came out here there were orchards all over the place,” he says. “Coming from New York City it was quite the contrast. When we would give directions to vis…

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Assembly at North First Phase I Nears Completion

September 28, 2018 by Elisabeth Handler | Blog

One of San Jose’s most interesting real estate projects is nearing completion in North San Jose, next to the bustling @First retail center. Phase 1 of Assembly at North First featuring three completely revamped, high-roof buildings that once constituted a Lam Rese…

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Notes from San Jose Downtown Association….

September 27, 2018 by Elisabeth Handler | Blog

We appreciate this update from the San Jose Downtown Association, on happenings and openings in and around Downtown. Two new stores at MOMENT:  As planned, two businesses moved into MOMENT at San Pedro Squared in August: Hapertas and Company opened Aug. 16, offering …

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Incentive awards available for arts-related businesses

September 24, 2018 by Elisabeth Handler | Blog

The City of San José Office of Cultural Affairs, in partnership with the Center for Cultural Innovation, announces the latest round of the Creative Industries Incentive Fund (CIIF). CIIF provides project support to arts-based commercial businesses involved in the produ…

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Manufacturing Week 2018 in San Jose

September 24, 2018 by Donovan Lazaro | Blog

In a collaboration with East Side Union High School District and the Silicon Valley Organization (SVO), the San Jose Office of Economic Development is excited to announce the return of San Jose Manufacturing Week. During the week of October 1-5, more than 600 East Side …

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Workshop on “Green Leasing” offered by SJ Environmental Services Division

September 21, 2018 by Elisabeth Handler | Blog

Does your business have sustainability goals and want to make sure that its lease is promoting green buildings and sustainability? Join ESD for a free workshop, “The Business Case for High-Performance Leases and Buildings”on October 17th at the Environmental…

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San Jose Hosts MFG DAY events with area students and manufacturers, Oct. 1-5

September 21, 2018 by Donovan Lazaro | Blog

In a collaboration with East Side Union High School District and the Silicon Valley Organization (SVO), the San Jose Office of Economic Development is excited to announce the return of San Jose Manufacturing Week. During the week of October 1-5, more than 600 East Side …

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City Workforce Initiative Helps Flood-Displaced Workers

September 19, 2018 by Elisabeth Handler | Blog

Since its launch last August, San Jose’s work2future Storm Program has provided temporary employment for a total of 54 displaced workers to do cleanup work at areas of San Jose damaged by devastating storms that occurred in Feb 2017. Utilizing a National Dislocated Wo…

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Welcome Vic Farlie, Business Development Officer!

September 19, 2018 by Elisabeth Handler | Blog

We are delighted to welcome Vic Farlie to OED’s business development team. His role is to engage businesses across the City of San Jose and support them to invest and grow. Vic is a Brit who brings deep experience as a successful business owner and public servant focu…

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“Leading Climate Innovation” – San Jose Hosts Global Climate Action Summit

September 14, 2018 by Elisabeth Handler | Blog

The City of San Jose joined community partners and stakeholders Sept. 12 in celebrating a year of remarkable progress toward a clean and sustainable future, achievements that will serve as a foundation for even bigger things to come. City leaders gathered with advocates…

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North San Jose: Up Close and In Depth

September 11, 2018 by Nathan Donato-Weinstein | Blog

For decades, North San Jose has been a no-brainer for companies needing large footprints, heavy-duty lab capability and access to a Bay Area-wide workforce. Now, city planners and developers are working on upgrades to add more pizazz to the city’s largest employment h…

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Culture Shock in Silicon Valley

August 31, 2018 by Elisabeth Handler | Blog

Recently, City Hall hosted a group of Swiss college students participating in an“International Program Experience” – a six-week work/live immersion into the US tech world. IPE brings students and a professor to the US for six weeks, and in addition to learning ab…

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Biennial Downtown Real Estate Tour Set for Sept. 20

August 24, 2018 by Elisabeth Handler | Blog

Reservations are being accepted for a three-hour tour of Downtown San Jose’s most interesting real estate opportunities, 1:30-4:30 pm, Thursday, Sept. 20. The roughly biennial tour will showcase some recent Downtown success stories, reveal investment opportunities…

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San Jose Identity Quest – The story behind the logo

August 24, 2018 by Elisabeth Handler | Blog

For many years, one of the challenges faced by OED’s business development team has been the need to explain San Jose before we could present the advantages of our city as a place to live, work and do business. Considering that it’s the 10th largest city in the U…

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