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 Donovan Lazaro | 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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Hugs and Kisses from San Jose City Hall

January 23, 2019 by Elisabeth Handler | Blog

In celebration of Valentine’s Day, the City of San Jose Office of Cultural Affairs is offering a free commemorative photo,  taken in front of the public artwork XO  at City Hall.  Photos will be taken of couples, co-workers, groups, BFFs and even with a much-loved …

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OED Viewpoint – Business trends to watch

January 22, 2019 by Nathan Donato-Weinstein | Blog

As part of OED’s annual Business Development Update presentation to the City Council’s Community & Economic Development Committee (CEDC) on Jan 28,  the staff memo included some forward-looking statements gathered through meetings, interviews, data analysis…

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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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