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Manufacturing Series: SurfaceInk, the brains behind the gadget

March 16, 2017 by Nathan Donato-Weinstein | Blog

Perched in a display case inside the downtown San José office of SurfaceInk is a hit parade of consumer electronics: Palm devices, Apple iPhones, Amazon Kindles, and  enough routers, printers – even a few toys – to stock a Fry’s megastore. They’ve all been she…

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Manufacturing Series: Velodyne LiDAR Drives into San José

February 27, 2017 by Nathan Donato-Weinstein | Blog

You might not know the name Velodyne LiDar Inc., but there’s a good chance the technology the company pioneered will radically change the way you get around in the not-too-distant future. And a new factory it’s establishing in South San José will help accelerate th…

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AC Hotel Opens in San Jose

February 7, 2017 by Nathan Donato-Weinstein | Blog

If you have tried to get a weekday room in Silicon Valley over the last couple of years, you’ll know the following rules: Book early. Cast a wide net. And be prepared to pay up. But now a little rain has fallen on the long drought of hotel construction in downtown San…

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Woman-Owned Naprotek Is Electronics Manufacturing Success Story

December 22, 2016 by Donovan Lazaro | Blog

  The Bay Area has long been the epicenter for advanced electronics manufacturing. Predominantly concentrated in the San Jose metro, the industry is buoyed through its proximity to both incumbent and up-and-coming hardware companies, decades of intellectual capital…

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SVMR panel: Manufacturing training available, but where are the students?

December 13, 2016 by Donovan Lazaro | Blog

Last week OED hosted Silicon Valley Manufacturing Roundtable 2016. One of the panels was planned to highlight the need of Silicon Valley companies for trained manufacturing workers . The panel consisted of Michael Chissell, who runs training programs for San Jose-base…

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When is local manufacturing right for hardware startups?

December 13, 2016 by Nathan Donato-Weinstein | Blog

Local manufacturing is a hot topic these days. So it’s no surprise it took center stage at a recent convening of the Silicon Valley Manufacturing Roundtable held at Samsung Semiconductor USA in North San Jose. As moderator, I had a chance to engage with four emerging …

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San Jose is Key to Bay Area’s Manufacturing Ecosystem

December 2, 2016 by Donovan Lazaro | Blog

It is unusual for the mayors of the Bay Area’s four largest cities to appear together publicly. However, On November 17, San Jose’s Mayor Liccardo was joined by his counterparts from San Francisco, Oakland, and Fremont to support local manufacturing at the Inaugur…

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Inside BriteLab, San Jose manufacturer of high-tech skateboards and 3D printers

November 22, 2016 by Nathan Donato-Weinstein | Blog

A one-wheeled electric skateboard that zooms along at 14 mph. A mobile telepresence robot with a friendly “face.” A high-end 3D printer that can link up to up to dozens of its siblings, creating a massive, automated production line. Very different products, to be su…

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High-Tech-Employees Turned Artisinal – The Wood Connection Hand-Crafts Custom Cabinets in San Jose

November 14, 2016 by Donovan Lazaro | Blog

  The perception of Silicon Valley is tech, tech and more tech. But some thriving businesses in San Jose focus on artisanal skills, even if their founders started out in tech.  One of these is part of a thriving little community of custom cabinet-making, in the Mo…

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Therma Success Based on Quality, Service and Employees

October 31, 2016 by Donovan Lazaro | Blog

When Joe and Nicki Parisi established Therma Corporation in 1967, they could sense that the region was poised for considerable growth. Yet even they had little idea that the relatively quiet Santa Clara Valley would one day be home to the economic engine it is today. To…

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Eighth Downtown Broker Tour Draws 200 Real Estate Professionals

October 25, 2016 by Tina Kapoor | Blog

On October 5th, the Office of Economic Development led the 8th edition of the Downtown Real Estate Tour. The purpose of the tour is to showcase recent downtown success stories, highlight projects in planning and under construction, and reveal investment opportunities. …

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From the Economist’s Desk: Q3 2016 Snapshot

October 24, 2016 by Michelle Thong | Blog,

What’s happening with San Jose’s economy? Count on our quarterly snapshots to give you the scoop. Take a look at the data for yourself on our economic indicators dashboard.  Strong job growth across multiple sectors San Jose added a total of 10,370 jobs dur…

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URBAN INNOVATION – A MAP AND A GUIDE

October 21, 2016 by Elisabeth Handler | Blog

  Home to the world’s largest concentration of technology companies, San Jose leads the San Jose/Silicon Valley Emerging Technology Innovation Hub (iHUB). Designated by the California Governor’s Office of Business and Economic Development, the San Jose iHUB pro…

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San Jose Welcomes Auto Innovator NextEV

October 19, 2016 by Elisabeth Handler | Blog

Adding to San Jose’s growing presence in the electric and autonomous car manufacturing market, startup NextEV celebrated its grand opening on North First Street in North San Jose, with San Jose Mayor Sam Liccardo and hundreds of partners, investors and media.   The t…

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Javad EMS adds to a Thriving Electronics Manufacturing Industry in San Jose

October 7, 2016 by Donovan Lazaro | Blog

San Jose has long been home to a diverse electronics manufacturing industry. While the industry has morphed and evolved over the years in response to the demands of global market forces and changes in technological landscape, San Jose remains home to dozens of such busi…

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Inaugural Bay Area Manufacturing Survey

September 21, 2016 by Donovan Lazaro | Blog

Economic data plays a central role in our line of work. It’s how we know what industries are growing, how residents are faring and where our actions are needed most. For example, data shows us that manufacturing is one of San Jose’s largest sectors. Manufac…

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San Jose’s “coolness factor” is raised – the opening of Midtown Arts Mercantile

September 16, 2016 by Reena Brilliot | Blog

Last night we celebrated the grand opening of The Midtown Arts Mercantile project.  The 40,000 square foot building at 430 Lincoln Avenue has a 98-year history deeply rooted in the canning and agricultural history of San Jose. Mayor Sam Liccardo presided, and was enthu…

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The Young & The Restless, San Jose Edition

September 14, 2016 by Michelle Thong | Blog,

We brought economist Joe Cortright to San Jose to talk about why attracting college-educated young adults is so important for our city. Cortright is the Director of City Observatory, a virtual think tank and website with daily commentary that is on the “must-fol…

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From the Economist’s Desk: August 2016 Snapshot

August 22, 2016 by Michelle Thong | Blog,

Wondering how long Silicon Valley’s economic engine will keep on chugging? Read on to get the latest stats on San Jose’s economy, then head on over to our newly-launched economic indicators dashboard to take a look at the data for yourself. This is the in…

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Made in the Bay Area: A look at the regional manufacturing ecosystem

August 17, 2016 by Michelle Thong | Blog

What do solar panel connectors, stereo systems, t-shirts and beer all have in common? Answer: They’re all made in the Bay Area. Four businesses– Bentek, Meyer Sound, Marine Layer and Anchor Steam Brewing—representing each of these sectors were featured at the …

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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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