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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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What Makes a Great Sports City?

June 6, 2016 by Elisabeth Handler | Blog

Traditionally it’s been a combination of one or more legacy teams, venerable venues, a rabid fan base, and crappy weather. That’s how Chicago, Boston, New York, Detroit and the other old-school sports cities earned their rep. Now there’s a new kid in the game – …

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Indie Coffee Houses Perk Up Downtown

May 27, 2016 by Tina Kapoor | Blog

I love coffee. And the recent growth of coffee scene in Downtown San Jose is on point! As more and more local and independent coffee shops continue to pop up in Downtown, I couldn’t be happier. Not only do they add to the many choices in high-quality, caffeinated beve…

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Put Your Money Where Your Pedal Is!

May 12, 2016 by Reena Brilliot | Blog

May is here and there is no better time to fix that flat and pull your bike out of the garage. While we may think of biking for exercise or even commuting, it may not occur to us to get on our bikes to do our errands. These days, with our speedy thumbs and smart... Continue Reading


Making a Splash in 2016—San Jose’s Year for Beer & Craft Drinks

March 30, 2016 by Reena Brilliot | Blog

2016 is on its way to be a big year for beer and other craft drinks in San Jose, and their presence will not be pint sized. It’s no secret that microbreweries are growing in number across the country, taking a sizable share of the market traditionally held by large mu…

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Breaking Down the Gross Metropolitan Product Figures

November 16, 2015 by John Lang | Blog

The Bureau of Economic Analysis (www.bea.gov) recently published their 2014 estimates for Gross Metropolitan Product. Bloomberg Business news reported that the San Jose Metropolitan Area was ranked number one Richest City in America. Looking more closely at the Bureau o…

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Fiercely Collaborative, Living Laboratory “Cogswell College” Opens New Digital Arts Campus in North San José

October 5, 2015 by John Lang | Blog, Press Releases

New headquarters brings award-winning talent to North San José SAN JOSE, CA — Cogswell College, a digital art, engineering and entrepreneurship school, will celebrate the opening of its new headquarters in North San José, serving its 600 students and Academy Award-w…

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Asians forecast to increase from 33% to 44% of San Jose/Santa Clara county residents by 2040

May 13, 2015 by Elisabeth Handler | Blog

#sjplace A new forecast commissioned by San Jose’s Office of Economic Development from the University of Southern California predicts the Asian population will increase in San Jose/Santa Clara County from 33% in 2010 to 44% by 2040. The proportion of foreign-b…

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