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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New Traffic Measuring Method Could Benefit Infill Development in San Jose

August 23, 2018 by Elisabeth Handler | Blog

Guest Blogpost by Ramses Madou Interim Division Manager, Planning, Policy & Sustainability Department of Transportation, City of San Jose The City of San Jose has recently changed the way it measures the impact of vehicle traffic spurred by development. The new metr…

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Women Entrepreneurs Welcome and Thriving in San Jose

August 23, 2018 by Elisabeth Handler | Blog

According to a study just released by MagnifiyMoney, a financial product comparison website, San Francisco, Austin, and San Jose, Calif. are the top three cities for women business owners.The West Coast seems to foster woman entrepreneurs, with six of the top 10 me…

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Silicon Valley Manufacturing Roundtable meets Manufacture: San Jose

August 23, 2018 by Donovan Lazaro | Blog

Take a second-generation San Jose tool manufacturer. Add in a tech-entrepreneur-turned-whiskey-distiller. Throw in a medical-equipment maker. Include a Stanford lecturer. That’s the recipe for last month’s installment of the Silicon Valley Manufacturing Roundtable, …

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Downtown Progress Report: Mid-Year 2018

August 14, 2018 by Elisabeth Handler | Blog

Recently, OED’s Downtown Manager Blage Zelalich presented an update on Downtown to a committee of the City Council. Her presentation can be viewed, and highlights are presented here. A vibrant city center is eclectic, interesting and inviting; has strong commer…

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$70 Million in funds available for Cal Competes Tax Credit

July 31, 2018 by Donovan Lazaro | Blog

The California Governor’s Office of Business and Economic Development (GO-Biz) is now accepting applications for the California Competes Tax Credit program. $70 million in tax credit funds are available during application periods in 2018 and 2019. The incentive progra…

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OneWheel hosts Adam Savage of “MythBusters” at San Jose’s BriteLab

July 24, 2018 by Elisabeth Handler | Blog

Adam Savage is well-known for his role in the popular Discovery Channel show, “MythBusters.” He is also an avid “one-wheel” rider, and a fan of the Santa Cruz company, Future Motion/OneWheel. Their OneWheel electric skateboard is designed in Sant…

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Urban Villages – Critical for San Jose Growth

July 19, 2018 by Elisabeth Handler | Blog

In order for San Jose to reach its goals of adding jobs and building housing, while also maintaining its Urban Growth Boundary, the city needs to build more urban mixed-use development within infill locations along key transit corridors. More than 60 of these planned gr…

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San Jose Ranked Second in World’s Fastest-Growing Cities

July 13, 2018 by Elisabeth Handler | Blog

An in-depth study of the growth of cities over time based on employment and GDP growth statistics was just released by Brookings, and San Jose was the #2 city globally in terms of fastest-growing economy, 2014-2016. Dublin, Ireland ranked highest, and San Francisco came…

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San Jose’s Iron Construction Comes Home to a Big Upgrade

July 10, 2018 by Elisabeth Handler | Blog

A company with roots in San Jose celebrated its return to the city and the inauguration of its headquarters in a newly restored building at 1995 The Alameda. Situated just south of I-880 on one of San Jose’s most historic thoroughfares, the multi-story facility demons…

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Environmental Services Division discusses climate solutions with Adobe

July 6, 2018 by Elisabeth Handler | Blog

Guest Blogpost by Aaron Kinney, Senior Public Relations Representative, City of San José Environmental Services Division In February, the San José City Council adopted Climate Smart San José, an ambitious new plan to reduce greenhouse gas (GHG) emissions and save w…

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San Jose City-Wide Retail Strategy Update

June 29, 2018 by Nathan Donato-Weinstein | Blog

Sears. Toys R Us. Payless Shoe Source. Claire’s. The list of troubled and bankrupt retailers seems to go on and on. Yet retail remains a critically important part of any city’s economic, cultural and social fabric. All of which explains why San Jose has initiated wo…

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City Council Pays Tribute Longtime San Jose Manufacturing Leader

June 26, 2018 by Donovan Lazaro | Blog

On June 19, the San Jose City Council paid homage to Don Mountz, founder of Mountz, Inc. a legendary manufacturer and distributor of precision torque and fastener tools used around the globe. The Council adjourned its meeting in honor of Mountz, who died this January at…

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Update on Hammer Theatre Center, San Jose’s Performing Arts Partnership with SJSU

June 15, 2018 by Elisabeth Handler | Blog

One of San Jose’s most architecturally significant public buildings started as a Redevelopment Agency project in the heart of downtown, the Susan and Phil Hammer Theatre Center. Originally built for the San Jose Repertory Theatre, the facility was opened in 1997, feat…

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NSJ Startup Farmecology Seeks to Redefine Urban Farming

June 7, 2018 by Donovan Lazaro | Blog

Step into the spacious headquarters of San Jose startup Farmecology, and the first thing you notice are the glowing racks. But at this startup, they’re not filled with servers. Instead, delicate microgreens – kale, arugula, and specialty lettuces — thrive unde…

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Downtown Retail Strategy Update

June 7, 2018 by Elisabeth Handler | Blog

In a presentation to the Community & Economic Development Committee (CEDC) of the City Council, Downtown Manager Blage Zelalich provided insights into national trends that influence retail expansion in Downtown San Jose, along with an overview of the studies and act…

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Mobility, Energy and Environment – a Symposium at City Hall

June 6, 2018 by Elisabeth Handler | Blog

Prospect Silicon Valley hosted the Innovation & Impact 2018 Symposium at City Hall, with a full day of presentations, demonstrations and breakout sessions with a focus on the convergence and interdependence of emerging technologies in advanced mobility, energy and…

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Southwest Airlines Adds Florida Flights to SJC

June 5, 2018 by Elisabeth Handler | Blog

Southwest Airlines® added another important transcontinental route to its growing list of cities available for direct flights  from Mineta San Jose International Airport (SJC) on May 6, 2018, with an inaugural flight to Orlando. The carrier operated Florida One, Sout…

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FlexFactor:  Faith in the Future for San Jose

June 5, 2018 by Donovan Lazaro | Blog

Guest Blogpost by Emily McGrath, Deputy Director of Workforce Development, NextFlex  This June, NextFlex—an advanced manufacturing institute based in San Jose—completed the second year of FlexFactor, its flagship workforce development program. A collaborative t…

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