Asian Tea, Boba and Lightbulb Glasses Come to Downtown

March 16, 2018 by Elisabeth Handler | Blog

Tea Alley just celebrated its opening at 40 South First Street.  Tucked alongside a charming paseo, it’s a little jewel of a place with contrasting walls of glass and stone. Infinite variations of tea and boba can be enjoyed encased in digital light bulbs that tw…

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Apple WWDC returns to San Jose

March 15, 2018 by Elisabeth Handler | Blog

For the second year, Apple will hold its 29th World Wide Developers Convention, or WWDC, in San Jose. Last year, the first time the event had been held in San Jose, thousands of attendees flocked to Downtown San Jose from Cupertino, California, and 75 other countries. T…

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SCU offers San Jose vendors option to accept student access cards for payment

March 13, 2018 by Elisabeth Handler | Blog

Guest Blogpost by Kate Laughton: SCU Senior Fellow, Leavey School of Business With a quick swipe, Santa Clara University’s student access card allows students easy on-campus purchases of food, library check-outs and access to dorms and gym.  Now, through the Vendor…

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Thoughts on attending International Shopping Center Convention 2018

March 13, 2018 by Elisabeth Handler | Blog

Last week, a group of OED staff attended this year’s International Shopping Center Convention in the newly opened Monterey Conference Center. With more than 1000 attendees, the event was an interesting networking challenge, giving us random access to brokers, deve…

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OED is sponsoring SLVG 2018 Regional Economic Forum, April 13

March 12, 2018 by Elisabeth Handler | Blog

  We are pleased to be a sponsor for the 2018 Silicon Valley Regional Economic Forum, to be held in Campbell, California, April 13. This is one of 16 regional forums ​held ​in the state of California in the Spring to help identify economic competitiveness issue…

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San Jose Commercial Real Estate – 2018 Outlook is Good, Says Colliers

March 1, 2018 by Nathan Donato-Weinstein | Blog

Silicon Valley’s commercial real estate markets clocked another good year in 2017, and there appears to be more gas left in the tank. That’s the word from Dave Schmidt, executive vice president with Colliers International, at the brokerage’s Trends event held Feb.…

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OED participates in key business media events in February

February 26, 2018 by Elisabeth Handler | Blog

Two regional news organizations held events of significance to the San Jose business community in February: The Registry’s Silicon Valley Update 2018 on February 15, where OED Director Kim Walesh served as a presenter and panelist, and Silicon Valley Business Jo…

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Sonic Runway Closing after Four-Month Installation

February 26, 2018 by Elisabeth Handler | Blog

Sonic Runway opened on November 4, 2017, and created a new experience at City Hall Plaza. The installation came to San Jose from Burning Man, thanks to a collaboration between the Burning Man Project and the City of San Jose’s Office of Cultural Affairs. Since it…

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SJ #3 Most Diverse U.S. Big City

February 20, 2018 by Elisabeth Handler | Blog

In a recent survey of US cities in terms of diversity, WalletHub ranked San Jose as the #3 most diverse of the U.S. big cities, with New York at#1 and Oakland at #2. Compared to all 500 U.S. cities in the survey, San Jose came in at #8. WalletHub is personal finance web…

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Cinequest Film Festival Returns for 28th Year

February 16, 2018 by Elisabeth Handler | Blog

Voted Best Film Festival by USA Today Readers, Cinequest Film & VR Festival (CQFF)  returns to San Jose between February 27 and March 11, 2018. CQFF showcases premier films, renowned and emerging artists, and breakthrough technology—empowering global connectivity…

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Artisanal brewery re-born with stylish taproom on South First Street

February 13, 2018 by Elisabeth Handler | Blog

There are so many ways that Clandestine Brewing exemplifies San José entrepreneurship, not the least of which is its cheeky approach to naming itself and its products. Branding yourself as “secret” is audacious, but solidly based in fact – the brewery’s first l…

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Nox Cookie Bar Opens in Downtown SJ

February 8, 2018 by Elisabeth Handler | Blog

After two years of successfully fueling SJSU’s all-night study sessions and tech coding marathons, Nox Cookies has opened a retail store to meet San Jose’s daily need to satisfy the craving for a warm cookie and cold milk. Convenient to Downtown offices and high-ris…

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Grants program for San Jose arts-based commercial businesses

January 29, 2018 by Elisabeth Handler | Blog

The City of San José Office of Cultural Affairs, in partnership with the Center for Cultural Innovation (CCI), is pleased to announce that the guidelines for the 6th round of the Creative Industries Incentive Fund (CIIF) are now available here. CIIF provides projec…

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January 22, 2018 by Elisabeth Handler | Blog

In a report that analyzes 30 metropolitan areas in terms of the economic impact of what they call digitalization, Brookings has just ranked San Jose ranks as #1 – possibly a bit of a mixed blessing! An informative infographic tells the story. In recent decades, the di…

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San Jose’s public life to get a boost from Knight Foundation grant

January 18, 2018 by Elisabeth Handler | Blog

San José will benefit from a recently announced grant from the John S. and James L. Knight Foundation, providing $249,600 to help the City learn best practices for making public spaces into active hubs that connect the community and improve civic life. The grant was ma…

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January 16, 2018 by Elisabeth Handler | Blog

It wasn’t just another tech company ribbon-cutting on Jan. 11 at the new Kika Tech offices at 8 North San Pedro Street. Kika’s staff were just back from an amazing Consumer Electronics Show (CES) in Las Vegas, where the China-based startup had been awarded four 2018…

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Silicon Valley’s Airport is Boosting the Region’s Economic Growth

January 12, 2018 by Elisabeth Handler | Blog

Guest post by Jonathan Vaden, Marketing Manager/Business Development, Mineta San José International Airport New airline service boosts any community’s economic development. It generates new business opportunities, enhances trade, creates local jobs and stimulates t…

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January 9, 2018 by Elisabeth Handler | Blog

OED’s mission is to drive a vital and competitive economy that increases prosperity and quality of life for our residents and businesses. In today’s Silicon Valley, that means more than good transit, available real estate and reasonable housing costs. It also means …

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December 22, 2017 by Elisabeth Handler | Blog

On Thursday, December 14, the City of San Jose hosted 2017’s final Silicon Valley Manufacturing Roundtable. Executives and business owners from prominent San Jose manufacturing companies attended, representing companies ranging in size from 50 to 1600 employees. T…

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FlexFactor Finals Showcase Student Innovation

December 21, 2017 by Elisabeth Handler | Blog

On December 7th I had the pleasure of being a panel judge for the inaugural FlexFactor Finals. An initiative spun out of the NextFlex advanced manufacturing institute in North San Jose, FlexFactor is a month-long program that exposes high school students to the world of…

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December 20, 2017 by Elisabeth Handler | Blog

As part of making Downtown San Jose more attractive and walkable, grants are available to small businesses interested in upgrading their sidewalk visuals. There are two kinds of grants – vacant storefront grants that provide reduced permit costs, and existing stor…

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December 19, 2017 by Elisabeth Handler | Blog

Guest Blogpost contributed by Nate LeBlanc, Business Development Manager, San Jose Downtown Association 2017 was a year of strong growth for cafés and restaurants in Downtown San Jose, marked by the opening of some great new places. I’m going to highlight some stando…

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