Meet the Team & Customer Satisfaction Survey
City of Milpitas - Office of Economic Development | April 20, 2021
Dear Business Representative,

In March 2020, the Office of Economic Development reprioritized its mission to assist the business community with resiliency and recovery during the pandemic. It is an understatement to say that this past year we've all experienced one of the most difficult and uncertain periods of our lifetimes. Notwithstanding, the Milpitas Office of Economic Development would like to convey that it has been an honor and a privilege to serve the business, brokerage and development communities this past year. 

For our 50th Constant Contact message, the Economic Development team would like to pause and introduce ourselves.
Alex Andrade
Director of Economic Development

Mr. Andrade joined the Office of Economic Development in December 2018. Prior to this role, Alex worked for the City of Mountain View for five years as Economic Development Manager. He previously worked for three of the largest redevelopment agencies at the time, which include San Jose, Los Angeles, and San Francisco. He has also held government positions in Menlo Park and Poway and worked as a program officer at the Silicon Valley Community Foundation. His academic background includes a Bachelor of Arts from the University of California, San Diego, in Sociology (emphasis in Law and Society), and a Master's of Public Administration degree from the University of San Francisco.
Daniel Degu, Sr.
Economic Development Coordinator

Mr. Degu joined the Office of Economic Development in November 2016. With a varied work experience in both private and public sectors, Mr. Degu coordinates and implements projects and programs that support the Milpitas business community. His educational background includes multiple Bachelor’s Degrees from the University of Arizona, one in Molecular & Cellular Biology and the other in Health Sciences in Physiology, as well as a Master’s Degree in Environmental Engineering from National University.
Nicole Inamine
Economic Development Specialist

Ms. Inamine joined the Office of Economic Development in September 2020. Her prior professional experience includes working in the Office of Mayor Sam Liccardo in San Jose where she was a part of the public safety and economic development teams. Nicole holds a Bachelor's degree in Liberal Arts from Soka University of America where she completed her capstone project on the revitalization of the Mid-Market neighborhood in San Francisco.
During the pandemic, the Office of Economic Development has been successful in providing business assistance efforts that include, but not limited to:
  • Milpitas Microenterprise Grant Program with critical funding to 38 businesses
  • 5 business resources webinars
  • 50 Constant Contact messages sharing important resources and information
  • Milpitas Small Business Spotlight program producing free marketing videos
  • Food Service Delivery Fee Cap to help restaurants
  • Virtual Business Assistance Center assisting over 1,000 unique business representatives
  • A hotel and travel industries report titled “Surviving the Pandemic and Building Resilient Hotel and Travel Industries in Silicon Valley: A Guide for Local Government and Industry Leaders."

This has been possible only with the direction of the City Council and partnerships with the Economic Development and Trade Commission and various City departments. 

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If you have any questions or need business assistance during COVID-19, please visit our website. Additionally, do not hesitate to contact the Office of Economic Development team by sending us an email. Assistance is available in English, Chinese, Spanish, Tagalog, Vietnamese, and other languages. We will continue to send out pertinent updates as they are made available to keep you informed.

In community spirit,
Alex Andrade
Director of Economic Development
(408) 586-3046