JULY 2017

The announcement of Google's interest in developing a significant employment presence in San José is energizing the Diridon Station Area Plan (DSAP). 

Approved by the City Council in 2014, DSAP is designed to encourage the development of a dynamic, vibrant urban environment that includes office and R&D development, hotel space, retail, housing, public plazas, pedestrian areas, entertainment, restaurants - all at the heart of a hub of local and regional transportation opportunities.

The Diridon area, with the addition of the Google development, will be a departure from auto-oriented tech campuses and will be an attractive urban resource for the whole of Silicon Valley. The best example of this vision would the thriving area around King's Cross Station in London.

The addition of Google's interest in this area includes a capacity for 20,000 jobs within walking distance to the downtown core, and development of 6 - 8 million square feet of office and research space.San José currently has 10 million square feet of office and R&D. The DSAP included plans for 3,000 residential units.

The first step in the process of selling City-owned properties is the City Council-approved exclusive negotiating agreement (ENA). This non-binding agreement has a term of one year for the preparation of a Memorandum of Understanding (MOU). The term can be extended for an additional year.

The ENA has a rigorous schedule and both Google and the City are committed to an expedited negotiation process.  The Schedule of Performance in the ENA anticipates creation of a MOU by March 2018.
No development applications have been submitted to the City, nor are expected to be submitted in 2017. Securing a marquee employer like Google as a lead private partner can help accelerate the quality and timely development of the Diridon Station Area. Read all the details in the DSAP Report

For more information, contact Nanci Klein, Real Estate Director, OED.


The City's San José Works Program and the silicon valley organization (SVO - formerly SJSV Chamber of Commerce), hosted an Internship Fair at City Hall Rotunda on Tuesday, June 13. 

More than 120 employers looking to fill summer internships interviewed nearly 200 youth drawn from East Side Union High School District, San José Unified School District, Campbell Union High School District, and MetroED. 

Matt Mahood of SVO, and Jim Reed from San José Mayor Liccardo's office kicked off the event to a packed house.

Employers representing technology, advanced manufacturing, health care, construction and other sectors participated, including FoxConn, NextFlex, Naprotek, Process Solutions, Rose Electronics, Topa Architecture, Choice Communications Corporation, International Technological University, Kaiser Permanente, Santa Clara Dental Society, OC McDonald Company, Republic Services, State Farm, SAS Consulting, and Sagacent Technologies. Channel 7 ran a story on the event.

For more information, please contact David Mirrione at 408-794-1132, or Jeff Ruster, Director of Strategic Partnerships, City Manager's Office at 408-535-8183.



In June, Thin Film Electronics ASA (OSE: THIN), a global leader in near field communication (NFC) mobile marketing and smart product solutions, celebrated the official grand opening of its new North San José manufacturing facility and U.S headquarters. 

Thinfilm CEO Davor Sutijia, left and San José Mayor Sam Liccardo 
cut the ribbon at Thinfilm's new US headquarters.

The company has enhanced its sheet-based manufacturing in transitioning from its former facility on Zanker Road. The move is also enabling Thinfilm to scale up to ultra-high volumes of its printed NFC chips through planned roll-to-roll production in its new, state-of-the-art, 93,000-square-foot chip manufacturing plant that contains a a 22,000-square-foot clean room.

Temperature-sensing Thinfilm label..
"Thinfilm is proud to bring silicon and manufacturing back to Silicon Valley," said Davor Sutija, CEO of Thinfilm. "We look forward to providing our innovative NFC solutions to many more customers around the globe."

Thinfilm is a global leader in NFC mobile marketing and smart-packaging solutions using printed electronics technology. The company creates printed tags, label and system that include memory, sensors, displays and wireless communication - all at a cost-per-function unmatched by conventional electronic technologies.

Thin Film Electronics ASA is a publicly listed company in Norway with global headquarters in Oslo, Norway; U.S. headquarters in San José, California; and offices in Sweden, San Francisco, London, and Shanghai.

 For more information, visit the company's website. To learn of North San José opportunities, contact Reena Brilliot, Business Development Officer.



  "Shark Tank" meets San José's flexible circuit technology in the fast-growing, innovative FlexFactor program for a wide range of high school students.  An initiative of San José-based NextFlex , FlexFactor's 2017 program included 214 students, six high schools, two community colleges, Jabil and Flex, Inc., formerly Flextronics.
FlexFactor competitors with their health-related flexible electronics pitch.
The students' challenge was to develop ideas for applying flexible  electronics to health or physical performance issues, and then pitch them as business concepts to a panel. OED's Donovan Lazaro participated as one of the "sharks" on the panel. Ideas included applications for Type I diabetes, allergies and sleep issues.
Read the full blog post on the FlexFactor experience, or contact Donovan Lazaro, Business Development Officer, OED.



Mineta San José International Airport (SJC) served more than 1 million travelers in May 2017, a significant milestone - the last time SJC reached a seven-figure monthly passenger count was in 2007. 

The traffic figures also reflect a 17 percent increase, with 1,060,412 passengers served in May 2017, up from 906,070 in May 2016. This significant growth is expected to continue through year-end 2017 based upon SJC airlines' published flight schedules.

With airlines adding numerous new nonstop domestic and international destinations, and frequency to/from many more cities, Silicon Valley business and leisure travelers more are choosing Silicon Valley's airport for their travel plans. For more information, contact Rosemary Barnes, Public Information Manager, Mineta San José International Airport.

Ribbon-cutting at the Hotel Clariana

Thel transformation of a century-old building just a block from City Hall was unveiled at the grand opening of the Hotel Clariana in June .

The 44-room boutique hotel opened just in time to accommodate some of the the Apple WWDC attendees, and provides a badly needed hospitality option on the west side of Downtown. 

Henry Phan, Clariana General Manager, was joined at the event by County Supervisor Dave Cortese, District 3 City Councilmember Raul Peralez along with Councilmembers Dev Davis, Tam Nguyen, Johnny Khamis and OED Director Kim Walesh.

The building was built in 1913 for the YMCA, designed by famous Northern California architect, William Binder in the classical Beaux Arts style used extensively in American architecture from 1880-1920. This building is one of only three buildings that Binder designed that still stand today.  The other two buildings are the José Theatre (San Jose Improv) and the Montgomery Hotel (Four Points Sheraton). Hotel Clariana is locally owned and managed by RSTP Investments, LLC. 

For more information, visit the hotel's website.
The Hank Coca Building.

Just across Third Street from the Hotel Clariana, the historic Hank Coca's Downtown Furniture building is up for sale after more than 60 years as a furniture store that has been in operation since the late 1950s. Coca was only the second owner of the building, which was built in 1898 as a lodge for the Odd Fellows, a fraternal organization. 

Mark Ritchie of Ritchie Commercial is the broker for the four-story, 43,210-square-foot property.  Although considerable renovation is required, the building had a full seismic retrofit and new elevators installed in 1996. Current zoning would allow the building to be used as a hotel, a school, entertainment, retail, or office space. 

For information on Downtown development opportunities, contact Blage Zelalich, Downtown Manager, OED.


Although rows of treadmills and gym equipment can be seen through the windows of the historic Sperry Flour building on North 3rd Street, do not mistake what you are seeing for run-of-the-mill heath club. 

Indeed, WESTCA features people on stair climbers and squatting with barbells as in a traditional "big box" fitness center, but that is where 
the similarities end. 

Described by its founders as a "boutique urban gym,"   West Coast Aesthetics or WESTCA embodies a feeling of community and a personalized touch that's new. The vibe is authentic, local, and even communal. It  offers Downtown workers and residents a new approach to attaining fitness, right in the heart of urban San José.

"When we visited the Sperry building, there was a tattoo parlor, an art studio, and a barber shop, and everything was walled off."  Woodward said. "The building had good bones, easy access, and great proximity. We were excited about all the Downtown development activity and the revitalization of St. James Park."

Read more about WESTCA in the  OED blogpost. For more information, contact Donovan Lazaro, Business Development Officer, OED.


Held on June 21, the Summer Solstice, Make Music Day debuted in San José with more than 60 performers at 30 venues throughout the city.

Venues and performers registered and found each other online, while those just interested in spectating and listening had a banquet of musical experiences, from DJs to choruses to string quartets. 

OED was able to field a flute trio: Office of Cultural Affairs Director Kerry Adams Hapner; Real Estate Development Manager Loren Haley; and Kim Walesh, OED Director. They enterprisingly used a lamppost in Plaza de Cesar Chavez as a music stand, as they serenaded lunchtime strollers.

Details on this year's event is on the website, and for information about other cultural events in the city, contact Kerry Adams-Hapner.


For more information, call 408.535.8168, or contact Elisabeth Handler



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