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Update on Diridon Planning
A SAAG meeting in City Hall
A new community engagement manager, a new website and a brisk cadence of community engagement meetings and study sessions, the Diridon Station Area planning is process is in full swing.

In addition to the Station Area Advisory Group (SAAG) meetings every three weeks, 


For more information, contact Loren Haley, Google Project Manager, OED.

San Pedro Square is Having a MOMENT
After years of planning and negotiations, four brand new retail spaces were inaugurated in May -- carved out of 12 parking spaces fronting on the east side of San Pedro Street. The shops of the MOMENT project, along with the design changes in the pedestrian space, are adding to San Pedro Square's lively and varied urban vibe.
San Jose City Councilmember Raul Peralez (D3) welcomes MOMENT to Downtown SJ.
These are not just any shops -- managed by SJ Made, the vendors in the four spaces will rotate, but all will be local artists and craftspeople. The first set of vendors are all women:
  • Bobo Design Studio: Angie Chua has created a lifestyle wanderlust brand featuring brilliant designs crafted on everything from pins and patches to bags and graphic apparel, handcrafted and made in California. 
  • Fractal Flora: Yuri Lee and Sarah Lim have a mission to reconnect people to nature, be it through their wonderful curation and care for the plants and flowers they sell or their popular DIY terrarium workshops. 
  •  Blooms Prive: Sarah Coronado and Marie Coronado of Blooms Privé have created the next evolution of women's underwear (patent-approved), prioritizing an empowering and inventive design for women anywhere. 
  • Sea Senorita Studios: Sofia Arredondo uses her incredible artwork to power a diverse range of products, featuring everything from paper goods to T-shirts to accessories. 
See the ribbon-cutting here.

For more information, contact Blage Zelalich, Downtown Manager, OED.

Cinnaholic and Skewers & Brew - Tasty Additions to Downtown
 Skewers & Brew

Downtown gained two more food and beverage options in April, covering your basic protein cravings, craft brews and dessert. Skewers & Brew opened at  at 65 S. First Street, with an engaging selection of Northeast Chinese street food skewers of beef, lamb, shrimp and more, and a wide range of locally brewed beers.

Cinnaholic, a fast-growing franchise with only one other Northern California location, opened in the old Ben & Jerry's location at 115 East San Carlos. An enthusiastic crowd gathered well before the ribbon was cut, anxious to try the freshly baked cinnamon rolls with a choice of 30 toppings and frostings.

 For more information, contact Blage Zelalich, Downtown Manager, OED.

Southwest Adds Florida Flights to SJC

SJC tweets as Florida One takes off

Southwest Airlines® added another important transcontinental route to its growing list of cities available nonstop from Mineta San Jose International Airport (SJC) on May 6, 2018, with an inaugural flight to Orlando.  The carrier operated Florida One, Southwest's Boeing 737-700 emblazoned with an artist's rendering of the state flag on the inaugural flight on May 6. See photos of the gate ceremony and Florida One on SJC's Facebook and Twitter pages. 
With this new service addition, Southwest fulfills a major expansion announced last August for SJC. Southwest's service to Orlando is the latest launch in a series of eight new cities, six of which didn't have nonstop flights by any airline from SJC.

For more information, contact Rosemary Barnes, Public Information Manager, SJC 

Area High School Students Vie in National Entrepreneurship Competition
Mayor Sam Liccardo at Youth Entrepreneurship & Innovation Summit

The City of San Jose hosted the regional semi-finals of national competition designed to help high school students learn the basics of building a business and competing for recognition and support.  

The Youth Entrepreneurship & Innovation Summit was an all-day competition with more than 100 high-schoolers, largely from East Side Union High School District. Held at San Jose City Hall, the event took most of May 4, featuring semi-final pitchoffs, "Shark Tank"-style, as the students presented business plans for products and services they had envisioned. 

Local business leaders served as coaches for the student teams, and also provided the VIP judges who heard the finalist pitches at the end of the day. A project of the Network for Teaching Entrepreneurship, the San Jose semi-finals were made possible by Bank of the West, the Citi Foundation, Diana Davis Spencer Foundation, EY PayPal, and the City of San Jose's Business Owner Space and Work2Future.

For more information, contact Dhez Woodworth, Economic Development Officer OED.

Cohesity Work Team Does Scavenger Hunt Downtown
A guest blogpost about an innovative approach to work group team-building was provided by the Internal Sales Team at Cohesity, the fast-growing tech firm that just recently made San Jose its home. 

The Cohesity group created an ingenious set of scavenger hunt clues, ranging from an expensive bear to a huge board game, that took the Cohesions all over town, ending up with enacting random acts of kindness with strangers.

We appreciate Cohesity's innovative approach to getting to know the neighborhood.

For more information, contact Elisabeth Handler, Public Information Manager, OED.

VivaCalle SJ 2018 Date and Route Announced
Get ready to explore an historical route and a vital business district on Sept. 23, 2018, when VivaCalle SJ takes to six miles of Monterey Road.

Last year, 130,000 walkers, bikers, skaters, strollers and other human-powered means of locomotion enjoyed VivaCalle SJ, and at least that many are anticipated for this year's event that takes in a vital swath of neighborhoods south of Downtown. 

For more information, contact Savadorl Alvarez, Executive Analyst, OED
Blog Blog Ranked #9 in San Jose
Feedspot announced a ranked list of the  Best San Jose Blogs from thousands of San Jose blogs in their index, using search and social metrics.

They selected these websites because they are actively working to educate, inspire, and empower their readers with frequent updates and high-quality information.

Feedspot is a tool for gathering, reading, and sharing all the interesting blogs and websites you read on the web.

For more information, contact Elisabeth Handler, Public Information Manager, OED.
these featured events.

7th Street Big Band - Tabard Theatre
Tchaikovsky - A Celebration - California Theater
Halau Na Wai Ola's Ho`ike 2018 - School of Arts & Culture, MHP
Free Community Day: Maker Day - San Jose Museum of Art
Products That Count: Google VP of Product on AI - eBay HQ
South Bay VegFair 2018 - Santa Clara Co. Fairgrounds
Make Music Day - Multiple Locations
Music in the Park - Plaza de Cesar Chavez
Blockchain Connect: Conference Silicon Valley 2018 - 
San Jose Convention Center
6.26 - 6.27.18