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San Jose Ranks High for Job-Seekers and Start-ups
As the 10th largest city in the US, San Jose has earned a place at or near the top in a large number of national polls, on subjects ranging from housing costs to walkability. Two recent round-ups speak strongly to the solid advantages the city offers start-up businesses and employees: Indeed's ranking of best cities for job seekers puts San Jose at #1 nationally, and it is on  Home Business Magazine's list of the five best cities to start a business.

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

Wrike Opens Global HQ in Downtown San Jose
From left, Councilmember Johnny Khamis, Mayor Sam Liccardo, Wrike CEO Andrew Filev

Wrike, the collaborative work management platform for high performance teams, celebrated its grand opening April 18. San José Mayor Sam Liccardo and City Councilmember Johnny Khamis welcomed Wrike Founder and CEO, Andrew Filev to Downtown San Jose. The company was originally founded in Filev's San Jose bedroom, moved to larger quarters before returning to San Jose.
Wrike is one of the fastest-growing companies in the North America, being named to the Deloitte Fast 500 list for three consecutive years. The offices on North 2nd Street will serve as Wrike's global headquarters, supporting growth of its operations, sales, marketing and customer success teams.   

 For more information, contact  Donovan Lazaro, Business Development Officer, OED.

Camino Brewery and Tap Room Opens on South 2nd Street
From left, David Tran representing City Councilmember Raul Peralez, OED Director Kim Walesh, Mayor Sam Liccardo, co-owners Poulos and Korenstein, Assemblymember Ash Kalra, Garden City Construction's Jim Salata and Suzanne Salata 

In a former mechanic's warehouse just south of I-280, the latest member of San José's growing craft brewing community celebrates its grand opening on April 7, The event featured Mayor Sam Liccardo, Assemblymember Ash Kalra and OED Director Kim Walesh.
Located at 718 South First Street, Camino Brewery and Tap room is enlivening an industrial area that has not seen development in 30 years. The neighborhood is known best for the iconic Faber's Cyclery building, which suffered a serious fire in 2013.

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

On-Site Brewing Launched at Uproar
Mayor Sam Liccardo (center) cuts the ribbon at Uproar's brewery operations, with Steve and Christina Vandewater, co-owners of Uproar.

With paperwork completed for its on-site brewery operations, Uproar Brewing Company held a ceremonial ribbon-cutting just before the kick off of the SoFA Street Fair on April 22.

On hand were Mayor Sam Liccardo, David Tran representing City Councilmember Raul Peralez (D3) and Richard Berg, owner of the brewery's building. Uproar has been operating as a restaurant and bar since it opened in Downtown San José in June 2017, but was required to brew its own beer remotely, rather than in the brewery operations on-site, pending their federal license. The paperwork is complete, and Uproar is now able to craft its own brews on-site.

Uproar Brewing Company is owned and operated by Christina and Steve Vandewater, first-time restaurateurs and refugees from careers in information technology. Their team includes brewer Jim Turturici, a San José native with 25 years of brewing experience, and chef James Thornton, a veteran of Paper Plane and other San José restaurants.

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

Eastridge Unveils Community-Oriented Re-Vamp
Mural by Lila Gemellos, Eastridge Center.

A lot has changed since Eastridge Center opened its doors in 1971. Now the regional mall is evolving to keep up with the times.  On April 6, Eastridge owners took the wraps off a center-wide refresh that aims to keep the East San Jose mall's look, feel and amenity portfolio current and relevant.

The $15 million effort comes as retail shifts more and more online, forcing shopping-center owners to up their game and give shoppers a reason to visit brick-and-mortar spaces. At Eastridge, that means a big focus on public gathering spots within the mall.

For more information, contact Nathan Donato-Weinstein, Business Development Officer, OED
2018 Cornerstone of the Arts Nominations - through 5/11
Part of San Jose's urban appeal is its growing reputation as a hotbed of artistic innovation, where   local and global themes, concepts and materials intersect to create a very specific "San Jose culture" scene. For the sixth year, the City's Office of Cultural Affairs is receiving nominations in several categories for individuals and organizations that contribute to the foundation  - act as  "cornerstones" - of the city's cultural life. Nominations are being received through Friday, May 11 Three categories of contribution to the arts are recognized: 
  • Cornerstone of the Arts - An individual(s) or creative entrepreneur who has provided effective leadership and/or support over time, leading to the betterment of San José's arts community and the quality of life in our city .
  • Creative Impact Award - An individual(s) or creative entrepreneur from either the nonprofit or business sector who has led a cultural or artistic project or special event that has made a significant impact on the community.
  • Business Support for the Arts Award - Businesses that have made a significant impact in strengthening the vibrancy of San Jose through their leadership and support for the arts. It is envisioned that the selected honoree is a business that supports the arts philanthropically or through sponsorship.

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

CMT: Seussical the Musical
3.3 - 3.6.18
5.4 - 5.6.18
3rd International Aimusic Festival
Makers Market at Santana Row
Steinway Society: Yeol Eum
5.7 - 5.8.18
SJMA at Áo Dài Festival V
Christopher Mann - Italian Guitar Night
Teatro Visión presents The House on Mango Street
5.17 -  5.20.18
Grand Opening: MOMENT at San Pedro Square
Legacy for Children Award 2018
Sleeping Beauty - The New Ballet
5.19 - 5.20.18
5.25 - 5.28.18