North San Jose - up close and in-depth
For decades, North San Jose has been a no-brainer for companies needing large footprints, heavy-duty lab capability and access to a Bay Area-wide workforce.
Now, city planners and developers are working on upgrades to add more pizazz to the city's largest employment hub.

Retail and amenities? New transportation options? Coming. Additional housing? Stay tuned.

In this blog post, I'll share some updates on efforts to continue improving North San Jose as a premier corporate address, as well as development progress and additional tidbits I hope you'll find useful.

"North San Jose is home to 90,000 jobs, more than twice as much as any other submarket in the city," said Chris Burton, deputy director for business and economic development in San Jose's Office of Economic Development. "Maintaining North San Jose as a premiere address for business is a huge focus for everyone at City Hall, which is why we're focusing on attracting and delivering new retail and amenities."

For more information, contact Nathan Donato-Weinstein, Business Development Officer, OED.

Assembly at North First almost complete, to open Oct. 17
One of San Jose's most interesting rehab projects is nearing completion at the corner of First Street at Headquarters drive, between Tasman and 237, next to the growing @First retail center.
Assembly at North First is a 27-acre low density, sustainable campus featuring three completely revamped, high-roofed buildings that once constituted the Lam Research facility. 
Dan Kingsley, Managing Partner, SKS

Designed to meet the needs of today's technology tenants, Assembly's buildings provide for flexible office and R&D workspaces and The Grove, a one-acre amenity-rich environment designed to maximize workforce productivity.
A group from th e City's economic development team was able to tour the campus, exploring the interesting architectural details that speak to the "Ag-Tech" aesthetic developed by Gensler, the project architects. Interiors and exteriors feature garapa siding, an exotic South American hardwood, along with exposed beams and struts and highly polished concrete floors.

We will be running another SJ Economy blogpost soon about the Oct. 17 opening.

For more information, contact Nathan Donato-Weinstein, Business Development Officer, OED.

City pays tribute to Eddie Garces, retiring from Olympus
On September 27, a City paid tribute to a corporate leader whose 43 years with his company included his role in bringing the company to San Jose 40 years ago.  The event was the retirement of Eddie Garces, Vice President, Olympus Surgical Technologies America. 

He has been one of the most senior executives of Olympus' US-based operations, and enjoyed great respect of the parent company executives in Japan. His legacy includes creating more than 700 jobs in San Jose, after he had encouraged and overseen the relocation of manufacturing operations for the medical and surgical business from Japan to San Jose, in 1978. 

Eddie Garces accepts commendation from San Jose City Councilmember Lan Diep

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

San Jose Hosts Global Climate Action Summit

The City of San Jose joined community partners and stakeholders Sept. 12 in celebrating a year of remarkable progress toward a clean and sustainable future, achievements that will serve as a foundation for even bigger things to come. 

City leaders gathered with advocates, nonprofits and representatives from the high-tech industry for "Leading Climate Innovation: The Silicon Valley Way," the City's official affiliate event of the Global Climate Action Summit in San Francisco.

The event served as an opportunity to brainstorm and build relationships. Representatives from businesses like Microsoft, Adobe, ChargePoint and Supermicro talked about sustainable practices, while leaders of GRID Alternatives, Acterra and other nonprofits shared their thoughts on inclusivity.
From left: San José Community Energy Advocates chairwoman Ruth Merino, Mayor Sam Liccardo, Community Energy Deputy Director Zach Struyk, City Manager Dave Sykes and Environmental Services Director Kerrie Romanow celebrate the launch of San Jose Clean Energy.

"Leading Climate Innovation" also highlighted a string of San Jose achievements born out of vital partnerships with community leaders, nongovernmental organizations and businesses. San Jose specifically committed to the following goals:
  • Zero Waste: By 2030, San Jose and 23 other cities commit to reducing municipal waste generation by 15 percent and cutting landfill disposal in half.
  • Decarbonize buildings: By 2030, all new construction in San José will operate at net zero carbon; all buildings will reach this goal by 2050.
  • Equity: We pledge to increase action on community-led development, inclusive climate action and infrastructure projects that achieve major environmental, health, social and economic benefits, especially in low-income and vulnerable communities. 
  • Diesel Free by 2033: This pledge will eliminate the use of diesel in our fleets by 2033 and allow the adoption of policies and incentives that would affect private fleets as well. We are joined by 95 other city, county, community and business leaders in this pledge

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

Free "Green Leasing" Workshop Offered - Oct. 17

Does your business have sustainability goals and want to make sure that its lease is promoting green buildings and sustainability? 

Join ESD for a free workshop, "The Business Case for High-Performance Leases and Buildings" on October 17th, 8:30 - noon,  at the Environmental Innovation Center.

Participants will learn how to "green" their lease and will receive a complimentary 1:1 lease review from the U.S. Department of Energy and Institute for Market Transformation's Green Lease Leaders program. 

This training is ideal for anyone involved in the commercial leasing process including: building owners, property managers, brokers, tenants, lawyers, and more. Visit the event page to register.

For more information, contact Elisabeth Handler,Public Information Manager, OED
OED welcomes new Business Development Officer

We are delighted to welcome Vic Farlie to OED's business development team. His role is to engage businesses across the City of San Jose and support them to invest and grow.

Vic is a Brit who brings deep experience as a successful business owner and public servant focusing on local economic development.

In response to London's loss of traditional manufacturing, he was a leading figure in establishing the innovative Greenwich Enterprise Board as a partnership to restore historic buildings and build new commercial floor-space.

After emigrating to the Bay Area, he established a niche consultancy service for construction and related trades. As a resident of San Jose he now sees the opportunity to apply this knowledge and experience as part of OED's business development team.


For more information, contact Vic Farlie, Business Development Officer, OED.

Culture Shock in Silicon Valley

Recently, City Hall hosted a group of Swiss college students participating in an"International Program Experience" - a six-week work/live immersion into the US tech world. IPE brings students and a professor to the US for six weeks, and in addition to learning about the local area, teams of students engage in pro bono work on R&D  projects with local companies. 

This is part of the students' third and final year studies at Lucerne School of Information Technology in Switzerland.

Two of this year's students, Ursulina Kolbener and Matthias Perrolaz, posted their impressions of the difference between the US and European ways of doing things. The post is in German, so we will summarize some of their observations. We found this an interesting lesson in cross-cultural communication!

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

MFG Day 2018 in San Jose - 600 students participating
Thanks to the leadership of East Side Union High School District, San Jose's 2018 Manufacturing Day will bring more than 600 area students right into manufacturing environments to learn first-hand the advantages to a career in manufacturing. In addition, they will pick up important clues about how to prepare for such jobs while still in school, and what kind of post-high school opportunities exist to make the trajectory real.

Companies offering to open their doors to tours of students that week include BD Biosciences Britelab, Fetch Robotics, Vander-Bend, Bestronics and more. 

San Jose Manufacturing Week is based around National Manufacturing Day, which is Friday October 5. On that day, Jabil's Blue Sky Center in South San Jose will be offering additional tours to hundreds of local youth from the City's high schools, organized by NextFlex advanced manufacturing institute.

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

SJ workforce initiative helps flood-displaced workers
Since its launch last August, San Jose's work2future Storm Program has provided temporary employment for a total of 54 displaced workers to do cleanup work at areas of San Jose damaged by devastating storms that occurred in Feb 2017. 

Utilizing a National Dislocated Worker Grant, major achievements include working alongside the City's Parks, Recreation, and Neighborhood Services to help reopen the Japanese Friendship Garden at Kelley Park and the Environmental Services Department to do street cleanup projects at the Rocksprings and Williams Street Park Neighborhoods. Most recently, the Program helped with the transfer of Koi Fish to a new temporary home in Pond B at the Japanese Friendship Garden.

For more information, contact Dhez Woodworth, Economic Development Officer, OED
Funds available for arts-related businesses 
The City of San José Office of Cultural Affairs, in partnership with the Center for Cultural Innovation, announces the latest round of the Creative Industries Incentive Fund (CIIF). CIIF provides project support to arts-based commercial businesses involved in the 
production or distribution of the arts.  

Incentive awards are for creative industries of all types, such as manufacturers, service providers, presenters, and designers, among others. The CIIF seeks to support projects aimed at building successful small arts businesses in San José by their ability to:
  • Increase community support and marketability,
  • Leverage CIIF funding with other funding support, and
  • Grow and achieve greater economic sustainability.
The application deadline is 5pm (PST) on November 5, 2018.  To learn more and to apply visit the website

For more information, contact Kerry Adams Hapner, Director of Cultural Affairs, OED
these featured events.

City Lights Theater Company
9.13 - 10.14.2018
City National Civic Auditorium
Center for the Performing Arts
Trianon Theatre
Wesley United Methodist Church, Japantown
Center for the Performing Arts
10.9 - 10.14.2018
San Jose McEnery Convention Center
10.10 - 10.11.2018
SAP Center
Cafe Stritch
10.11 - 10.21.2018
Adega Restaurant
10.12 - 10.13.2018
California Theatre
10.12 - 10.13.2018
San Jose Museum of Art
Montgomery Theater
San Jose McEnery Convention Center
California Theatre
10.27 - 10.28.2018