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 FEBRUARY 2014

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Earthquake Fans
              

/ SAN JOSE EARTHQUAKES CELEBRATE 40 YEARS OF SOCCER IN SAN JOSE - NEW STADIUM TAKES SHAPE

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On Thursday, January 30, history continues for the San Jose Earthquakes as they celebrate their 40th anniversary at San Pedro Square Market in Downtown, San Jose. At the celebration, the Quakes will unveil a new logo and 2014 jersey. The event is free to the public and includes activities with players, and will conclude with a live concert. Click here to RSVP for the event. In the meantime, construction of the much anticipated Earthquakes stadium is well underway. To view a webcam of the construction, click here. For more information, contact Cara Douglas, Business Communications Manager. Go Quakes!

 

  

             
Xicato LED Lighting

/ SAN JOSE POISED FOR GROWTH IN MANUFACTURING SEGMENT - OED GETS COMPANIES UP AND RUNNING QUICKLY

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The City of San Jose is starting off the New Year with a big bang in its manufacturing sector as Xicato, LED lighting manufacturer, doubled its manufacturing space to meet the 25 percent growth goal this year by distributing to the global marketplace. Today, San Jose's manufacturing industry employs nearly 160,000 people and it continues to grow year after year. According to Menko Deroos, Xicato's CEO, "The City of San Jose's appointment-based permitting process worked well and allowed us to meet critical milestones and get our operations up and running. Our move timeframe was very short, and it was critical that the build-out and permitting went smoothly and matched our equipment arrival schedule."  To read more, click here, or contact Chris Burton, Business Development Manager.
NORTH SAN JOSE
Samsung Under Construction
Samsung Under Construction

/ NORTH SAN JOSE DEVELOPS

HIGH-TECH HUB

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With significant developments  in North San Jose underway at places like Samsung and Riverview Apartments, Bay Area News Group Business Reporter George Avalos recently reported, "The area is transforming into a high-tech hub." San Jose's Office of Economic Development estimates that $2.8 billion worth of new projects citywide are underway or about to start there. In addition, City officials envision 26.7 million square feet of additional office and research space coming to North San Jose in the next 15 years, along with 32,000 more housing units, 2.7 million square feet of retail and 550 new hotel rooms making the area an tech hub in Silicon Valley and a place where people can work, live and play. To read more, click here. For more information about development in North San Jose, contact Chris Burton, Business Development Manager.

 

DOWNTOWN
Cream Opens in Downtown San Jose
CREAM Opens Downtown
    
/  ICE-"CREAM"-ERY OPENS IN DOWNTOWN ON SOUTH 1ST STREET
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On Saturday, February 1, at 12 p.m., CREAM will open its doors in Downtown San Jose scooping up delicious homemade ice cream sandwiches to eagerly awaiting patrons. According to Store Owner Moeen Abudamous, "CREAM is thrilled to be joining the Downtown San Jose community. Downtown San Jose offers a vibrant atmosphere and is home to companies, business professionals, students and families who have discovered all the dining and entertainment options offered here." CREAM originally started in Berkeley, then opened a second store in Palo Alto. San Jose is the third location. The 900 square foot store is located at 49 South 1st Street at the northwest corner of Post. Free ice cream sandwiches will be given out at the Grand Opening, from noon to 9 p.m., or while supplies last. For more information, click here, or contact Juan Borrelli, Development Services Small Business Ally. Welcome to San Jose, CREAM!

INVESTMENT
Tesla Manufacturing

 

/ SAN JOSE'S  FOREIGN TRADE ZONE EXPANDS AND STREAMLINES THE PROCESS

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Companies and cities in Silicon Valley can now access the Alternative Site Framework (ASF) Foreign Trade Zone (FTZ) to expedite applications for eligibility. At San Jose's request, recent approval by the U.S. Department of Commerce broadened FTZ access to include San Jose, Santa Clara County, and the cities of Santa Cruz, Scotts Valley, Fremont, Hayward, Newark and Union City. Now, any industrial-zoned land or building in these areas is eligible to be designated as a FTZ site. The process enhances the competitiveness of businesses by deferring, reducing, or eliminating duty payments on foreign merchandise entering the Zone through a streamlined process. This process allows for non-production applications to be completed in 30 days and production-related applications to be completed in 120 days. To read more, click here, or contact Joe HedgesInternational Program Manager. 

  
SMALL BUSINESS
  
        

/ SAN JOSE'S  SPARTUPS INTRODUCES FIRST GRAD CLASS AT DEMO DAY

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On February 7, Spartups will host Demo Day, which allows early-stage startups to view the progress of and network with the accelerator's graduating class. Spartups is a 4-month mentorship-driven accelerator program for early-stage startups. With partners such as Rackspace, Twilio, Royse Law Firm, Google, Amazon, UserVoice, and Microsoft, Spartups fosters a new generation of entrepreneurs by providing access to mentors, support and resources that enables them to build their early-stage startups through concept to market. To register for the event, click hereFor more information, contact Chris Burton, Business Development Manager. 

 

TALENT
  
         
/ TARGET SEEKS TO FILL 300 POSITIONS AT JOBFAIR
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With support from the team at work2future, Target Stores recently held a three-day hiring fair to fill 300 positions at their new store on Cottle Road in South San Jose. The store is opening in March 2014. Target anticipates filling all 300 positions prior to the opening. Contact BJ Sims, Business Services Manager, for more information, or click here.
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For more information, call 408.535.8181, or contact Cara Douglas.  
  
DID YOU KNOW?
#whysj
We are elated to be located in San Jose. Not only are there many great restaurants and shops within walking distance, we are conveniently located near the airport and can provide multiple commute opportunities for our staff and visitors. 
 
Christine Munson,
CFO,
ICTV, Inc.,
San Jose
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