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  SEPTEMBER 2014
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/ SAN JOSE IS RANKED AS ONE OF COOLEST PLACES TO LIVE IN THE US
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San Jose recently ranked as one of the Top 20 Coolest Cities in the U.S. to Live, in part, because of the increase in local residents frequenting Downtown, the availability of non-chain restaurants, abundant entertainment and cultural venues per capita, and its growing population. The report, by Forbes and Sperling's Best Places, determined the "coolness" factors by calculating how much entertainment, recreation and local food was offered in each location, as well as the percent of 20- to 30-year-olds, overall population growth since 2000, and the ethnic diversity of people living there. San Jose tied with Los Angeles as one of the "coolest cities." It ranked higher than Los Angeles in the "Foodie" category with 79.7 percent of the available eats being local, non-chain establishments. The results also showed that the net migration in San Jose rose by 2.2 percent between 2010 and 2013, suggesting that the population is growing and people are staying put. For more information, click here, or contact Kerry Adams-Hapner, Director of Cultural Affairs.

 

 

/ PROSPECT SILICON VALLEY OPENS CLEANTECH HUB OCTOBER 2
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Prospect Silicon Valley (ProspectSV) will officially open its demonstration center on October 2, 2014. The opening will feature a technology showcase with more than 12 ProspectSV innovators. The 22,500 square foot facility will provide space for companies to develop, demonstrate and launch new technology into the market.  Companies that contract with ProspectSV will also be able to use the center's state-of-the-art labs, vehicle lift and shop equipment. The Grand Opening celebration is open to the public by reservation. To register click hereFor more information, contact   Reena Brilliot, Business Development Officer.  

  

DOWNTOWN
/ XACTLY DOUBLES IN SIZE DOWNTOWN TO GROW WORKFORCE
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Xactly recently doubled the size of its Downtown office space moving to  River Park II office tower from 28,000 square feet to 60,000 square feet  to accommodate their rapid growth and new employees. Xactly currently has more than 320 employees and could add as many as 300 more over time. According to Christopher Cabrera, co-founder and chief executive of Xactly, "We hope our expansion sends the message to the Silicon Valley that San Jose is the real deal. The Downtown is chock-a-block full of restaurants, entertainment and culture. There is so much going on Downtown. The employees love being here." Congratulations, Xactly! For more information, click here, or contact Lee Wilcox, Downtown Manager.

  

EDENVALE
/ JABIL MANUFACTURING LEASES 100,000 SQFT IN EDENVALE
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Jabil, which provides manufacturing services for a wide range of high-tech customers, leased a 100,000 square foot facility (owned by the Sobrato Organization) around the corner from its current 180,000 square foot location in the Edenvale area of San Jose. Jabil currently employs about 800 people in San Jose and plans to expand its R&D activities as well as build a Customer Experience Center to demonstrate its capabilities. According to Beth Walters, senior vice president for communications and investor relations for Jabil, "Jabil is committed to San Jose and we've received great support from the City." Congratulations Jabil! To read more, click here or contact Chris Burton, Senior Business Development Manager.

 

  

/ SAN JOSE BIOCUBE NEARS CAPACITY AS IT CELEBRATES SECOND ANNIVERSARY
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The San Jose BioCube recently reached 97% occupancy, with a total of 28 companies, and expects to be fully occupied by the end of September. "We look forward to our continued success in San Jose," said Saam Farahmand, Director of Marketing for San Jose BioCube.  San Jose BioCube provides scalable office space, access to state-of-the-art lab facilities, and business support to promising life science, nanotech, and cleantech startup companies. Congratulations, BioCube! For more information, click here or contact Chris Burton, Senior Business Development Manager.

  

MANUFACTURING
/ MANUFACTURING DAY COMES TO SAN JOSE OCTOBER 3, 2014
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Manufacturing Day comes to San Jose on October 3, 2014 with a series of facility tours and presentations about career opportunities in the thriving manufacturing industry in San Jose. "San Jose is home to America's largest concentration of advanced manufacturing with the capacity for turning high-tech ideas into manufactured products," said Kim Walesh, Director of Economic Development for the City of San Jose. "Manufacturing Day offers an excellent opportunity for local manufacturers to invite students and professionals to consider a career in this rapidly growing industry." The tours are free and open to the public. To register, click here. For more information, click here, or contact Chris Burton, Senior Business Development Manager. 

  

 

TALENT

/ SAN JOSE REGION RANKS #1 AS MOST ATTRACTIVE LOCATION IN NATION FOR STEM GRADUATES 
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A recent study by Nerdwallet of 75 of the largest U.S. metropolitan areas found San Jose is the best place for STEM graduates in the nation given the large percentage of STEM occupations. Several factors were analyzed including the annual mean wage for STEM occupations in each metro area and median gross rent as a cost of living metric. The San Jose region ranked first in part to having the highest annual average STEM wage of $111,746. In addition, the size of STEM occupations as a percentage of all jobs demonstrates the robustness of STEM industries and the availability of STEM jobs locally. The study found San Jose to have the highest percentage of STEM occupations as a percentage of all occupations in the country with 17.3% of all San Jose area job occupations related to STEM, compared to 10.5% of all job occupations in the SF Metro area. For more information, click here, or contact John Lang, Chief Economist. 

 

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