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 NOVEMBER 2014
FEATURE STORY
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/ STUDY INDICATES TALENT PIPELINE STARTS AT SAN JOSE STATE UNIVERSITY
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A recent study by Business Insider researched universities that students should attend if seeking a job at Apple (one of the most sought after tech giants to work for according to the study). Using LinkedIn's new education search utility, the report found San Jose State University (SJSU) grads ranked number one on the hire list and noted job seekers should probably get a California education if they want to land a job at a Silicon Valley tech giant. California schools on Apple's top 20 list are: SJSU, Stanford University, University of California, Berkeley, California Polytechnic State University, University of California, Los Angeles, San Francisco State University, University of California, Davis, University of Southern California, Santa Clara University, University of California, San Diego, University of California, Santa Cruz, and University of California, Santa Barbara. To read the study, click here. For more information, contact Michelle Thong, Business Development Officer.

  

NORTH SAN JOSE
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/ NORTH SAN JOSE REAL ESTATE TOUR CONNECTS INDUSTRY LEADERS TO MARKET 
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San Jose Mayor Chuck Reed, the Office of Economic Development and tour partners TMG Partners, Boston Properties, Bixby Land Company, Divco West, Ellis Partners, MWest Properties, Irvine Company, Legacy Partners, and Lowe Enterprises recently conducted an insider's tour of prime real estate opportunities in North San Jose. More than 150 brokers, developers, property owners and investors who are actively shaping the future of Silicon Valley commercial real estate participated. The route highlighted commercial leasing and development opportunities throughout North San Jose, as well as housing, transit and retail amenities. Anna Mcquillan Rose, Vice President and Broker for Transwestern and Board of Director for Commercial Real Estate Women noted, "Great event, just outstanding!" Jennifer Anderson of MWest Properties commented, "Today's event was great; I look forward to many more!" To review new statistics on North San Jose, click here. Contact Cara Douglas, Senior Business Communications Manager for more information.  

 

DOWNTOWN
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POP UP RETAIL COMES DOWNTOWN 
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Nine Pop-Up stores will open during Downtown San Jose's holiday season when more than half a million people visit the city center. The new shops are occupying underutilized indoor and outdoor spaces, including vacant storefronts such as the lobby in the former San Jose Repertory Theatre. Apparel provider ThereThere was the first to open its doors on October 24 and sees San Jose's Pop-Up Project as part of Downtown's evolution, where arts, innovation and entrepreneurial spirit thrive. According to their website, "San Jose is the stealth superpower of the Bay Area, and a preview of the world to come. Pay attention to what's going on in this City-it's where the future comes from." Pop-Up stores open on November 7, coinciding with the South First Friday's Art Walk.  The shops will remain open into January. For more information, contact Tina Kapoor, Downtown Coordinator.

  
DATAWISE SYSTEMS SIGNS LEASE INCREASING TECH PRESENCE DOWNTOWN TO 100+ COMPANIES 

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DataWise Systems, Inc., a Silicon Valley tech startup, is moving Downtown. The company recently leased approximately 10,000 SQFT at 111 N. Market Street in Downtown San Jose.  According to Sushma Malhotra, Founding Principal of S5 Advisory, Inc., who represented Datawise in the leasing transaction, "Datawise had very specific requirements about their office space needs. We started out looking at the entire corridor from Palo Alto to San Jose. They wanted close proximity to Caltrain and near a downtown with expansion capability, with price also being an element. Four things finally attracted Datawise to their new Downtown office space: access to transit, urban amenities, real estate costs, and a responsive city government." Jeff Chou, CEO and Founder of Datawise noted, "Downtown San Jose provides a great environment in a high-tech friendly city. San Jose's welcoming city staff and building management team, the energetic vibe with lots of restaurants, cafes and amenities, and easy access to public transportation make it an ideal location to build a company." In 2014, tech companies Downtown have increased from 80 to more than 100. Welcome Downtown, DataWise! For more information, contact Tina Kapoor, Downtown Coordinator.

 

MANUFACTURING
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/ MANUFACTURING WEEK INCREASES PARTICIPATION OF PARTNERS AND PARTICIPANTS

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During the recent Manufacturing Week, San Jose's Office of Economic Development  brought together industry leaders, local colleges, and area libraries to raise public awareness and educate students about careers in the field. Throughout the week, a number of local businesses, like Bestronics, Jabil and Strike Brewery, conducted facility tours. In addition, the Silicon Valley Manufacturing Roundtable, Prospect Silicon Valley, San Jose City College, TechShop San Jose and many others hosted grand openings, and community and Maker events. "We experienced an increase in the spectrum of participants this year," said Chris Burton, Senior Business Development Manager. "This promising trend indicates a renewed excitement around hardware startups, the Maker movement, and our continued growth in local manufacturing." For a list of participating companies, click here. For more information, contact Michelle Thong, Business Development Officer. 

 
SMALL BUSINESS
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/SMALL BUSINESS
IGNITE KICKS OFF NEW PROGRAM
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Small Business Ignite is a year-long training and mentoring program that kicked off this October to help small businesses in San Jose grow and succeed. The Office of Economic Development and Silicon Valley Talent Partnership developed a platform program to help small business thrive by bringing together local industry experts such as Ernst and Young (EY), Hootsuite, and SP2 Bar and Grill. More than 1,000 small businesses were surveyed with the help of BusinessOwnerSpace and San Jose Downtown Association to identify top three workshop topics - Business Planning, Social Media, and Marketing. According to a program survey, 97% of attendees reported that the topics were significant, timely, and valuable. For more information about Small Business Ignite, click here, or contact Tina Kapoor, Downtown Coordinator.

  
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"The City's vision for North San Jose is helping draw established companies and start-ups alike to this area, and ensuring that the city remains at the center of job growth and innovation
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-John Chambers
Chairman & CEO
Cisco Systems

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 More than 100 high-tech companies are located Downtown. 

EVENTS
Fridays


/ SOUTH FIRST FRIDAY ART WALK 

November 7 


November 14 - January 11

JOB FAIRS & WORKSHOPS

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