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MARCH 2015 
FEATURE STORY
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/ AVAYA STADIUM OPENS - LET THE GAMES BEGIN!
#sjplace

San Jose Earthquakes will officially cut the ribbon on February 27 signifying the opening of Avaya Stadium just in time for the first game on the new pitch. On February 28, the Quakes take on the LA Galaxy and fans are in for a real treat when they enter the 18,000-seat soccer stadium. "You don't understand the size and the scope of the stadium until you are standing inside," said David Buckholtz of Colliers International, who recently toured the stadium. One of the cool perks inside the stadium is the world's longest outdoor bar. The massive bar runs almost the full length of the soccer field at the end zone. For tickets, click here. For more information, contact Cara Douglas, Senior Business Communications Manager. Go Quakes! 


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/ UP, UP AND AWAY - HAINAN AIRLINES FLIES NONSTOP FROM BEIJING TO SAN JOSE
#sjgrowth

On June 15, Hainan Airlines will begin the first nonstop service between Beijing and San Josť, with an estimated economic impact for the San Josť region at $105 million annually. The Boeing 787 Dreamliner will operate five times per week at Mineta San Josť International Airport serving the Silicon Valley's 220,000 people of Chinese descent, and more than 500 US-based businesses with offices in China. According to Joel Chusid, Hainan's executive director in the United States, "Travelers will no longer have to sit in traffic on the freeway to San Francisco to get between China and the Silicon Valley." Welcome to San Jose, Hainan Airlines! For more information, click here, or contact Rosemary Barnes ,  Mineta San Josť International Airport Public Information Officer.

  

 MANUFACTURING
/ CONTRACT MANUFACTURER VANDER-BEND MOVES TO
RENOVATION ROW 
#northsj

With its 500 employees scattered in numerous Silicon Valley buildings and growing fast, contract manufacturer Vander-Bend recently brought its team under one roof at 2701 Orchard Parkway in San Jose, leasing 200,000 square feet from LBA Realty. The transaction represents the largest lease on "Renovation Row" in North San Josť, taking up 10 percent of the vacant space in the area. "Our San Jose location on Orchard Parkway is ideal. LBA Realty provided a well-structured deal and extensive support, and the City of San Jose eased the permitting process for our $7 million in renovations and improvements. Welcome to San Jose, Vander-Bend! To read more, click here, or contact Chris Burton, Senior Business Development Manager. 

 

TALENT
/ HIGH TECH HAPPY HOUR BRINGS TECH TALENT TOGETHER
#sjtalent

The Silicon Valley Business Journal along with San Jose's Office of Economic Development recently launched a series of High Tech Happy Hour events, bringing together area tech talent in key locations Downtown. "With more than 110 tech companies in Downtown, we created an event to connect tech workers to each other and the many amenities here," said Kim Walesh, Director of Economic Development. "Event venues rotate and the number of attendees continues to grow; we had more than 100 tech employees at our last event."  For more information on upcoming events, click hereor contact  Tina Kapoor, Downtown Coordinator. 

 

DOWNTOWN
/ SIROTA MOVES DOWNTOWN
#sjdowntown  

Sirota,  a  privately held company of survey research and organizational performance assessments, recently opened an office at 333 W. San Carlos Street in Downtown San Jose. Headquartered in New York and with offices in Europe and Asia, Sirota moved to San Jose to be closer to its client base in tech, while continuing to grow in the region. According to Sirota's CEO John Mallozzi, "Sirota is excited to establish a presence in Silicon Valley, which continues to be the main hub of innovation and creativity. Our decision to open a local office in San Jose reflects our desire to grow alongside the organizations in the region, and increases our ability to provide support and learn from them as much as possible." Welcome to San Jose, Sirota! For more information about Sirota, click here, or contact Tina Kapoor, Downtown Coordinator.

  

NORTH SAN JOSE
/ TRANSPORTATION INNOVATION ZONE  LAUNCHES LIVING LAB
#northsj

VTA is collaborating with Prospect Silicon Valley, Siemens, and the City of San Jose on the North San Jose Transportation Innovation Zone. The Transportation Innovation Zone is a City of San Jose-based demonstration and technology corridor, that will serve as the testing grounds for transportation-related innovations.  The innovation zone was created by Prospect Silicon Valley in collaboration with San Jose and VTA to be a "living lab" to pilot, test and co-develop technologies that improve mobility, traffic congestion, safety and environmental sustainability. It includes miles of streets and dozens of intersections along North First Street and Tasman Drive that combine auto, rail, bus, bike and pedestrian traffic. Add to that a modern, tech-savvy urban environment and you have a unique setting for traffic analytics, connected vehicle communications, and vehicle-signal interaction. For more information, click here or contact Steven Brewster, Communications Officer for the City of San Jose's Department of Transportation. 

  

SMALL BUSINESS
/ SMALL BUSINESSES RECEIVE FREE ASSISTANCE AT CITY LIBRARIES
#sjinitiatives

The City of San Jose's Office of Economic Development and Library Department, and the Service Corp of Retired Executives (SCORE) provide drop-in business counseling to small businesses and entrepreneurs the second and fourth Tuesday and Wednesday of every month in the Martin Luther King and Almaden Libraries. Volunteers provide assistance and answer questions pertaining to developing a business plan, obtaining permits, starting a businesses, marketing, licensing and finance. This program is free and open to the public. For more information click here, or contact John Lang, Chief Economist. 

  

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For more information, call 408.535.8181 or contact Cara Douglas 
  
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 -The Atlantic 2015


EVENTS

/ Downtown Event Calendar

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 / VTA Transportation Center Innovation Lab 

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/ Small Business Ignite

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/ Transportation and Event Schedule



JOB FAIRS & WORKSHOPS

/ Free Job Training Courses Through Skill Up America

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/ work2future Job Fairs

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