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DECEMBER 2015

Silver Spring Networks
/ NORTH SAN JOSÉ LANDS TWO HIGH TECH COMPANIES 
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North San José attracted two more High Tech companies to the innovation triangle. Silver Spring Networks, a smart grid network platform company, will relocate from Redwood City to 190,000 square feet at 210 and 230 W. Tasman Drive. ForeScout Technologies Inc., a leading cyber security firm, will shift its Campbell operations to 95,000 square feet at 190 W. Tasman Drive.  With these recent leases in the books, North San José's Research and Development vacancy rate will dip below 10%.  Welcome to San José Silver Spring Networks and ForeScout!  For more information contact Chris Burton, Senior Business Development Manager
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/ SUPPORT AND SHOP SMALL BUSINESSES ON NOVEMBER 28TH 
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National Small Business Saturday comes to San José and other communities on November 28, the Saturday after Thanksgiving. The event hopes to encourage residents to support their local businesses and community by shopping at neighborhood stores. Small Business Saturday aligns with the "Shop San José Initiative," and together they acknowledge the importance of small businesses to strengthen the local economy by fostering growth and opportunity. These initiatives help create local jobs, maintain the environment and sustain local public services when consumers purchase goods and services from area shop owners. Contact Economic Development Officer Dhez Woodworth for more information. 

MANUFACTURING
/ BENTEK ANNOUNCES EXPANSION OF MANUFACTURING FACILITIES
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Bentek has signed a lease for an additional 100,000 sq. ft. of manufacturing space at 1991 Senter Road. The additional space will allow the company to continue its growth of AC/DC power products and services for the photo-voltaic solar and semiconductor industries. The company has grown from 100 to 240 employees over the past three years and plans to continue to increase staffing levels to meet customer needs as it expands its presence in San José. 

Bentek is a homegrown San José company that was founded in 1985 and remains headquartered in San José. "Bentek is committed to manufacturing our cutting-edge products here in America," said Mitch Schoch, President and CEO of Bentek. "Keeping our manufacturing operations in San José ensures that we can easily collaborate with our customer's engineering, research and design teams and leverage the highly skilled workforce found in San José. The Monterey Corridor in Central San José provides the ideal location for the expansion of our company." For more information, contact Michelle Thong, Business Development Officer.

DOWNTOWN
Kartma Cafe
/ KARTMA STREET CAFE WORKING TO END HOMELESSNESS IN
DOWNTOWN
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Downtown San José's new Kartma Street Cafe is offering great coffee while working to end homelessness. 'The Kart with Heart' is a social enterprise cafe created by local nonprofit Downtown Streets Team, and pays a living wage to individuals transitioning out of homelessness while they build marketable skills and serve the best coffee in the Bay Area. The project enhances the well-being of its workers through continued personal development to permanently end their homelessness while helping change public perception towards the homeless and contributing to the revitalization of local communities by providing outdoor cafe experiences. 

Kartma started serving earlier this month launch and have an official launch and ribbon cutting ceremony on November 24, 2015 at 10:00 a.m. Find Kartma at the corner of Market St. and Santa Clara St. in Downtown San José serving delicious coffee & ending homelessness from Monday - Friday 8am-1pm. Expanded hours and locations coming soon. For more information, contact Tina Kapoor, Downtown Lead.

EAST SAN JOSE
Alum Rock Business Association
/ ALUM ROCK SANTA CLARA STREET BUSINESS ASSOCIATION FORM 
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On October 9, 2015 over 100 businesses along Alum Rock Avenue from Interstate 680 on the east and South 22nd Street on the west voted to form in to the Alum Rock Santa Clara Street Business Association. Their common interest is to "work together with the City of San José, the County of Santa Clara and other organizations to advance the the economic well-being of the business community..."  The association has elected interim board members with Jesus Flores as the President.  The new business association with support from Councilmember Carrasco's office will be launching a marketing campaign funded by the Valley Transportation Authority (VTA) as part of the VTA's Bus Rapid Transit project under construction along the Alum Rock/East Santa Clara Corridor.  For more information contact Sal Alvarez 
 
TALENT

work2future foundation
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/ NEW PROGRAM TRAINS WORKERS FOR HIGH TECH MANUFACTURING INDUSTRY
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In support of the Mayor's Manufacturing Initiative, work2future recently launched new training programs for project managers and certified production technicians. Designed with employer input and leading to nationally-recognized certifications, the courses are taught at San José State University, San José-Evergreen Community College District, and Foothill-De Anza Community College District. The participants have been pre-screened for experience, aptitude and work ethic to learn new concepts and industries quickly. Project management topics include scheduling, cost management, communication and problem-solving. Previous graduates of similar courses have gone on to work at Silicon Valley employers such as Flex and Bentek.

For the opportunity to get "first dibs" on the graduates when they complete their training in mid-December, contact Chris Donnelly.
 
SOUTH SAN JOSE
San Jose Bass ProShop Grand Opening
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/ BASS PRO SHOP IS NOW OPEN IN SAN JOSE!
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Bass Pro Shops, one of the nation's leading outdoor retailers, celebrated the opening of its latest store located at Almaden Ranch in San José October 28, 2014. The 140,000 square foot store will seek to draw customers from up to 100 miles away, and create over 400 new jobs in the area. Known as a destination retailer, the San José store is the first for Bass Pro in the Bay Area and offers something for everyone, including equipment for a wide range of outdoor adventures, Uncle Buck's Fishbowl and Grill, and twelve bowling lanes.  "We're very excited to welcome Bass Pro to San Jose," said Nanci Klein, Assistant Director of the Office of Economic Development. "The store contributes to the city's growing retail base while bringing great new amenities for the whole family." Welcome to San Jose, Bass Pro! For more information, click here, or contact Nanci Klein, Assistant Director.

DEVELOPMENT SERVICES
Envision 2040 4-Year Review
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CITY UNDERTAKES REVIEW OF GENERAL PLAN
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Second meeting: December 16th at 6:00 p.m. - San Jose City Hall, 200 E. Santa Clara Street, San José, in Wing Rooms 118-120.

The San José's General Plan, Envision 2040 was finalized in 2011 and is now due for a checkup. Built into the plan is a four-year review cycle that allows for evaluation of progress on goals and the setting of mid-course adjustments, using current data for anticipated growth in population and jobs. This work will be done through a series of six public meetings of the Envision San José 2040 Task Force, and then concluded by the City Council. The first kick-off meeting occurred on Monday, November 16, 2015.  The second meeting is scheduled for December 16, 2015 at 6:00 pm at San José City Hall . Click here for a full schedule and project information, or contact Supervising Planner Jared Hart.

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