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SAN JOSE NAMED THIRD BEST PLACE TO LIVE IN THE US

Take a breath, San Joseans: U.S. News and World Report says you reside in the third-best place to live in the country. And, if you look at the numbers, things apparently got even better around here since San Jose was No. 10 last year.

It’s also refreshing to see that it’s “San Jose” that’s getting the recognition — not “Silicon Valley” — though the city’s connection to the tech boom is certainly helping to boost its profile. It might have done the opposite for San Francisco, which dropped seven spots to No. 16. The top two spots went to Austin, Texas, and Denver, Colo., which switched places from last year.

 

Sal Pizarro, San Jose Mercury News

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SAN JOSE TOPS THE MILKIN INSTITUTES LIST of 2016’s BEST-PERFORMING CITIES

San Jose on Wednesday topped the Milken Institute’s Best-Performing Cities index for the second year in a row.

The index placed San Jose in the top spot due to its tech-fueled economy and high job growth. With average annual wages of $111,000, versus $60,300 for the nation overall, the Milken Institute dubbed Silicon Valley the “global capital of technology, media and innovation.”

“At the core of the San Jose metro area’s success is its ecosystem of innovation and entrepreneurship — premier in the world,” wrote the authors of the report. “Look no further than its wage growth during the latest five-year period for which data are available: It was first in the nation, and that’s not even including exercised stock options.”

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SAN JOSE HAS WON IT’S FIRST MICHELIN STAR

The 2017 Bay Area Michelin Guide picks have been revealed and San Jose has won its first star. Adega, a Portuguese restaurant at 1614 Alum Rock Ave., which is less than a year old, was awarded a Michelin star and becomes the first San Jose restaurant ever to win one.

The award is sure to elevate San Jose’s dining reputation and Portuguese cuisine — it is the first West Coast Portuguese restaurant to win a Michelin star and only the second in the United States.

Adega occupies the location of Sousa’s, a landmark in San Jose’s Little Portugal neighborhood for 33 years.  (SVBJ)

 

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/ SAN JOSE IN TOP 10 CITIES FOR ATTRACTING MILLENNIALS #DTSJ

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Millennials value low stress and great benefits along with pay when choosing a place to live. FORBES reported that, according to compensation data and software provider, PayScale.com, some metropolitan areas in the United States offer more of these types of positives than others. 

San Jose ranked #10, with a median Gen Y salary of $76,100, and a 1.29 score for “Gen Y Benefits.” See the article for details.

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BART, Caltrain among four local rail transit projects to win grants

Four passenger rail improvement projects affecting Silicon Valley were among 14 projects statewide that won multimillion-dollar grants Tuesday from California’s cap-and-trade market revenues. The projects include bringing BART to downtown San Jose, Caltrain electrification and improvements to ACE and Capitol Corridor service.

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San Jose, showing everyone the way

A tour of Silicon Valley’s capital as it turns itself into the ‘Athens of the modern world’ DailyMail

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A Boom, and a Turning Point, for Downtown San Jose

While it has long had the South Bay’s largest concentration of social, cultural and entertainment activities, downtown San Jose finally seems to be benefitting from the growing trend toward working and living in urban centers. SPUR

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SAN JOSE IS BEST SMALL BUSINESS CITY IN AMERICA

A company that specializes in lending to emerging businesses, Biz2Credit surveyed more than 55,000 businesses with fewer than 250 employees across the country.

San José was rated the best on a score sheet that included rate of small business creation, tax climate and talent pool SJEconomy

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In switch, state will build high-speed rail to San Jose first — Report

High-speed rail appears to be headed first to San Jose. And that could mean a lot more jobs and economic development in Northern California’s largest city. (SVBJ)

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Planning project will prepare Diridon Station for high-speed rail’s arrival

The first step of Diridon Station’s transformation into a huge multi-modal transportation center has begun with the announcement of a $600,000 high-speed rail planning project for the facility by the California High-Speed Rail Authority and the city. (SVBJ)

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