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Kim Walesh
Director of Economic Development and Chief Strategist

Ph: (408) 535-8181
Fax: (408) 292-6719

Monday - Friday
8:00 a.m. - 5:00 p.m.

For Media Inquires
Cara Douglas
Business Communications Manager

Ph: (408) 535-8168
Fax: (408) 292-6719
Economic Development
Overview of San JoséAbout Us

The City of San José's Office of Economic Development (OED) is committed to a vital, competitive San José economy that increases prosperity for people and companies and enhances City revenues.

The office guides the City's economic strategy, provides assistance for business success, helps connect employers with trained workers, and provides art and cultural resources to our community.

Our five core services are:

  • Art and Culture: The Office of Cultural Affairs, a division of the Office of Economic Development, has the responsibility of supporting, promoting, developing the arts in San José.
  • Assistance for Business: OED promotes business success by providing services and information for small businesses and entrepreneurial growth companies, as well as large established companies.
  • Economic Strategy and Information: OED develops and guides implementation of the City's economic strategy and provides economic information to support decision making.
  • Real Estate and Asset Management: Real Estate and Asset Management, a division of the Office of Economic Development, manages the acquisition and valuation of City owned property.
  • Workforce Development: OED manages work2future, which provides workforce development services to businesses and job seekers in San José and south Santa Clara County. Their One-Stop System brings under one roof a multitude of prepaid employment resources for both job seekers and employers.

Small Business Coaching Center

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Drop-In Business Counseling
Have questions on starting or expanding your business? An Office of Economic Development employee will answer questions related to registering a business, obtaining business permits, and zoning. Pre-registration is not required. Additional Info...