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“Most major cities are job centers; in contrast, San José has long served as the bedroom community for the rest of the Valley. By focusing on attracting and retaining businesses in San José, we can grow the revenues and jobs that will improve services, safety and quality of life for our residents.”

-Mayor Sam Liccardo


Permitting Improvements
Manufacturing Initiative
Jobs-First Land Use Policies
Expanding Flights at SJC

Permitting Improvements

Mayor Liccardo is actively engaged with City administration through an Ad-Hoc Committee to implement improvements to expedite the City's permitting process. The City will also expand its streamlined plan review programs, which now includes the restaurant permitting process, and dozens of permit applications can now be submitted online. In addition, early next year, the City will launch an integrated permitting system, electronic plan review services, and mobile inspection software – all of which will allow businesses get projects off of the ground more quickly. See the City's Permit Center website for more information. Contact the the mayor's staff to go through the City's ad hoc permitting committee.

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Jabil manufacturing
Manufacturing Initiative

San José is a manufacturing powerhouse, attracting Jabil Circuit, Maxim Integrated, Supermicro, Ultratech and more. The manufacturing industry sector stimulates the local economy and helps create more middle-income jobs for the city's residents. That’s why Mayor Liccardo launched an initiative in 2015 to strengthen manufacturing activity in San Jose by offering a 60-day permit approval process and an offset for any permits fees a business would incur while retrofitting existing buildings for manufacturing use. The initiative has also sought to enhance workforce training opportunities for tech manufacturing jobs, providing San Jose residents with good paying jobs and manufacturers with a pipeline of qualified employees. Read more about San Jose's advanced manufacturing industry as well as the Mayor's manufacturing initiative Contact the the mayor's staff to receive help in launching a manufacturing business in San José.

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Jobs-First Land Use Policies


Mayor Liccardo has focused on implementing “jobs first” land use policies that will support the City’s long-term fiscal health. As the former co-chair for the City’s 2040 General Plan, Mayor Liccardo helped ensure that the City’s blueprint for future growth and development focuses on correcting the city’s long-standing jobs/housing imbalance. He has also been active in shaping the city’s downtown strategy and the North San Jose Policy to help attract businesses and facilitate growth in two of the city’s employment centers. Read more about the General Plan on the Planning Department website.



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 SJC
Expanding Flights at SJC  

Mineta San José International Airport serves as “Silicon Valley’s Airport” and the airport of choice for business travelers and residents from throughout the region. Mayor Liccardo played a key role in developing a comprehensive air service strategy to expand international and long-haul domestic service, and ensure that Silicon Valley business travelers and local residents have convenient travel options to high-demand destinations. During his first 18 months in office, Silicon Valley’s Airport launched new nonstop passenger service to five new international destinations – including Beijing, London, Frankfurt, Shanghai and Vancouver – with passenger traffic anticipated to reach 10 million travelers in 2016
. Read more about new flights by visiting the Mineta San José International Airport's website.

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