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Powering the Global Economy
For decades, San José has been the leading center for a wide range of technology industries that have helped power our global economy. Anchored by a diverse mix of global corporations, growing businesses and promising start-ups, these driving industries have forged an ever-growing presence in San José that allows businesses to collaborate, compete, and ultimately thrive.

In fact, the Milken Institute continues to rank San José metropolitan statistical area as the #1 high-tech area in North America. [1]

Types of Businesses
Whether it’s been semiconductors, personal computers, handheld devices, cutting-edge software, information services or internet applications, San José companies have developed countless new technologies that are used across the world every day.
  • High-tech companies make up nearly 12% of private-sector businesses in San José, the greatest concentration in the U.S. and almost three times the national average. [3]
  • San José has 182.5 high-tech jobs for every 1,000 private-sector jobs: 47% higher than any other market. [4]
  • San José is home to more than 6,600 technology companies employing more than 254,000 people. [2]

Green Technology
Since the adoption of its bold Green Vision in 2007, San José’s technology sector has seen tremendous growth in clean tech innovation, with more than 250 companies and 10,100 jobs investing in a wide range of "green" fields (i.e. energy generation, efficiency and storage; transportation; recycling and waste; green buildings). [5] In particular, the solar industry is currently growing by about 35% per year and is expected to add another 15,000 jobs in Silicon Valley over the next decade.[6]

Bioscience Industry
In addition, the region has established itself as a leader in the bioscience industry, with more than 600 businesses and 21,000 workers in Santa Clara County. San José has more companies, universities and organizations working in Nanotechnology than any other metro area in the country. [7] The high level of collaboration among San José companies has also facilitated the birth of a number of new convergence industries, like the cluster of north San José companies creating video delivery solutions.

Furthermore, the region’s industrial / energy, media and entertainment, biotechnology, and medical device industries continue to grow, having seen a significant rise in venture capital investment over the past eight years. [8]

Milken Institute, North America's High-Tech Economy: The Geography of Knowledge-Based Industries, June 2, 2009
City of San José, Office of Economic Development
[3], The Top 100 Tech Sectors, May 11, 2009
[4], The Top 100 Tech Sectors, May 11, 2009
Data on San José’s green economy was collected for (put not published in) the 2010 Silicon Valley Index
SolarTech, Creating a Solar Center of Excellence, White Paper, June 2007
work2future, Change and Challenge for Silicon Valley’s Economic Future, March 2008
Joint Venture Silicon Valley and the Community Foundation of Silicon Valley, 2010 Silicon Valley Index, 2010