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The downtown business community continues to evolve:


Technology companies increasingly call Downtown San Jose home. Law firms, financial institutions, real estate firms and companies that provide other business services also make up part of the downtown office landscape. Adobe System’s and Acer’s corporate headquarters are landmarks downtown.

Office vacancy in Class “A” buildings has declined since a high in 2008, when office vacancy was at 15 percent of the total 8.2 million square feet available. The latest new high-rise office building recruiting new tenants is in the RiverPark business complex.

San Jose State University graduates keep Silicon Valley competitive. Its undergraduate engineering program continues to blossom and build a worldwide reputation; Silicon Valley firms employ more graduates from SJSU than from any other university in the nation.

For employees, downtown San Jose has plenty of food and event options. Downtown boasts more than 140 dining options, summer outdoor music concerts and festive holiday ice skating. And from May through December, the Downtown Farmers’ Market in San Pedro Square each Friday is the place to stock up on locally grown and organic produce, people watch and bask in downtown’s warm climate.

Major Downtown Employers:

Adobe Systems
Acer America
CB Richard Ellis
City of San Jose
Colliers International
Ernst & Young
Hoge, Fenton, Jones & Appel – Attorneys at Law
Hopkins & Carley, LLC
Merrill Lynch
Morgan Stanley
Price Waterhouse Coopers
San Jose State University


Downtown San Jose is home to more than 1.4 million square feet of retail. Downtown restaurants and retailers include Morton’s Steakhouse, Amici’s East Coast Pizzeria, Sonoma Chicken, Ross Dress For Less, Muji (the Japanese retailer) and Circle A Skateboards. The San Jose MarketCenter, home since 2006 to large retailers such as Target, Trader Joe’s, Michael’s, Office Depot and numerous eating establishments, boosts downtown’s retail market by continuing to add stores to its repertoire.

More than 1,300 businesses enjoy being part of the downtown community. It is a comfortable urban environment that offers plenty of after-work nightlife (starting with some great happy hours), easy commuting and regional transit options, plenty of parking and interesting work spaces. This unique environment – complete with all its amenities — gives employees an edge they need to compete in the global marketplace.