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The largest city in the Bay Area, and the "Capital of Silicon Valley," the City of San José is a community of firsts. It was California’s first civilian settlement, the state’s first incorporated city and the home of the first state capital. More recently, San José was the first city in the United States to have a written plan for responding to terrorism. And in a unique partnership between the City of San José and San José State University, the new Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. Library in downtown San José is the first library in the nation to be co-owned and operated by a city and a university. Continuing to build on this legacy of innovation, leadership and vision, San José is working hard to make building the Creative Community its first priority.

San José is California’s third largest city and the hub of Silicon Valley; a dynamic region with a thriving economy sustained by numerous high-tech and manufacturing companies. The San José metropolitan area ranks second as a national leader in exports and it has strong economic ties around the world. Over the last ten years, San José has been ranked numerous times in magazines such as Fortune and Money as one of the top ten places to live and locate a business. To maintain its competitive economic edge in a challenging economy and to continue to attract businesses and skilled workers far into the future, San José has developed a long-term economic strategy that highlights and develops six of its unique attributes: Global Gateway, Creative Community, an Entrepreneurial Environment, Tech-Savvy City, Place of Opportunity and America’s Most Livable Big City.

A city of rich cultural and ethnic diversity, including a sizeable Latino population and the largest Vietnamese population in the United StatesSan José residents speak more than 52 different languages. Consistently named the "Safest Big City in America" San Jose’s vibrant, pedestrian-friendly revitalized downtown area invites visitors and residents alike to enjoy its many cultural institutions, parks, neighborhoods and other amenities. The City’s successful downtown revitalization efforts continue with the current construction of a new San José City Hall.

Through creative public/private partnerships and regional collaborations, San José is carefully enhancing and protecting its economic and environmental resources to ensure that the City remains vital far into the future. By adopting "green building" policies, encouraging sustainable development projects sensitive to transit and environmental issues, and empowering City residents through a variety of innovative education, safety and neighborhood improvement programs, San José continues to build on its legacy of “firsts” to make it a first-rate livable community.