CVB Launches Selfie Contest

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The Santa Clara Convention and Visitors Bureau (CVB) is encouraging visitors to take selfies in front of Levi’s Stadium and at other visitor attractions and events throughout the city. The winner of the photo contest will receive two tickets to see the 49ers play the San Diego Chargers on December 20th. Runner-up prizes include six Target gift certificates and “Red Zone Rally” tailgate tickets.

The contest requires users to follow the CVB’s “Visit Santa Clara” Instagram page and also take a selfie with one of the “49 Awesome Things To Do in Santa Clara,” posting the photo using hashtag #SantaClara49. A user’s Instagram privacy setting must be turned off in order for the selfie photo to be viewed. You can find a complete list of the 49 suggested photo sites at visitsantaclara.wordpress.com.

According to David Andre, Vice President of Marketing & Communications for the Santa Clara Convention and Visitors Bureau “our goal is to publicize the vast number of visitor attractions and events here in Santa Clara and to increase our number of Instagram followers.” The contest continues through mid-December.

Meet NFL Alumni at Lunch with the Legends

Interested in meeting NFL Alumni?  Looking for an opportunity to tour Levi’s Stadium?  All while helping out the Gridiron Greats and 49ers Foundation?  Then Lunch with the Legends is the event for you!  On Thursday, November 19th the Santa Clara Chamber of Commerce & Convention-Visitors Bureau presents Lunch with the Legends.  Features of the luncheon include the opportunity to meet 49ers Alumni such as Keena Turner, Bob St. Clair, Jimmie Johnson and Guy McIntyre (subject to change) while bidding on great sports and pop culture memorabilia. Ricky Watters will emcee the luncheon.  Sponsors include Southwest Airlines, Neto’s Sausage, Hilton Santa Clara, Farber & Company Attorneys, LLC, KW Bay Area Estates, and PFS Tax. To learn more, visit us online at www.santaclarachamber.org/LunchwiththeLegends.

Workshop on Business Opportunities at Super Bowl 50

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In partnership with the Santa Clara Chamber of Commerce & Convention-Visitors Bureau, the Super Bowl 50 Host Committee will present a workshop on BUSINESS CONNECT – the NFL’s supplier diversity program.  The Kick-Off Workshop will take place on Monday, November 17 from 1:30 – 3:30 p.m. at Levi’s Stadium in Santa Clara.  The purpose of the workshop is to introduce local businesses to the process of Super Bowl business, and provide networking, educational and other support.

BUSINESS CONNECT is open  to qualifying businesses in the nine-county Bay Area region.  To participate in the program, businesses must be certified (at least 51% owned & operated) as one or more of the following:

• Minority-owned businesses (MBE)
• Women-owned businesses (WBE)
• Disabled veteran-owned businesses (DVBE)

Once accepted into BUSINESS CONNECT, businesses will be listed in the Business Resource Guide, which will be posted on the Host Committee’s website and will function as the central resource for potential Super Bowl Business procurement.  For additional information, please visit the Super Bowl 50 Host Committee Business Connect website.

Member of the Month: SuperGreen Solutions of Stevens Creek

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SuperGreen Solutions of Stevens Creek is Silicon Valley’s premier sustainability center.  Their goal is to help you select the best products for your specific needs and aid you in reducing your energy consumption. They carry a wide variety of products, providing energy efficient solutions which are unmatched in the SF Bay Area.

In addition to solar and wind power, LED lighting and Electric Car Chargers, SuperGreen Solutions has solar and lighting solutions for recreation, emergency preparedness, and day to day living. Their franchiser and network of stores is continuously researching the latest technology, bringing you quality state-of-the-art products of the best value. They service home owners, businesses, municipalities, and contractors. Volume discounts and contractor discounts are available.

SuperGreen Solutions of Stevens Creek is now part of the PG&E Commercial Distributor LED Program. This means your business can get PG&E Rebates instantly on eligible Energy Star LED Lights! The rebate is taken off the price of the bulbs! See our specials to get your rebate.

SuperGreen Solutions is now a partner in the Santa Clara County Hazardous Waste Recycling & Disposal Program. They are also part of the Watershed Watch Program aimed at preventing mercury and other chemical contamination in our lakes, streams, bay and ocean.  Residential customers can recycle their fluoresecnt and CFL bulbs (which contain mercury) at SuperGreen Solutions of Stevens Creek and receive a 5% discount on any LED bulb!

SuperGreen Solutions is located at 5155 Stevens Creek Blvd., Ste. 100 (near the intersection of Lawrence Expressway and Stevens Creek Boulevard).  You may reach them at (408) 244-2887.

City Council Approves Chamber Opposed 100% Park Development Recovery Fee

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On October 14, the Santa Clara City Council approved a 100% park development recovery fee that was strongly opposed by the chamber and many of our members.  This fee will now add at least $26,000 to the cost per unit for any multi-family dwelling projects built in Santa Clara after the next 60 days.  Using a 400 unit apartment complex as an example, this fee will now add an additional $10 million to the project’s costs!

The decision was especially surprising since the chamber and development community worked diligently with council members and City staff on a compromise.  The chamber and development community were willing to support a 65% recovery fee to begin with and then consider annual increases to bring Santa Clara up to the surrounding city’s fees in a rational and purposeful way.  Unfortunately, a majority of the City Council, (Matthews, Gillmor, Davis and O’Neal), felt differently and did not believe this new fee would slow future multi-family dwelling development.  Time will tell.

The chamber and our development community strongly support our parks and the development of future parks.  However, when a fee moves from literally zero to over $26,000 per single dwelling unit, a developer will have to take a second look and may decide the costs far outweigh the benefits to build.  Time will tell.                   

There is also one other issue that was thankfully continued on October 14.  The elimination of a one (1) acre prerequisite in order for a developer to qualify for a 50% credit for private on-site parks and recreational amenities that are built as part of any multi-family development.  It will be next to impossible for a developer to meet a one (1) acre requirement based on the lack of available land in our City.  We believe a developer should receive credit if they build a private on-site park or recreational amenities, regardless of whether or not they dedicate one (1) acre of public parkland.  Hopefully a majority of the City Council will agree with us and the developer community when it is reconsidered.  Time will tell.                  

The Santa Clara Chamber will continue to monitor these important issues and will step up to support our local businesses when the issues involve creating more jobs to improve our community.  Please let me know how your business is doing and what we can do to help your business grow.  I can be reached at 408-380-1231 or by email at: steve.vandorn@santaclara.org.    

Steve Van Dorn, President and CEO

Hotel Occupancy & Average Daily Rate Soar in 3rd Quarter

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The hotel business is booming in Santa Clara. The eight full service hotels surrounding California’s Great America theme park, Levi’s Stadium, and Santa Clara Convention Center averaged 85% occupancy during the 3rd quarter with an average daily rate of $186. Of note, the Santa Clara hotels averaged $200 per night in the month of September.

Year-to-date, the hotels are averaging 82% occupancy with an average daily rate of $184. According to Santa Clara Chamber of Commerce and Convention-Visitors Bureau President & CEO Steve Van Dorn, “The hotel windfall is the result of a strong Silicon Valley economy, the addition of Levi’s Stadium, numerous Santa Clara Convention Center events, and a lot of hard work from the team at the Santa Clara Convention and Visitors Bureau (CVB).” Van Dorn adds “We’re very much engaged in making sure Levi’s Stadium has what they need to bring new events to the city and in filling our Convention Center.”

The averages compiled by the Santa Clara Chamber of Commerce and Convention-Visitors Bureau include the Avatar Hotel, Biltmore Hotel & Suites, Embassy Suites, Hilton Santa Clara, Hyatt  house, Hyatt Regency Santa Clara, Marriott Santa Clara, and the Plaza Suites.