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About San Jose, California

  Photo San Jose skyline  
  Photo Credit: San Jose Convention and Visitor's Bureau  

San Jose, a bustling metropolis in the heart of the Silicon Valley, is ranked among the safest and most livable large cities in America. Often referred to as the "Gateway to the Bays," San Jose is just a short drive from cities like San Francisco, Santa Cruz, and Monterey, and is located a mere 25 miles from the Pacific Ocean.

San Jose blends a rich history—after a surge of innovation and population from the California Gold Rush it became the first city established in California—with new technologies and forward-thinking ideals. With the largest concentration of technology expertise in the country—more than half of the adult population holds a college degree—the city attracts people from all around the world and encourages growth and development. Plus, with companies like Adobe Systems, eBay, Hewlitt Packard, and IBM flourishing in the region, San Jose truly lives up to its reputation as an emerging technological Mecca.

Whether visiting one of the city's 150 gardens, or stopping by the largest public library west of the Mississippi, one is never short on things to do in San Jose. The city boasts a rich cultural community, including one of three "Japantowns" in the nation, plus arts and entertainment from around the world. Nestled in the heart of the city is the San Jose McEnery Convention Center, where the Labs21 2008 Annual Conference will be held.

Additionally, Mayor Chuck Reed, a visionary in helping the city move toward a sustainable future, recently announced a plan for a "Green San Jose." This plan calls for 25,000 new clean-tech jobs, the planting of 100,000 new trees, and the addition of 60 miles of new trails. Mayor Reed also plans to cut the city's energy consumption by 50 percent over the next 15 years. He will provide opening remarks during the Labs21 2008 Annual Conference Opening Plenary session.

Labs21 is proud to have held the 2008 Annual Conference in such an environmentally-focused city. Find out more about what Labs21 is doing to "green the conference."

For more information about San Jose, visit the San Jose Convention and Visitor's Bureau website.


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