Scott Knies talks downtown San Jose, Google, economic growth, COVID

(Karl Mondon/Bay Area News Group) Scott Knies, longtime executive director of the San Jose Downtown Association, relaxes sits on a park bench at Hart’s Dog Park in the city’s downtown, one of the many beautification projects his organization has spearheaded, September 2022.

Scott Knies has been involved in San Jose’s business and economic scene for decades, stints that have been marked by multiple firsts.

In 1982, Knies became the first executive director of The Fencing Center, opening the sports club’s first two locations in downtown San Jose. Knies then served as the Alum Rock Business Association Manager in 1986-87, and in 1988 he

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