Kelly Kline

Economic Development Director & Chief Innovation Officer

Urban Manufacturing has long been part of Fremont’s DNA. It’s a commitment and passion that is shared by our big-city neighbors including San Francisco, San Jose, and Oakland – all of whom have come together to better understand, support, and grow the industry whether related to food, textiles, electronics, or medical devices. This new Bay Area Manufacturing Initiative has already chalked up a big win – an in-depth survey that better illustrates the needs and importance of regional manufacturing. Below are key highlights from the report which summarizes survey results. Later this week we will share content from the first ever “Urban Manufacturing Summit” where the report was unveiled. In a nutshell, we have much to be proud of, and also much work to do to ensure continued growth and success.
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Kim Marshall

Economic Development Specialist

With the official holiday gift buying season about to begin, the first ever Fremont Shopping Guide is ready to help with your plan of attack on Black Friday and beyond. You might already be familiar with the “Enjoy Fremont” Restaurant and Hotel Guide. This useful resource has recently been updated by the City of Fremont and the Fremont Chamber of Commerce to include retail shops and services, along with Fremont’s many eateries and places to stay.
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Christina Briggs

Deputy Economic Development Director/Assistant to the City Manager

​As the end of the year draws near, we are all busy wrapping up projects. For the Cleantech Open, this means its regional accelerator programs are coming to a close and here in the Western Region, they celebrated at their annual Showcase last week in Fremont. Dozens of cleantech startups across a range of technologies completed intense judging sessions and learned whether or not they would advance to the Cleantech Open Global Forum. As always, this year’s event and participants revealed some interesting trends in the local cleantech story.
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Tim Lyons

Director of Bay Area Business Development, Scoop

​Have you ever wanted to carpool to work but didn't know how to go about finding someone to ride with? Turns out, there's an app for that. Scoop, the mobile app with over 50,000 commuters on board, recently launched in our area and is changing the future of carpooling and helping reduce traffic congestion. Read on for more information about Scoop and their local efforts.
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Christina Briggs

Deputy Economic Development Director/Assistant to the City Manager

With the barrage of election coverage winding down, it seems like we could all use some retail therapy! Last week, we got started at the ICSC Northern California Retail Idea Exchange conference. Although I did not come away with those suede ankle boots I’ve been eyeing, we did get some great retail industry insights, including the latest thinking on public/private partnerships to encourage retail, an energetic keynote by Oakland Mayor Libby Schaaf, and an insider’s guide from Yelp’s Manager of Local Business Outreach.
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Cliff Nguyen

City of Fremont Urban Initiatives Manager

The Urban Land Institute Conference is a real-time idea lab for urban planners of all stripes. This year’s fall conference in Dallas provided the usual dose of inspiration for bold, game-changing projects that can catalyze a city’s functionality, identity, and vitality. Read on for more insights.
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Kelly Kline

Economic Development Director & Chief Innovation Officer

Fremont’s Innovation District has landed an exciting new tenant that will accelerate the development and validation of next-generation materials and products for the automotive and electronics markets. Chances are you already have a product with Littelfuse circuit protection, power control, or sensing components – from wearable fitness devices to tablets to electric cars.
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Clarence Eng

By Clarence Eng, AICP, Sr. Transit Project Manager/Practice Builder, Kimley-Horn and Associates, Inc.

Earlier this month, San Francisco presented the annual Rail~Volution conference which hosted 1,400 “Rail~Volutionaries” from around the country and focused on building livable communities with transit. The conference offered the chance for attendees to explore a number of transformative transit projects in the Bay Area, including BART’s extension to the South Fremont/Warm Springs Innovation District. One of the conference attendees had a special interest in seeing Fremont’s progress in Warm Springs. Clarence Eng, AICP, from Kimley-Horn in Tampa served on a 2012 Urban Land Institute (ULI) Advisory Services Panel, which set the framework for the Warm Springs area to function as a 21st century workplace.
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The New Capitol Avenue

Posted on Oct 25, 2016


Jennifer Chen

Economic Development Coordinator

​Last Friday, the City of Fremont celebrated the completion of Phase II of the Capitol Avenue sidewalk and streetscape project (between State Street and Mowry Avenue). With a $5.8 million grant from One Bay Area, Capitol Avenue has been transformed from an ordinary sidewalk to a multi-modal street that includes screen walls, festoon lighting, and banners. The new Capitol Avenue enhances the pedestrian, bike, and car experience with street furniture, wider sidewalks, painted bike lanes, and free public parking.
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Jennifer Chen

Economic Development Coordinator

​Most entrepreneurs are probably familiar with the Small Business Administration (SBA), a federal agency that supports small business growth by increasing access to capital. And those who are a little more in the know may realize that the Small Business Development Centers of Northern California (SBDC) provide free consulting and training for small businesses and are jointly sponsored by the city, state, and the SBA. Less familiar names include Small Business Innovation Research (SBIR) and Small Business Technology Transfer (SBTT) grants.
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Tags : SBIR, SBTT, SBDC, SBA
Category: General Economic Development


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