Melissa Allensworth

Global Client Partner, YourEncore

Last week, a classroom at the Ohlone College Newark Campus was bustling with people—eager to learn, as you would expect. But, they were not your average college students assembling for English 101. Rather, it was a cohort of working professionals from across the biomedical and life science industries who were attending the region’s first Medical Device Lunch & Learn event. This event was the result of a partnership between YourEncore, BioCom, The Biomedical Manufacturing Network, and Fremont’s Economic Development Department.
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Cindy Chadwick PhD.

County Librarian, Alameda County Library

What does economic development have in common with libraries? We already knew the answer already as we headed to the Urban Library Council (ULC) Ppartners Cconference last week with Fremont's Chief Innovation Officer Kelly Kline in tow.
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Mark Muro

Senior fellow and the Policy Director of the Metropolitan Policy Program at the Brookings Institution

With Tesla’s first Model 3 rolling off the line this month right here in Fremont, it’s no surprise we are following auto tech trends closely. That’s why we’re paying particular attention to thought leaders like Mark Muro, whose recent research on cleantech is especially relevant to our environment. The following article eloquently summarizes auto’s rise to the top in cleantech investment circles. Mark Muro (@markmuro1) is a senior fellow at the Brookings Institution. Dustin Swonder provided research help on this post. The article “What Patents Reveal About Who’s Behind Clean-Technology Innovation” first appeared on
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Kim Marshall

Economic Development Specialist

The City of Fremont, Fremont Chamber of Commerce, and Alameda County Small Business Development Center (Alameda County SBDC) have a successful partnership creating opportunities for small business owners to network and learn through a variety of workshops and events. Each fiscal year, the City of Fremont conducts a survey to critique our program and assess current needs.
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Riley Sasaki

Economic Development Intern

As we celebrate Independence Day, it’s a time to appreciate our veterans both locally and nationally.
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Kelly Kline

Economic Development Director & Chief Innovation Officer

The “breakthrough” theme of this year’s BIO International Convention in San Diego was well-earned — what with medical breakthroughs in Hepatitis B and HIV, political breakthroughs in FDA funding, and gender breakthroughs — highlighted by NASA astronaut Kate Rubins, the first person to sequence DNA in outer space. It was a breakthrough year for attendance too, with 16,000 life science industry professionals attending from 80 countries — the largest audience the BIO International Conventional has seen in five years.
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Chris Williams

Digital Marketing Manager, PlanetMagpie

Last November represented a tipping point for web browsing. More people accessed the internet from their phones than from desktops and laptops, according to ZDNet. And mobile internet usage has only continued to increase since then.
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Shilpi Sharma

Startup Grind Fremont Chapter Director

Last month, Startup Grind Fremont celebrated Female Founders Month with eloquent reflections from Futurist and Advisor Ann Badillo. Ann recounted her personal experiences as a female leader and offered thoughts on why the millennial generation embraces a different social contract and why they will rely on women for leadership more than ever before.
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Matt Ebner

Leasing Manager

Momentum is building in Fremont’s Innovation District. From the Warm Springs BART opening and new commercial development to record low vacancy rates, it’s clear that a growing number of tech customers are looking to Fremont as a business location. With its well-earned reputation for accommodating R&D and manufacturing, Fremont has long been a natural fit for our portfolio, which currently has several spaces available for lease. Recently, we decided to reinvest in the Bayside Business Park by urbanizing spaces and adding features designed to appeal to a 21st century workforce. The photos below reflect where we believe the Fremont tech market is headed — fresh, contemporary work environments that can accommodate the wide range of advanced industries that call Fremont home.
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Kim Marshall

Economic Development Specialist

The new trend in the startup world is to build a business around a layer of technology. This is referred to as a full stack or whole product company. In the past, software would be created and sold off. But, now many innovative companies will instead take a specific piece of technology and build a business around it. This is happening in various industries ranging from education to communications to transportation. Babur Habib, co-founder and CEO of Portfolio School and founding CTO of Kno Inc., published an article in Forbes that looks at the positives and negatives of this trend.
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