Christina Briggs

Deputy Economic Development Director/Assistant to the City Manager

If you’re on the hunt for a new job, Fremont is the place to start looking. According to a recent study conducted by a consumer advocacy website called NerdWallet, the City of Fremont came in as the no. 10 top city in California for job seekers. So, what exactly makes Fremont an ideal spot for job hunters? NerdWallet took into account three different factors:
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Jeff Schwob

Community Development Director

If you’ve been wondering what all the fuss about Fremont’s Warm Springs plan is, now you can see for yourself. The draft Warm Springs Community Plan was released for public review last week and clearly outlines this bold vision, while reflecting some unique (and pretty progressive) urban planning principles. Here is a preview of some of the Plan graphics, which should help visualize what’s in store for Fremont’s Innovation District.
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Anu Natarajan

Vice Mayor

Trade missions are commonly thought of as attraction tools. You go to a country, you find businesses interested in expansion, you establish a relationship and then you reel them in. It’s not a bad strategy. However, on Fremont’s recent trade mission to India, we were very focused on identifying new markets for Fremont companies to expand their global footprint, and to establish new partners and product lines. In fact, this was equal, if not greater than our efforts to woo Indian companies to our shores.
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Kelly Kline

Economic Development Director & Chief Innovation Officer

This holiday season we want to express our gratitude for your continued investment, partnership, and contributions to Fremont. We also appreciate your interest in the business environment -- both within our city limits and collectively at the regional, state and federal level. In the New Year, we invite you to share your business goals and growth plans with us. We are committed to helping you reach them, and look forward to collaborating with you to create a dynamic, active, and vibrant local economy. Until then, we wish you good tidings, and leave you with a uniquely Fremont holiday image of the Niles Canyon Railway Train of Lights.
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Bill Harrison

Mayor of Fremont

The end of the year brings about Top 10 lists in oh-so many categories. So in the spirit of David Letterman, here’s ours! Introducing the 2013 City of Fremont Top 10 Year in Review List (In no particular order):
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Jennifer Chen

Economic Development Coordinator

A few weeks after the Second Annual Manufacturing Day in October, Mark Schmit posted “MFG Is Who We Are” on NISTMEP’s blog.
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Kelly Kline

Economic Development Director & Chief Innovation Officer

Last month, the City of Fremont led its first-ever Trade Delegation to India – a country that represents our largest share of population, and even more strikingly, represents business opportunities in our two most important economic growth sectors, Life Sciences and Clean Technology. Vice Mayor Natarajan (a Bangalore native) and Councilmember Bacon represented the City along with key staff, and were accompanied by Ohlone College personnel and Fremont businesses. The following slideshow highlights the activities and takeaway themes that will inform our international business proposition over time. Stay tuned for an upcoming blog post from Anu Natarajan that speaks to Fremont’s unique Trade Mission approach.
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Jennifer Chen

Economic Development Coordinator

We know we’re doing our job when our residents are fully satisfied. That’s why we’re happy to report that Fremont continued to attain high ratings when it comes to community satisfaction.
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Greg Matter

Vice President with Jones Lang LaSalle’s Global Supply Chain team

The Bay Area real estate landscape is much like a puzzle with different submarkets acting as individual pieces, each playing their own role in this dynamic economy. The Fremont submarket continues to remain favorable for tenants as slow leasing conditions and a generous supply of R&D and manufacturing space is keeping rental rates low. Combine this with having the highest concentration of computer/electronic equipment manufacturing employees in the region, and Fremont is very well positioned to capitalize on the resurgence of tech manufacturing in Silicon Valley. And folks are catching on. Already home to manufacturing heavyweights such as Tesla Motors, Lam Research, Western Digital, and Boston Scientific, Fremont saw some significant transactions in 2013.
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Christina Briggs

Deputy Economic Development Director/Assistant to the City Manager

Business expansion and relocation decisions are complex and are informed by a variety of factors beyond just basic demographics or census data. We know that fostering a strong business environment also requires articulating our investment profile to key stakeholders with clear indicators and metrics. Fremont’s new Investment Profile enables us to tell a more powerful story about the opportunities in Fremont and gain mindshare from the sometimes elusive investor community.
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Welcome to our blog – Takes from Silicon Valley East! Our view is slightly different here on the east side of the bay – from the Mission Peak backdrop to the advanced manufacturing companies that dot our boulevards. As we become more urban and strive to interpret the business issues affecting our innovation economy, we want to share with you our observations, insights, photos, arguments, agreements, inspirations and CEO interviews – and here on our blog is exactly where we plan to do this.

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