Kelly Kline

Economic Development Director & Chief Innovation Officer

Recently, Fremont’s Mayor Bill Harrison took a look back at the very public demise of solar giant Solyndra, and shared the city’s lessons from that experience. You can view the original article here from PandoDaily, a startup tech website in Silicon Valley. The Mayor begins by examining how Fremont responded to the Solyndra bankruptcy, while maintaining an unwavering commitment to clean technology. First and foremost, he makes the point that Fremont didn’t back down from its clean tech initiative:
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Christina Briggs

Deputy Economic Development Director/Assistant to the City Manager

“Re-shoring,” “on shoring,” “right shoring” – call it what you want. If you think you’re hearing more about local manufacturing, it’s not your imagination. It is a real phenomenon that more and more companies are keeping their production operations in the United States, or even moving them back from abroad. And Silicon Valley is ground zero for this activity. We are witnessing this first-hand in Fremont, hearing regularly from tech companies who are re-shoring processes from overseas. And we’re not talking about your grandmother’s manufacturing – but rather advanced manufacturing processes that create semiconductor components, medical diagnostic tools and, of course, the Tesla Model S. In fact, Fremont is arguably one of the most manufacturing-intensive Silicon Valley cities and was even recently recognized by the Associated Press as a “manufacturing hub.” So what’s driving this revival? We’ve talked to many experts, and here are some of the top reasons we’ve heard.
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von Borch Jessica

Deputy City Manager

Recipe for city place-making: Start with a diverse and innovative population. Add proximity to transit. In a separate bowl, create policies that encourage pedestrian-oriented and mixed-use development styles and buildings. Stir and bake for a vibrant gathering place.
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Kelly Kline

Economic Development Director & Chief Innovation Officer

When SizeUp.com released a startup survey last year showing Fremont having the most U.S. startups per capita, the head-scratching was palpable. Among the head-scratchers were SizeUp and the City itself. Aren’t cities like San Francisco and Austin supposed to be leading the charge in this area? Isn’t Fremont the place for major R&D operations like Boston Scientific, Lam Research and Western Digital? The answers are Yes, and, Yes. However, underlying the study are important facts explaining why a manufacturing hub like Fremont is a stealth player in the startup sphere.
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Meet the Fremont Team

Posted on Aug 07, 2013


Kelly Kline

Economic Development Director & Chief Innovation Officer

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Christina Briggs

Deputy Economic Development Director/Assistant to the City Manager

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Kelly Kline

Economic Development Director & Chief Innovation Officer

On Wednesday, June 26th, the Fremont City Council, Transit and Utility Agencies, and local media toured three projects that comprise an $8B investment in transit and water systems that will enhance the economic vitality of the greater Bay Area.
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Christina Briggs

Deputy Economic Development Director/Assistant to the City Manager

As any proper economic development team would, we have spent significant time the last few years marketing Fremont’s strong “clean technology” cluster … until recently. That is, we started getting corrected by experts in this industry for generalizing what is actually a vast array of technologies into the single term, “clean tech.”
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Welcome to Think Silicon Valley

Posted on Jul 24, 2013


Kelly Kline

Economic Development Director & Chief Innovation Officer

Doing business in Silicon Valley calls for connecting in the digital world as well as the physical world. Sure, our regular customers cut some slack. After all, as Fremont’s Economic Development Department, we are part of a government agency. However, we can’t expect to attract new business unless we reflect the sophistication of the businesses we seek to serve. But keep reading. I think you’ll find that Fremont is taking a cue from its innovation companies and innovating itself on a whole new level.
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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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