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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Category: General Economic Development

Shilpi Sharma

Startup Grind Fremont Chapter Director

The idiom, “Time flies when you’re having fun” was our first thought last month when we celebrated the one-year anniversary of Fremont’s Startup Grind Chapter. It’s hard to believe that we have had 12 fireside chats since September 2015. Headlining the celebration was Andrew Dickson, co-founder of Acre Designs, a startup that designs sustainable eco-friendly, high-quality homes equipped with the latest energy-saving technologies.
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Stephen Garcia

President, Bay Area Circuits

Last Friday, Fremont celebrated National Manufacturing Day by inviting students and jobseekers to attend 11 manufacturing facility tours across the City. We sat down with Stephen Garcia, President, Bay Area Circuits, a printed circuit board manufacturer, to debrief on the day and hear a manufacturer’s perspective on the importance of Manufacturing Day. Read on to learn how companies like Bay Area Circuits are challenging old-school perceptions of manufacturing and showing people, especially younger generations, that making things is cool again.
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Cloud is Where the Cost Savings Are

Posted on Oct 04, 2016

Bastin Gerald

CEO of Apptivo

We recently sat down with Bastin Gerald, CEO of Fremont-based Apptivo, a cloud based customer relationship management (CRM) software company. Here’s a bit about the company’s growth, its commitment to CRM and why Fremont is a great location for its headquarters.
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Christina Briggs

Deputy Economic Development Director/Assistant to the City Manager

​Unless you’ve been living under a rock, you’ve probably heard about the hardware renaissance that is sweeping Silicon Valley (and the world), and is largely driven by advances in IoT. From its impact on local manufacturing to the way it’s changing real estate demand, it’s fair to say that we have provided in-depth coverage on this topic. But, one element that has not received as much attention, partially because it’s perhaps the most challenging aspect of hardware product development, is how the latest advances in hardware development are getting funded.
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