Christina Briggs

Deputy Economic Development Director/Assistant to the City Manager

Last week, an elite group of leading clean energy investors, entrepreneurs, corporate executives, policymakers, and other prominent members of this ecosystem convened in Fremont at the 2016 World Energy Innovation Forum. Held very appropriately at the Tesla Motors Factory, the event produced a plethora of thought-provoking ideas and poignant remarks from the dynamic speakers, making great fodder for social media buzz. Here are a few highlights, but check out #WEIF2016 for all of the great sound bites.
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Kelly Kline

Economic Development Director & Chief Innovation Officer

In case you missed it, San Jose Mercury News technology writer Michelle Quinn recently highlighted both Fremont and Berkeley as the “hot new address” for tech startups. Fremont has long been a stealth player in the startup scene, but no longer! Thanks to recognition like this, substantial VC investment (more than $400 million!), and robust startup ecosystem (Startup Grind), Fremont is holding its own in this arena. The original article is below, along with a great photo from Genze, one of our favorite startups in Fremont’s Innovation District.
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David Greensfelder

Managing Principal, Greensfelder Commercial Real Estate, LLC

Recently I’ve been reflecting on a retail trade blog titled “Hyper-localization Is a Big Deal for Retail – and Even the Big Chains Are in on it.” This article went on to say that “the concept of hyper-localization is really a backlash against mass marketing.” Well, on the face of it, it would seem like anything that is hyper-local would be anti-chain. However, a deeper dive into this “new” hyper-local trend reveals a sophisticated marketing strategy designed to drive foot traffic to local retailers -- be they local independents, or a local outpost of the ubiquitous chain store.
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Kim Marshall

Economic Development Specialist

Last month, the Harvard Business Review published an article by Robert C. Wolcott titled “Does Your Business Look to the Future or Just Defend the Present?” We found the piece to be thought-provoking and wanted to share how the phenomenon of “staying ahead of the curve” is happening in our local economy related to hardware startups.
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Kelly Kline

Economic Development Director & Chief Innovation Officer

Brotherly love. Cheesesteaks. The 76ers. Philadelphia is the 5th largest city in the U.S. and has no shortage of unique and enduring assets. What has been more fleeting for the birthplace of our independence, is a strong footing for its local economy. That’s changing, however, as Philadelphia ups its innovation game. Our Innovation District series continues with an in-depth look at "Philly" -- and how it's working on multiple fronts to harness the new economy.
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Scott Forster, Ph.D.

Head of Essai Global Solutions, Sales, Marketing & Business Development

Continuing in our quest to highlight Fremont-based manufacturing and technology companies that support Silicon Valley’s innovation economy, we recently caught up with Essai, a global player that provides engineering solutions and rapid prototyping to the who’s who of advanced industries.
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Fred Diaz

City Manager

Every few years, we take an extensive look at how our residents feel about the quality of life in Fremont, the development, and local government. In February and March of this year, the City contracted with research firm FM3 to conduct random telephone outreach for our annual community survey of Fremont residents. The firm reached out to more than 600 registered voters and randomly-selected residents to hear what they had to say about the City of Fremont.
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Kelsey Wat

Student Support Specialist, Silicon Valley Engineering Technology Pathways

As the name implies, Science Technology Engineering Math (STEM) careers require a certain level of mathematics as a pre-requisite. This means that over 70 percent of California Community College students are required to take two to three years of math instruction before they can begin a four-year degree sequence. The result is that students who cannot devote this much time are effectively prevented from entering high-growth, high-wage careers. This can be especially true for military veterans looking to enter the civilian workforce. The Engineering Technology Pathways program at Las Positas College, in Livermore, CA seeks to address that need.
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von Borch Jessica

Deputy City Manager

City Age has been convening thought leaders in the “Smart City” sphere for several years now in major metro areas across the world from LA to Hong Kong to Kansas City to Toronto. Their first foray in San Francisco had its own special flavor, emphasizing climate resiliency, transportation, and new development models. Of particular interest was a panel on City Building which featured the Warm Springs story, and how the City of Fremont has leveraged its real estate portfolio to drive more beneficial partnerships for public infrastructure ranging from complete streets to school facilities. Fremont’s Chief Innovation Officer Kelly Kline shared Fremont’s impressive stats related to affordable housing goals and its unique approach to creating an innovation ecosystem based on Advanced Industries. Other panelists from the City of San Francisco, SPUR, and mixed-use developer Grosvenor emphasized the importance of creative approaches to drive density near transit hubs.
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Christina Briggs

Deputy Economic Development Director/Assistant to the City Manager

In Fremont, we talk about manufacturing — a lot. And lately, we are not the only ones. Whether it’s the buzz around the maker movement or the tremendous response to Tesla’s Model 3 launch last week, the ways in which manufacturing is impacting our economy, and our lives are becoming more and more apparent. But don’t just take my word for it — let the experts tell you.
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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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