Jennifer Chen

Economic Development Coordinator

When you hear the term “biomedical manufacturing,” it may be difficult to conjure up an image of what that looks like exactly. But whether you see it or not, the efforts of biomed manufacturing are literally producing life-changing results.
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Katie Handy

Associate, Field Paoli Architects

Occasionally, we like to share blogs from other writers, bloggers, and journalists, because, well, sometimes they can say it better than we can. This blog from Katie Handy, an associate at the esteemed Field Paoli Architecture firm in San Francisco, shares her observations which illustrate how the Maker Movement is changing interactions between artists and objects in public-private venues such as Tech Shop. The writing is poignant, but the photos really capture what the Maker Movement is all about – “creating connections and cultivating creativity.”
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Dan Schoenholz

Deputy Community Development Director

May is Affordable Housing Month, providing a great opportunity for the City of Fremont to show its commitment to affordable housing and to keep residents informed regarding the City’s efforts. Here are a few updates on some of the affordable housing projects that are currently in development.
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Kelly Kline

Economic Development Director & Chief Innovation Officer

Commuting takes a toll -- on a personal level, and on the planet. But for those of us who must commute, guilt-free solutions are emerging thanks to significant investments in local infrastructure. Last week, the future of commuting looked a little greener with hundreds of bicyclists participating in "Bike to Work Day" and the unveiling of eight new charging stations in Fremont’s Innovation District.
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Shilpi Sharma

Startup Grind Fremont Chapter Director

Startup Grind Fremont has new digs! Entrepreneurs can now find us at Electronics for Imaging (efi), in their ultra-hip, new corporate headquarters in Ardenwood. At our last meetup in April, efi CEO, Guy Gecht, dropped by to welcome the group and quickly tell the story of efi’s rise to dominance in digital print technologies.
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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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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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