With momentum in Fremont at an all-time high, Silicon Valley’s who’s who can soon see first-hand what’s going on and meet some of the key players. On August 5th, the Silicon Valley Business Journal is hosting ‘The Business of Fremont at ThermoFisher Scientific’s new facility in Warm Springs. Key stakeholders will be sharing Fremont’s story from their perspective and what’s driving their choice for investment.


As the 4th largest city in the Bay Area, Fremont has made a name for itself as a Bay Area advanced manufacturing hub. With the reshoring phenomenon taking hold and an ever expanding supply chain ecosystem, thanks to companies like Tesla, Seagate, and ThermoFisher Scientific, Fremont is well positioned to play a vital role in the next technology revolution: the Internet-of-Things.

Yet, unlike many other places in the region, Fremont still has room to grow, and is seizing opportunities adjacent to transit, as it counts down to the arrival of the newest BART station in Warm Springs. In both the City’s downtown and in South Fremont/Warm Springs, the City is embracing its General Plan’s goal of becoming a strategically urban city. Join us to hear from developers and companies who are investing in Fremont’s future.

Panel 1: Fremont’s Urban Initiatives in Downtown and Warm Springs

Hear how the City is bringing its vision of a vibrant, central gathering place to life by implementing its Downtown Community Plan, and completing a series of significant milestones– most notably a Development Agreement with TMG Partners and Sares Regis.

At the same time, a tremendous convergence of forces is occurring in the City’s Warm Springs Innovation District. With the Warm Sprigns BART station set to come on line in December and a new Community Plan completed, additional manufacturing /employment opportunities abound, and the private sector is stepping up.

  • Moderator: Nathan Donato-Weistein, Silicon Valley Business Journal
  • David Cropper, Managing Director, TMG Partners
  • Jon Jaffe, VP and Chief Operating Officer, Lennar
  • Karen Auschuler, Principal, Perkins + Will
  • Jessica Von Borck, Assistant City Manager, City of Fremont

Panel 2: Fremont’s Advanced Industry Profile and What’s Driving its Expansion

With the closures of NUMMI and Solyndra firmly in the rear view mirror, few would have predicted the stunning wave of Advanced Industry expansions that have occurred in Fremont over the last three years. Hear about why Tesla, ThermoFisher, and Seagate each decided to expand their operations, what the impact is on the broader supply chain network and manufacturing growth throughout the region, and the City’s partnership role in nurturing an innovation ecosystem.

  • Moderator: Greg Matter, Senior Vice President, Jones Lang LaSalle
  • Daniel Witt, Manager Business Development & Policy, Tesla Motors
  • Steve Hwang, Vice President of Media/R&D, Seagate Technology
  • Jay Glasscock, Vice President/General Manager Clinical Diagnostics/Niche ProductsThermoFisher Scientific
  • Kelly Kline, Economic Development Director, City of Fremont