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 […]
Takes from Silicon Valley East
Economic Development is a team sport. While many sports analogies could apply, basketball provides ample fodder. Note: Suspension of disbelief is required since none of us actually plays basketball! However, as the photo shows, you can often find us enjoying the outdoors. Fremont Economic Development Team Hiking Mission Peak (from left to right): Kline, Marshall, […]
Why Fremont ranked among the fastest growing cities since recession & the case for "Strategically Urban"
As we emerge from the Great Recession, think tanks and researchers are busy studying data and patterns, which will hopefully provide valuable insight into what is driving our recovery nationally, and how we sustain it. Fremont finds itself included in one of these analyses from urban development researcher, Joel Kotkin. His recent article, “America’s Fastest […]
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. 1. Mission/Warren Area Improvement (between I-880 and Warm Springs Blvd. Along the 10-mile BART extension connecting […]
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.” Apparently, the term […]
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 […]