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Fremont has a dedicated economic development team — and a larger in-house team we can assemble depending on the situation. Before you invest your time or submit anything, we can make sure you’re on the right path. By being incredibly thorough in the pre-application stage, we can help you compress the process and move business along.
You should also know that Fremont has a stable political climate (read between the lines as you will). In short, we’re business-friendly with economic development baked into our General Plan.
Economic Development Director
& Chief Innovation Officer
As Fremont’s economic development director, Kelly Kline serves as a vital link to the City’s business community. Kelly has chalked up 25 years of city government experience with a special emphasis on business development, urban revitalization, smart cities, and the advanced manufacturing ecosystem. She is passionate about creating a strong and diverse local economy and fostering public-private partnerships.
Kelly is an active participant in several real estate organizations, including the Urban Land Institute and Silicon Valley CREW. Kelly is also a past chair of the Silicon Valley Economic Development Alliance, and was recognized in 2015 by the Silicon Valley Business Journal as one of 100 Women of Influence.
Kelly has a B.S. in Journalism and Political Science, and a Master of Public Administration degree from San Jose State University. She is also a graduate of the Senior Executives in State and Local Government program at Harvard University’s John F. Kennedy School of Government.
Where you’ll find Kelly off hours: marathon training, supporting local music, art, and culture, and visiting cities everywhere for placemaking inspiration.
Deputy Director of Economic Development /
Assistant to the City Manager
Christina Briggs is a champion of economic development and redevelopment for city governments. For nearly 15 years, she has led efforts in business recruitment, business retention, and job development strategies and has managed mixed-use, retail, and hotel development projects. She also provides economic health analysis, including development of industry cluster strategies for clean technology, biotechnology, and advanced manufacturing. Christina takes particular pride in serving as an interface between business and government and has led several “win win” collaborations in the development/permitting process and other public/private partnerships.
Christina is the public sector co-chair of the International Council of Shopping Centers (ICSC) Northern California P3 committee, a member of the Urban Land Institute, the Silicon Valley Economic Development Alliance, the East Bay Economic Development Alliance, and a founding member of the Silicon Valley Manufacturing Roundtable.
She received her B.A. in Language Studies from the University of California, Santa Cruz, and her Master of Public Administration degree from the Middlebury Institute of International Studies at Monterey.
Where you’ll find Christina off hours: cooking a gourmet meal, at her son’s soccer games, and spending weekends in Santa Cruz.
Economic Development Specialist
As a long-time resident and employee of the City, Kim Marshall is 100 percent dedicated to Fremont. In her role of economic development specialist, she uses her local knowledge to connect companies to the right resources to help them succeed and grow. She especially enjoys assisting new clients through the process of starting a business and feels fortunate to be part of Fremont's transformation into a vital innovation hub for Silicon Valley and the East Bay.
Kim has spearheaded the "Shop Fremont" program, business appreciation efforts, and regular small business education seminars.
Kim received her B.A. from California State University, East Bay.
Where you’ll find Kim off hours: at a Sharks game, at the gym, or reading a great novel.
Economic Development Manager
Tina Kapoor has called Fremont home since she moved to the U.S. in 1999. She grew up in a small industrial town that is proud to be the largest producer of sporting goods and musical instruments in India. Destined for big adventures in a city, Tina attended the acclaimed Delhi University and graduated with Honors in English.
Fascinated by how cities work, Tina pursued work in local government and joined the 10th largest city in the U.S. — San Jose. Over a 15-year period, Tina built a career in economic development, excelling in the creation of innovative programs in partnership with private partners to nurture businesses and entrepreneurs. In 2015, Tina was honored as a Top Women of Influence in Silicon Valley.
Tina joined the City of Fremont in 2017, bringing her expertise in business district revitalization, downtown management, and workforce development. Tina serves on the Alameda County Workforce Development Board to craft innovative and customized solutions for businesses looking to find and retain talent.
Grateful for the unparalleled quality of life and opportunities that Fremont offers, Tina utilizes her solid graphic design, storytelling, and social media skills to market the City’s attributes and strengths to its robust business and resident community.
Where you’ll find Tina off hours: playing basketball with her sons (they’re both better than she is), practicing henna art, and singing karaoke with her dad.