Kelly Kline

Economic Development Director & Chief Innovation Officer

What’s a smart city? Here’s a working definition: Smart cities use advance information and communication technologies to collect, communicate, and analyze data to improve the design and operations of a city’s core systems, programs, and citizen engagement for greater efficiency, effectiveness, and equity, thus improving the city’s sustainability, resilience, and quality of life.
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Christina Briggs

Deputy Economic Development Director/Assistant to the City Manager

The power of Fremont's supply chain was recently highlighted in well-known trade publication - Material Handling & Logistics (MH&L). In the article, "If You Build It and Warehouse It, Will They Come?", author Adrienne Selko dives into the reasons why a diverse range of companies supporting advanced manufacturing have established headquarters in close proximity to one another and how they’re tackling the issue of finding and retaining qualified employees. Fremont is home to more than 26,000 manufacturing jobs—25 percent of the workforce—and thus, a great case study for these questions. The article features commentary from the presidents of Fremont-based RK Logistics and KUKA Robotics Corp., who discuss the Fremont manufacturing ecosystem and how they’re attracting a new generation of workers.
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Tina Kapoor

Economic Development Manager

Good things come to those who wait, they say. We agree. If you still haven’t done your holiday shopping because you’re waiting for the perfect gift for yourself or that special someone, you’re winning. That’s because we have handpicked a list of gifts that are sure to impress. Best of all, these awesome products are made right here in Fremont! Brimming with unique, environmentally conscious, and locally manufactured products, our list this year will not only dazzle your loved ones, but will also make you feel extra good this season by supporting local businesses. So go ahead, check out these loveable one-of-a kind gift ideas — ’tis the season, after all!
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Parker Thomas

FUSE Corps Executive Fellow

You may recall from our October Q&A with FUSE Fellow Parker Thomas that he probably has the most interesting one-year assignment imaginable: creating a maker education platform for Fremont’s schools and the community at large with the goal of building the workforce pipeline for advanced manufacturing. For the last two months, Parker has been on a listening tour, interviewing close to 100 educators, parents, companies, and community partners. Luckily for us, Parker has been documenting his journey in a series of blog posts. His most recent “update to the tribe” can be found here, with key excerpts below.
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Tina Kapoor

Economic Development Manager

KUKA Robotics, a German manufacturer of industrial robots and solutions for factory automation, has stood for transformational ideas and innovation for over 100 years. Today, KUKA is one of the world’s leading suppliers of robot technology and plant and systems engineering.
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Chris Williams

Digital Marketing Manager, PlanetMagpie

For small businesses, email stands as their primary communication and marketing tool. At PlanetMapgie, an IT support agency, we’ve seen plenty of ways business owners use email. For example, some only looked at email on their phone. Others forwarded their work email to a personal account. A few had one work account set up on three different devices. One professional even used four different email addresses every day (yes, it’s really happened!).
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Alison Lingane

Co-Founder, Project Equity

While name brands like Tesla Motors help raise the profile of manufacturing in our regional economy, manufacturing has long been a driver of our economic development. The reality is that manufacturing accounts for 21 percent of our regional GDP and provides 108,500 jobs across the Bay Area. These are solid middle class jobs that are a part of the Inclusive Economy we want to see in our region: jobs that pay well, that have professional advancement opportunities, and are generally accessible to people without a four-year college degree. We’re thrilled to see the increased focus on regional manufacturing on many fronts, and salute the Bay Area Manufacturing Initiative (led by SFMade), a three-year project to facilitate the creation of a well-defined and interconnected regional manufacturing ecosystem. The City of Fremont was one this initiative’s four founding cities (the others being San Francisco, San Jose, and Oakland) and has made manufacturing the backbone of its economic development efforts.
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Thank you, TechShop

Posted on Nov 29, 2017


June A Grant

Principal, Blink!LAB

When TechShop announced it was closing all its locations earlier this month, the response from the maker community and other supporters was swift and filled with emotion. Many described, in deeply personal terms, the role TechShop played in not just their careers but in their lives. David Lang's post on Medium is a great example. But in addition to the sincere sense of mourning, some took the opportunity to look forward and suggest how we might fill this void, while adjusting the model to better address what it seems so many are seeking at a place like TechShop - community. Blink-Lab's June Grant offered particularly insightful comments that we thought were worth sharing so that we all start thinking about what might follow in TechShop's footsteps.
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Kelly Kline

Economic Development Director & Chief Innovation Officer

The ever-present question about how long we can expect the good economy to last seems more pressing than ever. And where better to explore that question that at the Fall convening of the Urban Land Institute in Downtown Los Angeles? While this year’s ULI Real Estate Trends forecast doesn’t answer that question directly, it does recognize that we are not in a boom/bust scenario, but rather a long cycle which presents varying data points market by market, property by property.
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Martine Nader

Regional Initiatives Manager, SFMade

The 2017 Bay Area Urban Manufacturing Summit last week brought over 400 people together in support of regional manufacturing! Senator Dianne Feinstein greeted the crowd via video address and officials from 30 Bay Area cities were in the room, including the mayors of Oakland, Fremont, Berkeley, Alameda, Pittsburg, and Newark.
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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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