Clean Acres Tours Seagate

Posted on Jan 25, 2017

Matt Gardner

Chief Executive Officer, California Technology Council

Clean Acres stakeholders had a unique opportunity to go inside one of the most advanced buildings in California on December 14th. The Clean Acres tour of Seagate's Fremont Research Center highlighted the latest in building controls, advanced research and development, and flexible lab space.
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Shilpi Sharma

Startup Grind Fremont Chapter Director

​The ecosystem that supports startups is undoubtedly vital for their success. Our November guest, Prashant Shah, plays a key role in this support system, growing entrepreneurship with The Indus Entrepreneurs (TiE) Silicon Valley chapter. TiE is a global non-profit founded in 1992 by successful Indian immigrant entrepreneurs that sought to support other newcomers through mentorship, networking, education, incubation, and funding. During his Startup Grind presentation, Shah shared information about Tie LaunchPad* and TiE Angels. TiE Angels funds a range of industries, with an emphasis on companies that have a good product fit for the market. For TiE Angel funding, the corporate team is very important. The founders must have “direct domain expertise” in the field.
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Kelly Kline

Economic Development Director & Chief Innovation Officer

Good news! Kind of. Real estate magnate Louis Belmonte does not predict a 2017 recession. “There’s no bust because busts follow booms and believe me, there’s no boom.” Belmonte headlined the Silicon Valley Crew annual forecast event, acknowledging that true “futurists” are a rare breed, given their general propensity to think about the future as “the present plus one.” There are a number of things that Belmonte is concerned about – low levels of population and productivity growth and meager labor force participation. Most concerning of all being that “demographics are destiny” and our aging population stands to cause many ripple effects in the economy. However, there is no question that Silicon Valley is doing better than the rest of the country and the “why” can be summarized in one word – wealth. Specifically, wealth is flowing into the Silicon Valley economy because of technology. These are the five primary vehicles bringing in the dough.
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Mark Muro

Senior fellow and the Policy Director of the Metropolitan Policy Program at the Brookings Institution

Amid the hoopla of celebrating a deal to save 800 jobs at a Carrier Corp. factory in Indiana last month, President-elect Donald Trump promised to usher in a “new industrial revolution“—one that sounded as much like a social awakening as a manufacturing one. How will the nation achieve that renaissance, though? If past is prologue, the Trump administration will lean on high-profile tweets and one-off job-retention deals combined with moves to renegotiate some trade deals to give U.S. workers a leg up.
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Kim Marshall

Economic Development Specialist

Happy New Year! A new round of funding from the California Governor’s Office of Business and Economic Development (GO-Biz) is kicking off 2017. California Competes Tax Credit is a five-year income tax credit available to businesses of all sizes who want to grow, stay, or locate in California. $243 million in tax credits is available for fiscal year 2016/2017. This period, $100 million is available to California businesses. One quarter of these funds have been set aside specifically for small businesses, defined as businesses making less than $2 million in revenue per year, which allows them to compete on a level playing field.
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Christina Briggs

Deputy Economic Development Director/Assistant to the City Manager

It is said that “you can’t get to where you are going unless you know where you’ve been.” In our case, 2016 was full of ambitious and rewarding journeys. So, in the spirit of holiday reflections, we’re closing out the year out with our “Top 10” reasons to break out the eggnog.
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Kelly Kline

Economic Development Director & Chief Innovation Officer

I recently joined SPUR Silicon Valley on a tour through the new U.S. Patent and Trademark Office (USPTO) located at San Jose City Hall. It was a great opportunity to see how this community asset has strengthened the startup ecosystem during its first year of operation. You can read more about the history of the office from USPTO Director John Cabeca here. But, if you haven’t had the chance to visit yet, consider this a virtual tour!
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Kelly Kline

Economic Development Director & Chief Innovation Officer

Fremont has been earning street cred in electric vehicle (EV) technology since the Model S started rolling off the line in the Tesla Factory, the former home of the GM/Toyota NUMMI partnership.
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Tags : Tesla, EV, NUMMI, Chevy Bolt
Category: Silicon Valley

Nathan Donato-Weinstein

Business Development Officer, City of San Jose

Localization of manufacturing is a hot topic these days. So, it’s no surprise that it took center stage at a recent convening of the Silicon Valley Manufacturing Roundtable. As moderator, I had the chance to engage with four growing players in the local hardware scene: Type A Machines, Kaptivo, Product Realization Group, and BriteLab. The punch line? The dynamics fueling this hardware Renaissance are as transformative as the digital revolution that preceded it. Each story below explains why.
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Kelly Kline

Economic Development Director & Chief Innovation Officer

If you’re looking for evidence of entrepreneurial spirit on the east side of the Bay, here’s a good metric. The 2017 East Bay Innovation Awards received more than 100 nominations for 16 spots in eight competitive categories. The finalists represent leading businesses and organizations from ten East Bay cities.
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