Dan Schoenholz

Deputy Community Development Director

Our region is known throughout the world as a place where big, game-changing ideas are born and take hold. A great example was the announcement last week that 19 Bay Area public agencies, including the City of Fremont, are joining together to request proposals for bringing clean, renewable energy to up to 187 publicly owned buildings and spaces in the Bay Area, with construction beginning in late 2014.
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Jessica von Borck

Assistant City Manager

Over the summer, Paragon Apartments opened their doors to a whole new housing opportunity in Downtown Fremont. This is first residential project to be constructed within the Downtown core boundaries and was built by Urban Housing. The project brings an active pedestrian base to support existing and future commercial development Downtown, and exemplifies the Downtown vision.
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Kelly Kline

Economic Development Director & Chief Innovation Officer

When the opportunity to host The Cleantech Open Western Region Finals came up, we jumped on it. After all, the City of Fremont is no stranger to cleantech. In fact, we’d consider the cleantech sector a rather close friend. We’ve overcome the Solyndra storm. We’re home to the Tesla factory, current darling of the zero-emissions scene. And we mingle with cleantech experts and innovators like the best of them. It’s all part of our goal to see cleantech survive and thrive. If you’re curious
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Fred Diaz

City Manager

The City of Fremont has been having a few good years. In fact, you could even say it’s reached its golden era with the construction of the Warm Springs/South Fremont BART Station and the City’s brand new Downtown underway.
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Bill Harrison

Mayor of Fremont

“Cities will die if they don’t reinvent themselves.” This was the core message I wanted people to bring home at this year’s VERGE Conference panel discussion on accelerating civic innovation.
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Christina Briggs

Deputy Economic Development Director/Assistant to the City Manager

Last week, Fremont was the proud host of Cleantech Open’s 2013 Western Regional Awards. The event included two days of startup pitches, judging, networking, thought leadership, and awards. It exuded the energy and determination that only a competition of this type could. After all, these are entrepreneurs inventing the most promising technologies for addressing our world’s sustainability needs. Also in the audience were cleantech investors, who were fairly optimistic about the potential for future deals. So, you can imagine the great results an event like this produced and why Fremont, a cleantech hub, was thrilled to spend two days mixing and mingling with all the participants. Here are some of the highlights:
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Karen Burns

Partner at Sensiba San Filippo LLP and President and Co-founder of the East Bay Manufacturing Group

Chocolate. Solar. Art Supplies. Electric Cars. Organic Greens. Bay Area manufacturers either make these products or comprise an integral part of their supply chain. Last week, the San Francisco Business Times hosted its first-ever manufacturing forum in Oakland in partnership with Sensiba San Filippo LLP. Five CEOs shared valuable insights on the changing nature of manufacturing and the Bay Area’s unique role in the U.S. manufacturing renaissance. Here’s what we learned.
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Christina Briggs

Deputy Economic Development Director/Assistant to the City Manager

If you read Monday’s blog post, then you know we are well into Manufacturing Week and heading for its culmination this Friday, October 4, when companies across the country will celebrate National Manufacturing Day. In Fremont, it’s shaping up to be an event-packed day, and if you plan on visiting any of our companies that are opening up their doors for this occasion, be sure to register. Chances are you will see us there!
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Jennifer Chen

Economic Development Coordinator

Friday, October 4, 2013, is National Manufacturing Day. Local manufacturers, along with more than 700 companies nationwide, will host open house events to demonstrate what manufacturing is and what it isn’t. The goal for Manufacturing Day is to change the public image of manufacturing and promote it as a viable career option for future generations.
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Mark Robson

Robson Homes

As we join Fremont in welcoming Whole Foods today, Robson Homes is very proud and excited to celebrate the grand opening of the market within our custom-designed retail center at the gateway to Fremont’s new downtown. Since the early ’90s, Robson Homes has built a dozen residential communities in Fremont alone. We have developed a strong appreciation for the community and learned a tremendous amount about consumer preferences in Fremont.
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