Innovation – A Core City Service

Posted on Sep 16, 2013


Nadine Nader

Deputy City Manager

With Washington focused on budget battles and partisan gridlock, cities have emerged as the best source of government innovation. Our residents are busier than ever and more dependent on their smart phones and technology tools to keep them informed of not only what is happening in the world, but what is happening in their local communities. With this new reality, it is imperative that cities look at innovation as a core service. The City of Fremont has not waited for innovation to impose itself on the organization. Instead it has taken several innovation strides and continues to seek new ways of doing business. Our most recent example is our new Business Website and accompanying Blog. But there are other ways we are keeping our community engaged in the City’s growth.
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Kelly Kline

Economic Development Director & Chief Innovation Officer

On Tuesday morning, Vice Mayor Anu Natarajan was featured on a “Smart Cities” Panel at the Frost & Sullivan GIL 2013: Silicon Valley Conference (Global Community of Growth, Innovation and Leadership) featuring executives from cities, utilities and suppliers. The conversation focused on what compels a city to make an evolutionary and sometimes radical change to a smart city.
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Gregory Theyel

Program Director, East Bay Biomedical Manufacturing Network

Thanks to a major effort from the East Bay EDA, and participating cities including Fremont, five federal agencies have invested $2.2 million over three years in order to form the East Bay Biomedical Manufacturing Network. The objective of the Network is to enhance the San Francisco East Bay innovation ecosystem for technology transfer, workforce development, and economic growth in bioscience and medical device manufacturing. The Network’s specific efforts include:
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Jeff Schwob

Community Development Director

Dating back to the days when five small towns came together to form Fremont, small businesses had been an integral part of the City fabric. But we recognize that it can be difficult to navigate the seemingly endless maze of bureaucracy that confronts the new business owner. Well, the City has good news for its small business community. You have our attention, and we want to help. That’s why we have a new position specifically dedicated to all things small business. Enter Jackie Hall, the City’s new “Small Business Ally”!
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Christina Briggs

Deputy Economic Development Director/Assistant to the City Manager

Historically, economic development has been synonymous with tempting new businesses to relocate. That’s why it was rather earth-shattering when the Bay Area Council came out with a report last year that concluded that only 2 percent of all new job creation in our region comes from businesses relocating from another city or state. It went on to explain that nearly half of all job creation comes from existing businesses growing and expanding in place. This has forced all cities to ask themselves, “Why have we been devoting so much effort on just 2 percent?”
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Mark Danaj

Assistant City Manager/COO

Business investment thrives in communities that function effectively and are stable ¬both politically and administratively. It used to be a given that cities were financially solvent. Not only were they solvent, they had the best credit rankings and were synonymous with long-term stability. This has all changed ....
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Kelly Kline

Economic Development Director & Chief Innovation Officer

Recently, Fremont’s Mayor Bill Harrison took a look back at the very public demise of solar giant Solyndra, and shared the city’s lessons from that experience. You can view the original article here from PandoDaily, a startup tech website in Silicon Valley. The Mayor begins by examining how Fremont responded to the Solyndra bankruptcy, while maintaining an unwavering commitment to clean technology. First and foremost, he makes the point that Fremont didn’t back down from its clean tech initiative:
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Christina Briggs

Deputy Economic Development Director/Assistant to the City Manager

“Re-shoring,” “on shoring,” “right shoring” – call it what you want. If you think you’re hearing more about local manufacturing, it’s not your imagination. It is a real phenomenon that more and more companies are keeping their production operations in the United States, or even moving them back from abroad. And Silicon Valley is ground zero for this activity. We are witnessing this first-hand in Fremont, hearing regularly from tech companies who are re-shoring processes from overseas. And we’re not talking about your grandmother’s manufacturing – but rather advanced manufacturing processes that create semiconductor components, medical diagnostic tools and, of course, the Tesla Model S. In fact, Fremont is arguably one of the most manufacturing-intensive Silicon Valley cities and was even recently recognized by the Associated Press as a “manufacturing hub.” So what’s driving this revival? We’ve talked to many experts, and here are some of the top reasons we’ve heard.
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von Borch Jessica

Deputy City Manager

Recipe for city place-making: Start with a diverse and innovative population. Add proximity to transit. In a separate bowl, create policies that encourage pedestrian-oriented and mixed-use development styles and buildings. Stir and bake for a vibrant gathering place.
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Kelly Kline

Economic Development Director & Chief Innovation Officer

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 like Boston Scientific, Lam Research and Western Digital? The answers are Yes, and, Yes. However, underlying the study are important facts explaining why a manufacturing hub like Fremont is a stealth player in the startup sphere.
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