Jennifer Chen

Economic Development Coordinator

Fremont enjoyed some time in the spotlight at the 2nd Annual East Bay Innovation Awards. After our recent teaser, we are pleased to finally announce the winners and share event highlights.
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Q/A with Jennifer Duarte of Vestar

Posted on Feb 18, 2014


Jennifer Duarte

General Manager at Vestar

When word broke in December that Catellus Development had sold Pacific Commons to Chicago-based investor Heitman, it was big news. (Big, as in the largest retail transaction in 2013!) Most heartening to us was the fact that there was significant competition to purchase the asset because of its reputation as a high-performing retail powerhouse. Heitman wasted no time in upping the ante for this premier asset, hiring Vestar for property management and opening an on-site office this month. As the new ‘face’ of Pacific Commons, we asked Vestar General Manager Jennifer Duarte to share her thoughts on their plans for the center.
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Christina Briggs

Deputy Economic Development Director/Assistant to the City Manager

Last week, Joint Venture Silicon Valley (JVSV) convened its annual State of the Valley conference, and Fremont was there in full force – on the stage and in the audience – with City representatives and Fremont companies in attendance. The overall message was incredibly positive. JVSV’s 2014 Index cited record job growth, patent generation, and investment. But there were also warnings about continued middle class erosion and education/income inequality in our region.
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Lou Hoffman

The Holmes Report named Fremont’s “Think Silicon Valley” website the winner of the “innovation in owned media” category last month. When we kicked off the campaign to increase awareness of Fremont’s proposition for business back in September 2012, the City recognized that the goal required more than media coverage. We realized that whether the target audience consists of developers, venture capitalists, realtors, facility managers, CEOs, manufacturing heads or all of the above, in the case of Fremont, everyone conducts some form of online due diligence before making a major buying decision. With this in mind, we created a website to anchor the campaign and bolster the City’s digital presence with the business community. We affectionately refer to the campaign as “Fremont Crashes Silicon Valley Party” with the illustration below setting up the story.
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Christina Briggs

Deputy Economic Development Director/Assistant to the City Manager

Last week’s State of the Union Address tackled many complex issues, but the focus on climate change and the green economy really struck a chord with us. There was a strong emphasis on the need for a diversified energy strategy and, as we have covered in previous blog posts, Fremont has established itself as a model in sustainability and the “new energy economy.” We were particularly pleased to hear strong support for the solar industry, which is alive and well in Fremont, despite the broader industry challenges it’s faced. Boston-based energy reporter Martin LaMonica’s article on GreenBiz.Com summarizes this portion of the speech. Here’s why we think Fremont is, in fact, a microcosm of the new energy economy.
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Jennifer Chen

Economic Development Coordinator

Recently, Karen D’Souza of Bay Area News Group wrote about how multicultural living is the future of cities. In particular, she describes her personal experience in Fremont and how the City has transformed from a once sleepy suburb to a diverse, multicultural, polyglot society. It is with this in mind, I wish everyone “Xin Nian Kuai Le; Gong Xi Fa Cai.” The meaning of the phrase roughly translates to “Happy New Year, Congratulations (on finishing last year), and best wishes for a prosperous future.”
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Jennifer Chen

Economic Development Coordinator

Sorry. We can’t share that information, at least not yet! The winners of the 2nd Annual Innovation Awards won’t be revealed until the envelopes are opened at the big gala event at the Fox Theater in Oakland on February 13. At the festivities, the East Bay Economic Development Alliance (East Bay EDA) and the San Francisco Business Times will celebrate the companies and institutions contributing to the local culture of innovation.
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Jason McCarthy

AIA, LEED AP, Associate Principal, STUDIOS architecture

On TV’s “Mad Men,” the 1960’s office design is iconic for its period: once through the front door, layers of receptionists, secretaries and cigarette smoke all shield corner-office executives from visitors, colleagues and staff alike. The corner office is the epitome of hierarchical workplace design giving the position of authority and best light and views to a single individual. And as anyone who watches “Mad Men” knows, both the social and physical hierarchy of that era allowed for all sorts of bad behavior in the workplace that make for great television today! In today’s workplace however
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Kelly Kline

Economic Development Director & Chief Innovation Officer

The post, “Big Idea 2014: Goodbye Silicon Valley, Hello Silicon Cities” caught our attention. Bruce Katz, the author of the post and a vice president at the Brooking Institution, takes the position that while Silicon Valley has delivered stellar innovation for 50 years, its suburban model with isolated corporate campuses is about to be disrupted (to borrow Silicon Valley speak):
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Kelly Kline

Economic Development Director & Chief Innovation Officer

Wondering what to do with that “only wear it once” holiday outfit? No worries, there’s an app for that! Last month, the Asia Society hosted a Corporate Briefing with Poshmark founder, CEO and Fremont resident, Manish Chandra. With offices in Menlo Park and Chennai, India, Poshmark is the leading mobile marketplace for fashion, making it simple and fun for anyone to shop the most fashionable closets across the country and sell directly from their own. What follows is a summary of his remarks.
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