Kelly Kline

Economic Development Director & Chief Innovation Officer

Last month, the City of Fremont led its first-ever Trade Delegation to India – a country that represents our largest share of population, and even more strikingly, represents business opportunities in our two most important economic growth sectors, Life Sciences and Clean Technology. Vice Mayor Natarajan (a Bangalore native) and Councilmember Bacon represented the City along with key staff, and were accompanied by Ohlone College personnel and Fremont businesses. The following slideshow highlights the activities and takeaway themes that will inform our international business proposition over time. Stay tuned for an upcoming blog post from Anu Natarajan that speaks to Fremont’s unique Trade Mission approach.
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Jennifer Chen

Economic Development Coordinator

We know we’re doing our job when our residents are fully satisfied. That’s why we’re happy to report that Fremont continued to attain high ratings when it comes to community satisfaction.
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Greg Matter

Vice President with Jones Lang LaSalle’s Global Supply Chain team

The Bay Area real estate landscape is much like a puzzle with different submarkets acting as individual pieces, each playing their own role in this dynamic economy. The Fremont submarket continues to remain favorable for tenants as slow leasing conditions and a generous supply of R&D and manufacturing space is keeping rental rates low. Combine this with having the highest concentration of computer/electronic equipment manufacturing employees in the region, and Fremont is very well positioned to capitalize on the resurgence of tech manufacturing in Silicon Valley. And folks are catching on. Already home to manufacturing heavyweights such as Tesla Motors, Lam Research, Western Digital, and Boston Scientific, Fremont saw some significant transactions in 2013.
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Christina Briggs

Deputy Economic Development Director/Assistant to the City Manager

Business expansion and relocation decisions are complex and are informed by a variety of factors beyond just basic demographics or census data. We know that fostering a strong business environment also requires articulating our investment profile to key stakeholders with clear indicators and metrics. Fremont’s new Investment Profile enables us to tell a more powerful story about the opportunities in Fremont and gain mindshare from the sometimes elusive investor community.
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Jennifer Chen

Economic Development Coordinator

As we’ve discussed in previous blog posts, Fremont has a robust retention-oriented economic development strategy, due in large part to research from the Bay Area Council, which suggests that most job growth comes from the expansion of existing businesses and startups. We’ve highlighted some great success stories in the business retention blog “Business Retention & Expansion Success: Why we’re not cold calling.”
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Kelly Kline

Economic Development Director & Chief Innovation Officer

As retailers get ready for the holiday rush, we thought we would take a step back and consider the broader retail landscape. As a city with rapidly changing demographics, Fremont has experienced firsthand the phenomenon of store offerings not keeping up with demand and buying power. Why does this happen?
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Jeff Schwob

Community Development Director

Fremont residents looking to sell their homes can breathe a collective sigh of relief. The Movoto Real Estate Blog searched the nation to determine which cities in America are best for home sellers, and Fremont topped the list, reaffirming that Fremont is indeed investment-worthy. They looked at the country’s 100 largest cities in terms of population and considered a variety of criteria in order to come up with the final ranking, including total homes for sale per capita, median days on the market, crime rate, school quality and unemployment rate. When it came down to it, Fremont excelled in every area, which is why it came in as the best city in the nation for home sellers.
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Christina Briggs

Deputy Economic Development Director/Assistant to the City Manager

Last week, the prominent Bay Area Real Estate publication, The Registry, hosted an East Bay-focused event to discuss our region’s prospects for growth based on the significant network of existing and planned transit connections. It turns out that transportation may be the single most important factor in determining our long-term economic success.
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Jennifer Chen

Economic Development Coordinator

A recent Wall Street Journal headline declared that that’s the case: “This is Silicon Valley’s superiority complex, and it sure is an ugly thing to behold. As the tech industry has shaken off the memories of the last dot-com bust, its luminaries have become increasingly confident about their capacity to shape the future. And now they seem to have lost all humility about their place in the world.”
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Rosemary Coates

How do you know when it is time to bring your manufacturing back and what products should you manufacture in America? When determining the costs and feasibility of reshoring, there are many things that companies must consider. To get ready to reshore your products, you must consider many aspects of the reshoring decision. Below are 7 important questions to help analyze your Supply Chain rebalancing plans
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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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