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
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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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Hans Larsen

City of Fremont Public Works Director

​Inspired by Sweden, Vision Zero endorses the idea that no loss of life is acceptable, and traffic accidents are preventable. The Vision Zero plan promotes a zero tolerance policy for traffic fatalities. In Fremont alone, there were 21 fatalities and 84 severe injury collisions from traffic accidents between 2013 and 2015.
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Kelly Kline

Economic Development Director & Chief Innovation Officer

Building 12 at Pier 70 in San Francisco’s Dogpatch neighborhood is undergoing an appearance transformation, but not a transformation in terms of its use. This stunning building will take on a new life as the heart of an industrial-focused mixed-use project by Forest City. With its revival representing the overall Bay Area manufacturing renaissance, Building 12 was the perfect setting for the first-ever Bay Area Summit on Urban Manufacturing. This event focused on the results of a Bay Area State of Urban Manufacturing Survey
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Kelly Kline

Economic Development Director & Chief Innovation Officer

Urban Manufacturing has long been part of Fremont’s DNA. It’s a commitment and passion that is shared by our big-city neighbors including San Francisco, San Jose, and Oakland – all of whom have come together to better understand, support, and grow the industry whether related to food, textiles, electronics, or medical devices. This new Bay Area Manufacturing Initiative has already chalked up a big win – an in-depth survey that better illustrates the needs and importance of regional manufacturing. Below are key highlights from the report which summarizes survey results. Later this week we will share content from the first ever “Urban Manufacturing Summit” where the report was unveiled. In a nutshell, we have much to be proud of, and also much work to do to ensure continued growth and success.
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Kim Marshall

Economic Development Specialist

With the official holiday gift buying season about to begin, the first ever Fremont Shopping Guide is ready to help with your plan of attack on Black Friday and beyond. You might already be familiar with the “Enjoy Fremont” Restaurant and Hotel Guide. This useful resource has recently been updated by the City of Fremont and the Fremont Chamber of Commerce to include retail shops and services, along with Fremont’s many eateries and places to stay.
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Christina Briggs

Deputy Economic Development Director/Assistant to the City Manager

​As the end of the year draws near, we are all busy wrapping up projects. For the Cleantech Open, this means its regional accelerator programs are coming to a close and here in the Western Region, they celebrated at their annual Showcase last week in Fremont. Dozens of cleantech startups across a range of technologies completed intense judging sessions and learned whether or not they would advance to the Cleantech Open Global Forum. As always, this year’s event and participants revealed some interesting trends in the local cleantech story.
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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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