Amit Shah

CIO, Excelitas Technologies Corp.

Traditionally, the IT organization’s role in manufacturing has been well-defined. At the very core of any chief information officer’s (CIO) mission is to provide tools and technology to make employees and business processes more productive, create new revenue models, and provide data-driven analytics for decision makers. The aforementioned objectives drive adoption of ERP, CRM, SCM, PLM, and BI classes of applications to run front office and back office business operations. The economic value created by these initiatives is measureable and undeniable.
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Christina Briggs

Deputy Economic Development Director/Assistant to the City Manager

Let’s get something straight. Not all entrepreneurs wear skinny jeans and a hoodie. And now there’s data to support it. Last month, The Atlantic published an article, “The Myth of the Millennial Entrepreneur,” which suggested that contrary to popular belief this generation is one of the least entrepreneurial in history. Backed up by statistics showing record low rates of business ownership for the under-30 crowd, it appears that parts of the millennial phenomenon may be more of an idea than reality.
Read More → Category: Fremont General



Ilana Preuss

Founder, Recast City

When we first met Ilana Preuss from Recast City at the ULI conference in San Francisco last fall, we knew that Fremont could benefit from her expertise integrating manufacturing space for small-scale producers into revitalized neighborhoods. The following Q&A explores the maker movement and how we can best nurture it through the creation of collaborative spaces. A public presentation will take place on the morning of August 17 in Fremont; registration is free.
Read More → Category: Retail and Small Business

The Future of Fuel Cells in Fremont

Posted on Jul 26, 2016


Kelly Kline

Economic Development Director & Chief Innovation Officer

Fremont is a city of early adopters, as reflected in the rates of EV ownership, which are among the highest in California. Therefore, it’s no surprise that Fremont is among the first Bay Area cities to build a hydrogen fueling station – which arrives just in time for the Toyota Mirai fuel cell vehicle that is now available online and in select dealerships. Fremont staff recently had the opportunity to check out the Mirai, and talk with Toyota and its partners about their clean energy goals and the future of passenger vehicles. Here’s what we learned:
Read More → Category: CleanTech Sustainability



Kelly Gray

VP, JLL Silicon Valley

In an effort to highlight national and local trends in real estate, technology, and manufacturing, we recently caught up with Kelly Gray, Vice President of Brokerage and Location Advisory at Jones Lang LaSalle, for her insights on industrial real estate.
Read More → Category: Manufacturing



Shilpi Sharma

Startup Grind Fremont Chapter Director

In May, Startup Grind Fremont celebrated Female Founders month. This vibrant panel of female CEOs represented a diverse array of industries and different stages of start-up-hood. During the panel, the four women shared stories about creating a work/life balance, as well as the ups and downs of their respective startup journeys.
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Jennifer Chen

Economic Development Coordinator

IBank, the California Infrastructure and Economic Development Bank, was created in 1994 with the mission to provide capital for public infrastructure and private development that generates jobs, supports the economy, and promotes a sustainable environment. Unlike a commercial bank, IBank does not receive deposits or make direct loans. Instead, IBank finances projects by issuing tax-exempt and taxable revenue bonds for public agencies, provides credit enhancement, and acquires facilities. While most of IBank’s products are geared towards public agencies and non-profit corporations for a wide variety of infrastructure and economic development projects, IBank has two programs that can assist small businesses with expansion and retention.
Read More → Category: Economic Development General



Christina Briggs

Deputy Economic Development Director/Assistant to the City Manager

Since the landmark adoption of the Warm Springs Community Plan, huge strides have been made in achieving the vision. And as the Warm Springs story evolves, so too must the marketing collateral! Refreshing the messaging about this unique opportunity is critical to its success. So, today’s post is dedicated to the debut of our newest brochure, which summarizes the strategy and progress to date. New additions include an updated Innovation District Map and renderings of major development proposals, some of which are now underway. Take a look and contact the Fremont Office of Economic Development with any questions.
Read More → Category: Warm Springs and Innovation District

Top 5 Bay Area Biomed Hot Spots

Posted on Jul 06, 2016


Kelly Kline

Economic Development Director & Chief Innovation Officer

Last week, industry publication BioSpace released an article entitled the “Top 5 Bay Area Biomed Hot Spots” based on the data in our new biomedical infographic. Fremont was featured along with Sunnyvale, San Jose, San Francisco, and Berkeley as “hot spots” for biomedical activity due to the clustering of companies in these locations and the trends they represent. Case in point, Fremont is seen as a sweet spot for biomedical manufacturing – an important distinction as the convergence of hardware and software becomes more critical to biomed growth.
Read More → Category: Life Sciences



Jennifer Chen

Economic Development Coordinator

Three years ago, when we started “Takes from Silicon Valley East”, we didn’t realize the sheer amount of dedication, perseverance, and diligence that would be required to create new content twice a week. To celebrate our third anniversary, we want to take this opportunity to thank our guest bloggers. Because of your contributions, we’ve made it to 300 posts!
Read More → Category: Fremont General


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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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