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.
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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.
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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.
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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!
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Meeting the Market in Ardenwood

Posted on Jun 28, 2016


Christina Briggs

Deputy Economic Development Director/Assistant to the City Manager

Fremont has a history of achieving economic success through proactive planning. With development activity well underway in both Downtown and Warm Springs, it’s validating to see that smart planning during the last economic down cycle is now allowing the City to capitalize on today’s strong economy. Both of these development areas will provide significant employment opportunities, new housing options, and additional urban amenities for the community. So, what's next?
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Kim Marshall

Economic Development Specialist

While Fremont’s historic districts each have a unique identity, what they have in common are successful, family-owned, small businesses adding to the districts’ economic vibrancy of the city. Recently, we spoke with three of small-business entrepreneurs to hear their insights on what it takes to run a successful business.
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Jennifer Chen

Economic Development Coordinator

After years of planning, Downtown Fremont is going vertical! On Friday, June 17, 2016, the City of Fremont celebrated the groundbreaking of Locale @ State Street, Downtown’s first mixed-use project, which was made possible through a public/private partnership between the City of Fremont, TMG Partners, Sares Regis and SummerHill Homes.
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Kim Marshall

Economic Development Specialist

Last month, the Brookings Institution published a report written by Scott Andes titled How Firms Learn. In the report, Andes examined how companies innovate and what cities can do to foster greater innovation. He analyzed the manufacturing sector and the software industry, which accounts for a large portion of the technology-based economy. The report provided some interesting data. For example, did you know that over two-thirds of America’s R&D companies are focused on manufacturing and software?
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Kelly Kline

Economic Development Director & Chief Innovation Officer

The mid-sized city transformation is underway. We see it every day in Fremont: new downtown amenities, the resurgence of manufacturing, a nimbleness that nurtures innovation within city hall and throughout the business community. This same transformation is taking place with America's "original" mid-sized cities: Akron, Allentown, and notably, Rochester, NY - host of a CityAge program last week examining the new urban economy.
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Tony Huang

General Manager, Wellex Corporation

As we continue our ongoing Q&A series with executives based in Fremont, we spoke with Tony Huang, General Manager of Wellex Corporation. Follow along below and watch the short video about Wellex at the end of the questions.
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Category: Economic Development 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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