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Fremont has a dedicated economic development team – and a larger in-house team we can assemble depending on the situation. Before you invest your time or submit anything, we can make sure you’re on the right path. By being incredibly thorough in the pre-application stage, we can help you compress the process and move business along.
You should also know that Fremont has a stable political climate (read between the lines as you will). In short, we’re business-friendly with economic development baked into our General Plan.
Kelly Kline, Economic Development Director & Chief Innovation Officer
As Fremont’s Economic Development Director and Chief Innovation Officer, Kelly Kline serves as a vital link to the city’s business community. Kelly has chalked up 20 years of city government experience with a special emphasis on business development, downtown revitalization and retail recruitment. She is passionate about creating a strong and diverse local economy and fostering public-private partnerships.
Kelly is an active participant in several Real Estate organizations, including the International Council of Shopping Centers and Commercial Real Estate Women. Kelly is also a past chair of the Silicon Valley Economic Development Alliance, a regional collaboration to promote Silicon Valley as a dynamic place for business.
Kelly has a B.S. in Journalism and Political Science, and a Master’s of Public Administration from San Jose State University. She is also a graduate of the Senior Executives in State and Local Government program at Harvard University’s John F. Kennedy School of Government.
Where you’ll find me off hours: running trails ... on the ski slopes ... in Mandarin class.
Christina Briggs, Deputy Director of Economic Development / Assistant to the City Manager
Christina Briggs is a champion of economic development and redevelopment for City governments. Over the past 10 years, she has managed mixed-use, retail, and hotel development projects and has lead efforts in business recruitment, job development, and business retention strategies. Christina takes particular pride in serving as an interface between business and government to create “win win” collaborations. She also provides economic health analysis, including development of industry cluster strategies for manufacturing and emerging technology.
Christina is a member of the Silicon Valley Economic Development Alliance, International Council of Shopping Centers, Urban Land Institute and a committee chair for the Silicon Valley Manufacturing Roundtable.
She received her B.A. in Language Studies from the University of California, Santa Cruz and her Master of Public Administration Degree from the Monterey Institute of International Studies.
Where you’ll find me off hours: cooking a gourmet meal ... speaking French ... spending weekends in Santa Cruz.
Jennifer P. Chen, Economic Development Coordinator
Jennifer Chen has a decade’s experience in economic development and redevelopment in Silicon Valley and considers her Fremont position a perfect fit. She brings a diverse skill set to her work—ranging from managing infrastructure projects and land use and innovation studies to business attraction and retention programs. She especially enjoys helping businesses grow and expand. Jennifer is a seasoned special events manager and meeting facilitator. She is also bilingual in Mandarin and English.
Jennifer received her undergraduate degree in Economics from Barnard College and studied Urban Planning at Columbia University in New York City.
Where you’ll find me off hours: at improv class ... taking a flying lesson ... travelling the world.
Kim Marshall, Economic Development Specialist
As a long-time resident and employee of the city, Kim Marshall is 100% dedicated to Fremont. In her role of Economic Development Specialist, she uses her local knowledge to connect companies to the right resources to help them succeed and grow. She especially enjoys assisting new clients through the process of starting a business and feels fortunate to be part of Fremont's transformation into a vital innovation hub for Silicon Valley and the East Bay.
Kim has spearheaded the "Shop Fremont" program, business appreciation efforts, and regular small business education seminars. On a regional level, she supports Fremont's participation in the North Silicon Valley Partnership and is a liaison to the Workforce Investment Board.
Kim received her B.A. from California State University-Hayward.
Where you’ll find me off hours: at Sharks games ... at the gym ... reading a great novel.