Timur Tecimer
CEO, Overton Moore Properties

Our business climate is rapidly changing, and the industrial real estate market is no exception. With an explosive growth in e-commerce, just-in-time delivery expectations, and the resurgence of local manufacturing/assembly operations in Silicon Valley, w…

Our business climate is rapidly changing, and the industrial real estate market is no exception. With an explosive growth in e-commerce, just-in-time delivery expectations, and the resurgence of local manufacturing/assembly operations in Silicon Valley, we see a strong industrial market. But when we survey the Bay Area real estate canvas, we also recognize the glaring void of state-of-the-art and highly efficient space for these types of uses. 

Using a poker analogy, we know a royal flush when we see one, and we’ve decided to play our hand. With a 42-year track record in development, acquisition, master planning, and management of industrial, office, and mixed-use projects, Overton Moore Properties recognized opportunity in the form of a 40-acre site in Fremont, Calif. along the I-880 at Dixon Landing Road. Anticipating continuing demand for industrial and manufacturing/distribution space and the long-term strengths of the San Francisco Bay Area industrial market, we are developing The Crossings @ 880 – a three-building project, totaling 691,000 square feet of Class A Industrial space. The project will be completed by the end of the year.

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Renderings of The Crossings @ 880

We know we are making a statement by building the largest speculative industrial project in the Bay Area in the last 15 years (and our only project in Northern California). But Fremont’s central Bay Area location and the tremendous freeway frontage and visibility of the site are unbeatable. The City of Fremont staff has been tremendous to work with, and it’s one of the best pro-business Cities that we’ve encountered. Even better, this project will finally connect Fremont Boulevard to Dixon Landing Road, facilitating a shorter commute from San Jose and the rest of Silicon Valley.

We are marketing to Silicon Valley users looking for easy access to Highway 237, Class A “best in class” facilities, corporate users looking to establish a high-identity headquarters location with prominent visibility along the I-880, and distribution users who want immediate access to the I-880 and infill markets within the San Francisco Bay Area. 

And the fact is, there just aren’t that many new buildings in the region that accommodate this combination of uses. Manufacturing hubs like Fremont depend on the ability to house not only large manufacturers, but also a wide range of other users that make up the supply chain. So whether it’s production, final assembly, or distribution/logistics, it all means a strengthening manufacturing base and the economic development benefits associated with that.

So that’s why I’m betting on The Crossings @ 880 and why I’m betting on Fremont. If you’re interested in learning more about the project, contact our real estate brokers, Rob Shannon and Joe Kelly with CBRE. Alternatively, feel free to call or e-mail me.

 

 

*About Overton Moore Properties – Gardena, Calif.-based OMP has constructed and acquired more than 34 million square feet of office, industrial, and mixed-use space, developing more than 1,598 acres of raw land throughout California and Arizona. The firm also owns and manages over 6 million square feet.

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Celebrating the Partnerships in This Manufacturing Community



Bill Browne
Director of Workforce and Economic Development, Manex*

Last December, the U.S. Department of Commerce announced the Investing in Manufacturing Communities Partnership program (IMCP), an Economic Development Administration initiative that will help accelerate the resurgence of manufacturing in regions across t…

Last December, the U.S. Department of Commerce announced the Investing in Manufacturing Communities Partnership program (IMCP), an Economic Development Administration initiative that will help accelerate the resurgence of manufacturing in regions across the country. The IMCP will reward communities that best highlight their strengths and demonstrate they can combine their efforts around workforce training, infrastructure, and research centers to implement an economic development plan that will attract, retain, and expand manufacturing investment.

When we learned about this opportunity, we knew it was something we had to pursue.  Yes, we know this region is the manufacturing heartland of the Bay Area and yes, manufacturing accounts for 21 percent of the regional GRP.  But more importantly, we have that all-too-often missing ingredient—the strong partnerships and leadership needed to drive investment and build a self-sustaining, thriving manufacturing ecosystem here in the East Bay. 

So, we have partnered with a broad consortium of stakeholders (as shown in the chart below) to form the East Bay Advanced Manufacturing Partnership, which is seeking this coveted and competitive IMCP designation for East Bay biomedical industry cluster.  The effort to bring this designation to the bay area was spearheaded by the Workforce Development Board of Contra Costa County, the Alameda County Workforce Investment Board, the University of California Berkeley, and Manex

Having completed a data-driven assessment of the local manufacturing environment, it’s clear that we are uniquely competitive in biomedical manufacturing.  We have the opportunity, through IMCP, to make specific investments to build on strengths and address gaps in our biomedical sector.  In fact, this theory has already been validated through the establishment of the East Bay Biomedical Manufacturing Network, thanks to a previous federal grant award in 2012.  We believe this strategy will allow us to capitalize on the significant growth of biomedical in the region and will make an impact on companies deciding to expand or relocate their firms.

We expect to hear the results of the IMCP application process later this summer and believe that we have put forth a very compelling story – even when competing on a national level.  But regardless of the outcome, the effort and collaboration that went into preparing the application has produced a powerful result.  This region has come together in thoroughly articulating how we lead the nation in biomedical manufacturing and how we can work together to shepherd its continued success.  It’s partnerships like these that will create globally competitive manufacturing hubs nationwide. 

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*About Manex:  The Corporation for Manufacturing Excellence (Manex) is a private non-profit corporation providing services to small and mid-size manufacturers in Northern California. Manex operates through a cooperative agreement between the Hollings Manufacturing Extension Partnership (MEP) of the National Institute of Standards and Technology (NIST), under the Department of Commerce.  Manex is based in San Ramon.

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Our Favorite Blogs Part 1: Cleantech



Kelly Kline
Economic Development Director

Now that we are content creators in the local economic development realm, we have a growing appreciation for our “blog buddies” who are creating original content to cultivate interest, compile facts and stories, and to weave a compelling narrative around …

Now that we are content creators in the local economic development realm, we have a growing appreciation for our “blog buddies” who are creating original content to cultivate interest, compile facts and stories, and to weave a compelling narrative around industry-focused trends.

We’d love to introduce you some of our favorite thought leaders in different industries, starting this week with cleantech.

1.  Cleantechnica: 

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Self-described as “the No. 1 cleantech-focused website in the world,” Cleantechnica organizes itself into a few major categories: Solar, Wind, Clean Energy and Electric Cars. Its home page features a rotating list of a dozen or so fresh pieces. This week, you could read about anything from a new electric “superbike” to changing methods of producing safe drinking water. Plus, it has great guest bloggers like our own Rachel DiFranco who authored a recent piece on Fremont’s sustainability efforts including EV infrastructure.

 

2.  Smart Grid Library:

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When the Smart Grid Dictionary was published, Christine Hertzog established herself as a go-to expert on all things “Smart Grid, smart cities, M2M, and the Internet of Things.” If you don’t know what these terms mean, then Christine’s blog is a must-read. Her recent post addresses bringing the Smart Grid to the multi-family real estate market and how to address the “unique challenges of this underserved area.” Cool stuff, and fairly understandable too!

 

3.  Cleantech Open:

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As the largest accelerator for cleantech startups, this non-profit has an endless supply of stories to tell about new talent and creative ideas. For example, last month the Cleantech Open blog highlighted a company called Akwamag that makes a sustainable water softener that uses powerful magnets instead of salt to prevent calcium scale deposits from forming. This must have been a good post because it ended up raising enough from its Indiegogo crowd-funding campaign to go into production!

 

4.  GreenBiz.Com

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GreenBiz is a powerhouse of cleantech information with a robust blog component. It has 10 featured “blog contributors,” including GreenBiz Chairman Joel Makower, along with news, networking, and research sections. Scanning through recent material, this one got our attention: “3 magic words to mute ‘sustainababble.’” We also like what GreenBiz is doing with its international VERGE conferences, which explore the intersection of tech and sustainability, with a strong emphasis on smart cities. We’ll attend their San Francisco conference again this October.

 

5.  Company Blogs

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Oorja, which manufactures methanol fuel cells in our Warm Springs District, has started a new blog that dives deep into its technology, and the places where it’s being deployed throughout the world. Does your company have a blog that we should know about? Please contact us!

 

Blogs work best with an engaged readership, so we hope you’ll join us in subscribing to some of these publications. And, keep your eye out for future blog favorites in categories such as Advanced Manufacturing, Silicon Valley Tech Trends, and Retail.

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Taking Back our Agora. And Other Wisdom from Retail Experts



Christina Briggs
Economic Development Manager

Let’s just get this out of the way first. For those of you who don’t know what an “agora” is, it’s defined by Wikipedia as “a central spot in ancient Greek city-states … and the center of athletic, artistic, spiritual, and political life of the city.”  A…

Let’s just get this out of the way first. For those of you who don’t know what an “agora” is, it’s defined by Wikipedia as “a central spot in ancient Greek city-states … and the center of athletic, artistic, spiritual, and political life of the city.” 

After decades of urban planning exercises (and sometimes even contortion) to segregate where we live, where we work, and where we shop, there is a movement afoot to increasingly co-mingle these activities – and that’s where today’s retail is thriving. This was a prevailing theme as the retail industry descended on Fremont at the International Council of Shopping Center’s (ICSC) 2014 Northern California Alliance Program last week.

The Alliance Program is a special ICSC initiative that provides forums for the public and private sectors to network, share ideas, and explore retail development opportunities in local communities. This year’s event included two elements. First, 10 different cities from across the Bay Area presented new retail development projects in a retail runway, a “quick-fire” format providing just enough information to pique interest from the audience. For our part, this was a great opportunity to highlight the downtown plan and the revival of The Globe.

The runway was followed by a deep dive into retail industry trends with the help of an all-star panel, including Doug Wiele of Foothill Partners (developer), Dena Belzer of Strategic Economics (economist/urban planner), and Charles Kahn of KDA (architect). The discussion was revealing and provided stark examples of how dynamic retail is, which is why planning for “traditional retail” is not only vague, it’s probably illogical. With the Internet really comprising only 9 percent of retail sales, there is still a need for brick-and-mortar retail space—but, according to Kahn, “It just has to be interesting, folks.”

And mixed-use does not necessarily equal interesting. Smart design coupled with strategic locations, such as near transit, is where retail is best positioned to succeed. It combines the right elements –proximity to residential and workplace environments and the place-making attributes to draw people in. Of course, this all comes with the backdrop of soaring rents and housing prices in the Bay Area, which the panel agreed will likely lead to the continued rediscovery of once-forgotten neighborhoods and a greater importance of side streets for up-and-coming merchants. 

Our takeaway? Cities need to be flexible and cannot zone their way to great retail. It’s like a dog chasing its tail. The retail world will continue to pivot and evolve just like consumers do. But in the Bay Area, we have the opportunity to be trend setters on a national scale for how we come together again as a community in our own agora, whatever that may look like.

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Before heading into the 'Retail Runway and Retail Panel' in the ballroom, attendees networked early in the morning over a continental breakfast and coffee.

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An all-star panel provided in-depth information on current industry trends in retail.

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Spicely Organics
Organic Spice Company located in Fremont, CA

Lest you think that innovation is relegated to the science and electronics industries, Spicely Organics is proving that new approaches in the food industry are contributing to, and advancing how we approach both health and manufacturing.  We recently met…

Lest you think that innovation is relegated to the science and electronics industries, Spicely Organics is proving that new approaches in the food industry are contributing to, and advancing how we approach both health and manufacturing. 

We recently met with Spicely Co-Founders John Chansari and Clara Bonner at their Fremont manufacturing facility where we learned about their secret ingredients for success.

Q:  The spice business has been around since the origin of world trade.  What makes Spicely Organics special? 

A:  (John) If you’ve ever seen our “little green boxes” at Whole Foods, you know that we are taking an entirely different approach to delivering a quality product to our customers.  First and foremost, the product is 100 percent organic, gluten free, and Fair Trade whenever possible.  In the U.S., spices are required to go through a sterilization process before being sold.  Most spice companies sterilize using synthetic chemicals or radiation, but at Spicely, we use steam sterilization without adding any chemicals or hazardous materials.  And, back to the green box -- an added bonus is that our packaging is eco-friendly!

Q:  The demand must be tremendous.  Tell us about your customers, and your growth.

A:  (Clara) Half of our customers are direct, from stores like Whole Foods.  The other half are wholesale, including many local companies who are making organic food products from soup mixes to cookies.  We’ve been experiencing 50% growth which reflects the national organic trend, and actually have a waiting list for new customers.  Additional growth is coming from new product lines, including tea and chocolate.

Q:  Tea and chocolate is a winning combination!   Where can we buy some?

A:  (Clara) We recently opened a Spicely Boutique on Market Street in San Francisco, but you can also order online.  In addition to finding individual products, there are beautiful gift boxes and a new “Organic Tea Membership” where you can receive a curated organic tea bundle every month, featuring 6 unique loose teas.

Q:  The team environment at Spicely is evident from the moment you walk in the front door.  How do you cultivate loyal and passionate employees?

A:  (John) It’s easy – we create the kind of environment that we want to work in.  As a transplant from Sweden, I believe in providing robust benefits, ranging from extended maternity leave to on-site yoga classes.  We treat our team like family members and we hope this comes through in our products.

Q:  Manufacturing in the Bay Area is making a resurgence.  What benefits do you see in having local production?

A:  (John) Quality is of utmost importance to us, so being able to personally oversee production is critical.  Equally important is being able to hire a talented and multi-faceted workforce.  Proximity to the port is another plus given the role of imports in our business.

Q:  How do you see Spicely evolving in future years?

A:  (Clara) In addition to ramping up our production capability, we are focused on creating a virtual community that coalesces around delicious food, healthy bodies, and fair trade practices.  You can see through our social media presence, and in particular our blog and recipe sharing, that we are trying to have a broad conversation around healthy and environmentally sustainable food products. 

 

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Kim Marshall
Economic Development Specialist

When it comes to small business, we are thinking big in how we connect with this important part of our local economy.  Building on an already robust Business Appreciation Visit program, we have begun business district ‘walk abouts’, where we visit as many…

When it comes to small business, we are thinking big in how we connect with this important part of our local economy.  Building on an already robust Business Appreciation Visit program, we have begun business district ‘walk abouts’, where we visit as many local businesses as possible within an afternoon.  We recently partnered with the Fremont Chamber of Commerce and members of the Centerville Business & Community Association (CBCA) to pilot this concept in Centerville, where we met with nearly 60 businesses.   

We learned a lot.  Business owners were inviting and shared that they have weathered the worst of the economic downturn. Most people described their business as stable, good, or growing.  We provided information on business resources such as free business workshops and no-interest loans through Kiva Zip, and the City’s new Business Ally.  A general sense of optimism really came through, as well as a strong loyalty and affection for the Centerville area. 

Businesses were particularly pleased to hear about new investment in the area, like the proposed Artist Walk project.  Originally facing uncertainty after the demise of California Redevelopment Agencies, the path is now clear for the City’s Successor Agency to sell a 6.6 acre site along Fremont Boulevard to BHV Center Street properties. The 4-story project will consist of 185 apartments and 28,000 square feet of ground floor retail.  In addition, it will feature a 2,000 square foot space for use local artists and musicians, with priority given to the Centerville community.  Construction is expected to begin in spring of 2015. 

Our main objective was to listen.    So we did.  And we got a lot out of it.  For one, we got a better sense of the character of Centerville and what types of businesses are in the district, as the chart below shows.  We also plan to take the feedback to our other City colleagues and community partners and work together on addressing questions and concerns that were raised.

This first “District Appreciation” effort was a big success.  The plan is to make this a quarterly endeavor, targeting a different district each time. Next up will be the Mission San Jose District in May.  Let us know if you want to join!

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Q/A With CleanTech Open’s Ken Lee



Ken Lee
East Bay Metro Director of Cleantech Open

If you have been following us for a while, then you know that Fremont’s a major hub for the clean tech industry - a status that was highlighted last year when we partnered with the Cleantech Open to host its 2013 Western Regional Finals.  The Cleantech Op…

If you have been following us for a while, then you know that Fremont’s a major hub for the clean tech industry - a status that was highlighted last year when we partnered with the Cleantech Open to host its 2013 Western Regional Finals.  The Cleantech Open is the world’s largest clean technology accelerator. Founded in 2006, it is fast approaching $1B in the amount of funding received by the companies that have participated in the accelerator program.  We recently sat down with Ken Lee, Cleantech Open’s new Metro Director, East Bay to see what plans they have in store for our region.

Q: What is the outlook for clean tech over the next few years?

A: The outlook is great. There’s still quite a bit of talk about challenges in the funding environment ranging from VCs to government investment. But I meet so many people every day, like me, who are just excited about the amazing solutions in front of us. These armies of talented engineers, business people and policy folks are making a difference. The money will fall in place and the impacts will be better understood when we consider environmental full cost accounting.

Q: How is 2014 shaping up for The Cleantech Open?

A: On a global level, we are expanding into more countries and at the Metro level, we already have more applications from the East Bay than we had last year. One of our goals is to develop deeper ecosystems in each of our 8 technology categories which include 1) Agriculture, Water & Waste, 2) Chemicals & Advanced Materials, 3) Energy Distribution & Storage, 4) Energy Efficiency, 5) Energy Generation, 6) Green Buildings, 7) Information, Communications & Technology and 8) Transportation.  This region stands out because many of these categories have such strong representation here already.

Q: As a Metro Director, East Bay, what is your role with The Cleantech Open?

A: In general my goal is to work other volunteers, companies and cities to generate economic development around clean technology in the East Bay. I have a particular interest in our Energy Distribution & Storage category and cities like Fremont are ground zero for these technologies, so it’s really exciting.

Q: Can you tell us more about your interest in Energy Distribution & Storage?

A: It’s really just a personal interest, but I hope to create a more robust network for The Cleantech Open in this category and it starts with our event at WorkSpace Fremont on April 23rd, 2014: The Year of the Battery – Taking Batteries from Bottleneck to Breakthrough. We have an impressive lineup of battery company CEOs and the founders of CalCharge who will give updates about the new “Battery University” at San Jose State University.  We’ll also have press at the event, so we think it will get some great exposure and will put Fremont and this region on the map for batteries and energy storage.

Q: How can clean tech companies find out more about this year’s accelerator program?

A: Companies that want to participate have until May 1st to apply on our web site.  The site is also a great place for volunteers, mentors and sponsors to learn about The Cleantech Open. I would also encourage everyone to attend the events listed on our events page, like the battery technology event in Fremont as well as several others in the Bay Area and throughout the country. And certainly, anyone can feel free to contact me at klee@cleantechopen.org if they have questions about The Cleantech Open.

 

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State of the City 2014: Fremont’s Future is Bright



Bill Harrison
Mayor, City of Fremont

Last Friday, with the beautiful Fremont Marriott hotel serving as the backdrop, I had the great privilege of delivering the annual State of the City Address at a luncheon hosted by the Fremont Chamber of Commerce.  Tickets had sold out in record time, so…

Last Friday, with the beautiful Fremont Marriott hotel serving as the backdrop, I had the great privilege of delivering the annual State of the City Address at a luncheon hosted by the Fremont Chamber of Commerce. 

Tickets had sold out in record time, so you can imagine how packed the room was. And as I looked around, it was thrilling to see so many of the individuals who have dedicated their lives to making our City what it is today – from Fremont’s Police Chief and Fire Chief to the Fremont Main Library staff to the Superintendent of Fremont Unified School District.

If you didn’t manage to make it to the event, you’ll be happy to know that I can summarize my entire speech in just four words, “Fremont’s future is bright.”

And here are a few points that show why:

  • 24/7 Wall St. ranked us the second best run city in America by over last year’s 5th place spot
  • Nerd Wallet named Fremont one of the best cities for job seekers
  • Fremont’s unemployment rate dropped from 5.9% to 4.8% in 2013 (Alameda County average is 6.7%; State Average is 7.9%)  
  • Warm Springs/South Fremont is now officially branded as Fremont’s Innovation District
  • Fremont is emerging as Silicon Valley’s Job Center, which means students graduating from college can return to Fremont to live, work, and thrive in their hometown
  • Additional signs of growth appearing, such as examples of current companies expanding (LAM Research/Home Elegance), new companies arriving (EFI new corporate campus), and companies staying here that showcase our stellar retention-oriented economic development strategy (Thermo Fisher Scientific/Seagate Technologies/Delta Products)


During the Address, we were also very excited to unveil the new “Think Fremont” video, which perfectly captures our City’s innovative spirit and tenacious nature.  You can view it on the City's YouTube Channel.

And if you want to hear more about our City’s most recent achievements and what we have to look forward to in the future, we've posted the speech and slides on the City website for you to view. You can find it all at www.Fremont.gov/StateoftheCity.  We also plan to post the webcast of the State of the City Address later this week.

Thanks to all who made this year’s State of the City such a grand affair.  And a big thanks to all our City employees for joining us for the ride and for making all of these fantastic achievements possible.

Lastly, I’d advise you to grab your sunglasses because I said it once and I’ll say it again – Fremont’s future is bright.

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Silicon Valley City Drives Down The Road Toward Sustainability



Rachel DiFranco
Sustainability Coordinator

(The following is an abridged version of Rachel DiFranco's article, which posted on CleanTechnica on March 20, 2014.  For the full article please go to http://cleantechnica.com/2014/03/20/silicon-valley-city-drives-road-toward-sustainability/)   The Cit…

(The following is an abridged version of Rachel DiFranco's article, which posted on CleanTechnica on March 20, 2014.  For the full article please go to http://cleantechnica.com/2014/03/20/silicon-valley-city-drives-road-toward-sustainability/)

 

The City of Fremont has made a number of local headlines this month for reports  on the high number of electric vehicle owners living within its boundaries. With a population of 221,986, Fremont holds 14.3 percent of Alameda County’s  1,554,720 residents.1 But with 3,870 electric vehicle rebates issued in Alameda County since 2010 under the California Clean Vehicle Rebate Program, Fremont, with its 1,143  rebates to date, represents 29.4 percent of all-electric vehicles owned within  the County.2 

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The reason for the heightened media  attention is that many people were surprised that this southern Alameda County  suburb could be “the East Bay’s epicenter for electric vehicles,” questioning, “What makes it so special?” The news of increasing EV ownership in Fremont, however, is less of a surprise  to those responsible for City development. As the City’s deputy director of  Community Development, Dan Schoenholz, stated when pointing out that a slightly  larger number of electric vehicle rebates had been issued in Fremont than in San  Francisco, “San Francisco has the reputation for being a super-green city, but  this shows that Fremont is quietly pushing the envelope.”

The story, in fact, fits nicely into the future vision that the City has  created for itself. This is a future of sustainable urbanism, one in which  Fremont has evolved beyond its early agricultural roots and post-war suburban  sprawl into a center for clean technology, a mecca of cultural diversity, and  the home of eco-conscious citizens. The City of Fremont continues to challenge the conventional model of development  with an alternative one that places the health and well-being of future generations at the forefront of policy-making.

The influx of electric vehicles in Fremont, then, is one piece of the City’s  larger sustainability puzzle, helping to address the 58 percent of  community-wide emissions attributable to the transportation sector alone.

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Of course, a discussion of electric vehicles in Fremont would not be complete  without mention of Tesla, one of the most recognized electric vehicle  manufacturers worldwide, whose Model S manufacturing facility is located at the  former NUMMI plant in Fremont’s Warm Springs District. But Tesla is not the only  clean tech company that calls Fremont home; there are more than 30 clean and  green tech firms in Fremont, including Oorja (fuel cells), Solaria (solar cells), Leyden Energy (lithium ion batteries), Imergy Power Systems  (energy storage), and Soraa  (LEDs). With such a thriving clean tech economy in its own backyard, Fremont has  earned its title of “Silicon Valley East”.

So while electric vehicles are indeed helping to drive Fremont toward  sustainability, they are just one of the many methods of getting there.

 

 

1. Based on 2012 estimates from the US Census Bureau: http://quickfacts.census.gov/

2. Statistics from the California Center for Sustainable Energy, Clean Vehicle  Rebate Project as of March 9, 2014: http://energycenter.org/clean-vehicle-rebate-project/cvrp-project-statistics

 

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Coworking Revolution – Startups Find Homes in Fremont



Kim Marshall
Economic Development Specialist

In 2013, Fremont was recognized as having the largest number of startups nationally per capita by SizeUp.com. The same year Newsweek/The Daily Beast named Fremont as the Most Inventive City in America. We became curious. Where are these startups located? …

In 2013, Fremont was recognized as having the largest number of startups nationally per capita by SizeUp.com. The same year Newsweek/The Daily Beast named Fremont as the Most Inventive City in America. We became curious. Where are these startups located? While local coffee shops like Suju’s, Starbucks, and Peet’s seemed busy, we wondered about alternative work environments for entrepreneurs.

We’re happy to report that an influx of new coworking facilities in Fremont is making it easier to find our startups. If you haven’t heard, coworking spaces are shared office spaces that offer flexible rental options based on hourly, weekly, or monthly use. Private offices, conference rooms for meetings, collaborative work areas, and tables or desks can be reserved as needed. Coworking spaces provide an alternative work environment for the fledging entrepreneur. Startup companies can gather and mingle, increasing creativity and collaboration across sectors. The flexibility of these places lets entrepreneurs focus on developing their new ideas or concepts without being locked into a long-term lease. 

Fremont currently has five coworking spaces with amenities such as free Wi-Fi, networking opportunities, warehouse space, and IT hosting. If you’re an entrepreneur looking for an innovative work environment, please take a look at the facilities below.

WorkspaceFremont Located in South Fremont in the heart of the Innovation District, 250 yards from the Warm Springs BART station, Workspace Fremont has office and adjacent warehouse space available for lease.

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Critosphere Located across from Ohlone College’s Newark Campus, Critosphere’s hip work stations are close to the retail amenities at Pacific Commons and running trails on Mowry Slough.

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Planet Magpie Located in South Fremont/Bayside in the Innovation District, Planet Magpie can provide smaller companies with full office facilities and full-service IT needs including cloud storage.

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2nd Workspace: Located in South Fremont in the Innovation District, 2nd Workspace offers coworking, networking, and private office and conference rooms in an intimate environment. 

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California Green Technology Center (CGTC) – Located in South Fremont in the Innovation District, CGTC is focused on assisting clean technology companies grow their business in California.

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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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