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May 27, 2014 > Fremont Talks Transportation and Infrastructure at its Third Annual Legislative Event

Fremont Talks Transportation and Infrastructure at its Third Annual Legislative Event

By Nadine Nader, Deputy City Manager

Last Thursday, the City of Fremont kicked off its third annual Legislative Event at the Fremont Marriott Silicon Valley Hotel, where the following speakers dove into topics like regional transportation, infrastructure and how to build an innovative city that attracts world-class businesses:
* Bill Harrison, Mayor of the City of Fremont
* Russell Hancock, President and CEO of Joint Venture Silicon Valley
* Congressman Mike Honda
* Congressman Eric Swalwell
* Senator Ellen Corbett
* Assemblymember Bob Wieckowski
* Assemblymember Bill Quirk
* Kelly Kline, FremontÕs Economic Development Director
* Bryan Jones, FremontÕs Public Works Director

Overall, the speakers painted a highly optimistic portrait of Fremont. In fact, the energy in the room was so positive, that it even prompted Assemblymember Wieckowski to sing his very own rendition of PharrellÕs ÒHappyÓ with a slight change-up of the lyrics, calling out FremontÕs latest accomplishments, including its ranking as second safest City in the nation.

Here are a few of the main takeaways from our speakers at the event:
* As of March 2014, FremontÕs unemployment rate has dropped to an all-time low of 4.7 percent. And with a growing economy comes more traffic. Fortunately, Fremont is working to address this problem, offering solutions like the Warm Springs/South Fremont BART station extension project.
* Employment in high-tech manufacturing is 156 percent more concentrated in Fremont than anywhere else in the United States, far surpassing any other Silicon Valley city.
* ItÕs in FremontÕs best interest to continue thinking strategically urban, focusing on density near transit.

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