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April 11, 2017 > Fremont News Briefs

Fremont News Briefs

Submitted By Cheryl Golden

FremontÕs 2017 State of the City Address Held on March 31
On March 31, the Fremont Chamber of Commerce hosted the annual State of the City event at the Fremont Marriott Silicon Valley. Attendees enjoyed lunch as Chamber members presented volunteer recognitions, presented the ChairmanÕs Award, and introduced the installation of officers and directors. Mayor Lily Mei then presented the State of the City address to the crowd of more than 350 people, touching on where the City stands today, and what issues, opportunities, and initiatives lie ahead for Fremont.

Here are just a handful of highlights from her speech:
¥ Biotechnology remains the largest advanced industry in Fremont as companies like Boehringer Ingelheim continue to grow and stimulate the larger economy through job creation and supply chain networks.
¥ Fremont continues to be an electric vehicle (EV)-focused cityÑwith nearly 5,000 EV owners, FremontÕs 94539 ZIP code is home to more EVs than any other ZIP code in California.
¥ Downtown Fremont construction is making impressive progress including Capitol Avenue, pedestrian and bicyclist pathways, public-private partnerships, aesthetics and public facilities.
¥ In addition to the new Warm Springs/South Fremont BART station recently opening, the Fremont Innovation District is experiencing extensive public infrastructure investment, including a new elementary school, urban parks and plazas, 4,000 residential units, and 1.7 million sq. ft. of commercial space.
¥ Four out of five residents rated the quality of life in Fremont as ÒgoodÓ or ÒexcellentÓ and 82 percent agreed that the CityÕs diversity is an asset.
¥ The City of Fremont was recognized as a national model of how people from various cultures, ethnicities and religious backgrounds can live, learn, and work together in harmony, and WalletHub named Fremont Ò2017Õs Happiest Place to Live in the U.S.Ó

To view the full script, slides, and webcast from Mayor MeiÕs State of the City address, please visit

April is Distracted Driver Awareness Month
Get involved with the movement to stop distracted drivingÑApril is Distracted Driver Awareness Month.

Nationwide in 2015, more than 3,477 people were killed and upward of 391,000 others were injured in crashes involving distracted drivers. Let those numbers sink in for a minuteÑthatÕs like having the population of one and a half of the high schools in Fremont die each year, and nearly double the entire population of Fremont being injured in crashes that seemingly could have been avoided.

Distracted driving is a growing problem, and several laws have been enacted to thwart it, but that hasnÕt stopped the epidemic. To raise awareness, April has been designated as Distracted Driver Awareness Month. The Fremont Police Department joins other agencies around the country through targeted enforcement and education on various social media platforms such as the DepartmentÕs Facebook page and Twitter account. (Please donÕt view while driving!)

More about Distracted Driving can be found on the National Highway Traffic Safety AdministrationÕs website at

Submit your traffic-related questions to Connect to Fremont PD through Twitter (@FremontPD) or To report ongoing traffic concerns, parking violations and/or abandoned vehicles, please send an email to

Startup Grind Fremont Discusses Growth Hacking with Rana Gujral of InsureHound
Startup Grind Fremont is back for another fireside chat. This time, join us as we discuss building a company from initial funding through formative traction from expert Rana Gujral, InsureHound CEO. WeÕll be convening at EFI (Electronics for Imaging) located at 6700 Dumbarton Circle in Fremont, on Tuesday, April 25, from 6:30 p.m. to 8:30 p.m.

Rana Gujral is an entrepreneur, turnaround CEO, and an investor. He founded a leading enterprise SaaS startup TiZE. He also serves as a contributing writer at TechCrunch and Forbes, and advises several startups. Rana was recently listed among the Top 10 Entrepreneurs to follow in 2017 by Huffington Post. At this event, attendees will learn from RanaÕs experience of bringing concepts to reality.

Startup Grind Fremont is the Silicon Valley East chapter of the international business startup community that has hosted more than 2,000 fireside chats across 200 cities and 85 countries! Every month or so, we get our local entrepreneurial community together to mix and mingle, hear from a featured speaker, find mentorship, pursue funding, and gain new customers.

CanÕt make it to this event? DonÕt fret. We have many more events scheduled for the near future. Next up is Murray Newlands, Founder of, an online invoicing company.
You can find additional information and purchase your tickets here:

Did You Know? Fremont Offers Online Tools for Local Business Prospects
The City of Fremont wants to make it easy for businesses to get their start in Fremont. ThatÕs why the City offers two online tools, OpenCounter and ZoningCheck, designed to help individuals with everything from City of Fremont permit fees to ideal business site locations.

With OpenCounter, users answer a few questions about the business that they are interested in opening, and then the website will provide them with the necessary City requirements and permit fees based on their responses. ZoningCheck provides users the ability to find out where in the city their new business could be located.

So, if youÕre thinking about opening a business in Fremont, be sure to check out these helpful tools. For additional information, visit and

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