Yesterday, Thursday, March 24, 2016, Fremont Mayor Bill Harrison delivered this year’s State of the City address at a luncheon hosted by the Fremont Chamber of Commerce at the Fremont Marriott Silicon Valley.
This annual event is a time for the Fremont community to come together, reflect on experiences from the past year, and set a vision for the City’s near future. From the City’s 60th anniversary to its affordable housing initiatives, Mayor Harrison shared what we accomplished this year and what’s currently in the works for next year. It’s clear that Fremont has a bright future to look forward to.
Here are just a few (of many) highlights from the 2016 State of the City address.
- In honor of Fremont’s 60th anniversary, the City held a community gathering and ceremony to install a time capsule that will be opened at the City’s 100th Anniversary in 2056.
- The Brookings Institution selected Fremont for its Silicon Valley stop on advanced industries research.
- Fremont’s Transportation Engineering Division and the Police Department teamed together and officially launched “Vision Zero” — a plan to improve traffic safety and reduce traffic fatalities to zero.
- Delta Products opened its new 180,000 sq. ft. headquarters, LEED Platinum building—the first of its kind in Fremont—that will serve as an iconic gateway into the Innovation District.
- Fremont launched the first East Bay chapter of the global meet-up, Startup Grind.
- The City’s Warm Springs Community Plan won two awards and was recognized by the Association of Bay Area Governments and by the State for its American Planning Association Award of Excellence in Urban Design.
- Progress continues to be made on construction of an iconic bridge and plaza that will connect properties such as Tesla and ThermoFisher to the Warm Springs/South Fremont BART station that will open later this year.
- Fremont continues to invest in public safety and street maintenance. The City has made improvements around more than half of Fremont’s schools, including major intersections, as an effort to get kids to and from school safely.
- Downtown Fremont’s first mixed-use private development called State Street will break ground in June and work is underway on development plans for the City’s future Civic Center.
- It’s been a landmark year for sustainability in Fremont — named America’s 10th Greenest City of 2015, signed onto the Compact of Mayors, installed 1.2 megawatts of solar carport structures, and is one of 50 semifinalist competitors in the $5M Georgetown University Energy Prize.
- The City’s Legends of the Bay event raised more than $56K for the Fremont Family Resource Center.
If you’re interested in learning more about Fremont’s successes and where it’s headed this year, you can view the speech and presentation slides on the City website, and the video will also be made available on Cable TV Channel 27 and on the City website by April 1.
The entire City of Fremont would like to thank everyone who has made this year’s event a success and for your continued contributions to making Fremont a compassionate, innovative, and desirable city to live and work.