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BioCommunique Article

Recap: Life Science Roundtable with the Mayors of Fremont, Newark, Union City, and Milpitas

  • 2019-10-24T15:00:00.000+0000
  • Bay Area
  • Author: Melanie Cohn

On October 1st, we were excited to cohost a life science roundtable luncheon with the cities of Fremont, Newark, Union City, and Milpitas. Mayors Mei, Nagy, Dutra-Vernaci, and Tran joined us for an intimate conversation about issues impacting the life science communities in their cities, and how the cities are working to support industry growth.

163 life science facilities call these cities home, most of which operate in the medical device and equipment space. This is the area of the Bay for scale-up; companies in these cities are four times larger than the average life science facility in the Bay Area. Gregory Theyel with the Biomedical Manufacturing Network kicked off the roundtable to share this background about the four cities and lay the groundwork for conversation.

The first portion of the conversation focused on transportation – BART and Caltrain expansion and what this means for commuters in the cities. Cities are focused on first and last mile services to connect people from their homes and offices to convenient transit options. The mayors also touched on new housing projects, mostly focused around transit. Fremont is currently building 8,000 new units close to transit, while Fremont will be adding 4,000.

Workforce development was also a major topic of discussion. Ohlone College is engaging in partnerships with industry, and even offers site specific workforce training programs. The life science industry plans to partner with the cities on future job fairs for the industry and other events that will enhance talent attraction and retention.

We thank the mayors and members in these cities for joining us for this important conversation and look forward to continued support of the industry in Fremont, Newark, Milpitas, and Union City.