FREMONT -- The city has been invited to join San Jose and Santa Clara in a nonprofit organization that aims to partner with businesses and use high-tech tools to help cities improve delivery of public services.
The cities' nonprofit group, called the Silicon Valley Talent Partnership, plans to reach that goal by forging alliances with Silicon Valley companies, such as Google and Adobe, said Fremont Mayor Bill Harrison.
"Anytime you can forge a partnership between government and business to make government run more efficiently, that's a good thing," he said.
Joining the organization is undeniably a feather in the cap for Fremont and its burgeoning tech business scene. "This means that our efforts to expand Fremont's role within Silicon Valley are paying off," he said.
Harrison said he first heard of the idea last month in Philadelphia, while attending the 2013 Mayors' Innovation Summit. There, he spoke with Peter Furman, the chief of staff for San Jose Mayor Chuck Reed. A few weeks later, Reed's office contacted Harrison again, formally inviting Fremont to join the organization.
"We are very excited about this opportunity to collaborate with our Silicon Valley partners," Harrison said. "We've often said that Fremont is the Bay Area's best-kept secret and we want to change that."
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