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The next Silicon Valley outside our front door

August 22, 2013
The Bridges Golf Club
Courtesy of Tri-Valley Convention & Visitors Bureau

Being a hotel that gets the lion’s share of its guests from business travelers, The Rose Hotel takes great pride in being located just a 20-mile drive down Interstate 680 from the vaunted Silicon Valley.

You cannot do much better than that. Yet, we might. A recent meeting of the Fifth Annual Innovation Forum — jointed produced by Innovation Tri-Valley and the Livermore Valley Chamber of Commerce — dealt with this question: Is the Tri-Valley the next Silicon Valley?

That question is of special interest to our hotel because our home town of Pleasanton along with the neighboring cities of Dublin, Livermore and San Ramon comprise the Tri-Valley, which is situated on the east side of the shimmering San Francisco Bay. (The three valleys that compose the Tri-Valley are the Amador, Livermore and San Ramon valleys, and you can learn more about the region by clicking here.)

The aforementioned question was posed by CNN technology reporter Andrew Keen to panelists from Chevron Energy Solutions, AT&T, the Bay Area Economic Council Institute, and Sandia National Laboratories.

The consensus was this: If the work of Innovation Tri-Valley Leadership Group is successful, we will be the model that other regions and countries look to replicate.

All four panelists agreed the Tri-Valley has the required assets and leadership to turn the region into a center of technical innovative akin to Silicon Valley. One of those key assets is the i-GATE Academic Alliance, a collection of collegiate partners that includes the University of California at both Berkeley and Davis, California State University East Bay, Las Positas College, Golden Gate University, the University of Michigan and the University of Oklahoma.

Besides home-grown companies, the Tri-Valley has already attracted several Silicon Valley tech companies, through either relocation or expansion.

Here at The Rose Hotel we have significant business relationships with companies in the technology, biotech and medical device industries, as well as other business fields. We’re looking forward to expanding our client base as the Tri-Valley — and the broader Bay Area — continues its march toward a more technological and prosperous future.

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