Chinese Not Really Sniffing Around Fremont...Yet

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As noted here repeatedly, Chinese manufacturers are investing in Los Angeles. And soon, possibly, Fremont, too.  At least, that's the hope, according to the San Francisco Chronicle.

Bruce Kern, executive director of the East Bay Economic Development Alliance, led a delegation across the Pacific and reports he made NUMMI a topic of discussion in 17 meetings over six days with major firms like Dongfeng Motor and BYD Auto.

Were any of the auto manufacturers, suppliers, battery makers and green tech companies they met with ready to step forward? "I don't think so, at least not right now," Kern said.

Never say die.  That said, now that it's clear Toyota/NUMMI is really, really, really not going to make cars anymore in Fremont, KLIV reports California isn't going to reimburse NUMMI for employee retraining. The decision has a kind of "So there!" quality to it, dontcha think?

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About Rachael Myrow

From KQED’s Bureau in San Jose, Rachael Myrow covers politics, economics, technology, food and culture in a vast region extending from Burlingame to Edenvale to Fremont. This follows more than seven years waking at 3 am to host the daily version of KQED's California Report, broadcast on NPR affiliates throughout the state during NPR's Morning Edition. She still guest hosts for The California Report and Forum, blogs for Bay Area Bites, and files for NPR and PRI’s The World. Before KQED, she worked for Marketplace and KPCC in Los Angeles. Follow @rachaelmyrow

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