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PLEASANTON — The Tri-Valley is poised to become a long-term hub for an array of innovative and advanced technology companies — but the East Bay region’s leaders have plenty of work ahead to realize this dream.

The work that’s needed is embodied in what’s being called “Tri-Valley Vision 2040,” a wide-ranging proposal that aims to dramatically transform the current East Bay bedroom community whose principal cities are Livermore, Pleasanton, San Ramon, Dublin, and Danville.

Innovation Tri-Valley Leadership Group is leading the charge to create an advanced technology-oriented economy that is vibrant and can be sustainable for decades to come, according to the group’s chief executive officer Lynn Naylor.

“The 2040 plan sets a strategic direction for the future that positions the Tri-Valley as a center for innovation,” Naylor said in an interview with this news organization. “We are excited to create an innovation ecosystem here.”

The innovation catalysts fall into a diverse group, Naylor opined.

“Life sciences, advanced manufacturing, software, and you also have the Lawrence Livermore National Laboratory,” Naylor said. “The region is really thriving.”

The challenge is clear-cut yet the solutions could be complex.

“You have to have an economic playbook that includes how you are going to do a better job to attract businesses, create better infrastructure, and improve education,” Naylor said. “We also have to address housing and ways to create more walkable communities.”

The Tri-Valley 2040 plan has five key goals:

— Innovation involving businesses, transportation, new homes, and education.

— Affordable housing and inclusive and equitable transportation, education and healthcare systems.

— private and public sector collaboration.

— a mix of suburban living and vibrant downtown districts.

— a sustainable and resilient economy.

“In the past, the Tri-Valley was known for its wineries, parks, and trails,” said Rich Rankin, director of the innovation and partnership office at the Livermore Laboratory. “Today the Tri-Valley has emerged as a region known for ground-breaking scientific discoveries, startups, and a thriving innovation economy.”

Along with the cutting-edge facilities at the Lawrence Livermore National Laboratory, the operations of numerous tech companies, some of them true titans, dot the Tri-Valley landscape. Some are household names and others bear more obscure titles.

Google and Lam Research operate Livermore facilities. Workday and 10x Genomics have established their headquarters and are expanding in Pleasanton. Snowflake and Callidus Cloud are located in Dublin. GE Digital and SAP have big operations in San Ramon.

Workday and 10x Genomics represent two of the recent success stories in the Tri-Valley. Both have established their headquarters in Pleasanton and followed up the placing of those roots by sketching out plans for expansion.

“We looked at the entire Bay Area to determine where to have our headquarters and selected Pleasanton due to its pristine location and affordability for families,” said Ben Hindson, co-founder and chief science officer at 10x Genomics.

10x Genomics has purchased a site for a big new campus near its headquarters next to Stoneridge Shopping Center.

The main objectives of the 2040 Vision plan are to create a starting point for discussion as well as goals to accomplish over a period of nearly two decades.

“The plan is really a glimpse over the horizon to give us real insight on what radical change could look like in the Tri-Valley,” Naylor said.


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President BidenJoe BidenPutin says he's optimistic about working with Biden ahead of planned meeting How the infrastructure bill can help close the digital divide Biden meets Queen Elizabeth for first time as president MORE plans to press Group of Seven (G7) leaders to take “concrete action” to call out China’s forced labor practices during meetings Saturday at a summit in Cornwall, U.K, according to senior administration officials.

The G7 leaders are also unveiling a global infrastructure initiative, called “Back Better World,” to help finance climate-friendly infrastructure projects in the developing world as a counter to China’s Belt and Road Initiative.

The moves are collectively part of Biden’s efforts to get allies on board with U.S. efforts to outcompete China, the world’s second largest economy, and push back on Beijing’s abuses. Biden has made competition with China a central focus of both his foreign and domestic policy, often pointing to the need to outcompete China in justifying his $2.25 trillion domestic infrastructure proposal.

A senior administration official told reporters that Biden would press other members of the G7 for “concrete action on forced labor to make clear to the world that we believe these practices are an affront to human dignity and an egregious example of China's unfair economic competition.”

Officials said it is too early to say whether the G7 communique, which will be finalized at the end of the summit on Sunday, would explicitly name China but said they were pushing for specific language related to Beijing’s forced labor practices targeting Uyghurs in Xinjiang. 

Other members of the G7 that have more robust trading partnerships with China may be unwilling to call China out specifically. Germany, for instance, has called China its biggest trade partner for five years.

The G7 is comprised of Canada, France, Germany, Italy, Japan, the United Kingdom and the United States.

Officials described the global infrastructure plan as a “bold initiative” meant to narrow what they said is a $40 trillion infrastructure gap in the developing world.

“Through B3W, the G7 and other like-minded partners with coordinate in mobilizing private-sector capital in four areas of focus—climate, health and health security, digital technology, and gender equity and equality—with catalytic investments from our respective development finance institutions,” reads a White House fact sheet announcing the initiative on Saturday, using the acronym "B3W" for the initiative.

“B3W will be global in scope, from Latin America and the Caribbean to Africa to the Indo-Pacific. Different G7 partners will have different geographic orientations, but the sum of the initiative will cover low- and middle-income countries across the world,” it says.

The White House did not put a dollar figure on the U.S.-led initiative but said it will “collectively catalyze hundreds of billions of dollars of infrastructure investment for low- and middle-income countries in the coming years.”

China is expected to be a focus of other meetings on Biden’s first foreign trip abroad. Following the G7 meeting in Cornwall, Biden will travel to Brussels to participate in a NATO summit, where leaders are expected to discuss China’s maritime aggression and the broader security challenge posed by Beijing. Biden will also participate in a U.S.-European Union summit, where leaders are expected to discuss issues related to trade and technology.

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