Livermore, CA - March 6, 2013: Rob White, the City of Livermore’s current Director of Economic Development and Interim CEO of the i-GATE Innovation Hub Initiative, will become the Chief Innovation Officer (CIO) with the City of Davis, California effective March 22nd.
White joined the City of Livermore in 2008, and Livermore’s economic development program experienced significant changes over the past five years. Through a focus on partnerships, Livermore’s regional leadership expanded in economic development, innovation, and the development of a knowledge-based economy. White and his staff developed partnerships with the federal laboratories as well as the business, research, academic and investment sectors. During White’s tenure, Livermore also focused on business attraction and retention, the development of an entrepreneurial ecosystem, and regional and national tourism and marketing efforts which resulted in Livermore’s selection as a Host City for the 2011, 2012, and the upcoming 2013 Amgen Tour of California professional cycling race.
White’s most notable success was the formation of the Innovation for Green Advanced Transportation Excellence (i-GATE) with Bruce Balfour of Sandia National Laboratories in November 2009. i-GATE is a regional public-private consortium with over 50 partners: nine cities, Lawrence Livermore National Laboratory, Sandia National Laboratories, academic and research institutions, and the technology business sector. i-GATE works towards creating a vibrant and effective innovation economy in the region with an emphasis on supporting entrepreneurs and technology startups. As a result of this work, White was named a White House Champion of Change for Local Innovation in September 2012, and he was recognized by the Alliance for Innovation with the Thomas H. Muehlenbeck Award for Excellence in Local Government in April 2012.
Livermore Mayor John Marchand commends White for advancing economic development within the City through strengthening partnerships and leveraging assets. “Rob has been nationally recognized for his leadership in i-GATE and in the creation of the Tri-Valley’s innovation environments. I am grateful for the work that he has done promoting Livermore’s economic development and fostering our relationships with our National Labs. Working in Davis, he will be much closer to his home and his family, and I know how important that is for him.”
City Manager Marc Roberts also recognized White for his efforts, and noted he has “infused an economic development culture into the entire City organization, building Livermore’s position as an economic leader and enhancing the quality of life for our residents”.
About the City of Livermore
Founded in 1869, Livermore is California’s oldest wine region, framed by award-winning wineries, farm lands and ranches that mirror the valley’s western heritage. The City of Livermore (pop. 80,968) encompasses 26.44 square miles and is the easternmost city in the San Francisco Bay Area; the gateway to the Central Valley. Protection by the coastal range provides the Livermore Valley with a mild climate that enhances the pursuit of a more relaxed, less congested lifestyle.
As home to renowned science and technology centers, Lawrence Livermore National Laboratory and Sandia National Laboratories, Livermore is a technological hub and an academically engaged community. It has become an integral part of the Bay Area, successfully competing in the global market powered by its wealth of research, technology and innovation.
Livermore’s arts, culture, western heritage and vibrant wine industry provide a unique blend to this special community. Historic Downtown Livermore is enjoying a renaissance reestablishing the downtown as the city’s preeminent shopping, dining, entertainment and cultural district with a 10-screen cinema and a 500-seat performing arts center. With the addition of several residential projects and a pedestrian-oriented environment, the City is establishing an active urban living experience in the Valley.