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i-GATE iHub Names Cities to Non-profit Boards

Boards expand to 25 members each. Rob White appointed Interim CEO

March 5, 2012

As a continued demonstration of strong municipal public-private partnership, the i-GATE Innovation Hub (iHub) announced today that it has expanded its two non-profit boards, the National Energy Systems Technology (NEST) Commercialization Center and the i-GATE Development Corporation, to include four mayors and their respective city managers from the i-GATE partner cities.

The size of each Board will increase from 19 to 25 members, providing the four mayors with voting positions and the associated city managers with ex-officio positions.  The Board expansion will become finalized on March 30, 2012.

Livermore and Dublin have already been selected by the non-profit Boards.  The remaining two cities will be selected from the existing i-GATE city partners of Pleasanton, Danville, San Ramon, Fremont, Tracy, Lathrop, West Sacramento, and Davis.

"The increase in city participation in i-GATE through its non-profit Boards demonstrates strong regional commitment to public-private collaboration in fostering technology job creation and supporting small businesses," said John Marchand, Mayor of Livermore.

By expanding the membership of the Boards to include four cities as full voting members, "i-GATE has shown its commitment to working as a cohesive, regional partnership", expressed Rob White, interim CEO for both i-GATE non-profit Boards.  Appointed as interim for a period of approximately 12 months, White will actively build partnerships, conduct fundraising, and create strategic programs.  White will also continue in his current role as director of economic development for Livermore.

With cities from the Sacramento, East Bay and Central Valley regions, i-GATE has linked research, academic, financial, and business interest together to accelerate innovation and created connectivity for technology startups.  "We are excited by the collaboration that i-GATE brings to the Davis community," expressed Rochelle Swanson, Mayor Pro Tem of Davis.  "By focusing on the research, academic, and business sectors, the i-GATE consortium creates opportunities for new relationships and advancement of technologies that will draw the Sacramento and East Bay regions together."