THE BEGINNING – FIBER-OPTIC TECHNOLOGY
Groundwork for San Leandro’s transformation occurred in 2012 when city leaders partnered with Dr. J. Patrick Kennedy, founder of local software company OSIsoft, to modernize San Leandro’s communications infrastructure. They formed a public-private partnership to build the fiber optic loop, which has been instrumental to attracting a new generation of companies to San Leandro. That partnership, called Lit San Leandro, provides the fastest broadband spends in the nation.
THE IMPACT – COMMUNITY BENEFIT
Lit San Leandro pulled the fiber optic loop to support the business community and economic development here in San Leandro. While San Leandro Dark Fiber owns the physical asset in the ground, Lit San Leandro maintains it and brings lightning-fast internet options to our business community.
Currently, Lit San Leandro is looking to expand our network with businesses within the city of San Leandro. We were founded to meet the needs of San Leandro businesses, and we want to make sure they are our priority before expanding into neighboring cities.
Within the coming years, we want to expand and empower businesses in the greater East Bay.
If you are interested in getting fiber to your business or partnering with us to provide professional-grade internet too businesses in the SF East Bay, please reach out to us.
From 1980 to 2023, Dr. J. Patrick Kennedy was a San Leandro resident and invested in its development. Pat attended the University of Kansas where he earned a Bachelor of Science in Chemical Engineering and a Ph.D. in Chemical Engineering. After attaining his doctorate, he worked as a research engineer for Shell Development Company in Emeryville and as an applications consultant for Taylor Instrument Company.
Pat ultimately served as the CEO and majority owner of OSIsoft, a software company, from 1980 through 2021. OSIsoft makes software to monitor industrial equipment and processes. Under Pat’s visionary leadership, the company grew from a small software startup in 1980 to a highly profitable global corporation. OSIsoft was acquired by Aveva in March 2021 and Pat served as a Chairman Emeritus and Board Advisor.
Pat’s expertise lay not only in his education, but also as a registered professional engineer in control systems engineering, he held patents on a catalytic reformer control system and worked in Advanced Process Control and Process Data Management. He co-authored a chapter of the book “Planning, Scheduling and Control Integration in the Process Industries,” C. Edward Bodington, ed. (McGraw-Hill Co., 1995), and is the author of numerous papers. He has received numerous awards including the Pioneer Award from TAPPI (Technical Association of the Pulp and Paper Industry), Lifetime Service Award from the NPRA (National Petroleum Refining Association) and was inducted into the SVEC (Silicon Valley Engineering Council) Hall of Fame.
In order to ensure that San Leandro, the HQ for OSIsoft, remained the proper environment to support innovation in the software and other high tech business, especially manufacturing, Pat established two companies – San Leandro Dark Fiber LLC to build out the infrastructure and Lit San Leandro LLC to establish an open loop of fiber optic communication around San Leandro. Pat invested heavily into the City of San Leandro and its future. He took great pride in his civic responsibility and happily gave back the community that has given him so much. Pat and his wife started a family in San Leandro and raised their three children in San Leandro, so their investment in the City is more than just a business venture. San Leandro was his home until the end. Thank you Pat.