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  • Joint Venture reports a third of Silicon Valley young adults living with a parent

    Institute for Regional Studies finds trends in latest census data

    Young adults living with a parent chartDecember 10, 2014 – A new census report shows nearly one in three young adults in Silicon Valley is living with a parent despite the resurgent economy, the Joint Venture Silicon Valley Institute for Regional Studies reported today.

    The latest U.S. Census Bureau data for those in the 18-to-34 age group from 2009 to 2013 shows that 32.4 percent of Silicon Valley young adults live with a parent, compared with 34.5 percent in California and 30.3 percent in the U.S. Young adults are also better educated and marrying later than their counterparts in 1980, not only here but also statewide and nationally.

    Read the news release.

  • California Wireless Association honors Joint Venture

    Calwa's Inaugural Golden State Wireless Award  

    Calwa logoDecember 18, 2014 - The California Wireless Association (Calwa) has presented its first Golden State Wireless Award to Joint Venture in recognition of "its ongoing commitment to the wireless industry through its Wireless Communications Initiative and its efforts to educate public and private leaders about the need to facilitate wireless infrastructure deployment efforts."

    Calwa is statewide association dedicated to promoting the benefits of wireless services and educating public officials and business leaders about the importance of wireless infrastructure in the provision of the services. The new award program also honored the Association of Cities and Counties/Orange County.

    Read the news release.

  • NASA's Michael Marlaire joins Joint Venture

    NASA Research Park director to head special projects

    Michael Marlaire December 2, 2014 – Joint Venture Silicon Valley announced today that longtime NASA Research Park director Michael Marlaire has been detailed to Joint Venture to head special projects for the next two years.

    A 28-year veteran of the space agency, Marlaire has been director of the NASA Research Park (NRP) at NASA’s Ames Research Center since 2006, directing partnership development, land use planning, leasing, property management and intergovernmental relations related to development.

    Based in Silicon Valley since 1991, Marlaire served as NASA Ames Director of External Affairs, leading Ames partnerships with regional academic, business and political leaders.

    Read the news release.

  • Sam Liccardo among five new board members

    San Jose mayor-elect, Sharks COO, Water District CEO, Menlo College president, KPMG partner elected at quarterly meeting

    5 board member head shots November 21, 2014 – San Jose mayor-elect Sam Liccardo was among five new members elected to the Joint Venture Silicon Valley board of directors today.

    Others approved at the board’s quarterly meeting in Redwood City were John Tortora, COO of Sharks Sports & Entertainment, Beau Goldie, CEO of the Santa Clara Valley Water District; Richard Moran, president of Menlo College; and Chad Seiler, a partner with KPMG.

    “Having the new mayor of the state’s third largest city and the others join our board reflects the strong regional leadership they all bring to our work outside their everyday roles,” said Russell Hancock, Joint Venture CEO.

    Read the news release.

  • State of the Valley 2015

    sov logoDecember 8, 2014 - Stanford University president John Hennessy, Time magazine assistant managing editor Rana Foroohar, political thought leader, author and TED sensation Benjamin Barber, and cleantech industry leader Ira Ehrenpreis will be the keynote speakers at the 2015 State of the Valley conference on February 4 in Santa Clara.

    In addition, the 2015 Silicon Valley Index, a special panel on startups moderated by Brigade CEO Matt Mahan and the annual Packard Award presentation are also on tap. An exhibitors showcase and musical entertainment round out the annual day of dialogue and discussion on the economic health and well being of our region.

    State of the Valley convenes the entire region for a day of dialogue and discussion about Silicon Valley’s economic and community health, bringing together more than 1000 of the region’s thought leaders, business executives, elected representatives, academics, workforce and community organizations.

    Register for State of the Valley.

  • Monthly Investors Council Spotlight
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    Nov 4, 2014 - Joint Venture's Investors Council welcomes Menlo College, joining dozens of public and private organizations and foundations supporting our initiatives and programs. The Investors Council currently includes more than 100 private organizations, 56 public entities and 13 foundations.

    Joint Venture offers a variety of support and sponsorship opportunities for individuals, corporations, and public sector organizations. We eagerly welcome this support to sustain our projects and initiatives. All Joint Venture affiliates enter into continuing relationships with the organization that support the analytical work and all the projects we undertake. To inquire about becoming a member of our Investors Council, call (408) 298-9330 or visit our Become an Investor page.

  • This Month on "Inside Silicon Valley"

    Fridays at 7 p.m. and Sundays at noon on 1590 KLIV:

    Inside Silicon Valley logoDecember 1, 2014 - Silicon Valley news trends, clean technology, the influence of mayors on public policy and urban design are the topics this month on Joint Venture’s weekly public affairs radio program, “Inside Silicon Valley.”

    Joint Venture CEO Russell Hancock hosts the hour-long program, which airs every Friday at 7 p.m. and again Sunday at noon on 1590 KLIV.

    Scheduled guests this month:

    December 5 & 7: Michelle Quinn, San Jose Mercury News business columnist
    December 12 & 14: Jeff Byron, Co-chair, Cleantech Open
    December 19 & 21: Dr. Benjamin Barber, political theorist and author
    December 26 & 28: Benjamin Grant, Urban design manager, SPUR (Encore presentation)

    Learn more about the program.
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Briefing on the 2014 Silicon Valley Index

Joint Venture CEO Russell Hancock and Silicon Valley Community Foundation CEO Emmett Carson opened the 2014 State of the Valley with a detailed briefing on the findings in the 2014 Silicon Valley Index, which shows that the regional economy is thriving and expected to get even better. The new prosperity, however, presents daunting challenges to accommodate the growth with sufficient housing, transportation and infrastructure, and is leaving middle and lower income sectors farther behind.

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Trends Affecting Workforce Development

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Sunnyvale Community Solar Array Development Feasibility Study

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December 9, 2014 - (San Jose Mercury News) - Employment Boom Doesn't Touch Lost Manufacturing, Construction Jobs: "'The permanent loss of these jobs means that the squeeze will continue for the middle class,' said Russell Hancock, president of Joint Venture Silicon Valley." More.

December 5, 2014 - (San Jose Mercury News) - The Commute That Divides Us: "Joint Venture: Silicon Valley Network, which has long studied the "two valleys" issue, is starting to look more closely at the impact of the tech boom in San Francisco." More.

December 2, 2014 - (Virtual Strategy Magazine) - Menlo College President Richard A. Moran Elected to Joint Venture Silicon Valley Board of Directors: "'Menlo College is a vital part of the Silicon Valley ecosystem. We’re delighted that President Moran will take his rightful place alongside Silicon Valley’s leaders,' said Russell Hancock, Joint Venture CEO." More.

November 22, 2014 - (San Jose Mercury News) - Q&A: Russell Hancock: "Russell Hancock, president and chief executive officer of Joint Venture Silicon Valley, is a prime advocate for regional government and economic cooperation." More

November 18, 2014 - (Palo Alto Weekly) - Plan for Dedicated Bus Lanes on El Camino Back on the Table: "The Bus Rapid Transit project, Ristow said, would support the investments made by the city and private developers in the El Camino Real corridor, and would serve as a "catalyst" for the 'Grand Boulevard Initiative'...More.

November 7, 2014 - (Silicon Valley Business Journal) - Silicon Valley Community Foundation CEO Emmett Carson Opens Up on Philanthropy: "'He's part preacher, with an evangelical fervor,' said Russell Hancock, Carson's friend and CEO of think tank Joint Venture Silicon Valley. 'But he's also part Spock — he's got the logic. On top of that, he's a highly effective executive.'" More.

November 6, 2014 - (San Francisco Chronicle) - Prologis Sows Tech Seeds in Central Valley with Huge Center: "'It does make sense to speak of the Greater Silicon Valley,' said Russ Hancock. president of Joint Venture Silicon Valley in San Jose, who consults with Amman 'We’re adjacent regions. The Bay Area is highly problematic in terms of costs, while the Central Valley has land, a hospitable policy climate, and labor.'" More.

October 31, 2014 - (Silicon Valley Business Journal) - Guest Column - Silicon Valley Needs to Catch Some Rays: "Analysis by the Joint Venture Silicon Valley Institute of Regional Studies of the valley's potential to install commercial solar shows that if only one percent of the commercial space was covered with solar panels, it could generate up to 61 megawatts, more than double what's already installed." More.

October 31, 2014 - ( - The New Ruling Class: Silicon Valley's Chips Off the Old Block: "As Russell Hancock, the group’s president, observed, “Silicon Valley is two valleys. There is a valley of haves, and a valley of have-nots.” More.