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  • Joint Venture board adds Rob Chapman

    EPRI executive approved at quarterly meeting

    Robert ChapmanSeptember 19, 2014 – The Joint Venture Silicon Valley board of directors today elected Robert Chapman of the Electric Power Research Institute (EPRI) to the board at its quarterly meeting in Menlo Park.

    Chapman is Vice President, Member and Technical Services for EPRI, with responsibility for ensuring broad participation in EPRI research, improving the value members receive from EPRI, and establishing engagement processes that support clients’ overall technology management efforts.

    Read the news release.

  • Joint Venture welcomes 2014-2015 Benest Fellow

    Stanford grad Anissa Chitour to work on Silicon Valley Index

    Anissa Chitour headshotSeptember 5, 2014 - Joint Venture has named Stanford University public policy graduate Anissa Chitour as the organization's Benest Fellow for 2014-2015. The program honors the legacy of former Palo Alto City Manager Frank Benest, a tireless champion of regionalism and a long-serving member of the Joint Venture board of directors. Chitour will work with the Silicon Valley Institute for Regional Studies on compilation of the 2015 Silicon Valley Index.

    Anissa, who graduated from Stanford last year, is a candidate for a master's degree in change management this fall from the Russian Presidential Academy of National Economy and Public Administration. She previously worked as a research assistant at the Hoover Institution and at Stanford, and she interned in the office of Congressman Juan Vargas. She speaks French, Russian and German.

    Read more about Joint Venture's Benest Fellows.


  • Joint Venture taps Larry Carr as Executive Vice President

    Morgan Hill City Councilman and public affairs official named to new position

    Larry Carr headshotAugust 20, 2014 – Joint Venture Silicon Valley today announced the appointment of veteran elected official and public affairs executive Larry Carr to the newly created position of executive vice president.

    Carr, a member of the Morgan Hill City Council since 2000 and former public affairs official for San Jose State University and Stanford Hospital and Clinics, becomes second-in-command to Joint Venture CEO Russell Hancock, supervising the day-to-day operations and management of the organization.

    Read the complete news release.

  • Energy Storage North America Sept. 30

    Joint Venture supports ESNA's "Marketplace for Energy Storage" conference

    Energy Storage North America logo September 9, 2014 - Joint Venture is pleased to be a supporting organization for the Energy Storage North America Conference coming to the San Jose Convention Center Sept. 30 - Oct. 2, where leaders at the forefront of energy storage deployment and planning will discuss the convergence of transportation, distributed, and utility-scale applications.

    Don't miss the Customer-Sited Energy Storage Track, co-chaired by Joint Venture's Vice President, Rachel Massaro. Friends of Joint Venture are eligible to register using the code JVSVESNA for 10% off the regular rate. 

    More information and registration. 

  • Monthly Investors Council Spotlight
    Stanford Health Care logo in red and grey

    Sept 2, 2014 - Joint Venture's Investors Council welcomes Stanford Health Care, 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.

  • Monthly Spotlight: Joint Venture Leaders in Depth

    Dr. Susan Smarr, Kaiser Permanente and Joint Venture board member

    Susan Smarr headshot August 28, 2014 - In most cases landing on your feet is a good thing, but the first time Susan Smarr tried it she ended up in the hospital and spent the next three months in a wheelchair.

    Then she made two life-changing decisions. First, no more skydiving. Second, that personal experience in the health care system drew her to a career in medicine.

    Today, Dr. Susan Smarr is the physician-in-chief and chief of staff at Kaiser Permanente Medical Center in Santa Clara, overseeing 740 doctors, 5000 staff and 330,000 Silicon Valley patients.

    Read Dr. Smarr's profile.

  • This Month on "Inside Silicon Valley"

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

    Inside Silicon Valley logoSeptember 1, 2014 - Silicon Valley education, urban design, the future of downtown San Jose and the changing face of marketing in a digital age 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:

    September 5 & 7: Muhammed Chaudhry, CEO, Silicon Valley Education Foundation
    September 12 & 14: Benjamin Grant, Urban Design Program Manager, SPUR
    September 19 & 21: Egon Terplan, Regional Planning Director, SPUR
    September 26 & 28: Brian Gregg, Partner, McKinsey & Co.

    Learn more about "Inside Silicon Valley" | Download the Podcasts on iTunes

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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.

Learn more about the Silicon Valley Index online at www.siliconvalleyindex.org.

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Trends Affecting Workforce Development

SAMCEDA report coverThis report reviews broad economic forces in San Mateo County and the Peninsula and considers their implications for workforce development. The report spotlights the persistence of poverty even in the face of surging job growth, reviews the best practices fostering upward mobility for the workforce, and outlines strategies that can be carried out by workforce boards, community colleges, private industry and community organizations.



Sunnyvale Community Solar Array Development Feasibility Study

Sunnyvale Community Solar Array Development Feasibility Study cover This report studies the feasibility and assesses the options for municipalities like Sunnyvale who want to provide residential and commercial subscribers with renewable energy. It follows on the heels of legislation signed into law in September 2013 (Senate Bill 43) which offers new regulatory mechanisms for deploying shared renewables proj­ects in California communities. It also launched the Green Tariff Shared Renewables program (GTSR).



Silicon Valley Index - 2014

2014 Silicon Valley Index blue coverThe 2014 Silicon Valley Index reveals that the region’s economy is red-hot and leads the nation with extraordinary growth in jobs, income, innovation, venture capital investment and immigration. The comprehensive yearly analysis of the economic strength and overall health of Silicon Valley also indicates that the new wave of prosperity poses greater challenges for the region to accommodate sustained growth and that the gains are bypassing the lowest earning groups, leaving the less affluent further behind than ever.

Smart Energy Enterprise Development Zone (SEEDZ)

SEEDZ Whitepaper coverJoint Venture's "Smart Energy Enterprise Development Zone" (SEEDZ) initiative unites local energy customers, solution providers, municipalities, institutions and utility interests in building the smart energy network of the future – characterized by the highest levels of power reliability, quality, affordability and sustainability.





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In The News

September 4, 2014 - (Silicon Valley Business Journal) - Silicon Valley Foreign Talent Pipeline Winds Through Little-known Schools: "More than a quarter of a million college-educated, foreign-born workers are employed in Santa Clara and San Mateo counties, according to think tank Joint Venture Silicon Valley. More.

August 29, 2014 - (Valdosta, GA Daily Times) - Wage Gap Grows Between Support Staff at Tech Campuses and High-tech Employees: "'This is a real problem,' said Russell Hancock, president of Joint Venture Silicon Valley, which tracks economic and employment issues in the Bay Area. 'The high-skill tech jobs are becoming very high skill. That is really driving the wage gap. There are bidding wars for tech employees.'" More.

August 26, 2014 - (San Jose Mercury News) - Wage Gap Grows Between Support Staff at Tech Campuses and High-Tech Employees: "'This is a real problem,' said Russell Hancock, president of Joint Venture Silicon Valley, which tracks economic and employment issues in the Bay Area. 'The high-skill tech jobs are becoming very high skill. That is really driving the wage gap. There are bidding wars for tech employees.'" More.

August 25, 2014 - (USA Today) - Report: Tech Creating Black, Hispanic Underclass: "'This is the new Silicon Valley model. Companies have two work forces: their professional work force and their contract work force,' said Russell Hancock, president and CEO of Joint Venture Silicon Valley. More.

August 13, 2014 - (USA Today) - High-tech Service Workers are a Growing Underclass: "Russell Hancock, CEO of Joint Venture Silicon Valley, says the region is becoming 'a valley of haves and have-nots. We have never seen a bigger income gap, and it's only growing,' he said." More.

August 11, 2014 - (San Jose Mercury News) - Santa Clara County Has Highest Median Household Income in Nation, but Wealth Gap Widens: "'All of a sudden people turn around and realize we don't have a middle class anymore,' said Russell Hancock, president of Joint Venture Silicon Valley. More

July 31, 2014 - (Palo Alto Online) - Palo Alto's Rule Changes for new El Camino Buildings Met with Skepticism: "Commissioner Michael Alcheck, meanwhile, vehemently opposed Keller's idea and defended both the Grand Boulevard Initiative and the build-to line requirement." More.

July 11, 2014 - (Silicon Valley Business Journal) - Silicon Valley’s Biggest City Hangs its Rebound Hopes on Big Tech. Could it backfire?: 'There’s a structural problem here,' said Russell Hancock, president and CEO of regional think tank Joint Venture Silicon Valley. 'This boom economy that we’ve created doesn’t actually track with our tax and public budgeting systems.'” More.

July 9, 2014 - (Associated Press) - Woman Charged in Manslaughter in Overdose Death: "'There's no question that Silicon Valley feels different than it felt 28 years ago when I moved here,' said Russell Hancock, president of Joint Venture Silicon Valley, an organization focused on the local economy and quality of life." More.