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Investors Briefing on Wireless Telecommunications Oct. 11

report cover of hand holding cell phoneSeptember 22, 2016 - Joint Venture's Wireless Communications Initiative and the Technology Credit Union are hosting a Joint Venture Investors Briefing, "Bridging the Gap with Wireless Telecommunications," in San Jose October 11.

This event will feature technology experts from the public and private sectors discussing the latest developments in wireless technologies and how they can bridge the Digital Divide. The briefing takes place at the TechCU campus, 2010 North First St., from 3:30 to 5 p.m.

Attendance is free with registration. Register here.

Joint Venture endorses Measures A and B

blue circle sealSeptember 19, 2016 - The Joint Venture Silicon Valley board of directors has endorsed Santa Clara County Measures A and B on the November ballot to provide more affordable housing and support transit improvements.

Measure A is a General Obligation bond measure to raise up to $950 million to provide affordable housing for the homeless, low-income families and first-time homebuyers. Measure B is a 30-year, 1/2-cent sales tax to enhance transit, highways, expressways and active transportation.

Read the San Jose Inside editorial in support of Measure A.

Read the Mercury News editorial in support of Measure B.

Joint Venture board elects three new members

Mike headshot Carlene headshot Mary headshotSeptember 16, 2016 – The Joint Venture board of directors today elected LinkedIn Senior Vice President and General Counsel Michael Callahan, The Irvine Company Vice President Carlene Matchniff and San Jose State University President Dr. Mary Papazian as its newest members.

Callahan is responsible for worldwide legal affairs and public policy at LinkedIn. Matchniff is responsible for entitlements, public and governmental affairs for the Northern California region for The Irvine Company. Dr. Papazian joined San Jose State University July 1 with 25 years of experience in teaching and academic administrative experience.

Read the news release.

Alisa Tantraphol is Joint Venture's new Chief Development Officer

Alisa headshotSeptember 16, 2016 - Alisa Tantraphol has joined Joint Venture as its first Chief Development Officer. Alisa most recently oversaw the corporate and foundation programs at Second Harvest Food Bank of Santa Clara & San Mateo Counties and since 2003 she has raised over $100 million for education, technology, health & human services, basic needs, and the arts.

Alisa graduated with honors from Harvard University with a degree in Social Studies and was one of 90 leaders selected nationally for the 2012 Bank of America Neighborhood Builders Leadership Program.

Read Alisa's bio.

Meet Diane Doolittle, Juniper Networks

Diane Doolittle headshotAugust 25, 2016 - When you’re the customer support face of a very large global networking company with several thousand employees in over 40 countries and many of the world’s biggest companies are customers, you’d better have a strong customer service executive and a solid team behind that role.

Fortunately for Juniper Networks, it has both in Diane Doolittle, Juniper’s Corporate Vice President of Customer Services and Support, Business and Portfolio Operations.

And fortunately for Joint Venture, she also sits on its board.

Read Diane's profile.

Silicon Valley Indicators

indicators home page Did you know you can get comprehensive information and data about the economic and community health of Silicon Valley any time by visiting the online home of the Silicon Valley Index at

The site is maintained and constantly updated by Joint Venture's Silicon Valley Institute for Regional Studies and is a robust collection of charts and information with links to local, regional and national data sources, and resources for additional information within each of the indicator categories: People, Economy, Society, Place and Governance.

Download the 2016 Silicon Valley Index.

Monthly Investors Council Spotlight

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Joint Venture's Investors Council welcomes 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. To inquire about becoming a member of our Investors Council, call (408) 298-9330 or visit our Become an Investor page. To see our current investors, visit our investors pages.

What is Joint Venture Silicon Valley?

Established in 1993, Joint Venture brings together Silicon Valley’s established and emerging leaders—from business, government, academia, labor and the broader community—to spotlight issues and work toward innovative solutions. In this short video see what Silicon Valley leaders have to say about the organization.

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2016 State of the Valley

2016 State of the Valley recap video by PRx Digital.

More than 1,200 people packed the San Jose McEnery Convention Center February 12, 2016 for Joint Venture’s annual State of the Valley conference, where they heard an update on the region’s economy, keynote remarks by former House Speaker Newt Gingrich and former Rep. George Miller, former HUD Secretary Henry Cisneros, United States Patent and Trademark Office Director Michelle Lee and NAUTO co-founder and Stanford professor Stefan Heck of the Precourt Center for Energy Efficiency. The audience also heard a lively debate by a distinguished panel of auto industry executives and environmental experts arguing the future of the combustion engine. The Packard Award went to Code for America founder Jennifer Pahlka, an exhibition hall showcased a dozen nonprofit organizations and local school bands provided musical entertainment.

Briefing on the 2016 Silicon Valley Index

Joint Venture CEO Russell Hancock explored the data in the 2016 Silicon Valley Index, which shows that the regional economy is continuing its powerful trend upwards. However, the explosive increases in jobs and population are overwhelming transit systems and roadways and keeping affordable homes out of reach for many.

The comprehensive yearly analysis of the economic strength and overall vitality of Silicon Valley shows 134,000 new Bay Area jobs created between mid-2014 and mid-2015, average annual earnings up to $122,000, $24.5 billion in venture capital investments in 2015, 19,000 new patent registrations in 2014 and more than 23 million square feet of new development approvals over the past two years.

At the same time, widening income inequality persists, the median sale price for a home is up six percent to $830,000, rental rates are up eight percent, and average commute times rose to 27 minutes.

Here is Joint Venture President and CEO Russell Hancock’s report on the 2016 Index, produced by the Silicon Valley Institute of Regional Studies, an arm of Joint Venture.

Learn more about the Silicon Valley Index online at

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California Regulations and Employment in Silicon Valley - July 2016

poverty brief cover This report addresses the extent to which state level regulation of business activities affects job growth in Silicon Valley.

Download the report.

Economic Update: The Peninsula Economy - June 2016

white and burgundy cover This brief, the second in a series, provides an update on the economy in Silicon Valley and San Francisco, here referred to as “the Peninsula economy.” The Peninsula sub region includes Santa Clara, San Mateo and San Francisco counties.

Download the report.

Silicon Valley Index - 2016

cover The 2016 Silicon Valley Index reveals Silicon Valley’s economy is thriving from San Jose to San Francisco, surging to levels that are overwhelming the Bay Area’s capacity to handle it.

Learn more about the Silicon Valley Index online at

In The News

September 25, 2016 - (San Jose Mercury News) - Bay Area Wages Soaring -- but Still Can't Keep Up with Housing Prices: "'The war for talent is driving all of this,' said Russell Hancock, president of Joint Venture Silicon Valley. '… The tech boom and wage growth have created a class of the uber-rich in the Bay Area.'” More

September 16, 2016 - (KQED News) - Incomes Rise for Bay Area's Middle Class, but Not Its Poor: “'Poverty is a large issue in the Bay Area that is often overshadowed by the fact that the economy in general is doing so well,' said economist Jon Haveman, co-author of a 2015 poverty report by Joint Venture Silicon Valley." More.

September 16, 2016 - (San Jose Mercury News) - Michelle Quinn: Silicon Valley Needs a Landmark: "After years of running neck and neck, San Francisco has finally pulled ahead of Silicon Valley in venture funding, according to a report by the Silicon Valley Institute for Regional Studies." More

September 15, 2016 - (San Jose Mercury News) - California, Bay Area Poverty Rates Updated in Census Report: "About 11.3 percent of Bay Area residents are living at or below the poverty level, according to a 2015 report by the Joint Venture Silicon Valley Institute for Regional Studies." More

September 15, 2016 - (Morgan Hill Times) - Meet the Council Candidates, Larry Carr: “'The issue of growth is entwined in all of that,' said Carr, who works as the Vice President of San Jose-based Joint Venture Silicon Valley." More

September 9, 2016 - (San Jose Mercury News) - Michelle Quinn: Silicon Valley is Still the Tech Industry's Mecca, for Now: "'It probably doesn’t matter if it’s this city or that city that’s creating the jobs,' said Russell Hancock, president and CEO of Joint Venture Silicon Valley." More

August 18, 2016 - (International Business Times) - Silicon Valley Has Taken 16 Years to Recover from Dot-Com Bubble Burst: "Russell Hancock, President of Joint Venture Silicon Valley, based in San Jose, told the Mercury News, 'We are creating all kinds of tech jobs, but at the same time we are nowhere hear to solving all the housing and traffic problems.'" More.  

August 17, 2016 - (San Jose Mercury News) - Tech Jobs in Bay Area Surpass Dot-Com Era's Peak: "'"We are creating all kinds of tech jobs, but at the same time we are nowhere near to solving all the housing and traffic problems,' said Russell Hancock, president of San Jose-based Joint Venture Silicon Valley, a private-public partnership." More.

July 26, 2016 - (Driverless Transporation) - Silicon Valley Takes on Smart Mobility: "The Smart Mobility office of Joint Venture Silicon Valley (JVSV) seeks to implement several new transportation systems that will get people out of their cars, use public transit and bikes, and spew fewer greenhouse gas emissions." More

July 21, 2016 - (KPIX-TV) - Peter Thiel Shows Up for Trump: "Both of these people are men of contradictions," says Joint Venture CEO Russell Hancock. Video

July 15, 2016 - (Financial Times) - Inside Hacker Dojo, the Soul of Silicon Valley: "...figures provided by the Silicon Valley Institute for Regional Studies show strong increases in the number of residents aged 20-29." More

July 12, 2016 - (San Jose Mercury News) - Guest editorial: King, Hancock: Hunger in Silicon Valley Can Be Ended with Community Plan: The two nonprofits we lead have teamed up to convene organizations engaged in surplus food recovery and distribution. More.

July 4, 2016 - (Reuters) - Israel's High-Tech Boom Threatened by Shallow Labour Pool: "Nearly 75 percent of computer and math workers aged 25-44 employed in California's Silicon Valley are foreign-born, according to the Silicon Valley Institute for Regional Studies." More.