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  • Census workshops set for Nov. 6

    Registration open for sessions on using Census data and researching local workforce trends

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    Oct. 31, 2014 - Joint Venture's Silicon Valley EDA, the U.S. Census Bureau and the NOVA Job Center will conduct two interactive, hands-on data workshops Thursday, November 6 at the NOVA Job Center in Sunnyvale to help businesses and local planners learn how to glean more information from Census data and information.

    The morning session, from 9:30 a.m. to noon, will focus on how to retrieve information from the new American Fact Finder website. The afternoon session, from 1 to 3:30 p.m., will include an overview of the Longitudinal Employer Household Dynamics website and training on navigating the new extraction tools on workforce trends.

    More information and registration.

  • Silicon Valley incomes, wealth on the rise

    Joint Venture Institute for Regional Studies report

    green and grey chartOctober 31, 2014 – A new census report shows Silicon Valley incomes up for the second straight year after a three-year downward trend, the Joint Venture Silicon Valley Institute for Regional Studies reported today.

    An institute analysis of the U.S. Census Bureau’s 2013 American Community Survey released last week also indicates a decline in the region’s poverty rate and an uptick in those with health insurance.

    Read the news release.

  • Monthly Investors Council Spotlight
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    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

    Marc Blakeman, AT&T Regional VP and contributor to Wireless Communications Initiative

    Marc Blakeman photo October 31, 2014 - Sometime in the coming weeks, Apple is expected to sell its 600 millionth iPhone since the now ubiquitous device debuted seven years ago. Over the same period, AT&T’s wireless network has seen a 40,000 percent increase in data traffic. 40,000 percent. That’s not a typo.

    “And there’s no sight of any plateau on the horizon,” says Marc Blakeman, AT&T’s regional vice president of external affairs and an important contributor to Joint Venture’s Wireless Communications Initiative.

    Read Marc's profile.

  • This Month on "Inside Silicon Valley"

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

    Inside Silicon Valley logoNovember 1, 2014 - Election results, online education, charity events and online shopping 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:

    November 7 & 9: Melinda Jackson, San Jose State University associate professor or political science
    November 14 & 16: Joseph Moreau and John Makevich, Foothill-DeAnza Community College District
    November 21 & 23: Carl Guardino, CEO, Silicon Valley Leadership Group and co-founder, Silicon Valley Turkey Trot
    November 28 & 30: Brian Gregg, Partner, McKinsey & Co. (Encore presentation)

Top Videos

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

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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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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

October 30, 2014 - (Singapore Independent) - 5 Reasons Why Singapore May Become the Cryptocurrency Hub of Asia: "According to the Silicon Valley Index Joint Venture 2014 Report, 36.4 percent of the population are foreign born, and only 36 percent are of European descent and non-Hispanic." More

October 21, 2014 - (MIT Technology Review) - Technology and Inequality: "The wealth generated in Silicon Valley is 'as prodigious as it has ever been,' says Russell Hancock, president of Joint Venture Silicon Valley, a nonprofit group that promotes regional development. 'But when we used to have booms in the tech sector, it would lift all boats. That’s not how it works anymore.'" More.

October 19, 2014 - (The Guardian) - Silicon Valley Tries Egg-Freezing Perks: How About Just Hiring More Women? - "They could address the question of unequal pay: men with graduate or professional degrees earn 73% more than do women with the same qualifications, according to a study by Joint Venture Silicon Valley. More.

October 10, 2014 - (ReadWrite) - Microsoft CEO Satya Nadella to Women: Don't Ask for a Raise, Trust Karma: "The gap in income inequality between men and women in Silicon Valley, where technology is a leading industry, is severely imbalanced, according to a 2014 study by Joint Venture Silicon Valley. More.

October 5, 2014 - (The Daily Beast) - Battle of the Upstarts: Houston vs. San Francisco Bay: "The Bay Area gap between white residents (who dominate the tech economy) and minorities is among the highest in the nation while, during the boom, income has fallen for Hispanics and African-Americans, according to Joint Venture Silicon Valley. More.

September 29, 2014 - (Almanac Online) - Silicon Valley Income Gap Continues to Widen: "The increase in the number of high-income Silicon Valley households was nearly five times greater than the increase in total households overall, said Rachel Massaro, Joint Venture vice president and senior research associate for the Institute." More

October 19, 2014 - (The Guardian) - Silicon Valley Tries Egg-Freezing Perks. How About Just Hiring More Women?: "They could address the question of unequal pay: men with graduate or professional degrees earn 73% more than do women with the same qualifications, according to a study by Joint Venture Silicon Valley." More.

September 25, 2014 - (Palo Alto Online) - Report: Silicon Valley Income Gap Continues to Widen: "Silicon Valley incomes have increased for the second straight year after a three-year downward trend, according to a report released by Joint Venture Silicon Valley Institute for Regional Studies, a nonprofit think tank, on Wednesday." More

September 25, 2014 - (Silicon Beat) - The Rich Get Richer in Silicon Valley: "According to a new analysis of census data by Joint Venture Silicon Valley Institute for Regional Studies, the income gap continues to widen, as valley households earning $150,000 a year or more mushroomed by 25,000 between 2012 and 2013, the latest figures available." More.

October 6, 2014 - (Silicon Valley Business Journal) - 5 Ways Silicon Valley's Middle Class Could be Saved: "But the hitch in that progression that has grown more obvious in Silicon Valley during the region's current tech boom is the middle class, which contracted 3 percent from 2012 to 2013 alone, according to think tank Joint Venture Silicon Valley. More