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  • 2014: The Year of the Battery

    Joint Venture supports Cleantech Open event in Fremont April 23

    grey battery blue backgroundApril 21, 2014 - Energy storage industry professionals are invited to "2014: The Year of the Battery - Taking Batteries from Bottleneck to Breakthrough," a dinner event on April 23 co-hosted by the City of Fremont and WorkSpace Fremont and supported by Joint Venture. Speakers will provide overviews of the technical and market fundamentals of battery technology and California's energy storage landscape.

    The event at WorkSpace Fremont from 5:30 to 8:30 p.m. also includes an update on the Cleantech Open 2014 accelerator program and a battery storage panel discussion on the timing and impact of manufacturing innovations, advanced chemistries, grid responsiveness and creative financing.

    Tickets are $30 until April 21, $40 at the door. Get more information and register here.

  • Energy Storage Symposium May 21

    Tesla CTO to speak at 5th annual conference 

    JB StraubelApril 21, 2014 - Tesla CTO JB Straubel will be the keynote speaker at Joint Venture's 5th Annual Silicon Valley/SEEDZ Energy Storage Symposium for cleantech stakeholders scheduled for Wednesday, May 21 at Microsoft in Mountain View. 

    The symposium engages key stakeholders in the energy storage marketplace around the latest developments, challenges and opportunities for customer-side energy storage, and how Silicon Valley is advancing innovation and uptake in this critical emerging market.

    See the complete agenda and register here. 

  • World Energy Innovation Forum May 14-15

    Key leaders in energy innovation to gather at Tesla Motors

    World Energy Innovation Forum logoApril 21, 2014 - Tesla Motors CEO Elon Musk, U.S. Energy Secretary Steven Chu and former U.S. Secretary of State George Schultz are among the keynote speakers at Tesla Motors in Fremont for the World Energy Innovation Forum May 14-15, which Joint Venture supports as a partner.

    The forum will host the leading investors, entrepreneurs, corporate leaders, policymakers and other prominent members of the energy innovation ecosystem for two days of conversation, dialogue, and networking. A registration discount is available through Joint Venture by contacting Rachel Massaro at (408) 298-9330.

    Complete information about the Forum.

  • "Charged and Connected"

    Joint Venture a sponsor of April 24 EV Symposium

    green and grey electric vehicle icon April 21, 2014 - Joint Venture is a sponsor of “Charged & Connected: Electric Vehicle & Connected Car Symposium,” presented by the Silicon Valley Leadership Group and hosted by SAP Labs in Palo Alto April 24.

    The conference will focus on policy and implementation for electric vehicles and related technologies. Attendees will learn about key concepts for consumers, employers (workplace charging), public and private fleet managers, policymakers and regulators, commercial and residential landlords and developers, building officials and public works directors, and EV manufacturers and service providers. The event is from 8 a.m. to 7 p.m. at SAP Labs in Palo Alto.

    Register here.

  • Acterra Award for Climate Prosperity

    Acterra Business Environmental Awards honor Joint Venture initiative

    acterra bea winner logoApril 21, 2014 - Joint Venture’s Climate Prosperity Initiative has received a 2014 Acterra Business Environmental Award. Joint Venture launched the program in 2009 to focus on four areas based on the California Global Warming Solutions Act and the opportunity to leverage local resources: renewable energy, building efficiency, clean and convenient transportation, and green infrastructure.

    Acterra singled out Climate Prosperity in the Large Project section of the Environmental Project category. In all, nine awards were presented in four categories: Sustainability, Environmental Innovation, Environmental Project and Sustainable Built Environment. All the recipients will be honored at the 2014 Business Environmental Awards Reception Wednesday, May 28 at Intuit Corporation in Mountain View.

    See all the award recipients.

  • This Month on "Inside Silicon Valley"

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

    Inside Silicon Valley logoApril 1, 2014 - The San Jose mayor’s race and Google’s Civic Innovation program are the April topics 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:

    April 4 & 6: Pierluigi Oliverio, San Jose City Council member and mayoral candidate
    April 11 & 13: Sam Liccardo, San Jose City Council member and mayoral candidate
    April 18 & 20: Minnie Ingersoll and Scott Schwaitzberg, Google Civic Innovation
    April 25 & 27: Rose Herrera, San Jose City Council member and mayoral candidate

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

  • Joint Venture Events Calendar

    Our Master Calendar lists all regular meetings of task forces, initiative teams and community events.

    Access our calendar for all upcoming events.

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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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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.

2013 Grand Boulevard Progress Report

2013 Grand Boulevard Progress Report cover The 2013 Grand Boulevard Initiative Progress Report showcases the success of the member organizations towards achieving the Grand Boulevard Vision. The document summarizes Grand Boulevard studies and highlights exceptional projects and plans in each Corridor jurisdiction. A foldout insert to the document contains an infographic that tells the story of the history, present, and future of the El Camino Real Corridor.

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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April 9, 2014 - (Palo Alto Online) - Plan to Widen El Camino Sidewalks Suffers Setback: "The ordinance drafted by staff would increase the sidewalk requirement on El Camino Real from the current level to 12 feet, though it would fall short of the 18 feet envisioned in the regional Grand Boulevard Initiative." More.

April 7, 2014 - (Mother Jones) - Diss Google Buses All You Want: They're Still Pretty Green: "A net 33,000 people moved to the area in 2013, according to a study by the economic-analysis firm Joint Venture Silicon Valley." More.

April 2, 2014 - (San Jose Mercury News) - Middlebrook Gardens Named a Conservation Award Winner: "The award was one of eight given this year by the 13-member Silicon Valley Water Conservation Coalition, which has been recognizing water conservation efforts with awards since 2009." More.

April 2, 2014 - (Palo Alto Online) - Plat to Widen Sidewalks Meets Resistance on El Camino Real: "The council members pointed to the Grand Boulevard Initiative, a regional effort that calls for a minimum sidewalk width of 18 feet, significantly larger than the city's existing 12-foot standard." More.

March 29, 2014 - (Chicago Daily Herald) - Silicon Valley Boom Eludes Many, Drives Income Gap: "...Silicon Valley’s success has made it a less hospitable place for many, said Russell Hancock, president of Joint Venture Silicon Valley, an organization focused on the local economy and quality of life." More.

March 26, 2014 - (Silicon Valley Business Journal) - 'Silicon Valley Planners, Architects List Top Challenges: "Michael Garvey, a Bay Area political consultant currently focused on efforts to redevelop El Camino Real as part of a multi-city Grand Boulevard Initiative, said forward-thinking urban planning efforts are often strained by a 'well-educated — but not fully informed — active citizenry.'" More.

March 12, 2014 - (Remapping Debate) - This Valley is Their Valley: "Russell Hancock pointed out the window of his downtown office at a complex of three corporate towers, shining white and hive-like in the dry sun of the valley. 'That’s Adobe’s world headquarters, right there,' he said. 'And yet it’s a cocoon. You don’t see people coming in and out of that building.'” More

March 8, 2014 - (San Francisco Chronicle) - Brown's Deal with Israel Good for California, and Vice Versa: "'It seems like we've become a mandatory stop for state visitors, a second U.S. capital," said Russell Hancock, president and CEO of Joint Venture Silicon Valley." More.

March 6, 2014 - (Israel Hayom) - Netanyahu Signs Business Pact with California Governor: "'Israel is particularly strong in cyber-security, which makes sense given their strong military orientation, use of unmanned air vehicles, and their national security vulnerabilities,' (Russell Hancock) said. '...it's natural for there to be some convergence between us.'" More

March 6, 2014 - (Associated Press) - Silicon Valley Boom Eludes Many, Drives Income Gap: "Silicon Valley's success has made it a less hospitable place for many, said Russell Hancock, president of Joint Venture Silicon Valley, an organization focused on the local economy and quality of life. More.