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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.

Joint Venture joins call for expanding California climate program

yellow and grey Clean Energy CA logoAugust 24, 2016 - Joint Venture has joined nearly 200 California organizations, including business leaders, environmenal, equity, labor, faith, health and consumer groups, calling on Governor Brown and the Legislature to expand the state's clean energy program.

The organizations are listed in a full-page ad in the Sacramento Bee from Clean Energy California that encourages Californians to contact lawmakers to show support for continued leadership on climate change and clean energy.

Learn more about Clean Energy California.

Kara Gross appointed to Santa Clara County hazard committee

Kara Gross headshotAugust 16, 2016 - Santa Clara County has appointed Kara Gross, executive director of the Silicon Valley EDA and director of Joint Venture's public sector climate initiatives, to the county's 2016-2017 Hazard Mitigation Plan Steering Committee. Gross will work with county and municipal officials, emergency services representatives and utility agency leaders on the committee.

The hazard mitigation plan identifies hazards facing a community or region, assesses  vulnerability to the hazards and identifies specific actions that can be taken to reduce the risk from the hazards.

New Institute Report on how state regulations impact Silicon Valley job growth

blue and orange report coverJuly 18, 2016 - Joint Venture's Silicon Valley Institute for Regional Studies has issued a new report on the way state regulations of business activities affects job growth in Silicon Valley. 

The report, commissioned by the City of San Jose and authored by economist Jon Haveman, found "some evidence" that Silicon Valley is losing employment relative to other locations in California due to state regulations, but saw no discernible influence on job creation in the vast majority of industries in Silicon Valley.

Download the report.

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

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.

June 20, 2016 - (San Jose Mercury News) - California's Skyrocketing Housing Costs, Taxes Prompt Exodus of Residents: "'A lot of middle-class jobs have vaporized,' said Russell Hancock, president of San Jose-based Joint Venture Silicon Valley." More

June 1, 2016 - (South Pasadena Review) - Linda Hess, Founder of Urban Harvester, Woman of the Year: "Linda and Urban Harvester found themselves partnering up with Joint Venture Silicon Valley in 2015 for an initiative to look into the current efforts in addressing the growing hunger and poverty issues happening throughout the Silicon Valley." More.

May 19, 2016 - (Mountain View Voice) - Upsetting Sacred Cows to Solve Housing Crisis?: "Just last year, the South Bay added 64,000 new jobs, but only 5,000 new housing units, according to Joint Venture Silicon Valley, a regional think tank." More.

May 18, 2016 - (10News Tampa Bay) - New Technology Could Bring Driverless 18-Wheelers: "'Some trucking accidents happen because the drivers fall asleep. So that's not going to be a problem anymore,' said Steve Raney with Joint Venture Silicon Valley." More

May 17, 2016 - (Silicon Valley Business Journal) - Granny Units Coming to a Neighborhood Near You?: "The bill has received endorsements from the Bay Area Council, California Chamber of Commerce, Joint Venture Silicon Valley, Bridge Housing and Facebook." More.