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  • JV Board Names Co-Chair, Adds 2 Members

    Bochner succeeds DiGiorgio, Marc Compton and Josué García elected

    3 new board members photo

    July 14, 2014 – The Joint Venture Silicon Valley board of directors today appointed attorney Steven Bochner as its new co-chair and elected two new members, Marc Compton of Bank of America/U.S. Trust and Josué García of the Santa Clara and San Benito County Building and Construction Trades Council.

    Read the news release.

  • Workforce Study Points to Future for San Mateo County

    Jobs Report Compiled by Silicon Valley Institute for Regional Studies

    SAMCEDA report coverJuly 14, 2014 - San Mateo County faces significant challenges and opportunities to train workers and fill jobs created by economic growth and baby boomer retirements in the years ahead, according to a comprehensive new study on Peninsula workforce trends issued by the Silicon Valley Institute for Regional Studies, an arm of Joint Venture. 

    Commissioned by the San Mateo County Economic Development Association (SAMCEDA), the report presents extensive data and offers strategies for county leaders, private industry, community colleges and workforce boards to prepare students and workers to succeed in the workforce and to help employers find skilled workers.

    Read the study.

  • Joint Venture seeking new executive vice president

    EVP will develop new programs, oversee operations

    JVSV logoJuly 14, 2014 - Joint Venture is conducting an extensive search for an executive vice president to become Joint Venture’s second in command.

    The EVP will develop new programs and initiatives where Joint Venture is not currently active, oversee our administrative staff and most operations, produce a variety of events, and work in close partnership with the CEO to plot the strategic direction of the organization.

    Read the job description.

  • Monthly Investors Council Spotlight
    EnerVault logoNVIDIA logo  Adobe Logo

    June 30, 2014 - Joint Venture's Investors Council welcomes EnerVault, Nvidia and Adobe, 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

    Terrence Grindall, City of Newark and chair, Silicon Valley EDA

    Terrance with his daughter. July 1, 2014 - A bowling ball-sized chunk of crystallized salt perches like a giant piece of rock candy on a corner of Terrence Grindall’s desk in his office at Newark City Hall, a memento from one of the city’s oldest and best known companies, Cargill. Fifty years ago, the company then known as Leslie Salt was Newark’s largest private employer and the largest landowner in the Bay Area, with 26,000 acres of salt ponds producing one million tons of salt annually.

    But things have changed, says Grindall, Newark’s assistant city manager and community development director and outgoing chair of the Silicon Valley Economic Development Alliance, an arm of Joint Venture.

    Read Terrence’s profile.

  • This Month on "Inside Silicon Valley"

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

    Inside Silicon Valley logoJuly 1, 2014 - Thomas Jefferson’s view of our country on its 238th birthday, how technology is improving our commuting by transit, executive trends and a broadcast legend are among this month’s 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:

    July 4 & 6: Thomas Jefferson, as portrayed by historian Clay Jenkinson
    July 11 & 13: Balaji Prabhakar, CEO, Urban Engines
    July 18 & 20: Mark Thompson, Author, Speaker, Coach, Investor
    July 25 & 27: Bob Kieve, President, Empire Broadcasting

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

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 www.siliconvalleyindex.org.

Top Downloads

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.

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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In The News

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.

June 4, 2014 - (San Jose Mercury News) - Energy Storage: The Hot New Thing in Silicon Valley: "'Tesla is driving as fast as we can into this space,' Straubel said during a keynote address at the recent Energy Storage Symposium sponsored by Joint Venture Silicon Valley. 'I see us more as an energy innovation company at our core than even a car company.'" More.

June 4, 2014 - (Think Progress) - The Fight Over Silicon Valley’s Congressional Seat Is All About Money: "'These are the hard facts: our income gains are limited to those with ultra high-end skills,' Joint Venture Silicon Valley, which publishes the Silicon Valley Index each year, warns.” More.

June 3, 2014 - (Silicon Valley Business Journal) - Silicon Valley's "Grand Boulevard" Plan Stunted by Regional Conflicts: "The Grand Boulevard Initiative, an effort that aims to revitalize El Camino Real as it stretches through San Mateo and Santa Clara Counties, evokes lofty imagery of transforming the thoroughfare into a greater cultural and commercial artery — but it may be a little too lofty for some people's tastes." More.

June 3, 2014 - (Palo Alto Online) - Plan to Widen El Camino Sidewalks Falters: "The goal of these changes was to encourage a more pedestrian-friendly environment on the car-heavy, north-south thoroughfare and to further the goal of the regional Grand Boulevard Initiative, which aims to create vibrant "nodes" of pedestrian activity along El Camino." More.

June 2, 2014 - (Examiner.com) - Leading the Way for Climate Action Initiatives in Silicon Valley: "As a Joint Venture Silicon Valley SEEDZ Senior Program Adviser, I’d to describe the climate action programs that Joint Venture Silicon Valley (JVSV) has established in the past few years." More.

May 30, 2014 - (Autoblog Green) - For Tesla, the Energy-Storage Company, the Magic is in Batteries. "JB Straubel, who was a keynote speaker at the Joint Venture Silicon Valley symposium near the automaker's Northern California home base recently, says the company is just as much an energy-storage company as a car maker." More.

May 29, 2014 - (Bloomberg/BusinessWeek) - Google Steps Up Efforts for More Racial Diversity: "Russell Hancock, president of Joint Venture Silicon Valley, an organization focused on the local economy and quality of life, said one problem is that the sector moves swiftly." More.

May 26, 2014 - (Examiner.com) - Energy Storage Research and Development in Silicon Valley: "At the Silicon Valley/SEEDZ Energy Storage Symposium in Mountain View, CA, Craig Horne, Chief Strategy Officer and Co-Founder at EnerVault Corp. gave an historical overview of battery development in the San Francisco Bay Area." More.  

May 23, 2014 - (Greentech Media) - Tesla CTO on Energy Storage: ‘We Should All Be Thinking Bigger’: "Tesla CTO JB Straubel was the keynote speaker at the annual energy storage symposium put on by Joint Venture Silicon Valley this week." More.