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  • Joint Venture taps Larry Carr as Executive Vice President

    Morgan Hill City Councilman and public affairs official named to new position

    Larry Carr headshotAugust 20, 2014 – Joint Venture Silicon Valley today announced the appointment of veteran elected official and public affairs executive Larry Carr to the newly created position of executive vice president.

    Carr, a member of the Morgan Hill City Council since 2000 and former public affairs official for San Jose State University and Stanford Hospital and Clinics, becomes second-in-command to Joint Venture CEO Russell Hancock, supervising the day-to-day operations and management of the organization.

    Read the complete news release.

  • Energy Storage North America Sept. 30

    Joint Venture supports ESNA's "Marketplace for Energy Storage" conference

    Energy Storage North America logo August 19, 2014 - Joint Venture is pleased to be a supporting organization for the Energy Storage North America Conference coming to the San Jose Convention Center Sept. 30 - Oct. 2, where leaders at the forefront of energy storage deployment and planning will discuss the convergence of transportation, distributed, and utility-scale applications.

    Don't miss the Customer-Sited Energy Storage Track, co-chaired by Joint Venture's Vice President, Rachel Massaro. Friends of Joint Venture are eligible to register using the code JVSVESNA for 10% off the regular rate. 

    More information and registration. 

  • Monthly Investors Council Spotlight
    EnerVault logoNVIDIA logo  Adobe Logo

    July 29, 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

    Jeffrey Hamel, EPRI and Joint Venture board member

    Jeff with his wife and kids August 1, 2014 - If Jeff Hamel has his way, the new 48-station electric vehicle charging center going into the Tasman Parking Garage next door to the new Levi’s Stadium will add one more plug.

    “We’re working on a way to get that 49th station,” says Hamel, an executive with the Electric Power Research Institute in Palo Alto and a Joint Venture board member.

    Read Jeff's profile.

  • This Month on "Inside Silicon Valley"

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

    Inside Silicon Valley logoAugust 1, 2014 - Two journalists’ views, arts in Silicon Valley, online marketing trends, the Internet of Things and Santa Clara County government 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:

    August 1 & 3: Chris O'Brien, Silicon Valley correspondent, Los Angeles Times
    August 8 & 10: Cathy Kimball, Exec. Director, San Jose Institute for Contemporary Art
    August 15 & 17: Troy Wolverton, Personal Technology writer, San Jose Mercury News
    August 22 & 24: Eric Openshaw, Vice Chairman, Deloitte
    August 29 & 31: Ken Yeager, Santa Clara County Supervisor

    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.

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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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In The News

August 13, 2014 - (USA Today) - High-tech Service Workers are a Growing Underclass: "Russell Hancock, CEO of Joint Venture Silicon Valley, says the region is becoming 'a valley of haves and have-nots. We have never seen a bigger income gap, and it's only growing,' he said." More.

August 11, 2014 - (San Jose Mercury News) - Santa Clara County Has Highest Median Household Income in Nation, but Wealth Gap Widens: "'All of a sudden people turn around and realize we don't have a middle class anymore,' said Russell Hancock, president of Joint Venture Silicon Valley. More

July 31, 2014 - (Palo Alto Online) - Palo Alto's Rule Changes for new El Camino Buildings Met with Skepticism: "Commissioner Michael Alcheck, meanwhile, vehemently opposed Keller's idea and defended both the Grand Boulevard Initiative and the build-to line requirement." More.

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.