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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.
Silicon Valley Index - 2014
The 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
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)
Joint 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.
In The News
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.