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2015 State of the Valley
2015 State of the Valley recap video by PRx Digital.
More than 1,200 people packed the 2015 State of the Valley conference on Feb. 4 at the Santa Clara Convention Center, where they heard keynote remarks from Stanford University President John Hennessy, Time assistant managing editor Rana Foroohar, author and political theorist Benjamin Barber, and Technology Partners general partner Ira Ehrenpreis, as well as a panel discussion with Sam de Brouwer, Veronica Juarez, Jitendra Kavathekar, Matt Mahan (moderator), Jeff Modisett, and Ben Nelson. The day began with an update on the region’s economy and also featured the Packard Award presentation to Chris DiGiorgio and Chuck Reed, an exhibitors hall, and entertainment by local youth groups.
Silicon Valley Index - 2015
Learn more about the Silicon Valley Index online at www.siliconvalleyindicators.org.
Trends Affecting Workforce Development
This 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
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).
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
Feb. 22, 2015 - (KQED News) - Working Class Struggles in Silicon Valley: "'Thirty percent of our population is living below the self-sufficiency standard,' says Joint Venture Vice President Rachel Massaro. 'That means they can’t survive without public or informal private assistance.'” More.
Feb. 21, 2015 - (Wall Street Journal) - Facebook Shuttle Drivers Vote to Ratify New Teamsters Contract: "A report this month from think tank Joint Venture Silicon Valley found that the median annual income for high-skilled workers in the region is about $119,000, while the median income for low-skilled workers is about $27,000." More.
Feb. 18, 2015 - (Huffington Post) - How Silicon Valley Billionaires are Creating a New Economic Order: "'It’s as if the economy has lost its spine,' the chief executive of Joint Venture Silicon Valley, Russell Hancock, wrote recently, 'and this has important implications for the kind of community we become.'" More.
Feb. 16, 2015 - (Palo Alto Online) - Jay Thorwaldson Guest Column: Silicon Valley Hot and Getting Hotter, Yet with Huge Inequities: "But this time it's no bubble, Russell Hancock, president and CEO of the Joint Venture Silicon Valley, emphasized in introductory comments at a Feb. 4 'State of the Valley' conference in Santa Clara. More.
Feb. 12, 2015 - (Santa Cruz Sentinel) - Cupertino Bets Big on Apple Spaceship Campus: "By comparison, the median salary in the valley was $90,415 that year, according to Joint Venture Silicon Valley." More.
Feb. 9 2015 - (Yahoo! Finance) - Silicon Valley Tech Economy Booming: "The annual Silicon Valley Index, released by Joint Venture Silicon Valley, representing businesses, government and the broader community, also shows record venture capital investment in technology." More.
Feb. 8, 2015 - (San Jose Mercury News) - Michelle Quinn: Is Silicon Valley's Growing Gender Wage Gap a Boomtime Byproduct?: "But I was surprised to see, tucked in the data-rich report card produced by Joint Venture Silicon Valley on the region's economic health, the finding that in Silicon Valley, men with university degrees are earning much more than women." More.
Feb. 8, 2015 - (Tech Crunch) - Startups, a Rich Man's Game: "Joint Venture Silicon Valley, a non-profit regional forum, released its annual Silicon Valley Index, with dozens of tables and charts analyzing the region’s demographics and employment. More.
Feb. 7, 2015 - (San Jose Mercury News) - Scott Herold: Damn Lies and Statistics: "Where do you get decent numbers? Start with the Silicon Valley Index just put out by Joint Venture Silicon Valley. While its numbers come in the aggregate -- it defines Silicon Valley as San Mateo, Santa Clara and southern Alameda counties -- it offers fascinating snippets. More.
Feb. 6, 2015 - (Peninsula Press) - John Hennessy Calls for Universal Preschool, Education Reform: "In a fireside chat keynote at Joint Venture Silicon Valley’s State of the Valley conference Wednesday, Stanford President John Hennessy discussed issues surrounding education reform in Silicon Valley and the broader country." More.