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  • South Silicon Valley Broker Breakfast Sept. 3

    sveda logo in yellow and navy blueAugust 18, 2015 - Joint Venture's Silicon Valley EDA presents a South Silicon Valley Broker Breakfast in Morgan Hill on September 3 to update brokers and others on real estate and investment opportunities in the region.

    Economic development officials from Morgan Hill, Gilroy, San Jose and Santa Clara County will speak at the event. The breakfast is at the Morgan Hill Community and Cultural Center from 7:30 a.m. to 9 a.m. Admission is free with registration.

    More info and registration. 

  • Meet Nuria Fernandez, General Manager, Valley Transportation Authority and Joint Venture board member

    headshot of Nuria August 27, 2015 - Nuria Fernandez heads up VTA, the transit authority for Santa Clara County, serving 346 square miles and 43.1 million trips a year (10 million by light rail, 33 million by bus.) VTA has 2100 employees and it operates, maintains, schedules and provides security for 70 bus routes and 3 light rail lines 20 hours a day with a fleet of 450 buses and 99 light rail cars.

    We recently caught up with Fernandez for a conversation about her very busy role, her connection with Joint Venture and her background.

    Read Nuria's profile.

  • Bay Area income inequality gap event Oct. 6

    grey and white cover September 1, 2015 – Joint Venture’s Institute for Regional Studies and De Anza College are joining together to present a report and panel discussion on the widening income inequality gap in the Bay Area Tuesday, Oct. 6. Watch for more details soon. 

    Economist Jon Haveman, author of a new brief on the topic from Joint Venture’s Silicon Valley Institute of Regional Studies, will present his findings, followed by questions and a panel. The brief, “Income Inequality in the San Francisco Bay Area,” found that average incomes among the highest-earning Bay Area households are $149,000 higher than they are nationwide ($489,000 here compared to $340,000 in the U.S.).

    Read the news release. | Download the brief.

  • 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.

  • 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 www.siliconvalleyindicators.org?

    The site is maintained and constantly updated by the Joint Venture 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 2015 Silicon Valley Index.

  • This Month on "Inside Silicon Valley"

    Inside Silicon Valley logoSeptember 1, 2015 - Robotic moon exploration and three Stanford University experts, two on energy and one on public policy, 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:
    Sept. 4 & 6: Bob Richard, Co-founder and CEO, Moon Express 
    Sept. 11 & 13: Stefan Heck, Consulting professor, Stanford Precourt Institute for Energy
    Sept. 18 & 20: James Sweeney, Executive Director, Stanford Precourt Institute for Energy
    Sept. 25 & 27: Joe Nation, Professor, Stanford Institute for Public Policy Research 

Top Videos

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.

Briefing on the 2015 Silicon Valley Index

The 2015 Silicon Valley Index revealed that 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. At the same time, the wave of prosperity continues to widen the middle-income gap and strain the region’s ability to accommodate its ever-rising housing costs, commuter rates, traffic and transit ridership.

The comprehensive yearly analysis of the economic strength and overall health of Silicon Valley showed the region with nearly 58,000 new jobs – the highest growth rate since 2000 – 42,000 new residents, average annual earnings of $116,000, venture capital investments higher than any other year since 2000, 17,000 new patent registrations and more than 16 million square feet of new commercial building space approved.

Here is Joint Venture President and CEO Russell Hancock’s report on the 2015 Index to the annual State of the Valley conference Feb. 4, 2015.

Learn more about the Silicon Valley Index online at www.siliconvalleyindicators.org.

Top Downloads

Income Inequality Brief, June 2015

Income Inequality brief cover This research brief examines data on Bay Area income inequality and how it varies within the region, including comparisons to the state and nation as a whole.

Learn more about the Income Inequality Brief, view interactive charts, and download the underlying chart data on the indicators website.




Population Brief, May 2015

population brief cover This research brief examines Silicon Valley’s population dynamics, including overall population growth, growth by city and county, birth and death rates, and the changing population composition in terms of age and gender. It also examines recent California Department of Finance (DOF) population and K-12 enrollment projections through 2023.

Learn more about the Population Brief, view interactive charts, and download the underlying chart data on the indicators website.

Poverty Brief, March 2015

poverty brief cover This research brief examines aspects of poverty in the San Francisco Bay Area, its regional distribution and areas of intense concentration, as well as the demographics of the impoverished population.

Learn more about the Poverty Brief, view interactive charts, and download the underlying chart data on the indicators website.




Silicon Valley Index - 2015

2015 Silicon Valley Index yellow cover The 2015 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 www.siliconvalleyindicators.org.





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In The News

August 28, 2015 - (San Jose Mercury News) - Pentagon Investment Hopes to Spur Tech Innovation in Silicon Valley: "The institute and the investment behind it could not only spur the growth of a new industry and lead to new jobs, but it could have a 'ripple effect' on the valley's economy, said Russell Hancock, president and CEO of Joint Venture Silicon Valley." More.

August 25, 2015 - (Silicon Valley Business Journal) - Palo Alto City Council Bumps Minimum Wage to $11, Plans to Reach $15 by 2018: "The median income for skilled tech workers in Silicon Valley tops $118,700, while low-skill workers' wages hover around $27,000, according to a recent report from Joint Venture Silicon Valley. More.

August 19, 2015 - (Silicon Valley Business Journal) - Palo Alto Takes Important Step Toward Preserving Buena Vista Mobile Home Park: "Low-skill workers' wages hover around $27,000 annually, according to a recent report from Joint Venture Silicon Valley." More. 

August 18, 2015 - (KTVU-TV) - Housing Crisis: "The Bay Area is in the midst of a tech-fueled economic boom." Video.

August 5, 2015 - (ABC7) - Netflix, Microsoft Giving New Parents One Year of Paid Leave: "'A lot of our tech companies are known for their very young workforce,' Joint Venture Silicon Valley's Rachel Massaro said." Video.

August 4, 2015 - (USA Today) - San Francisco Joins the Nation's Industry Towns: "The difference between high- and low-income Bay Area households in 2013 was $263,000, compared with a $178,000 difference nationwide, according to the Silicon Valley Institute for Regional Studies last week." More.

August 1, 2015 - (Wall Street Journal) - Tech Shuttle Drivers Unanimously Approve Teamsters Contract: "The median income for high-skilled workers in the region is $118,651, while the median wages for low-skilled workers is $28,847, according to a February report from the think tank Joint Venture Silicon Valley." More

July 30, 2015 - (NPR) - Silicon Valley Tech Giants Start to Raise Workers' Wages: "These corporations are used to pressure from shareholders to keep the profit margins high. Now – for the first time – they’re facing a new pressure from a labor movement speaking up for low-wage workers." Listen.

July 30, 2015 - (Palo Alto Online) - Income Inequality in Bay Area Exceeds National Levels: "The difference between high- and low-income Bay Area households in 2013 was $263,000, compared with a $178,000 difference nationwide, according to information released Wednesday by the Silicon Valley Institute for Regional Studies." More

July 30, 2015 - (Cal State East Bay Pioneer) - Keep Charity for the Bay: :The Bay Area’s homeless population is at peak rates similar to the Great Recession, according to the Silicon Valley Institute for Regional Studies." More

July 30, 2015 - (Wall Street Journal) - What Keeps Stripe's President Up at Night? Trying to Hire Staff: "Indeed, with startups regularly attracting significant funding and valuations soaring, U.S. think-tank Joint Venture Silicon Valley said in February that the area’s job growth rate was 4.1% — the highest it’s been since 2000." More

July 26, 2015 - (Marin Independent Journal) - Marin Activists Seek Support in Campaign Against Child Poverty: "According to a report issued by the Silicon Valley Institute for Regional Studies, more than 8 percent of Marin’s population, some 21,263 people, lived below the federal poverty level in 2013 and more than 10 percent of these, some 1,900, were children under 6 years old." More

July 25, 2015 - (New York Times) - Salesforce Makes Strides Toward Gender Equality in Silicon Valley: "In Silicon Valley the situation is even worse: Men earn up to 61 percent more than their female peers, according to Joint Venture Silicon Valley, a research group." More

July 21, 2015 - (Silicon Valley Business Journal) - Housing Crisis in Silicon Valley: "Low-skill workers are out of luck when it comes to renting a livable space: Their wages hover around $27,000, according to a recent report from Joint Venture Silicon Valley." More.

July 21, 2015 - (KQED) - Immigrants Help Lead a New Silicon Valley Labor Movement: "'They make this economy hum and their wages have been stagnant,' said Russell Hancock, president of Joint Venture Silicon Valley. “There’s been no growth in their wages over a period of decades.” More

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