State of the Valley
What is the State of the Valley Conference?
State of the Valley is Silicon Valley’s annual "town meeting” – a tradition at least as old as our nation’s founding, when concerned citizens met on the village green to mobilize for the challenges ahead. In that same spirit, Joint Venture’s town meeting convenes the entire region – concerned citizens and stakeholders, thought leaders and opinion makers, journalists, our elected representatives, educators and academics, business executives, labor and workforce leaders – for dialogue and discussion about the Valley’s challenges and opportunities.
But more than merely commentary, State of the Valley also features music and dance from the region's arts groups, high school bands, and elementary school choirs. There are also booths and exhibits on the concourses showing off entrepreneurs, established corporations, and non-profits who are working in Joint Venture's project areas. The event is a celebration of our region–who we are and who we're becoming.
Who attends State of the Valley? Everybody! In years past, more than 1,500 people have participated. They include senior business executives; federal, state and locally elected officials and their senior staff; heads of organizations, labor leaders, venture capitalists, journalists (print, television and electronic media), academics, and a host of other community members.
2016 State of the Valley
More than 1,200 people packed the San Jose McEnery Convention Center February 12, 2016 for Joint Venture’s annual State of the Valley conference, where they heard an update on the region’s economy, keynote remarks by former House Speaker Newt Gingrich and former Rep. George Miller, former HUD Secretary Henry Cisneros, United States Patent and Trademark Office Director Michelle Lee and NAUTO co-founder and Stanford professor Stefan Heck of the Precourt Center for Energy Efficiency. The audience also heard a lively debate by a distinguished panel of auto industry executives and environmental experts arguing the future of the combustion engine. The Packard Award went to Code for America founder Jennifer Pahlka, an exhibition hall showcased a dozen nonprofit organizations and local school bands provided musical entertainment.
What is the Silicon Valley Index?
To inform the discussion, our principal analytical tool is the Silicon Valley Index, a nationally recogized publication that has been telling the Silicon Valley story since 1995. The indicators measure the strength of our economy and the health of our community, highlighting challenges and providing a data-rich foundation for decision making.