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.
2014 State of the Valley
2014 State of the Valley recap video by PRx Digital.
Nearly 1300 people packed the 2014 conference on Feb. 7 at the Santa Clara Convention Center, where they heard keynote remarks from Lt. Gov. Gavin Newsom, Khan Academy founder Salman Khan and demographer Manuel Pastor, as well as a venture capital panel with Ray Rothrock, Sue Siegel and Chris DiGiorgio, and TED-style talks by entrepreneurs Chris Kelly, Divya Nag and Michael Santos. The day began with an update on the region’s economy and also featured the Packard Award presentation to Salman Khan, an exhibitors hall and entertainment by local youth groups.
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.