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ECONOMIC DEVELOPMENT ALLIANCE

What are we doing?

Throughout San Mateo, Santa Clara, Santa Cruz, and southern Alameda Counties, there are economic development professionals who share a vision that growth in our key business clusters benefits us all. The Silicon Valley Economic Development Alliance (EDA) is comprised of cities and counties focused on achieving individual and regional economic development goals while maximizing scarce resources. They are committed to addressing business needs, whether through local government policy and streamlined permitting processes, or linking businesses to local and regional resources that add value to company innovation and growth.

Why are we doing it?

Our goal is to provide a “one-stop concierge" service for businesses and organizations to connect with economic development professionals in Silicon Valley through our website, SiliconValleyOnline.org. The site is rich with information and resources, including:

Leadership and members

      Silicon Valley EDA is chaired by Terrence Grindall, Community Development Director for the City of Newark. Twenty cities and counties are members of the Silicon Valley EDA, along with participation from neighboring jurisdictions and support organizations - download a roster here (updated 10/23/13).

      What are the latest developments?

      The marketing team wrote and executed on a strategic plan that emphasizes participation in organizations that advance the strategic interests of the EDA and its members. We have teamed with organizations such as:

      The EDA hosts a Broker Breakfast series to brief the commercial real estate community on development activities in our member jurisdictions. The 2012-13 round has included:

      • West Valley - Cupertino, Los Altos, Los Gatos, and the County of Santa Clara - April 5, 2012, Cupertino Community Hall
      • San Jose/Santa Clara - June 26, 2012, Club Auto Sport
      • Dumbarton Corridor - Fremont, Newark, East Palo Alto, and Menlo Park - January 17, 2013, Arrillaga Center in Menlo Park
      • Downtown-themed Breakfast - Los Altos, Los Gatos, Menlo Park, Mountain View, Palo Alto, and San Jose - June 27, 2013, Garden Court Hotel in Palo Alto
      • Major Development Opportunities Breakfast - Cupertino, East Palo Alto, Foster City, Fremont, Morgan Hill, Mountain View, Newark, Redwood City, San Carlos, San Jose, Santa Clara County, and Union City - October 23, Turf Club at the Santa Clara County Fairgrounds

      What are the next steps?

      • More Breakfasts will be held in the winter
      • Planning additional industry partnership events with major Silicon Valley clusters in 2013-14
      • Ongoing promotion of our region as a great place to grow a company
      • Offering our members as resources to the business community through the website and other direct exchanges with key business sectors

      Where do I find out more?

      Contact Kara Gross, Silicon Valley EDA Executive Director, at This e-mail address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it or 408.204.1464


      The Silicon Valley EDA is a regional partnership of economic development professionals who bring together public and private resources to ensure the success of businesses in Silicon Valley.

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      Click the map to learn about our member cities.

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      To contact the Silicon Valley Economic Development Alliance, contact Kara Gross, SVEDA Executive Director, gross@jointventure.org

      SiliconValleyOnline.org is everything you ever wanted to know about the Valley - and it's only one click away! Here you will learn about our major industry clusters and the business resources available to you, as well as link to our cities and counties.

      Download our brochure Silicon Valley EDA: Your Doorway to Silicon Valley (PDF, 2.75MB) to learn about Silicon Valley and what our members can do to help you start and grow a business here.