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Joint Venture celebrates opening of Electric Vehicle Charging Center

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Joint Venture joined with Santa Clara leaders and electric vehicle (EV) industry officials April 20 to celebrate the opening of the Santa Clara Electric Vehicle Charging Center, the largest public multi-standard electric vehicle charging facility in California. Located at the Tasman Parking Garage near the Santa Clara Convention Center, Levi’s Stadium and the California Great America theme park, the center features 48 Level 2 chargers and one DC Fast Charger.

Joint Venture’s climate and sustainability initiatives played a key role in convening the partners for the project, including Santa Clara’s municipal electric utility Silicon Valley Power (SVP), Electric Power Research Institute (EPRI), ChargePoint and MJR Electric. Together they obtained a grant of $393,000 from the California Energy Commission to pay for the equipment and construction of the charging center.

Joint Venture Smart Energy Executive Director Don Bray and CEO Russell Hancock, Santa Clara mayor Lisa Gillmor and leaders from the local electric vehicle community took part in the event.

Read the news release.

Read the news coverage.

Institute Update: Peninsula job growth straining housing

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Joint Venture Silicon Valley’s Institute for Regional Studies has reported that five years of explosive job growth on the San Francisco Peninsula has dropped unemployment to 3.9 percent but created a critical housing shortage.

A new brief from the Institute shows that San Francisco, San Mateo and Santa Clara Counties added 350,000 jobs since 2010, bringing 220,000 new residents to the Peninsula, but rising rents and home prices have left a shortage of 40,000 to 65,000 housing units in the region.

Read the complete update.

Read the Mercury News coverage.

Joint Venture participates in Peninsula Progress Seminar

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Joint Venture participated in the recent Redwood City/San Mateo County Chamber of Commerce 47th Annual Progress Seminar that convenes leaders in business, government and community from across the Peninsula to discuss and strategize on regional issues and goals.

David Witkowski, Executive Director of Joint Venture’s Wireless Communications Initiative, took part on a panel entitled “Connecting Our Communities,” moderated by Lennies Gutierrez of Comcast and Warren Slocum, President of the San Mateo County Board of Supervisors.

More information about the seminar.

Yes on Measure AA June 7

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Joint Venture heartily endorses Measure AA, the San Francisco Bay Clean Water, Pollution Prevention and Habitat Restoration Program on the June 7 ballot in all nine Bay Area counties.

Measure AA creates a $12 annual parcel tax to fund a variety of shoreline protection and restoration measures. It is anticipated that 15,000 acres of wetlands can be restored with proceeds from the measure, which will also fund trails and similar multi-benefit improvements.

Learn more about Measure AA.

Read the news release.

Peninsula Broker Breakfast May 4

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The next Silicon Valley EDA Broker Breakfast will be held May 4 in San Mateo and will feature our Peninsula members presenting all the latest news on development activity in their cities, including Foster City, San Carlos, Menlo Park, Pacifica, Redwood City, South San Francisco and San Mateo.

The event, which includes continental breakfast and networking, is from 7:30 a.m. to 9 a.m. at the San Mateo Public Library, 55 West Third Avenue, San Mateo.

Register here.

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New choice for clean energy in Silicon Valley

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Joint Venture is working closely with a group of eleven cities and Santa Clara County to form and launch a new Community Choice Energy agency, the Silicon Valley Clean Energy Authority (SVCE). The Cities of Sunnyvale, Cupertino, Mountain View, Gilroy, Morgan Hill, Los Gatos, Monte Sereno, Saratoga, Campbell, Los Altos and Los Altos Hills, and the Santa Clara County Supervisors have now all officially voted to move forward.

Board members have been named from each participating agency, and will meet for the first time as an operating board April 13. The energy program will be developed and launched over the coming year.

SVCE’s goals are to bring cleaner, greener, competitively priced electricity to the area, and to advance local energy-related investments and solutions. Joint Venture’s role is focused on engagement of local commercial and industrial energy stakeholders, who represent nearly two-thirds of the electric load in the area.

Learn more about the Clean Energy Authority.

Learn more about SEEDZ.

Santa Clara County expands surplus food distribution effort

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The County of Santa Clara Recycling and Waste Reduction Division is launching a new initiative to reduce significant food waste and eradicate hunger in Silicon Valley. The County has designated Silicon Valley Talent Partnership (SVTP) and Joint Venture to lead this initiative as the Food Rescue Coordinator.

Joint Venture board co-chair and San Jose Mayor Sam Liccardo and Joint Venture CEO Russell Hancock spoke at the recent Silicon Valley Food Rescue Forum that kicked off the program.

The program, launched with a three-year seed funding of $280,000, will establish a Regional Food Rescue Working Group (RFRWG) and fund the initial creation of a strategic plan.

Read the news release.

Read the Mercury News coverage of the Food Rescue Forum.

Learn more about our Surplus Harvest Initiative.

 
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Joint Venture officials will participate in grand opening ceremonies for the new Santa Clara Electric Vehicle Charging Center in the Tasman Parking Garage across from Levi’s Stadium April 20.

The Joint Venture SEEDZ program played a key role in convening the partners for the project, including EPRI, Silicon Valley Power/City of Santa Clara and ChargePoint.

Santa Clara mayor Lisa Gillmor and leaders from the local electric vehicle community will also take part in the event, beginning at 10:30 a.m. The new center features 49 EV charging stations. The event is free with registration.

Register for the Grand Opening.

 
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The next Silicon Valley EDA Broker Breakfast will be held on May 4 in San Mateo and will feature our Peninsula members presenting all the latest news on development activity in their cities. Interested in attending, or learning more? Contact Kara Gross, .

Honors for Joint Venture CEO and office manager

Joint Venture CEO Russell Hancock and office manager and executive assistant Melinda Chacon were both honored recently for their community roles.

The Silicon Valley Business Journal included Hancock among its list of 57 “Silicon Valley Power Executives” for 2016.

Chacon (third from the left) was among five women honored by State Sen. Jim Beall for their contributions to Santa Clara County at the recent 2016 Women of the Year of Senate District 15 event.

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See the entire list of Power Executives.

Read the Mercury News article about Women of the Year.

April on “Inside Silicon Valley”

The strain on the Bay Area’s transportation infrastructure, local and national politics, a new Accenture report on trends in technology innovation and Google’s transportation system are the topics this month on Joint Venture’s weekly public affairs radio program, “Inside Silicon Valley.”

Scheduled guests are Stanford energy and transportation expert Stefan Heck in an encore presentation of his keynote from the State of the Valley conference (April 8 & 10), San Francisco Chronicle senior political writer Joe Garofoli (April 15 & 17), Accenture Managing Director Michael Biltz (April 22 & 24) and Google Transportation Manager Brendon Harrington (April 30 & May 1).

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Joint Venture CEO Russell Hancock hosts the hour-long program, which airs every Friday at 7 p.m. and again on Sunday at noon on 1590 KLIV.

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Insightful speakers, substantive dialogue address Silicon Valley opportunities, challenges

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More than 1,200 people -- business leaders, public officials, academics, labors leaders, and interested citizens -- packed the McEnery Convention Center February 12 for Joint Venture's annual State of the Valley conference.

In addition to an update on the region’s economy, the audience heard keynote presentations from former House Speaker Newt Gingrich and former Rep. George Miller, former HUD Secretary Henry Cisneros and United States Patent and Trademark Office Director Michelle Lee.

The crowd also heard from energy and transportation expert Stefan Heck both in a keynote and as part of a distinguished panel 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.

Joint Venture thanks its lead sponsor Bank of America, presentation sponsors Accenture, Applied Materials, Lucile Packard Children’s Hospital and Wells Fargo, and dozens of other supporting sponsors and organizations.

Watch a video recap of the event.

Read the Examiner.com coverage.

Gingrich, Miller trade views in lively conversation

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In a frank and substantive fireside chat-style conversation moderated by San Francisco Chronicle Editor in Chief Audrey Cooper, former House Speaker Gingrich and retired Bay Area Congressman Miller shared their views on the state of the presidential campaign, what the future portends for a break in Washington’s legislative gridlock and how Silicon Valley can play a role in our nation’s future.

Watch the video of their keynote conversation.

Cisneros offers solutions for the housing crunch

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In his keynote, Former Secretary of Housing and Urban Development Henry Cisneros urged Silicon Valley to look at its public lands, as well as underutilized commercial and retail space, to find new places for affordable housing. He also suggested creative ways of financing, such as investing portions of local public pension trust funds into affordable housing.

Watch video of his remarks.

Heck keynote foresees the future of transit and transportation

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In his morning keynote, Stefan Heck, co-founder of NAUTO and consulting professor with the Stanford Precourt Center for Energy Efficiency, made a case for moving from a car-centric community to a convergence of new mobility concepts focused on autonomous, connected electrified and shared to improved efficiency.

Watch his keynote video.

Read Viodi.com's coverage of his presentation.

Patent Chief Lee extols value of IP, regional patent office

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Patent office director Michelle Lee spoke of the importance of Silicon Valley’s new regional patent office to collect and guard the intellectual property being produced here.

Watch the video of her keynote.

Expert panel debates future of combustion engine

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Professor Heck also served on a panel with three other industry and transportation technology experts in an Oxford-style debate on whether the internal combustion engine has a future in Silicon Valley.

Organized by the Stanford Precourt Institute for Energy Efficiency, the panel included president and CEO of CALSTART John Boesel, senior adviser for BMW iVentures and managing director of Icebreaker Ventures Mark Platshon, and Toyota Motor Sales senior engineer Jackie Birdsall. Jeffrey Ball, Scholar in Residence at the Steyer-Taylor Center for Energy Policy & Finance at Stanford University, moderated the panel.

Watch the video.

Packard for Pahlka

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Jennifer Pahlka, co-founder and director of Code for America, became the first woman to receive the David Packard Award for civic entrepreneurship from the Joint Venture board.

Todd Park, technology advisor to the White House and President Obama’s former CTO, made the presentation to Pahlka, whose company has helped more than 100 cities to modernize aspects of their digital technology to help citizens access government services more efficiently.

Read Jennifer’s profile.

Watch the video of her acceptance speech.

2016 Silicon Valley Index Briefing

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Joint Venture CEO Russell Hancock explored the data in the 2016 Silicon Valley Index, which shows that the regional economy is continuing its powerful trend upwards. However, the explosive increases in jobs and population are overwhelming transit systems and roadways and keeping affordable homes out of reach for many.

Watch the video of the Index briefing.

Community Choice Energy Symposium March 4

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Joint Venture is partnering with The Center for Climate Protection, Local Government Commission and the Local Government Sustainability Coalition to present an all-day Business of Local Energy Symposium in order to accelerate California’s shift to a clean energy economy driven by local government and business.

The symposium, in San Jose March 4, provides a forum to exchange ideas about Community Choice Energy programs and to learn about current energy policy, regulations, markets, and technology. Speakers include CPUC Commissioner Carla Peterman, California ISO member Angelina Galiteva and Solar City CEO Lyndon Rive.

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Joint Venture board adds University of Phoenix and Jones Lang LaSalle executives

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The Joint Venture board of directors has elected Summer Van Pelt, Bay Area Campus Director of the University of Phoenix, and Greg Matter, Executive Vice President of commercial real estate firm Jones Lang LaSalle, as its newest members.

Dr. Van Pelt, who has been with the university since 2003, became Campus Director of the Bay Area campus, which includes San Jose, Oakland and Livermore, in 2015.

Matter leads Jones Lang LaSalle’s Advanced Manufacturing Group, providing strategy, planning, site selection, disposition and real estate negotiation.

Read the news release.

Joint Venture endorses 9-county Measure AA for S.F. Bay

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The Joint Venture board of directors has endorsed Measure AA, the San Francisco Bay Clean Water, Pollution Prevention and Habitat Restoration Program on the June 7 ballot in all nine Bay Area counties.

Measure AA creates a $12 annual parcel tax to fund a variety of shoreline protection and restoration measures. It is anticipated that 15,000 acres of wetlands can be restored with proceeds from the measure, which will also fund trails and similar multi-benefit improvements.

Read the news release.

Learn more about Measure AA.

Joint Venture and Silicon Valley Talent Partnership join to address hunger and food waste

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Joint Venture and Silicon Valley Talent Partnership (SVTP) have announced a comprehensive partnership to address hunger and the pervasive food waste in Silicon Valley.

Combining the managerial, organizational, administrative and technical expertise of SVTP with the network, research and foundational breadth of Joint Venture will provide a regionally unprecedented collaboration of public and private talent to both guide and manage the county’s food rescue efforts.

Read the news release.

Learn more about our Surplus Harvest Initiative.

Joint Venture launches Smart City seminars

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Joint Venture’s Wireless Communications Initiative has launched a series of quarterly “Smart City” seminars in connection with the federal Smart City Challenge and as part of a new educational program helping municipal leaders to learn about new communication technologies and emerging trends, discuss new regulations, and help build public-private partnership networks.

Representatives from a dozen Silicon Valley cities and counties attended the first seminar in March. The next seminar will be held in July. Contact WCI executive director David Witkowski for more information and watch for more details about the program in our April newsletter.

Learn more about the U.S. Department of Transportation Smart City Challenge.

Learn more about our Wireless Communications Initiative.

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Packard Award goes to Code for America’s Jennifer Pahlka

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Jennifer Pahlka, founder and executive director of Code for America, is the recipient of Joint Venture’s 2016 David Packard Award for civic entrepreneurship.

A former U. S. Deputy Chief of Technology Officer in the White House Office of Science and Technology, Pahlka was previously with CMP Media and served as co-chair and general manager of the Web 2.0 conferences.

The Packard Award is Joint Venture’s highest honor, presented annually to an individual or individuals who bring an entrepreneurial, cross-boundary problem solving approach to Silicon Valley’s challenges.

Pahlka will receive the award at the 2016 State of the Valley conference February 12 at the San Jose McEnery Convention Center.

Read the news release.

More about the Packard Award.

Register for State of the Valley.

Former Rep. George Miller, Newt Gingrich to face off at State of the Valley

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Former Congressman George Miller will join former House Speaker Newt Gingrich for a candid and provocative fireside-style chat about Washington D.C. as the afternoon keynote presentation at State of the Valley Feb. 12.

Rep. Miller retired from a 40-year career in the House last year. Gingrich served as Speaker from 1995 to 1999. The two prominent former politicians will have a wide ranging, no-holds barred discussion about issues and trends in the nation’s Capitol and Silicon Valley’s relationship to Washington.

See the State of the Valley agenda.

Industry experts to debate future of the internal combustion engine at State of the Valley

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Four auto industry and transportation technology experts are set to square off at next month’s State of the Valley conference in an Oxford-style debate on whether the internal combustion engine has a future in Silicon Valley.

In a panel organized by the Stanford Precourt Institute for Energy Efficiency, the participants will argue whether electric vehicles and other alternatives will ultimately overtake the old standard engines.

Panelists include Drew Baglino, director of engineering for Tesla Motors, John Boesel, president and CEO of CALSTART, Mark Platshon, senior adviser for BMW iVentures and managing director of Icebreaker Ventures, and Craig Scott, national manager of the Advanced Technologies Group for Toyota Motor Sales. The panel moderator is Jeffrey Ball, Scholar in Residence at the Steyer-Taylor Center for Energy Policy & Finance at Stanford University.

Learn more about the panel.

Urban Harvester receives $50,000 Wells Fargo grant for Bay Area hunger initiative with Joint Venture

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Urban Harvester has received a $50,000 grant from Wells Fargo to help reduce hunger while reducing organic food waste in the Greater Bay area. The grant will enable Urban Harvester to bring its model program of rescuing fresh food to the Bay Area and positively impact the 829,547 people or 11.3% of the region’s population of residents who are living in Poverty.

Urban Harvester is working in partnership with Joint Venture Silicon Valley on a hunger and waste reduction initiative based on JVSV's 2015 “Poverty in the San Francisco Bay Area” research brief.

Read the news release.

Water Conservation Awards nomination deadline is Jan. 29

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The January 29 deadline is approaching for applications and nominations for the 2016 Silicon Valley Water Conservation Awards. Now in its eighth year, the awards highlight innovative water conservation efforts that can serve as models for others. The Awards recognize leadership that has advanced water conservation in San Mateo County, Santa Clara County and Alameda County from Hayward south.

Joint Venture is a coalition partner in the awards. Categories are government agency/utility, business, organization, greenscape management, innovation, education, water champion, youth/student. The awards will be presented in March.

More information and nomination form.

January on “Inside Silicon Valley”

Distributing surplus food to the hungry, the future of the Bay Area economy and a conversation with a former Speaker of the House are the topics this month on “Inside Silicon Valley,” Joint Venture’s weekly public affairs radio program.

Scheduled guests include Linda Hess, founder and CEO of Urban Harvester (Jan. 8 & 10), Micah Weinberg, president of the Bay Area Council’s Economic Institute (Jan. 15 & 17), and former Speaker Newt Gingrich in a preview of his keynote remarks at State of the Valley (Jan. 22 & 24).

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