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The Silicon Valley Institute for Regional Studies is the research arm of Joint Venture Silicon Valley, and is housed within the organization. Research topics focus on economic and community health issues within Silicon Valley and the greater Bay Area, as well as on broader regional issues. Learn more.

Institute Publications

2016 Silicon Valley Index

coverFebruary 2016 - The 2016 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 2016 Silicon Valley Index, view interactive charts, and download the underlying chart data on the indicators website.

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Population Brief

Population brief cover May 2015 - This report 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.

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Poverty Brief

poverty brief cover March 2015 - 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.

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Driving Clean Energy Adoption

green cover November 2014 - As of the end of 2013, China and the United States were the two top countries in terms of total installed renewable power capacity, as well as investments in renewable energy. Driving Clean Energy Adoption examines five leading clean energy regions in the United States and China based on primary and secondary research, including numerous interviews of key stakeholders.

Included in the report are information and findings that are broadly applicable to other regions working to further clean energy adoption. The drivers, benefits and considerations for regional success in promoting clean energy adoption are outlined, case studies are presented, and resulting key challenges and success factors are extracted and provided. The findings suggest a handful of the most important factors for regional clean energy adoption relating to policy frameworks, utility involvement, collaboration, local leadership and innovation.

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Trends Affecting Workforce Development

SAMCEDA report coverMay 2014 - This report reviews broad economic forces in San Mateo County and the Peninsula and considers their implications for workforce development. The report spotlights the persistence of poverty even in the face of surging job growth, reviews the best practices fostering upward mobility for the workforce, and outlines strategies that can be carried out by workforce boards, community colleges, private industry and community organizations.

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2014 Silicon Valley Index

blue cover February 2014 - The 2014 Silicon Valley Index reveals that the region’s economy is red-hot and leads the nation with extraordinary growth in jobs, income, innovation, venture capital investment and immigration.

The comprehensive yearly analysis of the economic strength and overall health of Silicon Valley also indicates that the new wave of prosperity poses greater challenges for the region to accommodate sustained growth and that the gains are bypassing the lowest earning groups, leaving the less affluent further behind than ever.

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Sunnyvale Community Solar Array Development Feasibility Study

Sunnyvale Community Solar Array Development Feasibility Study cover September 2013 - This report studies the feasibility and assesses the options for municipalities like Sunnyvale who want to provide residential and commercial subscribers with renewable energy. It follows on the heels of legislation signed into law in September 2013 (Senate Bill 43) which offers new regulatory mechanisms for deploying shared renewables proj­ects in California communities. It also launched the Green Tariff Shared Renewables program (GTSR).

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2013 Grand Boulevard Progress Report

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Fall 2013 - The 2013 Grand Boulevard Initiative Progress Report showcases the success of the member organizations towards achieving the Grand Boulevard Vision. The document summarizes Grand Boulevard studies and highlights exceptional projects and plans in each Corridor jurisdiction. A foldout insert to the document contains an infographic that tells the story of the history, present, and future of the El Camino Real Corridor.

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2013 Index of Silicon Valley

2013 Index cover February 5, 2013 - The 2013 Silicon Valley Index presents the latest data and trends in economic development, workforce, housing, education, public health, land use, environment, governance, arts and culture and other sectors throughout Santa Clara and San Mateo Counties and portions of Alameda and Santa Cruz Counties. An accompanying Special Analysis section of the report each year takes a closer look at a particularly significant topic.

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Smart Energy Enterprise Development Zone (SEEDZ)

SEEDZ vision and strategy whitepaper cover November 2012 - Joint Venture's "Smart Energy Enterprise Development Zone" (SEEDZ) initiative unites local energy customers, solution providers, municipalities, institutions and utility interests in building the smart energy network of the future – characterized by the highest levels of power reliability, quality, affordability and sustainability.

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2012 Index of Silicon Valley

orange, blue, green cover February 2012 - Silicon Valley’s innovation engine is driving a recovery that leads the nation, but the persistent public sector fiscal crisis and other factors are slowing widespread economic gains, according to the 2012 Silicon Valley Index released today by Joint Venture Silicon Valley and Silicon Valley Community Foundation.

The comprehensive yearly study on the economic strength and overall health of Silicon Valley indicates the region that was the last to succumb to the recession now appears to be the first to emerge, paced by tech sector growth that is spawning new companies and creating jobs. Yet these narrow gains, the drag on public finance and housing and the constraints of Proposition 13 are keeping most residents from benefiting.

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Purchasing Power: Best Practices Guide for Collaborative Solar Procurement

report cover April 26, 2011 - A new report co-published by Joint Venture, Optony and the World Resources Institute demonstrates how governments and businesses can save money by joining together to buy solar power. The report, Purchasing Power: Best Practices Guide for Collaborative Solar Procurement was issued in conjunction with the U.S. Department of Energy’s Solar America Cities annual meeting in Philadelphia. Collaborative solar purchasing allows governments, businesses or universities in the same region to collectively negotiate solar power contracts. The “Purchasing Power” guide presents an innovative approach to solar power purchasing that can yield 10 to 15 percent lower costs and save 75 percent of administrative time and fees, while helping participants negotiate better contract terms to save money in the long run.

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Cross-jurisdiction Collaboration: New Models for State, Regional, and Local Governments

Cross-jurisdiction Collaboration: New Models for State, Regional, and Local Governments cover April, 2011 - Joint Venture and Accenture have issued a new study that outlines new models for local governments to pool resources and purchase supplies and services as they grapple with daunting fiscal restraints. Cross-Jurisdiction Collaboration: New Models for State, Regional and Local Governments, cites numerous case studies of successful programs in the Bay Area, California and nationally where communities have partnered to combine purchasing and provide services.

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2011 Index of Silicon Valley

2011 Silicon Valley IndexFebruary 2011 - The 2011 Index reports the latest data and trends in economic development, workforce, housing, education, public health, land use, environment, governance, arts and culture and other sectors throughout Santa Clara and San Mateo Counties and portions of Alameda and Santa Cruz Counties. An accompanying Special Analysis section of the report each year takes a closer look at a particularly significant topic.

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Workforce Study

Workforce Study cover June 2, 2010 - Silicon Valley must adapt to the economic churn and changing needs of employers for a more skilled workforce in order to remain the epicenter of innovation and entrepreneurship, concludes this comprehensive new report on regional workforce development by Joint Venture: Silicon Valley Network, NOVA, the San Mateo County Workforce Investment Board and work2future.

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2010 Index of Silicon Valley

cover February 2010 - 2009 was a rough year. We learned the hard way that Silicon Valley is not immune to the larger forces at work in the global economic recession. Like other regions, we have lost tens of thousands of jobs, absorbed thousands of home foreclosures, and seen our incomes decline. Despite our many strengths—from talented people to world-class technology we could not insulate ourselves from the larger economic downturn.

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Climate Prosperity: A Greenprint for Silicon Valley

green cover February 2009 - THE CHALLENGE: Protecting the Climate and Growing the Economy. What if we could turn the climate change crisis into an opportunity to build a better world? That is the promise of Climate Prosperity—creating a better, more sustainable world for our children and grandchildren—and what this Greenprint for Silicon Valley is all about.

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2009 Index of Silicon Valley

coverFebruary 2009 - Despite a job loss spike and other grim economic indicators, the rapidly growing cleantech sector foreshadows Silicon Valley's path out of the recession and its leading role in addressing the climate crisis. Adapting our domestic workforce to the necessary economic restructuring will be crucial to a resilient recovery.

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Cell Phone Coverage Primer

cover August 1, 2008 - Cell phone service today is ubiquitous. A rapidly growing population has disconnected its landlines altogether. The cell phone–based E911 service is saving lives by automatically directing emergency workers to the scene of an accident, heart attack, or crime. Established businesses, entrepreneurial start-ups, and residential consumers are choosing locations by the quality of cell phone service.

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Smart Valley and Smart Health: A Final Report to the Community

cover May 2008 - Joint Venture’s Smart Health Task Force has worked for more than two years to introduce new efficiencies to the region’s health care sector by using information technology more effectively. The process has involved hundreds of leaders from the Valley’s health care providers, insurers, employers,and the broader community.

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2008 Index of Silicon Valley

cover February 2008 - Silicon Valley's most recent productivity gains, income increases, venture capital investment, and patent activity are promising indicators of a leading innovation economy. However, they will not isolate the region from the workforce challenges that globalization imposes, especially for mid-wage occupations.

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2007 Index of Silicon Valley

cover February 2007 - Broad based growth in most sectors of the economy and expanding new venues for venture capital investment are encouraging signs for Silicon Valley. Nevertheless, trends in mid-level housing and city revenues do not seem promising, and our youth are not meeting the local demands of a competitive global economy.

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2006 Index of Silicon Valley

coverFebruary 2006 - The forces and opportunities of globalization are driving Silicon Valley's long-term transition from a powerhouse of industrial production to one of ideas. Our jobs, although modestly growing, are different, and our assets as a creative world center do not guarantee equitable dividends if our institutions do not adequately prepare our workforce for this demanding transition.

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A Vision of a Wireless Silicon Valley

cover November 2005 - The vision of our Wireless Silicon Valley project is to provide a low-cost, high-speed, outdoor, wireless infrastructure that will be available for a variety of purposes—on streets and highways, in parks and plazas, at construction sites, in recreational areas and business parks, and on buses and trains.

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2005 Index of Silicon Valley

coverFebruary 2005 - This year's report highlights the complex effects of globalization on our region, exemplified by productivity and per capita income gains despite job losses. Persisting health and education gaps, unaffordable housing, and disparities in income growth do not reflect Silicon Valley's reputation as a vibrant, prosperous community.

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Main Street Silicon Valley

cover October 2004 - Main Street Silicon Valley is intended to help the 20 cities along El Camino Real/Monterey Highway better understand the common challenges of this regional transportation corridor, highlight and leverage some of the successful actions these communities have already taken, and identify tools and models that can guide local cooperation to revitalize it.

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2004 Index of Silicon Valley

coverFebruary 2004 - This year's Index reports a deceleration in job losses, employment gains in some high-wage occupational clusters, and continued growth in regional productivity. Employment is robust in the health services industry and the biomedical industry cluster is becoming more concentrated in Silicon Valley as its employment grows relative to the nation.

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Preparing Tomorrow's Innovators

cover 2003 - Joint Venture partnered with the Valley’s three Workforce Investment Boards to convene a series of community forums on how Silicon Valley can do more to help the region’s youth prepare for the highly-skilled technology jobs that will drive our long-term economic growth. The there is a serious need to increase young people’s interest in technology professions and to connect them with career opportunities and information.

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Building the Next Silicon Valley: Strategy and Actions

cover 2003 - Silicon Valley is the world’s most dynamic economic region because it is a habitat for innovation and entrepreneurship. This paper addresses how short-term economic cycles, longer-term waves of innovation, and external economic shocks shape the Silicon Valley habitat. It outlines four action-based initiatives to rebuild Silicon Valley's economy, create more jobs, and improve the area's quality of life.

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2003 Index of Silicon Valley

coverFebruary 2003 - Several key economic indicators—including total jobs, average pay and venture capital investment—have returned to near 1998 levels. Productivity, however, has continued to increase, extending an upward trend that began almost a decade ago.

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Next Silicon Valley: Opportunities and Choices

cover June 2002 - Converging revolutions in bio-, info- and nanotechnology will create new industries and will redefine a wide range of existing industries worldwide. This wave of innovation will fundamentally transform Silicon Valley’s economy and society.

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Workforce Study: Connecting Today's Youth with Tomorrow's Technology

cover 2002 - The future economic vitality of Silicon Valley will depend in part on the region’s ability to increase the local pool of well prepared, tech-savvy professionals. One key facet of this effort should involve working to fully develop the region’s “homegrown” high-tech talent, which would help prevent future shortages of technology workers and contribute to the sustainability of Silicon Valley communities.

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2002 Index of Silicon Valley

coverFebruary 2002 - The economy has lost jobs for the first time in nine years, but productivity and innovation continue. The slowing economy has eased pressure on housing prices, commercial lease rates and the labor market.

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Next Silicon Valley: Riding the Waves of Innovation

cover December 2001 - Silicon Valley is the world’s most dynamic economic region because it is a habitat for innovation and entrepreneurship. This paper addresses how short-term economic cycles, longer-term waves of innovation, and external economic shocks shape the Silicon Valley habitat. It outlines four action-based initiatives to rebuild Silicon Valley's economy, create more jobs, and improve the area's quality of life.

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2001 Index of Silicon Valley

coverFebruary 2001 - Numbers show that although Silicon Valley developers are using land more efficiently, real estate affordability is still decreasing in both the residential and commercial markets.

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Internet Cluster Analysis

cover 2000 - As part of a study on the rapidly evolving Internet economy, A.T. Kearney surveyed and interviewed approximately 100 Internet executives and experts to understand recent trends in globalization and how they are impacting the location choices of Internet companies. Silicon Valley continues to play a critical role in leading the Internet economy and is likely to solidify its position as the hub of technical innovation.

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2000 Index of Silicon Valley

cover February 2000 - This year's index reveals an emerging Digital Divide in Silicon Valley and challenges us to connect all of our community to the unparalleled opportunities that the new Digital Economy offers.

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Workforce Study

cover 1999 - The workforce shortage is an increasingly critical impediment to the growth of high-tech companies in Silicon Valley and threatens the economic vitality of the region. This Workforce Study found that the current workforce gap is 31 to 37 percent of the high-tech industry demand in Silicon Valley.

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An Economy at Risk

cover June 1992 - This report marks the formal establishment of Joint Venture: Silicon Valley Network, catalyzed by the prospects, opportunities, and challenges that the 1990s presented to globally competitive regions like Silicon Valley. In the past, Silicon Valley set the pace as the world's leading technology region. This historic document birthed a mission to ensure that Silicon Valley was prepared to maintain a robust presence in the fiercely competitive technology-driven economy of the future.

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Joint Venture Publications

Joint Venture produces and provides supporting documents and research for a wide array of Silicon Valley interests. We also help to support our initiatives through the publication of the annual Silicon Valley Index and a variety of other periodic reports and white papers.