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Silicon Valley Index - 2013

SEEDZ vision and strategy whitepaper 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.
 

Silicon Valley Index - 2012

2011 Silicon Valley Index 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.

 

Silicon Valley Index - 2011

2011 Silicon Valley Index 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.

 

Silicon Valley Index - 2010

2010 Silicon Valley Index2009 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.

 

Purchasing Power: Best Practices Guide for Collaborative Solar Procurement

Purchasing Power:  Best Practices Guide for Collaborative Solar Procurement 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.
 

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.
 

Climate Prosperity: A Greenprint for Silicon Valley - 2009

A Greenprint for Silicon Valley 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.

 

Special Analysis: Economic Restructuring and Workforce Transitions - 2009

2009 Special AnalysisA system that readily equips Silicon Valley's workforce with new skills and opportunities to keep up with the changes in its innovative economy will be instrumental to the region's equitable growth and prosperity.

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Index of Silicon Valley - 2009

2009 Index of Silicon ValleyDespite 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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Workforce Study - 2010

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.

 

Cell Phone Coverage Primer - 2008

Front cover displaying girl talking on cell phone 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 - 2008

Smart Health cover 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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Index of Silicon Valley - 2008

2008 Index of Silicon Valley 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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Index of Silicon Valley - 2007

2007 Index of Silicon ValleyBroad 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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Index of Silicon Valley - 2006

2006 Index 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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Index of Silicon Valley - 2005

2005 Index 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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A Vision of a Wireless Silicon Valley - 2005

A Vision of a Wireless Silicon ValleyThe 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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The Future of Bay Area Jobs - 2004

The Future of Bay Area JobsStudy Finds Offshoring Less Important Than Other Factors to Job Creation and Destruction in Bay Area.

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Main Street Silicon Valley: Shared Issues, Snapshots of Success and Models for Moving Forward - 2004

Main Street SV coverMain 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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Index of Silicon Valley - 2004

2004 Index coverThis 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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Statement of Principles: California Budget and Tax Reform Initiative - 2004

Statement of PrinciplesCurrently California faces an unprecedented budget shortfall. While fiscal deficits have faced many states, few have compared to California's, whose current deficit is larger than the budget shortfalls of all other states, combined.

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Preparing Tomorrow's Innovators - 2003

preparing tomorrow's innovators coverJoint 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 - 2003

coverSilicon 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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Index of Silicon Valley - 2003

coverSeveral 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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Workforce Study: Connecting Today's Youth with Tomorrow's Technology - 2002

coverThe 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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Next Silicon Valley: Opportunities and Choices - 2002

cover 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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Index of Silicon Valley - 2002

coverThe 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 - 2001

coverSilicon 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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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.

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