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.
June 2016 - This brief, the second in a series, provides an update on the economy in Silicon Valley and San Francisco, here referred to as “the Peninsula economy.” The Peninsula sub region includes Santa Clara, San Mateo and San Francisco counties.
April 2016 - This brief provides an update on the economy in Silicon Valley and San Francisco, here referred to as “the Peninsula economy.” The Peninsula sub region includes Santa Clara, San Mateo and San Francisco counties.
February 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.
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.
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.
February 2015 - The 2015 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 Silicon Valley Index online at www.siliconvalleyindicators.org.
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.
May 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.
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.
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).
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
February 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.
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.
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.
February 2009 - A 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.
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.
February 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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
February 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.
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.
February 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.
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.
February 2004 - Currently 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.
February 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.
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.
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.
February 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.
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.
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.
February 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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
By extending the story of Volume 1 an additional three years, from 1995 through the end of 1998, a more complete pictue emerges of this unusual effort to bring a region together to solve its own problems.
October 1998 - As our region prepares for the next century, we need a shared vision that addresses the complex interdependencies that make regions successful over the long term. Silicon Valley 2010 is our effort to understand these interdependencies and to suggest a path for realizing our shared vision.
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.