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Institute brief: Breakdown on local elected officials and voters

blue and white coverMay 24, 2017 – Only a third of Silicon Valley elected local officials are women, a majority are Democrats and just 18 percent of registered voters in the region are Republicans, according to a new Snapshot brief by Joint Venture’s Institute for Regional Studies.

The report, prepared in partnership with GrassrootsLab, shows Democrats hold 72 percent of Silicon Valley local elected offices, compared to 69 percent in the Bay Area and 45 percent statewide.

Read the news release. | Download the brief.

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Meet Melissa Stevenson Diaz, City of Redwood City

Melissa Diaz with her daughter City Manager, City of Redwood City

Melissa Stevenson Diaz is too modest to call herself Wonder Woman or Batgirl, but she credits her success to a super hero back story that led her from California to Maine to Japan and back, and ultimately to her “dream job” as the city manager of Redwood City.

It was her parents, she says, who instilled important values that brought out what others see as her special abilities to run a city of 86,000 in the heart of Silicon Valley.

Read Melissa's profile.

Joint Venture leader joins Connected Cities Advisory Board

Witkowski headshotMay 25, 2017 - Joint Venture Silicon Valley and the Connected City Advisory Board (CCAB) have announced that David Witkowski, Executive Director of Joint Venture's Civic Technology Initiative, will formally participate in the CCAB, an international group of municipal leaders, government officials and invited industry experts.

The CCAB, an initiative of the Wireless Broadband Alliance (WBA), develops, shares, and promotes thought-leadership and practical frameworks for the social and economic development and sustainable operation of the Connected City ecosystem.

Read the news release. | Learn more about the Smart Region Initiative.

Learn more about the Connected City Advisory Board.

San Jose chooses Community Choice Energy

green and white graphicMay 16, 2017 - The San Jose City Council, led by San Jose Mayor and Joint Venture co-chair Sam Liccardo, voted unanimously today to adopt Community Choice Energy for San Jose. A standing ovation greeted the vote for the alternative electricity provider to save money and reduce pollution.

Joint Venture advocated vigorously for the decision through letters, memos, white papers and testimony by CEO Russell Hancock.

Read the Mercury News coverage.

Learn more about San Jose Community Energy.

Silicon Valley Indicators

indicators home page Did you know you can get comprehensive information and data about the economic and community health of Silicon Valley any time by visiting the online home of the Silicon Valley Index at

The site is maintained and constantly updated by Joint Venture's Silicon Valley Institute for Regional Studies and is a robust collection of charts and information with links to local, regional and national data sources, and resources for additional information within each of the indicator categories: People, Economy, Society, Place and Governance.

Download the 2017 Silicon Valley Index.

Monthly Investors Council Spotlight

Just a few of our many investors:

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Joint Venture's Investors Council welcomes dozens of public and private organizations and foundations supporting our initiatives and programs. The Investors Council currently includes more than 100 private organizations, 56 public entities and 13 foundations.

Joint Venture offers a variety of support and sponsorship opportunities for individuals, corporations, and public sector organizations. To inquire about becoming a member of our Investors Council, call (408) 298-9330 or visit our Become an Investor page. To see our current investors, visit our investors pages.

What is Joint Venture Silicon Valley?

Established in 1993, Joint Venture brings together Silicon Valley’s established and emerging leaders—from business, government, academia, labor and the broader community—to spotlight issues and work toward innovative solutions. In this short video see what Silicon Valley leaders have to say about the organization.

David Witkowski headshotFebruary 7, 2017 – Joint Venture Silicon Valley today announced it has joined the Global City Teams Challenge (GCTC) leadership team, as part of the Public Wi-Fi SuperCluster.

The goal of the SuperCluster is to establish sustainable models for collaboration, foster innovation and demonstrate the measurable benefits of using Internet Of Things technology in smart city projects.

David Witkowski, Executive Director of Joint Venture’s newly-formed Smart Region Initiative, will have an active role on the GCTC Public Wi-Fi SuperCluster leadership team.

“NIST, in partnership with NTIA and US Ignite, has been instrumental in driving and promoting efforts to unite smart city stakeholders and create communities for applying technologies in ways that solve real-world problems,” said Witkowski.

“In many ways, these SuperClusters are using at the national level the same model Joint Venture’s been using regionally during the past two decades. Several members of our Wireless Communications Initiative are actively involved with the US Ignite efforts.”

The 2017 GCTC Public Wi-Fi SuperCluster project aims to develop blueprints and implementation plans, convene workshops among interested parties and stakeholders, plan and oversee multi-city deployments consistent with the blueprints and implementation plans, and report results in the latter half of 2017.

Public sector and private sector companies interested to participate in the GCTC Public Wi-Fi SuperCluster should contact Joint Venture Silicon Valley at (408) 298-9333.

About Joint Venture Silicon Valley
Joint Venture Silicon Valley was established in 1993. A nonprofit organization, the group convenes the region’s leaders across every major sector – government, business, academia, labor, and community organizations. The organization provides data and analysis on our region’s challenges, and leads initiatives to address those challenges. Joint Venture is funded by cities and counties, local companies, colleges and universities, labor and workforce institutions and foundations. For more information, visit

In The News

May 26, 2017 - (Palo Alto Online) - Guest Opinion by Russell Hancock: With Ideal Climate and Landscape, Why Aren't We Biking?": The four cities and their managers are members of the Managers Mobility Partnership facilitated by the organization I lead, Joint Venture Silicon Valley. More.

May 15, 2017 - (San Jose Mercury News) - Stanford Pays $130 Million for Los Altos Apartments: “'This shows how serious this problem is,' said Russell Hancock, president of Joint Venture Silicon Valley." More

April 25, 2017 - (CBS5-TV) - New Flying Car Prototype Takes to the Air: "Russell Hancock of Joint Venture Silicon Valley says don’t laugh at this prototype. 'Don’t forget, they laughed at Orville and Wilbur Wright.'" Video

April 24, 2017 - ( - Silicon Valley Shakeup: These are the Next Top Tech Towns: "The sky-high prices may explain why the number of folks moving to the region dropped by 27% from 2012 to 2015, according to the latest data from the think tank Joint Venture Silicon Valley." More

April 20, 2017 - (Globe and Mail) - Trump's Visa Order Met with Mixed Reaction from U.S. Tech: "That drop in applications could be seen as a worrying sign that Mr. Trump’s anti-immigration rhetoric has already put a chill on demand from foreign job applicants, said Russell Hancock, chief executive officer of Joint Venture Silicon Valley, a regional think tank." More

April 19, 2017 - (San Jose City College Times) - How to End Up with the Hours of Commute in the Bay Area: "...a study from the the Silicon Valley Institute for Regional Studies showed that among the commuters on Santa Clara and San Mateo County, 74% drive single, 10% share the drive, only 6% were using public transportation." More

April 14, 2017 - (Silicon Valley Business Journal) - Report: Silicon Valley CRE Markets Starting to Cool: "Though vacancy rates and asking rent prices in Silicon Valley aren’t necessarily bad today, they’re noticeably changed in the first quarter of 2017 from last year’s numbers, according to research released Friday by Silicon Valley Institute for Regional Studies, a research and analysis arm of Joint Venture Silicon Valley." More.

April 12, 2017 - (San Jose Mercury News) - Bay Area Companies Rank Among Highest Paying in USA: "'Tech companies have to pay a lot because it’s so expensive to live here in the Bay Area,”'said Russell Hancock, chief executive officer of San Jose-based Joint Venture Silicon Valley, a private-public partnership." More

April 10, 2017 - (Fast Company) - A Solution for the Bay Area's Traffic Woes: "Joint Venture Silicon Valley (JVSV), a nonprofit dedicated to identifying and solving the region’s issues, has been grappling with the traffic dilemma for years, and it’s now landed on a fairly radical but very comprehensive solution." More

April 7, 2017 - (Your Story) - Why an Increasing Number of Silicon Valley Workers are Looking Elsewhere for Their Next Job: "In fact, a report by the non-profit Joint Venture Silicon Valley stated that the region's economic inequality continues to grow and that its infrastructure is grossly inadequate." More.