Economic Development Alliance
What are we doing?
Throughout San Mateo, Santa Clara, Santa Cruz, and southern Alameda Counties, there are economic development professionals who share a vision that growth in our key business clusters benefits us all. The Silicon Valley Economic Development Alliance (SVEDA) is comprised of cities and counties focused on achieving individual and regional economic development goals while maximizing scarce resources. They are committed to addressing business needs, whether through local government policy and streamlined permitting processes, or linking businesses to local and regional resources that add value to company innovation and growth.
SVEDA prioritizes participation in organizations that advance the interests of its members, primarily the Urban Land Institute and the International Council of Shopping Centers.
Why are we doing it?
SVEDA's economic development professionals are devoted to finding resources for and providing support to businesses as they struggle through the pandemic, while planning for our region's economic recovery. Many members have established innovative programs to assist those that have closed temporarily and to promote those that are open. To learn more, contact Kara Gross, or visit our map to find local assistance.
Our goal is to provide a “one-stop concierge" service for businesses and organizations to connect with economic development professionals in Silicon Valley through our website, SiliconValleyOnline.org. The site includes a resources guide for state and local tools and organizations.
Leadership and members
Silicon Valley EDA is chaired by Christina Briggs, Deputy City Manager for the City of Fremont. Twenty-five cities and counties are members of the Silicon Valley EDA, along with participation from neighboring jurisdictions and support organizations - download the current roster here.
What are the latest developments?
- SVEDA's third annual conference was held on November 14-15, 2019 in Santa Cruz
- Webinars during the pandemic on topics including restaurant re-opening, the future of retail, the industrial outlook, and personal services outdoors
- Ongoing collaboration on business and economic issues with Santa Clara County via its Economic Recovery Support Function
What are the next steps?
- Hosting additional webinars for target industries including hotels and small- and micro-business enterprises
- Ongoing discussion of recommendations to adopt from the Silicon Valley Recovery Roundtable's Building a Better Normal report
Where do I find out more?
To learn more about the Silicon Valley EDA, please contact: