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Joint Venture launches Smart Region Initiative

Smart Region webpageApril 19, 2017 – Joint Venture Silicon Valley has launched its first Smart Region Initiative, a coalition of local governments, businesses and residents working together to improve the quality of life in Silicon Valley through the targeted and holistic application of technologies.

The Smart Region Initiative consortium builds on existing relationships with technology companies, academia and local government leaders to drive a coordinated public-private sector effort to aggregate smart city programs.

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Joint Venture, SVBC to host Dutch Cycling Embassy experts at public forum May 8

MAKING SILICON VALLEY AMERICA'S BIKE CAPITAL: LESSONS FROM THE DUTCHApril 18, 2017 - Joint Venture and Silicon Valley Bicycle Coalition will host experts from the Dutch Cycling Embassy in a public forum May 8 on how Silicon Valley can model Amsterdam as one of the world’s great biking communities.

The forum will explore how Amsterdam overcame a host of policy and planning challenge to make the city a world biking capital. The event at LinkedIn in Sunnyvale is free with registration.

Register now | Read the Silicon Valley Bike Vision report

Silicon Valley commercial real estate market cools after big gains in 2016

black and white coverApril 13, 2017 – Silicon Valley’s commercial real estate market showed signs of cooling down in the first quarter of 2017 after last year’s boom in activity, the Silicon Valley Institute for Regional Studies has reported.

The report is the first in a new series of quarterly commercial real estate updates from the Institute, which provides research and analysis on a variety of regional issues and is housed within Joint Venture Silicon Valley.

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Fast Company magazine honors Joint Venture’s Fair Value Commuting Project

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April 11, 2017 - Fast Company has honored Joint Venture’s Fair Value Commuting initiative as one of twelve recipients of the magazine’s first 2017 World Changing Ideas Awards. 

The FVC project aims to aggregate public transit, mobility services and bikes into a single platform and incentivize employees to make use of those single-occupancy vehicle alternatives. 

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Joint Venture & Silicon Valley Bicycle Coalition unveil regional bike plan

grey coverwith bike graphic March 27, 2017 – Joint Venture Silicon Valley and the Silicon Valley Bicycle Coalition have released a comprehensive study that lays out a vision for the bicycle to become a major mode of travel in Silicon Valley. The report asks why, in the face of such debilitating traffic congestion, Silicon Valley isn't taking full advantage of bicycling as an alternative to the automobile.

Read our guest editorial in the San Jose Mercury News. | Read Scott Herhold's column in the Mercury.

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Joint Venture partners with Smart Cities Council on new conference

blue and orange logoMarch 17, 2017 – Joint Venture Silicon Valley has announced a partnership with the national Smart Cities Council to host “Smart Cities Week Silicon Valley,” a new conference on next-generation civic technologies to be held in Santa Clara this May.

David Witkowski, Executive Director of Joint Venture’s newly-formed Smart Region Initiative, will moderate a panel of local smart city leaders at the event, to be held May 8-10 at the Santa Clara Convention Center.

Read the news release. | Register for the conference.

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.

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2017 State of the Valley

Joint Venture’s annual State of the Valley conference took place in San Jose February 17, 2017. This is a video recap of the event.

2017 State of the Valley recap video by PRx Digital.

Briefing on the 2017 Silicon Valley Index

Joint Venture CEO Russell Hancock gave a comprehensive briefing on the 2017 Silicon Valley Index, produced by Joint Venture’s Institute for Regional Studies.

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Silicon Valley Index - 2017

cover Silicon Valley has chalked up seven straight years of economic expansion, a pace that continues to burden the region’s already strained infrastructure. The latest data shows a slight slowdown from previous years, the report notes, but Silicon Valley’s growth is still outpacing California and the nation as a whole in many categories.

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Silicon Valley Bike Vision - February 2017

cover Joint Venture and the Silicon Valley Bicycle Coalition have published a regional study that lays out a vision for the bicycle to become a major mode of travel in Silicon Valley.

The report, "Silicon Valley Bike Vision," was produced in partnership with Nelson\Nygaard Consulting Associates, Inc. and made possible with funding from Google, Facebook and Stanford University.

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Bridging the Gap: 21st Century Wireless Telecommunications Handbook - September 2016

cover image with hand holding iPhone To keep pace with rising demand for wireless data, we must embrace new technologies and adjust local ordinances to account for them. This handbook was written primarily for municipal employees, elected officials, and civic leaders to help guide their understanding of new and future wireless technologies.

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In The News

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.