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  • Sam Liccardo among five new board members

    San Jose mayor-elect, Sharks COO, Water District CEO, Menlo College president, KPMG partner elected at quarterly meeting

    5 board member head shots November 21, 2014 – San Jose mayor-elect Sam Liccardo was among five new members elected to the Joint Venture Silicon Valley board of directors today.

    Others approved at the board’s quarterly meeting in Redwood City were John Tortora, COO of Sharks Sports & Entertainment, Beau Goldie, CEO of the Santa Clara Valley Water District; Richard Moran, president of Menlo College; and Chad Seiler, a partner with KPMG.

    “Having the new mayor of the state’s third largest city and the others join our board reflects the strong regional leadership they all bring to our work outside their everyday roles,” said Russell Hancock, Joint Venture CEO.

    Read the news release.

  • State of the Valley 2015

    sov logoNovember 18, 2014 - Registration is now open for Joint Venture’s annual State of the Valley conference Wednesday, February 4, 2015 at the Santa Clara Convention Center.

    State of the Valley convenes the entire region for a day of dialogue and discussion about Silicon Valley’s economic and community health, bringing together more than 1000 of the region’s thought leaders, business executives, elected representatives, academics, workforce and community organizations.

    A lineup of keynote speakers and panelists is already forming. Watch for further announcements about the agenda.

    Register for State of the Valley. 

  • Monthly Investors Council Spotlight
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    Nov 4, 2014 - Joint Venture's Investors Council welcomes Menlo College, joining 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. We eagerly welcome this support to sustain our projects and initiatives. All Joint Venture affiliates enter into continuing relationships with the organization that support the analytical work and all the projects we undertake. To inquire about becoming a member of our Investors Council, call (408) 298-9330 or visit our Become an Investor page.

  • Monthly Spotlight: Joint Venture Leaders in Depth

    Marc Blakeman, AT&T Regional VP and contributor to Wireless Communications Initiative

    Marc Blakeman photo October 31, 2014 - Sometime in the coming weeks, Apple is expected to sell its 600 millionth iPhone since the now ubiquitous device debuted seven years ago. Over the same period, AT&T’s wireless network has seen a 40,000 percent increase in data traffic. 40,000 percent. That’s not a typo.

    “And there’s no sight of any plateau on the horizon,” says Marc Blakeman, AT&T’s regional vice president of external affairs and an important contributor to Joint Venture’s Wireless Communications Initiative.

    Read Marc's profile.

  • This Month on "Inside Silicon Valley"

    Fridays at 7 p.m. and Sundays at noon on 1590 KLIV:

    Inside Silicon Valley logoNovember 1, 2014 - Election results, online education, charity events and online shopping are the topics this month on Joint Venture’s weekly public affairs radio program, “Inside Silicon Valley.” 

    Joint Venture CEO Russell Hancock hosts the hour-long program, which airs every Friday at 7 p.m. and again Sunday at noon on 1590 KLIV.

    Scheduled guests this month:

    November 7 & 9: Melinda Jackson, San Jose State University associate professor or political science
    November 14 & 16: Joseph Moreau and John Makevich, Foothill-DeAnza Community College District
    November 21 & 23: Carl Guardino, CEO, Silicon Valley Leadership Group and co-founder, Silicon Valley Turkey Trot
    November 28 & 30: Brian Gregg, Partner, McKinsey & Co. (Encore presentation)

Top Videos

Briefing on the 2014 Silicon Valley Index

Joint Venture CEO Russell Hancock and Silicon Valley Community Foundation CEO Emmett Carson opened the 2014 State of the Valley with a detailed briefing on the findings in the 2014 Silicon Valley Index, which shows that the regional economy is thriving and expected to get even better. The new prosperity, however, presents daunting challenges to accommodate the growth with sufficient housing, transportation and infrastructure, and is leaving middle and lower income sectors farther behind.

Learn more about the Silicon Valley Index online at

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Trends Affecting Workforce Development

SAMCEDA report coverThis 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.

Sunnyvale Community Solar Array Development Feasibility Study

Sunnyvale Community Solar Array Development Feasibility Study cover 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).

Silicon Valley Index - 2014

2014 Silicon Valley Index blue coverThe 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.

Smart Energy Enterprise Development Zone (SEEDZ)

SEEDZ Whitepaper coverJoint 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.

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November 22, 2014 - (San Jose Mercury News) - Q&A: Russell Hancock: "Russell Hancock, president and chief executive officer of Joint Venture Silicon Valley, is a prime advocate for regional government and economic cooperation." More

November 18, 2014 - (Palo Alto Weekly) - Plan for Dedicated Bus Lanes on El Camino Back on the Table: "The Bus Rapid Transit project, Ristow said, would support the investments made by the city and private developers in the El Camino Real corridor, and would serve as a "catalyst" for the 'Grand Boulevard Initiative'...More.

November 7, 2014 - (Silicon Valley Business Journal) - Silicon Valley Community Foundation CEO Emmett Carson Opens Up on Philanthropy: "'He's part preacher, with an evangelical fervor,' said Russell Hancock, Carson's friend and CEO of think tank Joint Venture Silicon Valley. 'But he's also part Spock — he's got the logic. On top of that, he's a highly effective executive.'" More.

November 6, 2014 - (San Francisco Chronicle) - Prologis Sows Tech Seeds in Central Valley with Huge Center: "'It does make sense to speak of the Greater Silicon Valley,' said Russ Hancock. president of Joint Venture Silicon Valley in San Jose, who consults with Amman 'We’re adjacent regions. The Bay Area is highly problematic in terms of costs, while the Central Valley has land, a hospitable policy climate, and labor.'" More.

October 31, 2014 - (Silicon Valley Business Journal) - Guest Column - Silicon Valley Needs to Catch Some Rays: "Analysis by the Joint Venture Silicon Valley Institute of Regional Studies of the valley's potential to install commercial solar shows that if only one percent of the commercial space was covered with solar panels, it could generate up to 61 megawatts, more than double what's already installed." More.

October 31, 2014 - ( - The New Ruling Class: Silicon Valley's Chips Off the Old Block: "As Russell Hancock, the group’s president, observed, “Silicon Valley is two valleys. There is a valley of haves, and a valley of have-nots.” More.

October 27, 2014 - (Silicon Valley Business Journal) - So Long Google Bus? Silicon Valley Tech Giants Back New Caltrain Upgrades: "Russell Hancock, CEO of think tank Joint Venture Silicon Valley, told me earlier this fall that the entire region needs to 'own up to our dysfunction,' which goes way beyond funding shortfalls to encompass dynamics like entrenched suburban development patterns and political opposition to more dense, transit-oriented projects. More

October 30, 2014 - (Singapore Independent) - 5 Reasons Why Singapore May Become the Cryptocurrency Hub of Asia: "According to the Silicon Valley Index Joint Venture 2014 Report, 36.4 percent of the population are foreign born, and only 36 percent are of European descent and non-Hispanic." More.

October 21, 2014 - (MIT Technology Review) - Technology and Inequality: "The wealth generated in Silicon Valley is 'as prodigious as it has ever been,' says Russell Hancock, president of Joint Venture Silicon Valley, a nonprofit group that promotes regional development. 'But when we used to have booms in the tech sector, it would lift all boats. That’s not how it works anymore.'" More.

October 19, 2014 - (The Guardian) - Silicon Valley Tries Egg-Freezing Perks: How About Just Hiring More Women? - "They could address the question of unequal pay: men with graduate or professional degrees earn 73% more than do women with the same qualifications, according to a study by Joint Venture Silicon Valley. More.

October 10, 2014 - (ReadWrite) - Microsoft CEO Satya Nadella to Women: Don't Ask for a Raise, Trust Karma: "The gap in income inequality between men and women in Silicon Valley, where technology is a leading industry, is severely imbalanced, according to a 2014 study by Joint Venture Silicon Valley. More.