State of the Valley

What is the State of the Valley Conference?

State of the Valley is Silicon Valley’s annual "town meeting” – a tradition at least as old as our nation’s founding, when concerned citizens met on the village green to mobilize for the challenges ahead. In that same spirit, Joint Venture’s town meeting convenes the entire region – concerned citizens and stakeholders, thought leaders and opinion makers, journalists, our elected representatives, educators and academics, business executives, labor and workforce leaders – for dialogue and discussion about the Valley’s challenges and opportunities.

But more than merely commentary, State of the Valley also features music and dance from the region's arts groups, high school bands, and elementary school choirs. There are also booths and exhibits on the concourses showing off entrepreneurs, established corporations, and non-profits who are working in Joint Venture's project areas. The event is a celebration of our region–who we are and who we're becoming.

Who attends State of the Valley? Everybody! In years past, more than 1500 people have participated. They include senior business executives; federal, state and locally elected officials and their senior staff; heads of organizations, labor leaders, venture capitalists, journalists (print, television and electronic media), academics, and a host of other community members. The next State of the Valley conference will be in February 2018.

2017 State of the Valley

2017 State of the Valley recap video by PRx Digital.

More than 1300 business, government, academic, labor and community leaders and interested citizens packed Joint Venture’s annual State of the Valley conference in San Jose last month.

The gathering heard from keynote speakers David Brooks of the New York Times and Professor Stephen Goldsmith of Harvard University, along with updates on the regional economy, the latest trends in digital technology in government and the future of the automobile and bicycling in Silicon Valley.

They also saw Netflix CEO Reed Hastings receive the David Packard Award, heard musical entertainment from local school bands and browsed the Exhibitors Showcase of regional nonprofit organizations and other businesses.

Watch videos from the event.

What is the Silicon Valley Index?

To inform the discussion, our principal analytical tool is the Silicon Valley Index, a nationally recogized publication that has been telling the Silicon Valley story since 1995. The indicators measure the strength of our economy and the health of our community, highlighting challenges and providing a data-rich foundation for decision making.