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State of the Valley is almost here! Joint Venture’s annual “town hall” meeting is next Friday, February 17 at the San Jose McEnery Convention Center in San Jose from 8 a.m. to 2 p.m.

Some 1200 people are expected for this year’s conference, where we update the community on the economic health and vitality of our region and the challenges we face.

Tickets are still available so register now!

Here’s what awaits you:

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The conference begins with a comprehensive briefing on the 2017 Silicon Valley Index produced by Joint Venture’s Institute for Regional Studies. You’ll hear updates on how the region continues to thrive across multiple indicators and yet our sustained growth continues to pressure our infrastructure and lower-income families.

Learn more about the Index.


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David Brooks, the award-winning New York Times columnist and best-selling author, will reflect on America’s future under the new administration in Washington, D.C. and the role that Silicon Valley will play.

Stephen Goldsmith, Harvard School of Government professor and former New York City deputy mayor, will speak on the way “smart” cities and regions are reshaping governance in the digital age.

Jeffrey Tumlin, a national expert in transportation planning and sustainable mobility, will lay out a plan for Silicon Valley to become a national leader for bicycle commuting, as detailed in a new report, “Silicon Valley Bike Vision,” from Joint Venture and the Silicon Valley Bicycle Coalition, in partnership with Tumlin’s firm, Nelson\Nygaard Consulting Associates.



Making Silicon Valley America’s Smartest Region

Following Professor Goldsmith’s remarks, a panel of experts from business, government and academia – Dan’l Lewin (Microsoft), Shireen Santosham (City of San Jose) and Jan Whittington (University of Washington) – will probe what it will take for Silicon Valley to become a pioneering example of a “smart” region. David Witkowski (Joint Venture Silicon Valley) moderates the discussion.


Silicon Valley and the Future of the Automobile

Jeffrey Tumlin’s address will be the launch point for a probing panel discussion on the ways technology and innovation are disrupting and redefining the auto industry. Moderated by Michael Uhl of McKinsey & Co., the panelists are Sven Beiker (Stanford), Patrick Brady (Google), Sahas Katta (Smartcar), Brook Porter (Kleiner Perkins Caufield & Byers LLC), and Pasquale Romano (ChargePoint, Inc.)


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The 2017 David Packard Award, Joint Venture’s highest honor, goes to Netflix co-founder and education philanthropist Reed Hastings. Ron Gonzales, a former San Jose Mayor and Joint Venture board co-chair, will make the presentation.


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The conference also features musical entertainment from local schools and the Exhibitors Showcase of regional nonprofit organizations supporting the environment, education, transportation and workforce development.

Your State of the Valley ticket includes breakfast, lunch, a copy of the Index and admission to all of the conference proceedings, booths and exhibits.

State of the Valley is brought to you by lead sponsor Microsoft with presenting sponsors Accenture, Applied Materials, Google, Wells Fargo and Lucile Packard Children’s Hospital.

Joint Venture Silicon Valley provides analysis and action on issues affecting our region's economy and quality of life.

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