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

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Joint Venture and Silicon Valley Bicycle Coalition will host experts from the Dutch Cycling Embassy this month at a free public forum on how Silicon Valley can model Amsterdam as one of the world’s great biking communities.

The forum will explore what Silicon Valley can learn from the Amsterdam experience overcoming a host of policy and planning challenges to make it a city with more than 18 million bicycles and 35,000 kilometers of bike paths.

The forum, to be held May 8 at LinkedIn in Sunnyvale, is free with registration.

Register now.

Learn more about the Silicon Valley Bike Vision plan.

Commercial real estate market cools after big gains in 2016

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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, according to a new report from Joint Venture’s Silicon Valley Institute for Regional Studies.

While developers continued to break ground throughout the Bay Area in Q1, a slowdown in pre-leasing activity in the suburban markets led to increased vacancy rates when unleased projects were completed, the report noted.

The report is the first in a new series of quarterly commercial real estate updates from the Institute in partnership with JLL Silicon Valley.

Read the news release.

Download the report.

Joint Venture creates Smart Region Initiative

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Joint Venture 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.

Founding members of the initiative are the County of San Mateo and the cities of San Jose, Morgan Hill, Palo Alto, San Leandro, Cupertino and Mountain View. The initiative will focus on education, collaboration and expertise sharing to drive deployment of regionally-aligned Smart City systems in Silicon Valley.

Read the news release.

Learn more about the initiative.

Joint Venture partners with Smart Cities Council

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Joint Venture has teamed 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 May 8-10. Registrants may use the discount code: JvSv2017 (case sensitive).

The conference builds on the success of Smart Cities Week, which brings more than 1400 federal, state and city leaders together with the sector’s leading smart city practitioners every fall in Washington, D.C.

David Witkowski has been working with the Smart Cities Council to recruit speakers for the conference and will moderate a panel on application of smart city technology to water monitoring and conservation.

Read the news release.

Register for the conference.

Article of the Month

“A Solution for the Bay Area’s Traffic Woes”

Fast Company

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Fast Company magazine, which honored Joint Venture’s Fair Value Commuting initiative in the transportation category of its 2017 World Changing Ideas Awards, published this follow-up article about the project in detail.

Assistant editor Eillie Anzilotti wrote that Joint Venture “has been grappling with the traffic dilemma for years, and it’s now landed on a fairly radical but very comprehensive solution.”

Fair Value Commuting, a five-part proposal that combines technology and policy, “will, once rolled out over the next 24 months, eventually reduce the share of Bay Area commutes made by single-occupancy vehicles (SOV) from around 75% to 50% (around 1 million trips),”

Read the article.

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