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Joint Venture, Silicon Valley Talent Partnership join forces

JVSV and SVTP logosJune 13, 2017 – Joint Venture Silicon Valley and Silicon Valley Talent Partnership (SVTP) announced today they are combining the two organizations under the Joint Venture umbrella.

The unification, approved by the boards of both organizations, enables both parties to greatly enhance their respective missions, which includes continuing their ongoing county-wide Food Rescue Initiative partnership, which began in 2016.

Read the news release.

Learn more about Silicon Valley Talent Partnership.

Joint Venture board elects UCSC, Stanford Health Care leaders

two new board member headshotsJune 9, 2017 – The Joint Venture board of directors has elected Dr. Scott Brandt, Vice Chancellor of the University of California at Santa Cruz, and David Entwistle, President and CEO of Stanford Health Care, as its newest members.

Dr. Brandt has been UCSC’s vice chancellor for research since 2013 and a professor of computer science in the Baskin School of Engineering since 1999. Entwistle joined Stanford Health Care last summer after serving as CEO of the University of Utah Hospital & Clinics for nine years.

Read the news release.

Joint Venture launches Community Broadband Initiative

Mo ShakouriJune 8, 2017 – Joint Venture Silicon Valley has announced the formation of a Community Broadband Initiative and tapped veteran wireless industry executive Dr. Mohammad Shakouri to lead the project.

The Community Broadband Initiative (CBI) will operate under Joint Venture’s Civic Technology umbrella, which includes the Wireless Communications and Smart Region projects.

Read the news release.

Learn more about the Community Broadband Initiative.

Hancock op-ed: Why aren't we biking more in Silicon Valley?

man in traffic on bicycleMay 30, 2017 - Joint Venture CEO Russell Hancock opined last week in the Palo Alto Weekly on upgrading the biking infrastructure for Silicon Valley

"If the Dutch and the Danes are biking in cold weather, what's stopping us here in Silicon Valley?" he asks. "We have a Mediterranean climate, a flat landscape, we're a health-conscious population, and we're rabidly committed to the environment. So why aren't we biking?"

Read his guest opinion column.

Meet Melissa Stevenson Diaz, City of Redwood City

Melissa Diaz with her daughter City Manager, City of Redwood City

Melissa Stevenson Diaz is too modest to call herself Wonder Woman or Batgirl, but she credits her success to a super hero back story that led her from California to Maine to Japan and back, and ultimately to her “dream job” as the city manager of Redwood City.

It was her parents, she says, who instilled important values that brought out what others see as her special abilities to run a city of 86,000 in the heart of Silicon Valley.

Read Melissa's profile.

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.

David Witkowski headshotFebruary 7, 2017 – Joint Venture Silicon Valley today announced it has joined the Global City Teams Challenge (GCTC) leadership team, as part of the Public Wi-Fi SuperCluster.

The goal of the SuperCluster is to establish sustainable models for collaboration, foster innovation and demonstrate the measurable benefits of using Internet Of Things technology in smart city projects.

David Witkowski, Executive Director of Joint Venture’s newly-formed Smart Region Initiative, will have an active role on the GCTC Public Wi-Fi SuperCluster leadership team.

“NIST, in partnership with NTIA and US Ignite, has been instrumental in driving and promoting efforts to unite smart city stakeholders and create communities for applying technologies in ways that solve real-world problems,” said Witkowski.

“In many ways, these SuperClusters are using at the national level the same model Joint Venture’s been using regionally during the past two decades. Several members of our Wireless Communications Initiative are actively involved with the US Ignite efforts.”

The 2017 GCTC Public Wi-Fi SuperCluster project aims to develop blueprints and implementation plans, convene workshops among interested parties and stakeholders, plan and oversee multi-city deployments consistent with the blueprints and implementation plans, and report results in the latter half of 2017.

Public sector and private sector companies interested to participate in the GCTC Public Wi-Fi SuperCluster should contact Joint Venture Silicon Valley at (408) 298-9333.

About Joint Venture Silicon Valley
Joint Venture Silicon Valley was established in 1993. A nonprofit organization, the group convenes the region’s leaders across every major sector – government, business, academia, labor, and community organizations. The organization provides data and analysis on our region’s challenges, and leads initiatives to address those challenges. Joint Venture is funded by cities and counties, local companies, colleges and universities, labor and workforce institutions and foundations. For more information, visit

In The News

June 22, 2017 - (Morgan Hill Times) - Our Town: Let Innovation Grow: "...the organizers brought in one of those people that makes a living recognizing innovation and trends, and has mountains of statistics to prove we lead the world in innovation: Russell Hancock." More

June 9, 2017 - (Morgan Hill Times) - Entrepreneurs Win Big at Morgan Hill Disrupt Forum: "Reed Hastings, co-founder of Netflix, is a 'perfect example' of someone who is “disrupting the business model,' explained Joint Venture Silicon Valley President Russell Hancock." More

June 1, 2017 - (KPIX-5) - Watch Silicon Valley's Latest Vision for Personal Flying Vehicles: "It's a sign that the 'future is here,' Russell Hancock, president and CEO of Joint Venture Silicon Valley, told CBS San Francisco. Video.

May 31, 2017 - (Silicon Valley Business Journal) - Yes, Silicon Valley Sides with Democrats. But Does That Make It 'Extremely Liberal'?: "What is new is a study done by Joint Venture Silicon Valley and GrassrootsLab that looks at the political makeup of local elected officials." More

May 26, 2017 - (Palo Alto Online) - Guest Opinion by Russell Hancock: With Ideal Climate and Landscape, Why Aren't We Biking?": The four cities and their managers are members of the Managers Mobility Partnership facilitated by the organization I lead, Joint Venture Silicon Valley. More.

May 15, 2017 - (San Jose Mercury News) - Stanford Pays $130 Million for Los Altos Apartments: “'This shows how serious this problem is,' said Russell Hancock, president of Joint Venture Silicon Valley." More

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.