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Fast Company magazine honors Joint Venture’s Fair Value Commuting Project

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March 24, 2017 - Fast Company has honored Joint Venture’s Fair Value Commuting initiative as one of twelve recipients of the magazine’s first 2017 World Changing Ideas Awards. The awards honor “the best combination of creative problem solving and potential to change our world for the better.”

The FVC project aims to aggregate public transit, mobility services and bikes into a single platform and incentivize employees to make use of those single-occupancy vehicle alternatives. Joint Venture was among 192 finalists from more than 1000 entries around the world.

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Joint Venture & Silicon Valley Bicycle Coalition unveil regional bike plan

grey coverwith bike graphic March 27, 2017 – Joint Venture Silicon Valley and the Silicon Valley Bicycle Coalition have released a comprehensive study that lays out a vision for the bicycle to become a major mode of travel in Silicon Valley. The report asks why, in the face of such debilitating traffic congestion, Silicon Valley isn't taking full advantage of bicycling as an alternative to the automobile.

Read our guest editorial in the San Jose Mercury News. | Read Scott Herhold's column in the Mercury.

Read the news release. | Download the report.

Joint Venture partners with Smart Cities Council on new conference

blue and orange logoMarch 17, 2017 – Joint Venture Silicon Valley has announced a partnership 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 this May.

David Witkowski, Executive Director of Joint Venture’s newly-formed Smart Region Initiative, will moderate a panel of local smart city leaders at the event, to be held May 8-10 at the Santa Clara Convention Center.

Read the news release. | Register for the conference.

Joint Venture board adds A’s, Earthquakes, Water Board leaders

3 headshotsMarch 17, 2017 – The Joint Venture board of directors has elected Oakland Athletics President Dave Kaval, San Jose Earthquakes Chief Operating Officer Jared Shawlee and Santa Clara County Water District Board Chair John Varela as its newest members.

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Four Peninsula cities agree on bike corridor planning process

bike graphicMarch 8, 2017 - Four Peninsula cities – Redwood City, Palo Alto, Menlo Park and Mountain View – have launched an exploratory process to develop a high-quality, safe, north-south bicycle corridor linking those communities from end to end.

All four city councils have adopted an identical resolution kicking off a collaborative process on the interconnected route. The four cities and their managers are members of the Managers Mobility Partnership facilitated by Joint Venture. The partnership also includes Stanford University.

Read the news release.

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

March 29 - (IWCE) - Education is Key for Wireless Technology to Advance, Speaker Says: "David Witkowski, executive director of Joint Venture Silicon Valley, a non-profit that provides a neutral forum for collaborative thinking and leadership from both the public and private sectors, says there are a number of reasons cities haven’t yet fully embraced wireless coverage." More

March 27, 2017 - (San Jose Mercury News) - Guest Editorial: How to Get More People Riding the Bikes We Love (Russell Hancock and Shiloh Ballard): "The Mercury News’ Scott Herhold pondered this question in his recent column, spurred by the release of “Silicon Valley Bike Vision,” a report from our two organizations." More.  

March 22, 2017 - (Next City) - Fast Company Names 12 “World Changing Ideas” From Chicago to the Bay Area: "The winner in the transportation category is a plan called Bay Area Fair Value Commuting, developed by Joint Venture Silicon Valley, a nonprofit that helped put together this new report laying out a vision for a better bike network in that region." More

March 22, 2017 - (San Jose Mercury News) - Scott Herhold: Bike to Work? Why Commuters Say No: "The accident made me shun bicycling for nearly a decade. And it’s given me sympathy for one of the central findings of a new report on bicycling put out by Joint Venture and the Silicon Valley Bicycle Coalition." More

March 21, 2017 - (Next City) - Silicon Valley Has a Plan for Building a “Stress-Free” Bike Network: "The report, Silicon Valley Bike Vision, comes from a number of organizations and heavy-hitters: Joint Venture Silicon Valley, the Silicon Valley Bicycle Coalition and Nelson\Nygaard Consulting Associates..." More

March 13, 2017 - (The Atlantic) - In Pricey Silicon Valley, Teachers Scramble for Housing: "About 21 percent of people who have jobs in Silicon Valley live outside of the area, and about 5 percent endure mega-commutes of more than 90 minutes one-way, according to the Silicon Valley Institute for Regional Studies." More

March 6, 2017 - (KPIX-TV) - Restrictions on H-1B Visas Could Take Toll on Silicon Valley: “'Legal immigration is altogether different thing and Silicon Valley is built upon the premise of people coming here legally and pursing a path to innovation, entrepreneurship and prosperity,' said Russell Hancock, CEO of Joint Venture Silicon Valley." Video.

February 18, 2017 - (Viodi TV) - From Connected Smart City to Smart Region: "Speaking at Joint Venture’s 2017 State of the Valley Conference (SOV2017), (David) Witcowski provides an overview of the Joint Venture’s newly formed Smart Region Initiative." More.