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Joint Venture board adds seven new members

June 14, 2019 – The Joint Venture board of directors elected two new members at their quarterly meeting: Supervisor Susan Ellenberg, Santa Clara County Board of Supervisors, District 4 and Michael Isip, President and Chief Executive Officer of KQED Public Media. “We are delighted to add the expertise of Supervisor Susan Ellenberg and Michael Isip to the Joint Venture board,” said Russell Hancock, President & CEO of Joint Venture.

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Joint Venture partners with Adobe for jobs for people with disabilities

people chatting June 10, 2019 - Joint Venture's Silicon Valley Talent Partnership has paired a pro bono team of experts from Adobe to assist nonprofit Project HIRED to help people with disabilities find employment. Have a project that could use expert help?

Contact Joint Venture's SVTP for details.

EY Launch on Loan program comes to Joint Venture

EY logoJune 10, 2019 - Joint Venture is thrilled to welcome eight college business and accounting interns as part of the “EY Launch on Loan” program July 8 - 11. Thanks to the generosity of EY, Joint Venture will have raw talent at work while helping those interns to develop their professional skills.

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Manzanita Talks: field trip

The Manzanita TalksJune 10, 2019 - A group of 20 elected officials and transportation planners from Bay Area tech companies took a field trip to Walnut Creek to see transportation management schemes employed at Contra Costa Centre, a dense center of jobs and retail. Joint Venture CEO Russell Hancock led the outing. The trip was part of the “Manzanita Talks,” exploring the feasibility of a sub-regional transportation management association on the Peninsula.

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Joint Venture food rescue expands fleet

Food Rescue truckJune 10, 2019 - Joint Venture’s A La Carte food rescue initiative has received a $350,000 grant from CalRecycle’s Food Waste Prevention Program.

Conceived and incubated at Joint Venture, A La Carte “harvests” the abundance of prepared food from university and corporate campuses and delivers it directly to underserved members of the community. These new grant funds will enable Joint Venture to expand its fleet of trucks, increase the types food rescued, and provide the staff necessary to increase services. A La Carte has delivered 150,000 meals to underserved people in our community.

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Joint Venture to CPUC: More infrastructure now

CPUC hearingJune 10, 2019 - Joint Venture’s David Witkowski provided expert testimony May 20 in Sacramento in front of the California Public Utilities Commission (CPUC) Communications division. He outlined a vision for California’s communications grid. “The communications grid is a critical part of infrastructure,” said Witkowski, “but the state still relies on a patchwork of archaic rules that hinder access to safe, reliable, and affordable services.”

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Meet John Boland, KQED Public Media

John Boland speaking at graduationJune 10, 2019 - Every leader aspires to leave a legacy of success. John Boland, a member of the board of directors at Joint Venture Silicon Valley, has done just that at KQED. At a time when most regional news entities are struggling, Boland catapulted KQED from a traditional public broadcast outlet into a multimedia stronghold. The eldest of 12 and a college dropout, Boland served as President and CEO of KQED through March 2019, and is now president emeritus. 

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Institute Report: space under construction rivals dot com boom

black and white report cover June 10, 2019 – Joint Venture Silicon Valley’s Institute for Regional Studies has released its Q1 2019 report on Silicon Valley commercial space. The report shows that activity is brisk and demand is high, especially for commercial space located near public transit. Office vacancy rates – which were relatively high between Q4 2017 and Q4 2018 due – fell significantly in Q1 2019 to 13.4%.

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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.

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Investors Council Spotlight

Joint Venture's Investors Council welcomes dozens of public and private organizations and foundations supporting our initiatives and programs. Here are just a few of our many investors:

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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.

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2019 State of the Valley

Joint Venture’s annual State of the Valley conference took place in San Jose February 15, 2019. This is a video recap of the event.

2019 State of the Valley recap video by PRx Digital.

Briefing on the 2019 Silicon Valley Index

Joint Venture CEO Russell Hancock gave a comprehensive briefing on the 2019 Silicon Valley Index, produced by Joint Venture’s Institute for Regional Studies.

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Silicon Valley Commercial Space - Q1 2019

report cover The Institute’s latest quarterly commercial real estate report, prepared in partnership with JLL Silicon Valley, showed that activity is brisk and demand is high, especially for commercial space located near public transit. Office vacancy rates – which were relatively high between Q4 2017 and Q4 2018 due – fell significantly in Q1 2019 to 13.4%.

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Silicon Valley Index - 2019

cover Silicon Valley’s economy has reached new levels of employment, income, innovation, and investments as major companies are fundamentally altering the character and evolution of innovation in the region.

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Silicon Valley Bike Vision - February 2017

cover Joint Venture and the Silicon Valley Bicycle Coalition have published a regional study that lays out a vision for the bicycle to become a major mode of travel in Silicon Valley.

The report, "Silicon Valley Bike Vision," was produced in partnership with Nelson\Nygaard Consulting Associates, Inc. and made possible with funding from Google, Facebook and Stanford University.

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In The News

June 14, 2019 - (AJOT) -Commute times across Silicon Valley have increased by 17% over the past decade, adding an average of 43 minutes weekly per commuter, according to the 2018 Silicon Valley Index by Joint Venture Silicon Valley. More

June 12, 2019 - (Los Altos Town Crier) - Food truck puts corporate leftovers to community good: Silicon Valley Food Rescue operates as a project of Joint Venture Silicon Valley. More

June 9, 2019 - (Mercury News) - Employment in the tech-heavy sector grew by 38.8% in Santa Clara and San Mateo counties between 2007 and 2018, according to the Joint Venture Silicon Valley’s 2019 Silicon Valley Index. More

June 7, 2019 - (Telemundo TV 48) - Organization donates food to families in need: Since March, Facebook has donated 22 thousand meals through the Joint Venture A La Carte program More

June 7, 2019 - (Silicon Valley Business Journal) - What Duffy Jennings has written of Bay Area history can fill a whole book:Duffy Jennings retired earlier this year as vice president of communications at Joint Venture Silicon Valley. More

June 7, 2019 - (Mercury News) - Facebook now donating some uneaten food from its cafeterias: Partnership with Joint Venture’s A La Carte brings food directly to those in need More

June 1, 2019 - (KPIX News) - Silicon Valley tech giant Google may be at the center of an anti-trust investigation by the DOJ: Joint Venture CEO Russell Hancock interviewed. More

May 23, 2019 - (Curbed San Francisco)Joint Venture Silicon Valley released its annual Silicon Valley Index and reported “for the third year in a row, people are moving out of Silicon Valley nearly as quickly as they are moving in.” More

May 20, 2019 - (CBS San Francisco) - Tesla Stock Plunges: for Russell Hancock, the president and CEO of Joint Venture Silicon Valley, the issue is the assembly line. More

May 20, 2019 - (CBS San Francisco) -New Report Shows San Jose Has Nation’s Highest-Paid Workers:“It’s no surprise,” said Russell Hancock, the CEO of Joint Venture Silicon Valley More

May 16, 2019 - (IWCE's Urgent Communications) -Jeff Lewis, director of the smart-region initiative for Joint Venture Silicon Valley, outlines the benefits that government entities can realize by coordinating communications initiatives More

May 16, 2019 - (Mercury News) - The Gary Dillabough Effect: Transforming downtown San Jose, 20 buildings at a time: Joint Venture board member Gary Dillabough profiled. More

May 10, 2019 - (Mercury News) - Bay Area wage growth slowing, but still among best in the nation: Russell Hancock, president of Joint Venture Silicon Valley, said he’s still bullish about the regional economy. More