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Joint Venture taps Ed Balocating to head Smart Cities Initiative

Ed Balocating headshotOctober 1, 2018 - Joint Venture Silicon Valley has appointed veteran electrical engineer Ed Balocating as Director of its Smart Region Initiative, a subspecialty of the organization's Civic Technology Initiative.

The Smart Region Initiative is a coalition between local governments, businesses, and residents working together to improve the quality of life in Silicon Valley through the targeted and holistic application of smart city technologies.

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Learn more about Smart Region.

Annual economic development conference set for Nov. 1-2 in Santa Cruz

Annual SVEDA conference Nov 1-2 October 15, 2018 - Joint Venture’s annual conference of the Silicon Valley Economic Development Alliance will take place in Santa Cruz November 1-2.

Irena Asmundson, Chief Economist for the State of California, will deliver the opening keynote for the two-day event, presented in partnership with International Council of Shopping Centers P3 Committee.

More information and registration.

Joint Venture board elects Brigade’s Matt Mahan as new private sector co-chair; Board also adds Facebook, Caliva executives

Matt Mahan September 21, 2018 – The Joint Venture board of directors has elected Brigade President and CEO Matt Mahan as its new private sector co-chair.

The board also elected Facebook Public Policy Manager Juan Salazar and Caliva CEO Dennis O’Malley as its newest members.

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More about the Joint Venture board.

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.

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 2018 Silicon Valley Index.

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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2018 State of the Valley

Joint Venture’s annual State of the Valley conference took place in San Jose February 9, 2018. This is a video recap of the event.

2018 State of the Valley recap video by PRx Digital.

Briefing on the 2018 Silicon Valley Index

Joint Venture CEO Russell Hancock gave a comprehensive briefing on the 2018 Silicon Valley Index, produced by Joint Venture’s Institute for Regional Studies.

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Economic Update: The Peninsula Economy - July 2018

July 2018 Economic Update report cover This brief, the fifth in a series, provides an update on the economy in Silicon Valley and San Francisco, here referred to as “the Peninsula economy.” The Peninsula sub region includes Santa Clara, San Mateo and San Francisco counties.

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Silicon Valley Commercial Space - Q1 2018

report cover The Institute’s latest quarterly commercial real estate report, prepared in partnership with JLL Silicon Valley, shows that five developments were completed in the quarter, accounting for nearly one million square feet of commercial office.

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Silicon Valley Index - 2018

cover The latest regional economic study again shows more jobs, income, venture capital and commercial construction pouring into Silicon Valley, yet workers struggle to afford housing, endure longer commutes and face rising costs for such everyday needs as food, clothing and child care.

Learn more about the Silicon Valley Index online at

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Preparing for a Silicon Valley Retirement Surge - October 2017

report cover This report takes an in-depth look at the trends in labor force participation in Silicon Valley, identifies likely trends in the retirement of older workers to 2025, and discusses high-level implications for workforce policy.

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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

October 3, 2018 - (KCBS Radio) - Cybersecurity Symposium: "Joint Venture Silicon Valley's David Witkowski says more cities need to take a hard look at their cybersecurity before launching any new projects." More. 

October 1, 2018 - (Idaho Business Review) - Can Idaho Leverage Silicon Valley's Problems?: "The two major components making Silicon Valley successful were innovation and entrepreneurship, said Russell Hancock, president and CEO of Joint Venture Silicon Valley." More

September 25, 2018 - (San Jose Mercury News) - Palo Alto: Teacher Housing Experiment Moves Closer to Reality: "According to the Silicon Valley Index, roughly 1 percent of new housing in the county since 2015 has gone to middle-income earners." More

September 19, 2018 - (The Almanac) - Enrollment Continues to Dip in Area Schools: "'Without question, Silicon Valley is still a hotbed,' said Joint Venture CEO Russell Hancock, in a press release. 'But our spectacular success has created a harsh environment for families.'" More

September 13, 2018 - (Palo Alto Online) - Bikeway Launched to Connect Peninsula Cities: "Russell Hancock, chief executive of Joint Venture Silicon Valley, commented on the flat landscape, the great weather and the health consciousness of Silicon Valley residents. 'Silicon Valley really should be the biking capital of America,' he said." More

September 11, 2018 - (CBS News) - Apple says Trump Tariffs Could Increase Prices for Apple Watch, AirPods, More: "But it's not quite that simple, argued Russell Hancock, president and CEO at Joint Venture Silicon Valley. 'The fact is, if you were to manufacture any of these things in the United States, it would be dramatically more costly,' he said." More

September 11, 2018 - (CBS5) - Bay Area Tech Giants Say Trump Tariffs Could Raise Prices On Their Products: "Tech expert and President of Joint Venture Silicon Valley CEO Russell Hancock said there are significant costs to consider." Video.

September 8, 2018 - (San Jose Mercury News) - In the Bay Area’s Housing Shortage, Even Stanford University Struggles to Provide Shelter: "'“(Stanford is) extraordinary,” said Russell Hancock, CEO of Joint Venture Silicon Valley. “They don’t get near enough the credit they deserve.'" More

September 7, 2018 - (Palo Alto Online) - Athena Honors Go To Health Advocate, Architect: "(Sherri Sager) helped shape policy locally as a board member of the Joint Venture Silicon Valley." More

August 29, 2018 - (Los Altos Town Crier) - Designated Bikeway to Bridge Peninsula Cities: "...Mountain View, Palo Alto, Menlo Park, Redwood City and Stanford University with Joint Venture Silicon Valley support, launched the project to address regional transportation issues..." More

August 29, 2018 - (San Jose Mercury News) - Peninsula: Officials Set to Launch Bike Route Connecting 4 Cities: "The temporary bike route is a product of the Managers Mobility Partnership, a 2-year-old collaboration between the four city managers, Stanford and Joint Venture Silicon Valley." More

August 26, 2018 - (Almanac News) - Cities' Collaboration Leads to Interim Peninsula Bikeway: "'The city managers' partnership, called the 'Managers Mobility Partnership,' or MMP, was convened by Joint Ventures Silicon Valley and is a historically unprecedented collaboration, according to JVSV CEO Russell Hancock." More.