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Jeff Lewis named Director, Smart Region Initiative

Jeff LewisApril 22, 2019 – Joint Venture Silicon Valley announced that Jeff Lewis has been named Director of Joint Venture’s Smart Region Initiative where he will oversee a coalition between local governments, businesses, and residents working together to improve the application of smart city technologies across the region.

A veteran in the field of Information Technology, Lewis previously served as Director of Information Technology for the cities of Concord and Merced. As a CIO Jeff has led Smart City, broadband, IT strategic planning, enterprise architecture, policy, and research initiatives for local government. He has focused on the advancement of digital government, security policy, innovation, and emerging technologies.

Meet Dr. Mary A. Papazian, San Jose State University

Mary Papazian “You can't have a great city without a great university, and you can't have a great university without a great city.”

April 19, 2019 - Dr. Mary A. Papazian has the pedigree to lead a great university. A native of Los Angeles, Dr. Papazian had nearly 30 years of teaching and academic administrative experience when she became San Jose State University’s 30th president and the first Armenian American female president of a university on July 1, 2016. That same year she joined the Joint Venture Silicon Valley Board of Directors. 

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Rachel Massaro named 2019 Woman of Influence by Biz Journal

Rachel MassaroApril 12, 2019 - Silicon Valley Business Journal has named Rachel Massaro, Vice President and Director of Research at Joint Venture Silicon Valley and for the Silicon Valley Institute for Regional Studies as one of Silicon Valley's 2019 Women of Influence award winners.

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Silicon Valley Talent Partnership teams with Inspire and City of San José for 2020 census rollout

April 22, 2019 - As part of Joint Venture’s Silicon Valley Talent Partnership project, a team of pro-bono consultants from Inspire helped the City of San José prepare for the rollout of the 2020 Census. The team developed Census “kiosks” at locations such as community centers to reach hard-to-count populations, including those 30% of low-income residents who don’t have access to the internet. SVTP leverages Silicon Valley’s highly skilled, pro bono human capital to catalyze measurable change. Learn more

Data Release: Silicon Valley sets pace for electric vehicle adoption 

Electric car April 22, 2019 - The Joint Venture Institute for Regional Studies today reported that Silicon Valley’s total number of registered electric vehicles (EVs) surpassed 80,000 in 2018, comprising nearly 20% of all such vehicles in California, and by far the highest numbers of any region per capita. Learn more

Joint Venture’s Wireless Communications Initiative 5G Seminar: Hands-on Roadshow

April 2, 2019 - Momentum towards deployment of 4th and 5th generation technology for wireless telecommunications is growing. To educate and inform municipal leaders about 4G and 5G, Joint Venture’s Wireless Communications Initiative is partnering with telecommunications carriers to host a series of roadshow events throughout the Bay Area. These invitation-only events are open to municipal CIOs and IT staff, city managers, elected officials, and leaders involved in planning, public works, and economic development. Joint Venture Roadshow events will be scheduled in the Monterey Bay, East Bay, and North Bay regions. Municipal leaders interested in attending roadshow events should email or call (408) 298-9333.

Joint Venture Food Rescue expands reach

100K pounds of food, 80K meals in 6 months

April 2, 2019 - Joint Venture’s food rescue initiative, A La Carte, has collected more than 100,000 pounds of prepared surplus food from universities and corporate food services...more than 80,000 meals for people who are food insecure. This spring A La Carte will purchase an additional truck. John A. Sobrato, Chairman Emeritus of Sobrato Development Companies, Sobrato Philanthropies, and a current member of Joint Venture’s board of directors, has donated $125,000 to the effort.

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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.

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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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 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 Commercial Space - Q3 2018

report cover The Institute’s latest quarterly commercial real estate report, prepared in partnership with JLL Silicon Valley, showed the surge of commercial space development in Silicon Valley continued unabated in the third quarter of 2018.

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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 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

April 25, 2019 - (Mercury News) - New Bay Area crown: Most expensive place in the world to build; “Another dubious award for the Bay Area,” said Russell Hancock, CEO of the non-partisan, regional think-tank Joint Venture Silicon Valley. More

April 22, 2019 - (Mercury News) - Bay Area paradox: We need housing, but we don’t want to build faster:  a recent study by Joint Venture Silicon Valley estimated the region is short as many as 108,000 homes and apartments. More

April 20, 2019 - (The Almanac) -Midpeninsula mayors, tech company transportation leaders convene to talk traffic: They were there to launch the "Manzanita Talks," a series of discussions convened by Joint Venture Silicon Valley More

April 16, 2019 - (KPIX 5) - Lawsuit Claims Apple Misled Hundreds Of Thousands Of Investors: “This is new territory for Apple,” said President and CEO of Joint Venture Silicon Valley Russ Hancock. More

April 12, 2019 - (Silicon Valley Business Journal) - Silicon Valley's 2019 Women of Influence award winners: Rachel Massaro, Vice President and Director of Research at Joint Venture Silicon Valley and Director of Research for the Silicon Valley Institute for Regional Studies. More

April 9, 2019 - (City Journal) - This year, Harris keynoted the Joint Venture Silicon Valley conference, and she is once again reaping large donations from tech and media giants. More

April 6, 2019 - (Pasadena Star News) - Overall, notes a new Joint Venture Silicon Valley report, homelessness and inequality has expanded in the region, while the quality of life is perceived by most to be deteriorating. More

April 6, 2019 - (Mercury News) - According to, the California Department of Education, and the Silicon Valley Institute for Regional Studies, the cost of care for children under age five rose gy 30 - 57%... More

April 5, 2019 - (Bike Index) - "When police recover stolen property, bicycles are often among the items they find..." said David Witkowski, who heads up Civic Technology Programs at Joint Venture Silicon Valley  More

April 1, 2019 - (San Francisco Business Times) - The Bay Area’s median household income hit an all-time high of $118,400 last year, according to an annual report from think-tank Joint Venture Silicon Valley... More

March 31, 2019 - (Mercury News) - Bay Area tech salaries outpaced by rent hikes in some cities: Despite the strong economy, about 22,300 residents left the region last year...according to a study by Joint Venture Silicon Valley. More

March 27, 2019 - (KPIX) - Big Name Tech Companies To Lay Off Over 1000 Employees: tech expert warned the layoffs were not a sign of an economic downturn. Instead, Joint Venture Silicon Valley President Russ Hancock said, the layoffs were typical of the tech industry. More

March 27, 2019 - (Curbed San Francisco) - Joint Venture Silicon Valley released its annual Silicon Valley Index and found that “for the third year in a row, people are moving out of Silicon Valley nearly as quickly as they are moving in.” More

March 25, 2019 - (Mercury News) - Support for transportation investment is consistent with at least a 40-year history in the region, said Russell Hancock, president and CEO of Joint Venture Silicon Valley... More

March 24, 2019 - (Mercury News) - Hancock, whose day job is president and CEO of Joint Venture Silicon Valley, says Montalvo has been “a wonderful home” for the St. Michael’s Trio.  More