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Emily Breslin is our Benest Fellow for 2018-2019

Emily Breslin headshotAugust 13, 2018 - Joint Venture welcomes Emily Breslin as our Benest Fellow for 2018-2019. The program honors the legacy of former Palo Alto city manager Frank Benest, a tireless champion of regionalism and a long-serving member of the Joint Venture board of directors. He is now retired and serves on our Senior Advisory Council.

Emily is a graduate student at the Technical University of Berlin, Germany, where she is receiving her master's degree in Urban Management & Design. She is writing her thesis on the Bay Area's mobility issues, and she will do the research and writing at Joint Venture. 

Read Emily's bio.

Guest Editorial: Narrowing the Community Broadband Gap

ethernet cables and switchAugust 7, 2018 - Joint Venture's Community Broadband director Mo Shakouri and San Mateo County chief information officer Jon Walton co-authored a guest opinion column in the Silicon Valley Business Journal about our pioneering work in developing community broadband networks in the region. 

The Community Broadband Initiative seeks public-private partnerships that will allow local community engagement and investment in conjunction with corporate investment.

Read the guest opinion column.

Joint Venture taps Mick Greco as EVP and Director of Development

Mick Greco headshotJuly 23, 2018 – Joint Venture has announced the appointment of veteran marketing and finance expert Mick Greco to the dual role of Executive Vice President and Director of Development.

Greco brings 15 years of experience in both the private and non-profit sectors to the position. Most recently, Greco managed marketing and partner development for the Cristo Rey San José Work Study Program.

Read the news release | Read Mick's bio

Peninsula economy update: Jobs, population growth heap pressure on housing and transit

July 2018 Economic UpdateJuly 16, 2018 Joint Venture's Institute for Regional Studies reported today that the strong Silicon Valley economy continues to impact the Peninsula sub-region as employment and population growth further strain housing and transit.

With low unemployment and a wave of companies announcing expansions, housing prices and rents have surged faster than wages, and housing construction has lagged behind the added population.

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New deputy director for Silicon Valley Talent Partnership Initiative

Floor KoudijsJuly 10, 2018 - Floor Koudijs, a leader in management development with a background in international relations, is the new Deputy Director for the Silicon Valley Talent Partnership Initiative at Joint Venture.

Originally from the Netherlands, Floor has been in the San Francisco Bay Area since 2012. Her work experience spans different countries (the Netherlands, Spain and the U.S.) and different sectors (for-profit, non-profit and government).

Read Floor's bio.

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.

Learn more about the Silicon Valley Index online at

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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

August 7, 2018 - (Silicon Valley Business Journal) - Guest Editorial: How Silicon Valley Can Use Community Input to Bridge the Big Broadband Gap: "Joint Venture Silicon Valley’s Community Broadband Initiative (CBI) is a coalition of residents, local governments and telecommunications companies to improve broadband connectivity in Northern California." More

August 6, 2018 - (San Mateo Daily Journal) - Development Interest Springs Across San Bruno: "Woltering said the city’s vision for El Camino Real aims for a similar goal, in alignment with the larger Grand Boulevard Initiative, which promotes the same sort of redevelopment along the thoroughfare from Daly City to San Jose." More

August 2, 2018 - (KBCW-TV) - Despite Record Losses, Musk Optimistic About Outlook For Tesla: Russell Hancock, Joint Venture Silicon Valley: "If they cannot deliver the model 3, then Tesla's in a world of hurt." Video.

August 1, 2018 - (Neowin) - Well-paid Tech Workers Say Home Ownership is Elusive in New Survey: "Russell Hancock from Joint Venture Silicon Valley, said: 'You can't even contemplate getting into the housing market here. And I don't mean just service workers, I mean highly skilled professionals.'" More

July 27, 2018 - (Silicon Valley Business Journal) - Apple and Alphabet Once Again Top List of Silicon Valley's Largest 100 Employers: "More than 809,000 jobs in Silicon Valley were in the broad industry group of community services and infrastructure, according to Joint Venture Silicon Valley's 2018 Silicon Valley Index." More

July 18, 2018 - (Smart Resilient Cities) - World's Top 50 Smart City Governments Ranked By Eden Strategy Institute: "Credit was given to the Mayor’s Office of Civic Innovation, and non-profits like Joint Venture Silicon Valley." More.

July 10, 2018 - (East Bay Times) - “Immense growth” Makes the Bay Area the World’s 19th-largest Economy, If it Were a Nation: "'This is a very successful economy, but all of this economic activity is being dropped into an area that is largely already developed,' said Russell Hancock, president of Joint Venture Silicon Valley." More.

June 27, 2018 - (Silicon Valley Business Journal) - Emmett Carson Resigns from Community Foundation; Report Substantiates Complaints: "Russell Hancock, CEO of the nonprofit Joint Venture Silicon Valley, said 'there's this perception that Silicon Valley has lost its way...'" More

June 23, 2018 - (Shanghai Observer) - Collaborative Innovation in the Yangtze River Delta: "Russell Hancock, chairman and CEO of Joint Venture Silicon Valley, said that China has a long-term government-led planning and development model, while Silicon Valley has no collaborative planning..." More

June 22, 2018 - (Shanghai Observer) - What Advantages Does the Yangtze River Delta Have Over Silicon Valley?: "At present, Silicon Valley...local government has invested millions of dollars in the construction of affordable housing, and also doubled the cost of crossing the Bay Area two weeks ago. 'But I think these measures are far from enough,' Hancock said." More.

June 7, 2018 - (KPIX5) - Sunnyvale Officials Look Into Possible Tax Targeting Tech Giants: "It’s easy to understand where the cities are coming from,” said Russ Hancock of Joint Venture Silicon Valley. More

June 3, 2018 - (San Jose Mercury News) - Half of Silicon Valley Residents Want to Leave: "A recent report from Joint Venture Silicon Valley found more people left Silicon Valley in both 2016 and 2017 than in any year since 2006." More.