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Joint Venture board adds Fremont City Manager Mark Danaj

Mark Danaj headshotNovember 16, 2018 – The Joint Venture board of directors has elected Fremont city manager Mark Danaj as its newest member. He succeeds former Fremont City manager Fred Diaz on the board.

Danaj was named Fremont’s eighth city manager in July after four years as the city manager of Manhattan Beach.

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Joint Venture sponsors FCC education session for wireless industry

people setting at table for education sessionNovember 8, 2018 - Joint Venture's Wireless Communications Initiative recently sponsored an FCC Education Session for wireless industry professionals by Federal Preservation Officer Jill Springer in San Ramon.

Hosted by the California Wireless Association and Caldwell Compliance, Springer updated the industry professionals about the FCC's recent rulings and orders related to cell sites in the context of environmental, historical, tribal, and permitting guidelines.

Learn more about the Wireless Communications Initiative.

Grand Boulevard survey on bike and pedestrian safety

Grand Boulevard logoNovember 8, 2018 - Joint Venture's Grand Boulevard Initiative and the City of Palo are conducting a public survey on ways to increase safety for bicyclists and pedestrians along El Camino Real between Stanford and Lambert Avenue.

The survey has received some 1700 comments since early this year and is reaching out to the community to make sure everyone has had a chance to weigh in. 

Take the survey and learn more about the project.

Learn more about the Grand Boulevard Initiative.

Institute Report: Commercial space construction boom continues; industrial vacancy rates at 18-year low

Commercial Space 2018 Q3 report coverOctober 22, 2018 – The surge of commercial space development in Silicon Valley continued unabated in the third quarter of 2018, with more than ten million square feet of new space under construction and the industrial space vacancy rate at an 18-year low of 2.6 percent, the Silicon Valley Institute for Regional Studies reported today.

The Institute’s latest quarterly commercial real estate report, prepared in partnership with JLL Silicon Valley, shows that more than three million square feet of newly constructed office and industrial space was delivered to the market this year, a third of that total in Q3 alone.

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Meet Matt Mahan

Matt MahanCEO,, and Co-chair, Joint Venture Board of Directors

If it weren’t for his fellow Harvard University student Mark Zuckerberg, Matt Mahan would likely be just another one of some 80,000 lawyers in Washington, D.C. today.

Now the co-founder and CEO of the nonpartisan voter network and the newly-installed private sector co-chair of the Joint Venture board of directors, Mahan says Zuckerberg played a role in his career direction.

Read Matt’s profile.

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:

Hensel Phelps logo Hood & Strong logo city of Monte Sereno logo

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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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 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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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

November 15, 2018 - (Palo Alto Daily Post) - El Camino Bike Lanes Proposed: "A proposal to build protected bike lanes along a 0.8-mile stretch of El Camino Real in Palo Alto had some planning commissioners last night asking: why there?" More

November 12, 2018 - (Palo Alto Online) - El Camino: Another Scheme to Increase Congestion? - "This study was partially funded by a grant under the regional El Camino Grand Boulevard Initiative." More

October 30, 2018 - (Scot Scoop) - New Bike Lanes Protect Bikers from Collision: "With the efforts of the Grand Boulevard Initiative, Feher Peers, and the Redwood City committee, a protected bike lane plan on El Camino Real has been implemented." More

October 29, 2018 - (Hub Spot) - In a Land of Automated Milk and Honey, Marketers Are Presented With an Opportunity: "'Prodigious" is a word used by Russell Hancock, president of nonprofit Joint Venture Silicon Valley. "..suddenly you’re seeing a backlash and people are upset.” More

October 24, 2018 - (KPIX5) - Tesla Turns Its Largest Profit, First in 2 Years: "'This is a big deal for the CEO because he's been embattled,' says Russell Hancock, tech expert. Video.

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.