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State of the Valley draws 1300 to Joint Venture's annual conference

Crowd of people at the 2018 State of the Valley conferenceFeb. 12, 2018 - A full house of 1300 people packed the San José McEnery Convention Center Feb. 9 for Joint Venture's annual State of the Valley conference.

The audience heard reports on the economy, the future of technology, and regional housing and transit challenges. Keynote speaker Senator Kamala D. Harris, delayed in Washington D.C. by a budget filibuster, substituted a video message for her remarks.

Watch Sen. Harris' message.

Read the Mercury News coverage.

2018 State of the Valley: What's New?

Jure Leskovec February 21, 2018 - At the 2018 State of the Valley conference, Pinterest Chief Scientist Jure Leskovec discussed the advances in Artificial Intelligence (AI) and its application to better governance, risk management and enhanced judgment.

By learning from massive amounts of data, he said, AI can bring about positive changes in everything from jobs and the workforce to healthcare, education and criminal justice.

Watch Professor Leskovec’s presentation.

2018 State of the Valley: What's Next?

Paul Saffo speaking February 21, 2018 - Futurist and Stanford University Professor Paul Saffo, in his presentation at the 2018 State of the Valley conference, outlined the fast and slow trends shaping our region, how innovation occurs and how its rapid growth is not necessarily all good.

“Nothing new comes into our lives without a hidden curse,” he said, meaning that our technology innovations are not only providing solutions to some of our challenges, but are in fact contributing to creating them as well.

Watch Professor Saffo’s presentation.

Valley's housing and transportation crisis explored at State of the Valley

Carol Galante and Steve Heminger chat with Russell Hancock about transportation and housing challenges at the 2018 State of the Valley conference.Feb. 12, 2018 - Regional experts on affordable housing and transportation infrastructure, speaking at Joint Venture's 2018 State of the Valley conference this month, agreed there is no easy fix for these challenging issues.

Steve Heminger of the Metropolitan Transportation Commission and UC Berkeley professor Carol Galante discussed the problems created by Silicon Valley's persistent economic growth.

Watch a video of the conversation.

Read the Silicon Valley Business Journal coverage.

2018 Silicon Valley Index: Enduring tech success puts more pressure on families, commuters

Index Cover Feb. 21, 2018 – Silicon Valley’s persistent economic growth shows few signs of slowing down while it exacerbates the region’s housing and transportation challenges year after year, reports the 2018 Silicon Valley Index by Joint Venture Silicon Valley’s Institute for Regional Studies.

Read the news release.

Watch Russell Hancock's Index briefing at the State of the Valley conference.

Download the 2018 Index.

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:

Accenture logo Applied Materials logo Lucile Packard Children's Hospital Stanford logo Microsoft logo Wells Fargo 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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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 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.

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Silicon Valley Commercial Space - Q3 2017

report cover The Institute’s latest quarterly commercial real estate report, prepared in partnership with JLL Silicon Valley, shows that 4.54 million square feet of space was completed in Q3, while average office space asking rents continued to rise.

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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

February 20, 2018 - (San Jose Mercury News) - Evergreen Initiative Will Add Needed Senior Housing in San Jose: "According to the 2016 Joint Venture Silicon Valley Index, Santa Clara County added 64,000 jobs but only 5,000 new housing units in 2015." More

February 15, 2018 - (Silicon Valley Business Journal) - How Joint Venture Silicon Valley's CEO Takes Action in Politics — Without Actually Being a Politician: "Russell Hancock is a disillusioned political scientist who abandoned — for the most part — academia to immerse himself in the world of political action." More

February 15, 2018 - (San Jose Mercury News) - Income Inequality in the Bay Area is Among the Nation's Highest: "The poverty rate was 8.6 percent in the region in 2016, compared to 14.4 percent in California and 14.1 percent in the U.S., according to the 2018 Silicon Valley Index released by Joint Venture Silicon Valley. More

February 12, 2018 - (Silicon Valley Business Journal) - How'd the Bay Area End Up in a Housing Mess and How Do We Get Out of It?: "That was the stark conclusion from a discussion Friday morning between Joint Venture Silicon Valley CEO Russell Hancock, Metropolitan Transportation Commission chief Steve Heminger and Carol Galante, a former Obama Administration housing official." More.

February 12, 2018 - (Palo Alto Daily Post) - High Cost of Living is Driving Out Locals: "A larger exodus from Silicon Valley is underway. The Joint Venture Institute for Regional Studies released its 2018 Silicon Valley Index yesterday." More

February 12, 2018 - (Barron's) - The View from Silicon Valley: "Those are the ominous, but unsurprising, conclusions of the 2018 Silicon Valley Index released Friday by Joint Venture Silicon Valley’s Institute for Regional Studies." More

February 10, 2018 - (American Thinker) - Lots of People Leaving Their Homes in San Francisco: "Russell Hancock with Joint Venture Silicon Valley said, 'Silicon Valley has been this place that is growing. And it was mostly due to people relocating here and relocating from other parts of the world. That’s changing.'” More

February 9, 2018 - (Silicon Valley Business Journal) - In Search of the Elusive 'Big Fix' for the Bay Area's Transportation Woes: "...with snarled freeways and limited mass transit options, it’s harder to get around than ever, says Russell Hancock, CEO of Joint Venture Silicon Valley." More.

February 9, 2018 - (San Jose Mercury News) - Silicon Valley's Economic 'Paradox' is Scrutinized at Conference: "'The paradox of our prosperity is we are the envy of the nation in our economic growth and job creation,' San Jose Mayor Sam Liccardo said during an interview, after speaking at the annual State of the Valley Conference organized by Joint Venture Silicon Valley." More

February 8, 2018 - (Sacramento Bee) - Capitol Alert: "Sen. Kamala Harris is set to deliver the keynote speech Friday at Joint Venture Silicon Valley’s 'State of the Valley' conference in San Jose, addressing the region’s economy, community health and future challenges. More.

February 8, 2018 - (San Jose Mercury News) - Why Are All These Bay Area Residents Leaving?: "'Between July 2015 and July 2017, the region gained 44,732 immigrants but lost 44,102 residents to other parts of California and the country,' according to a  new survey by Joint Venture Silicon Valley. More.

February 8, 2018 - (San Jose Mercury News) - Packing Up and Moving Out: Bay Area Exodus Continues: "Overall, the region’s population continues to grow. But the number of outgoing residents has hit its highest point in more than a decade, according to a report released Wednesday by Joint Venture Silicon Valley." More

February 8, 2018 - (Silicon Valley Business Journal) - In Silicon Valley, Enjoy Good Times but Watch for Bad Omens: "But to hear someone like Russell Hancock, CEO of Joint Venture and president of its Institute for Regional Studies, describe the big picture these numbers represent, you might think you're hearing a different song." More.