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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.

What's Happening Now

Institute: Silicon Valley multifamily housing: rental rates up over 2020 dip

report coverSeptember 16, 2021 – Rental rates for multifamily housing in Silicon Valley have increased over the 2020 dip, with a large share of renters paying more than 30% of their income for housing, according to Joint Venture’s Institute for Regional Studies. The Silicon Valley Multifamily Housing report provides a snapshot of the trends in the region’s housing market for residential structures with more than one dwelling unit in the same building.

“With the amount of multifamily housing currently under construction, it’s clear that our region is prioritizing high-density development and working to increase the number of units available,” Rachel Massaro, the Institute’s Director of Research.

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Joint Venture champions expansion of 5G to City of Fremont

September 10, 2021 - The City of Fremont has new 5G wireless services thanks to Joint Venture’s wireless communications initiative. Executive director David Witkowski provided counsel and conducted informational events, underscoring the socio-economic benefits of wireless technologies. Fremont Mayor Lily Mei serves as public sector co-chair of the wireless communications initiative.

This cutting edge technology will create opportunity and help bridge the digital divide with more affordable options for broadband access for consumers and households in the fourth largest city in the Bay Area. "I'm proud to have been part of facilitating this success story between City of Fremont and Verizon Wireless," said Witkowski.

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Joint Venture tapped to lead food recovery program

stack of sandwichesSeptember 12, 2021 - The Implementation Committee of the Recycling and Waste Reduction Commission of Santa Clara County has awarded $250,000 to Joint Venture’s food recovery initiative to oversee the launch of the first countywide food recovery program. Executive director Robin Martin and her team will guide county jurisdictions toward implementation of SB 1383, the first law in the nation mandating certain businesses to donate the maximum possible amounts of their surplus food.

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Institute awarded grant to study financial burden on families

familiesSeptember 12, 2021 - Santa Clara County has granted $54,000 to Joint Venture’s Institute for Regional Studies to conduct a two-part project focused on Silicon Valley families. The undertaking, championed by Supervisor Susan Ellenberg and pursued in partnership with the University of Washington, will model the impact of universal preschool on family finances and the greater regional economy. The project will also explore other aspects of early childhood education.

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Meet Greg Kepferle, CEO, Catholic Charities of Santa Clara County

September 12, 2021 - The American writer and theologian, Frederick Buechner, notes that the English word "vocation" comes from the Latin word vocare, to call, which means the work a person is called to by God. Greg Kepferle, CEO of Catholic Charities of Santa Clara County cites Buechner as he reflects on his own calling. “If this job didn’t already exist, I would have invented it,” he says. Once on track to be a Jesuit priest, Kepferle now leads a staff of 460 people and 1,200 volunteers for the $41 million nonprofit that works to build economic self-sufficiency for the poor and vulnerable. The Bridge to Recovery program conceived and implemented at CCSCC has pivoted to Joint Venture’s new Building Back Better initiative.

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Joint Venture, regional leaders, garner full release of gasoline data

close up of someone pumping gasSeptembr 13, 2021 - At the urging of Joint Venture and its board, the California Energy Commission (CEC) has agreed to publish data on gasoline consumption for 375 California cities. The data reveals that Los Angeles and San Diego consume the most gasoline annually. Among Bay Area cities, San José ranks fifth statewide, San Francisco twelfth, and Oakland twenty-second. “Giving the public access to city-level data allows residents to track their community’s progress on clean air and climate goals, and to hold themselves accountable,” said Janelle London, executive director of Joint Venture’s Beyond Gasoline initiative.

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Institute adds new research talent

September 13, 2021 - Joint Venture’s Institute for Regional Studies has added two new affiliate researchers to the team.

Alex Chen is a data scientist with Change Research, a Silicon Valley polling firm. He will manage the annual Silicon Valley poll and advise the Institute on survey research.

Ricky Manago a senior financial analyst for the JLL Transactions Team. He will advise the Institute on research and analysis related to commercial real estate.

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White paper details solutions to address homework gap, barriers to distance learning

apple on top of a stack of booksSeptember 13, 2021 - When the Bay Area implemented quarantines, school districts were faced with a massive challenge: how to support distance learning for students who lacked adequate broadband access. The pandemic didn’t cause the digital divide but it magnified a pre-existing condition.

The Santa Clara County Office of Education, in partnership with Joint Venture’s community broadband initiative, has published Broadband Networks for Addressing Distance Learning and Homework Gap Challenges. The paper examines the technology solutions available for rapid deployment, and makes recommendations.

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Amazon Smile: Support Joint Venture while you shop

Amazon Smile logoJoint Venture is participating in the AmazonSmile program. Every time you shop at, a portion of your sales (0.5%) goes to support our work. AmazonSmile is a simple and automatic way for you to support Joint Venture every time you shop, at no cost to you. When you shop at, you’ll find the exact low prices, vast selection, and convenient shopping experience as, with the added bonus that Amazon will donate a portion of the purchase price to support Joint Venture’s work in your community.

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Silicon Valley Indicators

indicators home page Comprehensive information and data about the Silicon Valley ecosystem is always available at

Data and charts from the Silicon Valley Index (and more) are presented on an interactive website that allows users to explore Silicon Valley trends. Indicators are presented by the Institute for Regional Studies. Housed within Joint Venture Silicon Valley, the Institute provides data and analysis on issues facing dense metropolitan regions.

Investors Spotlight

Donors invest in Joint Venture with both general support and project-specific gifts. Support from the community enables us to provide innovative solutions to issues that confront our regional economies and quality of life. 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.

Top Videos

The 2021 Silicon Valley Index: Tale of Two Valleys

Joint Venture CEO Russell Hancock summarized the major findings from the 2021 Silicon Valley Index at the annual State of the Valley conference held online February 23-24. The report showed the region in a state of bifurcation with the tech sector mounting record numbers while the in-person economy shuttered. "We are not one but two Valleys," Hancock explained, with charts showing the nation's most pronounced income inequality and troubling racial disparities, even while Silicon Valley's driving industries filled a crucial (and highly profitable) role in the global pandemic.

Joint Venture’s 2021 State of the Valley conference was held entirely online this year over two consecutive days, February 23 and 24. You can view all the sessions on our YouTube channel.

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Top Downloads

Silicon Valley Multifamily Housing - September 16, 2021

cover The Silicon Valley Multifamily Housing report provides a snapshot of the trends in the region’s housing market for residential structures with more than one dwelling unit in the same building.

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Unemployment Data Release - August 20, 2021

cover Silicon Valley’s latest unemployment rate for July is back to 4.9% — where it was three months prior. Variations in the region’s employment numbers have been relatively small month to month over the past eight months

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Silicon Valley Commercial Space - Q2 2021

report cover The Institute’s latest quarterly commercial real estate report prepared in partnership with JLL Silicon Valley showed the pace of Silicon Valley commercial space development far exceeds that of 2020.

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Economic Impacts to Residential Real Estate from Small Wireless Facilities - July 2021

report cover This study focused on whether objective evidence in real estate sales records show residential real estate valuation impacts from small wireless facilities or “small cells,” concluded that small cell facilities do not have an appreciable effect on nearby property valuations. It was authored by David Witkowski, executive director of Joint Venture’s civic technology initiative and Ralph B. McLaughlin, chief economist and senior vice president of analytics at

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Silicon Valley Index - 2021

cover The COVID-19 pandemic has affected every aspect of Silicon Valley’s economy and the greater community, according to the 2021 Index, released by Joint Venture’s Institute for Regional Studies. From the health impacts of the virus, to its effect on employment, IPOs, childcare, hunger, and housing, the pandemic has plowed through every sector, often with long-term implications. As a timely addition this year, the Index includes a section devoted to the impacts of COVID.

Learn more about the Silicon Valley Index online at

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Research Brief: Food Insecurity & Distribution

report cover The Institute’s latest research brief illustrates how the region’s residents have fared during the pandemic, outlining the impact of the decline in employment on regional food needs, and the rapid response of emergency food distribution efforts.

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In The News

September 15, 2021 - (Mercury News) - Bay Area prices jump: Food, meat, gasoline, electricity costs soar - “Inflation is the last thing we need,” said Russell Hancock, president of Joint Venture Silicon Valley, a San Jose-based think tank. “The cost of living needs to hold steady. This is very unfortunate.” More

September 8, 2021 - (Los Altos Town Crier) - Decision clears hurdle impeding Los Altos Hills internet access: ...council members vowed to safeguard the town’s interests by appointing Tankha as an LAHCF liaison and to retain Joint Venture Silicon Valley’s Community Broadband Initiative as an intermediary that will help steer the association’s expansion. More

August 30, 2021 - (KRON4) - Silicon Valley records slight decrease in unemployment numbers: According to an analysis released by Joint Venture Silicon Valley, Silicon Valley’s unemployment rate decreased by 0.2 percentage points More

August 27, 2021 - (ABC7) - A new initiative to reduce #pollution & food insecurity: @SCCgov is working w/@JointVentureSVN &; allies such as @2ndharvest to repurpose healthy food that supermarkets, #restaurants & others discard. It will feed the hungry instead of creating #methane at landfills. More

August 20, 2021 - (CMS Wire) Is Austin Emerging as the New American Technology Hub? And it's hard to compete with these numbers from the 2021 Silicon Valley Index report by Joint Venture Silicon Valley...More

August 20, 2021 - (NBC News) - Blue-collar workers at Silicon Valley companies hope for better future: Margaret O’Mara, a history professor at the University of Washington (and Distinguished Fellow at Joint Venture), said the blue-collar workers are essential to the functioning of massive tech campuses. More

August 20, 2021 - (Washington Monthly) - Opinion: Let’s Redistribute Tax Incentives to Buy Electric Cars: According to our research, the drivers in the top 10 percent of gasoline consumption, whom we call “gasoline superusers,” each burn upward of 1,000 gallons of gasoline per year. Item penned by Jannelle London, Joint Venture. More 

August 17, 2021 - (Mecklenburg Times) - Study Shows Small Wireless Communication Facilities Do Not Depreciate Residential Real Estate:  Joint Venture Silicon Valley today announced the publication of Economic Impacts to Residential Real Estate from Small Wireless Facilities. More

August 6, 2021 - (Silicon Valley Business Journal) - Silicon Valley has an 'unprecedented' 11M square feet of commercial space in the pipeline — even as its office vacancy rate has hit 13%: office vacancy rates in the region have risen to their highest level in seven years, Joint Venture Silicon Valley's Institute for Regional Studies said in the report. More

July 30, 2021 - (Microgrid Knowledge) - Sunnyvale, California, and Others in Silicon Valley Exploring Microgrid Projects: Moffett Park Business Group and Silicon Valley businesses signed a memorandum of understanding with Joint Venture Silicon Valley, a nonprofit group, to explore building a microgrid in the Moffett Park area. More

July 29, 2021 - (KRON4) - Santa Clara County unemployment numbers rise: According to a recent analysis by Joint Venture Silicon Valley, the region’s unemployment rate increased from 4.6% in May to 5.1% for the month of June. More

July 28, 2021 - (Illinois News Live) - Biden-Harris needs to go all-in to mobile broadband to meet its fairness and connectivity goals: Treatise I Co-author Wireless expert David Witkowski compares the economic forecasts of wireless technology with the price and performance of spectrum allocations. More

July 23, 2021 - (Inside Towers) - Study Shows Small Cells Have “Zero” Negative Effect on Real Estate Values: A recent study conducted by Joint Venture Silicon Valley, found that small cell infrastructure had no negative effect on real estate values. More

July 22, 2021 - (San Jose Spotlight) - ‘In love with San Jose’: Gary Dillabough’s vision for revitalizing downtown: “He’s not just a guy who’s trying to build units. He’s actually thinking more broadly,” said Russell Hancock, CEO of Joint Venture Silicon Valley, an economic think tank. More

July 21, 2021 - (San Jose Spotlight) - Santa Clara County leads in job losses as unemployment rate rises: The regional unemployment rate increased from 4.6% to 5.1% between mid-May and mid-June, according to a study released this month by Joint Venture Silicon Valley, a nonprofit that analyzes the economy and quality of life...More