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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

Building Back Better Initiative

puzzle pieces graphicMay 1, 2021 - Joint Venture has convened a new initiative called Building Back Better. Using the Silicon Valley Recovery Roundtable and San Mateo County Recovery Initiative reports as a foundation, the initiative will provide backbone infrastructure for regional recovery efforts. 

Building Back Better will engage in a spectrum of recovery efforts to identify opportunities to build pathways to an equitable future for all Silicon Valley residents. in July the endeavor will move backbone staffing to Joint Venture, which will support the operations of the network with a data-driven approach.

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Joint Venture to Cupertino: Thank you for improving your networks

cell tower graphicMay 1, 2021  - Joint Venture's Russell Hancock and David Witkowski stressed the importance of regional connectivity and urged the Cupertino city council to prioritize its small cell facilities, in a special study session April 20. “It's ironic that the city that birthed the iPhone has some of the slowest networks in the region” said Joint Venture's CEO at the council's study session. “Digital connectivity has become a basic requirement, underpinning economic and social inclusion, and driving the recovery.”

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Pine, Hancock: California can do more, faster

californiaApril 22, 2021 - This Earth Day, Supervisor Dave Pine and Russell Hancock, CEO of Joint Venture, penned an op ed that was published in the Mercury News. The authors urge California to remove more carbon than it emits by 2030, fifteen years faster than our current plan.

"Climate change once felt distant, wonky and theoretical. No more. Now it’s too close for comfort," said Pine and Hancock. They ask readers to endorse Climate Safe California and support Senate Bill 582, introduced by State Senator Henry Stern which would codify net-negative emissions by 2035.

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Careers at Joint Venture

May 1, 2021 - Joint Venture is looking for people who want to make a lasting difference in our communities. We are seeking a strategic leader to serve as founding executive director for the new Build Back Better initiative. Learn more

Joint Venture’s Beyond Gasoline initiative and partner, Coltura, is hiring for a full-time development director in Seattle or Silicon Valley to help grow fundraising and development. Coltura is also seeking a part-time, contract communications manager, remote from anywhere in the US. Learn more

Data Release: Silicon Valley unemployment falls to 5.1%

cover imageApril 16, 2021 – Silicon Valley’s unemployment rate is back to where it was in November 2020. Joint Venture Silicon Valley’s Institute for Regional Studies released analysis that shows late 2020 economic restrictions, along with a wave of COVID-19 cases contributed to an unemployment rate reaching nearly 6% in December. Since then, the region has experienced a gradual decline to 5.1% in March.

Silicon Valley’s 5.1% unemployment rate is less than half of the April high (11.6%), but remains higher than the 3.2% of mid-March last year.

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Jody Meacham named Senior Fellow

Jody MeachamApril 7, 2021 – Joint Venture has named Jody Meacham as a Senior Fellow working at large across the organization and its Institute. Meacham was most recently a reporter for the Silicon Valley Business Journal from 2015 until 2021. Joint Venture Fellows are distinguished scholars or professionals in their field. They work on issues in Joint Venture’s major project areas, consult with project teams, and provide expert advice. Fellows also write, blog, publish research and provide thought leadership. “I consider Jody Meacham a highly accomplished journalist, whose writing I have always admired,” said Joint Venture CEO Russell Hancock. “We’re enormously pleased that he brings his standing and stature to this organization.”

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State of the Valley 2021 videos available

logoApril 26, 2021 - All speakers, all sessions, and all musical interludes are now available to rescreen on Joint Venture's YouTube channel. Revisit a favorite speaker for clarity or catch a missed subject. Don't miss Julián Castro's keynote with inspiration for working together to bridge the divide and his mandate to reach equity for all. What did Dr. Sara Cody say about large gatherings and getting back to normalcy?

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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.

Top Videos

Dr. Sara Cody reflects on pandemic

With the rollout of vaccines, the end of the coronavirus pandemic is on the horizon at last. At the 2021 State of the Valley conference, Dr. Sara Cody, county health officer for Santa Clara County, recounted the biggest challenges of the past year and how the region will successfully emerge from lockdown. “I think that we do have a chance to return to a normal, but this has been a national trauma, and we’re not going to be the same,” reflects Cody.

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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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.

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Silicon Valley Commercial Space - Q3 2020

report cover The Institute’s latest quarterly commercial real estate report prepared in partnership with JLL Silicon Valley showed a significant decline in commercial leasing activity and a rise in office space vacancies near transit stations.

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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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Silicon Valley COVID-19 Impacts: Transportation, Emissions & Air Quality

report cover The Institute has released a report that examines the reduction in Silicon Valley’s regional ground and air transportation, declines in traffic delays, as well as the impact of those reductions on transportation-related injury crashes, regional air quality, and greenhouse gas emissions.

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Bridging The Gap (Second Edition) - December 2019

report cover Written primarily for municipal employees, elected local government officials, and civic leaders to help guide their understanding of new and future wireless technologies, this second edition of Bridging The Gap (first published in 2016) updates previous material on the socio-economic value of wireless technologies and the interplay of local vs. federal public policy regarding permitting and costs, and adds sixteen pages of new material on topics including; 5G cellular, CBRS, and reviews of peer-reviewed scientific and academic studies on electromagnetic field (EMF) safety.

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In The News

May 3, 2021 - (San Jose Spotlight) - San Jose airport grapples with fewer passengers: “Revenues were completely savaged,” said Russell Hancock, president of nonprofit economic think tank Joint Venture Silicon Valley. “But because of enlightened fiscal management, they had emergency funds in place so they could keep the airport operating. More

April 30, 2021 - (Forbes) - The Case For California: Why Stories About The Golden State’s Demise Are Overblown - “In other places, a failed venture can become this badge of shame that shadows you your entire life,” said Russell Hancock, president of Joint Venture Silicon Valley, a Bay area non-profit organization. More

April 27, 2021 - (KRON4) - Moving to the Bay Area or leaving? Here’s where people are relocating: According to the 2021 Silicon Valley Index put together by Joint Venture Silicon Valley, 29% remained in the Bay Area, 6% moved to the nearby Monterey area, 6% to the Sacramento area, 8% to San Joaquin Valley, and 14% to Southern California. More

April 22, 2021 - (Mercury News) - Opinion: California must accelerate its climate leadership - Joint Venture board member Dave Pine, Supervisor in San Mateo County, and Russell Hancock, CEO of Joint Venture urge climate action in California. More

April 20, 2021 - (San Jose Spotlight) - Silicon Valley unemployment rate drops during slow recovery: The data analysis comes from Joint Venture Silicon Valley’s Institute for Regional Studies, the nonprofit’s research arm that publishes the Silicon Valley Index annually. More

April 19, 2021 - (Mountain View Voice) - Mountain View names new lead of economic development as businesses reel from COVID-19: [Lang] chaired an initiative by Joint Venture Silicon Valley called the Silicon Valley Economic Development Alliance More

April 18, 2021 - (Patch) - Silicon Valley's Unemployment Rate Declines: The Joint Venture Silicon Valley's Institute for Regional Studies, a San Jose economic research organization, released an analysis Friday on unemployment rates in Silicon Valley. More

April 18, 2021 - (SFGATE) - Sunday Morning News Roundup: The Joint Venture Silicon Valley's Institute for Regional Studies, a San Jose economic research organization, released an analysis Friday on unemployment rates in Silicon Valley. More

April 16, 2021 - (Silicon Valley Business Journal) - Silicon Valley unemployment rate drops to November 2020 levels: The rate fell 0.3 percentage points from February, according to Joint Venture Silicon Valley's Institute for Regional Studies More

April 16, 2021 - (News Break) - Silicon Valley unemployment rate drops to November 2020 levels: Silicon Valley's unemployment rate hit 5.1% in March, its lowest showing since November 2020, according to an analysis conducted by Joint Venture Silicon Valley and the Institute for Regional Studies. More

April 7, 2021 - (Market Watch) - Asian-American business leaders rally against wave of hatred: ‘We don’t deserve to live in fear in our own country’: In 2019, those from Asian countries made up 56.5% of tech workers with bachelor’s degrees in Santa Clara and San Mateo counties, according to Joint Venture Silicon Valley’s latest index. More 

April 5, 2021 - (San Jose Spotlight) - Why has building housing in San Jose become increasingly unaffordable? It’s a common refrain in Silicon Valley, where the median monthly rent is more than $3,000, according to the Silicon Valley Institute for Regional Studies. More

April 2, 2021 - (San Jose Inside) - Op-Ed: Our Post-Covid Lives Shouldn’t Go Back to ‘Normal’—They Should Go Back Better - I worked with Joint Venture Silicon Valley to expand infrastructure within our community’s “internet deserts.” More

March 29, 2021 - (Stanford Daily) - Stanford and Silicon Valley: Storied past, uncertain future - “This is a big deal,” said Russell Hancock, president and CEO of Joint Venture, a non-profit Silicon Valley think tank. “Oracle is an iconic company. It’s been synonymous with Silicon Valley for its entire history. More