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Joint Venture to White House: Use War Powers Now

White HouseMarch 27, 2020 - In response to the COVID-19 crisis, the Mercury News today published an op-ed urging President Trump to make wider use of war powers via the Defense Production Act and to harness industry to ramp up production of personal protective equipment. The piece was written by Joint Venture CEO Russell Hancock and David Entwistle, CEO of Stanford Health Care and a member of the Joint Venture board of directors. Hancock and Entwistle addressed the fact that health care workers throughout the country are functioning with sub-standard personal protective equipment. Despite noble grassroots efforts, "...the unfolding tragedy demands action on a massive — and therefore federal — scale" stated the authors.

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Joint Venture Pivots in Response to COVID-19

coronavirusMarch 17, 2020 - Joint Venture CEO Russell Hancock announced that the organization has been repurposed in service to the COVID-19 health crisis facing our region. “Now more than ever the region needs to leverage Joint Venture’s data, analysis, convening power, and leadership,” Hancock said.

Joint Venture's team, though working from home will re-orient their efforts to match under-employed service workers to authorized food establishments, redirect newly surplused restaurant food, provide crisis-related data and analysis, serve as a clearing house for information and more.

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Support Neighbors During the COVID-19 Crisis

heart over mapMarch 28, 2020 - Individuals and corporations may support the Regional Response Fund through the Silicon Valley Community Foundation. The Fund supports lead relief organizations across ten Bay Area counties. In Santa Clara County funds will support Destination Home, for rapid aid for those at risk of homelessness. In San Mateo County funds will support several core agencies for housing, mortgage and rent aid, and utility assistance. Also find a list of regional resources provided by Joint Venture and updated regularly. 


Joint Venture Convenes Food Recovery Council

COVID-19 text over world mapMarch 16, 2020 - With sweeping COVID-19 safety measures taking effect, Joint Venture's food recovery initiative is expanding its efforts by forming a Silicon Valley Food Recovery Council. With nearly one-in-four residents facing food insecurity, and with 'shelter in place' complicating school meal service, the need for surplus food recovery is pressing. "Joint Venture and its partners will redouble our efforts within the guidelines set by county and state officials," said Robin Franz Martin, Executive Director of the Joint Venture Food Recovery Initiative. Just as food from tech firms and universities are vanishing, the coalition will seek new sources and work with recovery organizations to develop new safety protocols.

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Acterra Honors Joint Venture Food Recovery Initiative

Robin MartinMarch 27, 2020 - Joint Venture’s food recovery initiative has been recognized by the environmental organization Acterra for environmental innovation along with Loaves & Fishes Family Kitchen. The A La Carte program collects and redistributes food from large institutions, including Stanford and Facebook, for distribution low-income communities via food truck, alleviating both food waste and hunger. The innovative food truck model is the first of its kind.

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Joint Venture to Municipalities on 5G: Here's How to Handle the Influx

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March 28, 2020 – Just as public agencies are accommodating a huge influx of usage during the COVID-19 crisis, Joint Venture has published the second edition of Bridging the Gap - 21st Century Wireless Telecommunications Handbook. Conceived and generated by Joint Venture’s Wireless Communications Initiative, the book provides a tool for agencies tasked with accommodating applications for wireless. The 2nd Edition updates the original handbook, first published in 2016 and adds 16 pages on topics including 5G, Wi-Fi 6, and CBRS (Citizens Broadband Radio Service). The book is available for free download or in print for a small fee.

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Silicon Valley Indicators

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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.

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 2020 Silicon Valley Index

Silicon Valley leaders gathered on February 14, 2020 for the 16th-annual State of the Valley conference. Russell Hancock, Joint Venture’s President and CEO, provided a comprehensive briefing of the data contained in the 2020 edition of the Silicon Valley Index, produced by Joint Venture’s Institute for Regional Studies. Hancock emphasizes that, “…the most prodigious regional economy in the history of regional economies,” is tempered by income inequality, homelessness, and impossible transportation woes.

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Silicon Valley Index - 2020

cover Silicon Valley continues its upward spiral with employment growth, eye-popping land transactions, and venture capital flowing into record numbers of megadeals. Yet conditions are harsh for the broad peripheries of the population as inequality reaches new dimensions.

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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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Silicon Valley Commercial Space - Q3 2019

report cover The Institute’s latest quarterly commercial real estate report, prepared in partnership with JLL Silicon Valley, showed Silicon Valley is continuing to develop more new commercial space, and there has been a resurgence of R&D development within the region.

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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

March 27, 2020 - (Mercury News) - Opinion: President should make wider use of war powers, now. David Entwistle, CEO of Stanford Health Care and Russell Hancock, CEO of Joint Venture Silicon Valley, pen op-ed. More

March 27, 2020 - (Silicon Valley Business Journal) - Where can Silicon Valley's small businesses go for help in surviving COVID-19? Start here: Joint Venture Silicon Valley, a San Jose-based regional economic think-tank, has pivoted to help the local community respond to the coronavirus crisis. More

March 26, 2020 - (Silicon Valley Business Journal) - Survival Mode for Small Biz: “It's anecdotal, it's not scientific, but we're already seeing it,” said Russell Hancock, CEO of the nonprofit think-tank Joint Venture Silicon Valley. More

March 26, 2020 - (Bisnow) - Despite Market Whipsaw, Big Tech Is Buoying Bay Area Office Market -- For Now: Tech is about 25% of Silicon Valley’s economy, according to Joint Venture Silicon Valley President and CEO Russell Hancock... More

March 25, 2020 - (Los Angeles Times) - How Silicon Valley became California’s epicenter of the coronavirus: According to the 2020 Silicon Valley Index, published in February, the various tech hubs in Santa Clara, San Mateo, Alameda and Santa Cruz counties accounted for 12% of the state’s GDP, supporting 1.7 million jobs. More

March 19, 2020 - (Politico) - Coronavirus Will Change the World Permanently. Here’s How. [Joint Venture Distinguished Fellow] Margaret O'Mara says we'll see "...deadly consequences of four decades of disinvestment in public infrastructure & dismissal of public expertise."  More

March 19, 2020 - (Silicon Valley Business Journal) - Resource guide: Here’s where Silicon Valley small businesses and employees can get and give aid during COVID-19 crisis. San Jose-based regional economic think-tank Joint Venture said that this week that it’s pivoting its mission to help the local community respond to the coronavirus crisis. More

March 18, 2020 - (San Jose Spotlight) -Bay Area transit measure delayed as business sector focuses on COVID-19: Joint Venture Silicon Valley, a local thinktank focused on the region’s economy, said it become a matchmaker for businesses trying to respond to the fast-spreading virus and residents impacted by the shut-downs in the region. More

March 11, 2020 - (KGO TV) - Stock market turmoil leaving Silicon Valley vulnerable amid coronavirus outbreak: Silicon Valley saw over 105,000 jobs lost during the 2008 recession and it took five years to recover those losses...statistics compiled by the Institute for Regional Studies at Joint Venture Silicon Valley. More

March 9, 2020 - (KPIX 5) - Coronavirus Causing Economic Ripple Effect For South Bay Businesses: Corporations are going to weather this effect,” said Joint Venture Silicon Valley CEO Russell Hancock. More

March 9, 2020 - (ABC 7 News) - Stock market turmoil leaving Silicon Valley vulnerable amid coronavirus outbreak: Those are statistics compiled by the Institute for Regional Studies at Joint Venture Silicon Valley. More

March 9, 2020 - (Mercury News) - More than 80 percent of new Silicon Valley homes unaffordable for first-time buyers and renters: The result, as the latest Joint Venture Silicon Valley report made clear, is that more than 80 percent of residential permits issued in the region in the last four years were for homes that are unaffordable... More

March 6, 2020 - (Mercury News)  - ‘Silicon Valley will feel this:’ Business impact of coronavirus won’t go away any time soon - Russell Hancock, president and CEO of Joint Venture Silicon Valley, said companies can weather the loss from canceled conferences, but the workers who make those events happen are less resilient. More