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Joint Venture board endorses regional transportation Measure 3

measure 3 check mark graphicMarch 19, 2018 – The Joint Venture board of directors has endorsed Regional Measure 3, the nine-county Bay Area transportation improvement measure on the June 5 ballot.

Measure 3 would finance $4.5 billion in highway and transit enhancements through toll increases on the Bay Area’s seven state-owned bridges.

Learn more about Measure 3.

Read the news release.

State awards Joint Venture Food Rescue program $313,000 in grant funds

veggies on table March 5, 2018 - The State of California has awarded Joint Venture Silicon Valley’s Food Rescue initiative a grant of $313,000 as part of Cal Recycle's Food Waste Prevention & Rescue Grant Program.

The state issued the grant through the Santa Clara County Recycle and Waste Reduction Commission. The commission works to assure the success of cooperative programs to reduce, reuse and recycle materials that otherwise would be disposed of in landfills.

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Learn more about the Food Rescue Initiative.

Silicon Valley Water Conservation Award winners

water awards logo March 5, 2018 - The cities of Mountain View and Morgan Hill, San Jose State University, Sierra Circuits, DripCycle, the Silicon Valley Advanced Water Purification Center and landscape architect Sherri Osaka have been honored as recipients of the 2018 Silicon Valley Water Conservation.

Joint Venture is among a coalition of government, business and community organizations that support the program to recognize regional leaders in water conservation and reuse. This year’s winners will be honored in ceremonies on World Water Day, March 22 in Palo Alto.

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Robin Franz Martin joins Food Rescue team

Robin Franz Martin headshot March 5, 2018 - Robin Franz Martin, a veteran of two decades in public health and community team building, has been appointed Deputy Director of Joint Venture’s Food Rescue Initiative.

Most recently, she has led volunteer team building projects for LifeMoves, Bay Area. Previously, Robin worked with nonprofit agencies in Ohio. She holds a B.S. from the University of Michigan.

Read Robin’s bio.

Joint Venture launches pro bono project to tackle housing

colorful houses graphic March 5, 2018 - Silicon Valley Talent Partnership, one of Joint Venture’s newest initiatives, has launched a project in partnership with Adobe and San Mateo County’s Home for All Initiative.

A pro bono team of four marketing professionals from Adobe will spend the next three months developing a marketing plan to boost awareness of Home for All’s Second Unit Program and drive homeowners’ participation. 

Learn more about Home For All.

Learn more about Silicon Valley Talent Partnership.

2018 State of the Valley Recap

video recap imageMarch 12, 2018 - The 2018 State of the Valley conference last month featured provocative speakers on important regional issues, a deep dive into the 2018 Silicon Valley Index, exhibits by Silicon Valley nonprofit organizations, and entertainment.

Thanks to the generous time and effort from PRxDigital, we've summed up the day in a brief video that captures the essence of the conference.

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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:

Telrad logo Sobrato Development Companies logo U.S. Geological Survey 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.

Learn more about the Silicon Valley Index online at

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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 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

March 19, 2018 - (CBS5) - Controversial Ads on BART Target H1-B Visa Program for Foreign Workers: "Russell Hancock, President & CEO of Joint Venture Silicon Valley, said in 2017: 'Silicon Valley is mostly people who are not from Silicon Valley.'" More.

March 19, 2018 - (CBS5) - Uber Suspends Self-Driving Car Operations After Fatal Arizona Accident: "Russ Hancock is a Bay Area tech expert and the president of Joint Venture Silicon Valley. He says while this is a setback for the autonomous car industry, he doesn’t believe it’s the end." Video

March 17, 2018 - (Orange County Register) - Southern California Needs a Better Marketing Strategy: "In other places networking is facilitated by strong 'go to' organizations like Joint Venture Silicon Valley..." More

March 13, 2018 - (Business Insider) - Striking Maps Reveal the Huge Wealth Gap Between San Francisco and the Rest of the Country: "According to the Silicon Valley Institute for Regional Studies, the median household income in Silicon Valley is around $110,373." More

 March 12, 2018 - (San Jose Mercury News) - How Hard is it to Build in Silicon Valley? Here's One Example: "'Every developer I talk to (says) it’s just impossible,' said Russell Hancock, president of Joint Venture Silicon Valley and public policy lecturer at Stanford University. 'There’s no end to the war stories.'" More

March 11, 2018 - (San Jose Mercury News) - Opinion: Proposed Ballot Measure Would Add to SJ Housing Crisis: "According to the newly released 2018 Silicon Valley Index, we added 47,272 jobs between 2016 and 2017, but only created 12,000 new housing units. We are losing ground." More.

March 1, 2018 - (Business Week) - Google's Growing Empire May Transform Biggest City in Bay Area: "Silicon Valley produced almost 300,000 new jobs in the past seven years, while housing inventory remains low, and is growing at less than 3 percent per year, according to an index produced by the Institute for Regional Studies." More

February 23, 2018 - (Palo Alto Online) - Off Deadline: A Sharp Warning: "Housing Crisis" Threatens Silicon Valley's Future: "The annual conference draws heavily from Joint Venture's primary publication: the Silicon Valley Index (available online at, which compiles research on key "indicators.'" More

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.