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Editorial: Internet accessibility in education during pandemic

David WitkowskiJuly 10, 2020 - David Witkowski, Executive Director of Joint Venture’s Civic Technologies Initiative, posits that while virtual learning helps reduce the risk of person-to-person transmission, schools face a new problem – how to ensure every student has internet access to continue their education remotely.

Witkowski’s article, published in the UK-based Further Education News, details how the homework gap went from an embarrassing inconvenience to a social crisis. “The issue of digital equity can no longer be ignored,” says Witkowski. He urges unity to distribute hotspots and laptops, provide digital literacy training and to raise awareness.

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Data Release: Silicon Valley antes up for community

Data Release: Regional Response Fund cover

July 7, 2020 - Joint Venture’s Institute for Regional Studies has determined that as of June, the region’s COVID-19 response funds topped $66 million, a figure that is more than 17 percent over typical annual funding from local foundations. The Institute compares 19 regional response funds with a range of focus areas, including housing needs, community-based nonprofits, small businesses, childcare providers, schools, and the needs of low-income individuals throughout the region.

The report shows that response funds within Santa Clara & San Mateo Counties have raised $66.1 million, with $58.1 million disbursed. Additional philanthropic commitments for local pandemic relief have been estimated at $45 million with more to come. Read the release

Special Report: Analysis on Palo Alto economic activity

Palo Alto Business and Economic Activity report coverJune 26, 2020 - Joint Venture’s Institute for Regional Studies has completed a quantitative assessment of Palo Alto’s businesses and economic activity. Commissioned by Stanford University prior to the onset of the COVID-19 crisis, the special report provides detailed information about the city’s existing business mix, an assessment of the existing impact of the city’s businesses to overall economic activity, and contributions to tax revenues.

The report exemplifies the economic impact modeling capabilities of the Institute, which have recently been expanded to include both Santa Clara and San Mateo Counties.

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Fighting hunger and waste in Silicon Valley

July 10, 2020 - Joint Venture’s Food Recovery initiative delivers food directly to those in need. A challenge even in the best of times, the process has been complicated by the pandemic. Yet the community has rallied through the Food Recovery Council with the support of the Wells Fargo Foundation.

Joint Venture's A La Carte Program, now administered by Loaves & Fishes Family Kitchen, has been named a co-recipient of the California Resource Recovery Association's Outstanding Food Recovery Award. 

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Talent Partnership sends skilled volunteers to the front lines

infographicJuly 10, 2020 - Joint Venture’s Silicon Valley Talent Partnership (SVTP) pivoted as the pandemic set in. With several projects frozen in the pipeline, the SVTP team began to pair skilled volunteers to community-based non-profits working on COVID-19. Joining forces with Silicon Valley Strong, the city of San Jose, and the Silicon Valley Council of Nonprofits, SVTP took on the role of matching skilled volunteers to community organizations working on the front lines of the crisis. SVTP has matched 40 skilled volunteers to 17 organizations involved in relief efforts and generated a database of more than 1,100 skilled volunteers.

To volunteer, or suggest projects, contact Ashley Raggio.

Karen Trapenberg Frick joins Institute as Distinguished Fellow

Karen Trapenberg FrickJuly 10, 2020 - Karen Trapenberg Frick, an expert on transportation planning, has been named a distinguished fellow at Joint Venture’s Institute for Regional Studies. Professor Frick is the director of the University of California Transportation Center and a professor of city and regional planning at the Berkeley campus. Prior to joining the faculty she was a planner at the Metropolitan Transportation Commission.

The Institute’s distinguished fellows are thought leaders who engage with Silicon Valley’s public- and private-sector leaders through the Joint Venture

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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.

In The News

July 10, 2020 - ( - COVID-19: Addressing the internet accessibility issue in education - David Witkowski is an author, advisor, and strategist for the wireless and telecommunication industry. He is the Executive Director of Civic Technologies Initiatives at Joint Venture Silicon Valley. More

July 9, 2020 - (Silicon Valley Business Journal) - Guest commentary: When Covid-19 disruptions end, let remote work continue - Joint Venture Silicon Valley found that between the early March and the first week of May, Bay Area injury crashes declined by 63%. More

July 7, 2020 - (Bloomberg) - Covid-19 Is Turning San Francisco’s Inequality Gap Into a Chasm: “The service sector already had stagnating wages, then you introduce a pandemic, and it becomes not just an income gap...” said Russell Hancock, chief executive officer of Joint Venture Silicon Valley More

June 26, 2020 - (MarketWatch) - Silicon Valley economy remains strong 100 days into coronavirus, compared to other industries: Silicon Valley unemployment was down slightly in May, to 11% from 11.6% in April, according to Joint Venture Silicon Valley’s Institute for Regional Studies. More

June 24, 2020 - (The Enterprise Project) - IT careers: 4 ways remote work could dramatically reshape your options: To give a sense of the magnitude of the issue, an analysis of U.S. Census Bureau data by the Silicon Valley Institute for Regional Studies estimates the ethnic composition of Silicon Valley includes only 2 percent Black people... More

June 24, 2020 - (Breitbart) - Report: Big Tech Pushes ‘Diversity’ While Two-Thirds of Silicon Valley Hires Are Foreign-Born - The 2020 Silicon Valley Index published by Joint Venture, a 501(c)(3) organization examining the Bay Area with a focus on the technology industry, found that 38 percent of Silicon Valley workers are foreign-born. More

June 24, 2020 - (24/7 Wall Street) - White Supremacy and Inequality in Silicon Valley: In the 2020 Silicon Valley Index published by Joint Venture Silicon Valley’s Institute for Regional Studies, the researchers note that new housing permits were issued for just 173,000 new housing units, roughly enough to house about 20% of the expanded workforce. More

June 23, 2020 - (Bridge to Tomorrow) - Is Florida an attractive destination for Silicon Valley tech “refugees”: According to the 2020 Silicon Valley Index report, which was published by the Joint Venture Silicon Valley Institute for Regional Studies, two-thirds (66.8%) of people leaving the Silicon Valley counties moved to other parts of California. More

June 23, 2020 - (Technuter) - COVID-19 Made Internet Access, Broadband and Hotspots an Educational Necessity: “Before COVID-19 led to social distancing and shelter-in-place orders, students who needed access to broadband could use school computer labs, public libraries, on-campus Wi-Fi, public Wi-Fi, and other networks ,” explains David Witkowski.” More

June 22, 2020 - (Voice of America) - For Silicon Valley, a Worker Pipeline Cut Off: While tech companies have had layoffs during the pandemic, the labor market is still tight, said Russell Hancock, the chief executive and president of Joint Venture Silicon Valley, a nonprofit organization that studies the region.  More

June 21, 2020 - (KCBS Radio) - Sky's The Limit For Zoom In New Remote Reality, Analysts Believe: "You know, I’m not worried about that," Joint Ventures Silicon Valley President/CEO Russell Hancock said. "I think what the pandemic has shown is that these services are now indispensable."  More