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Silicon Valley Talent Partnership launches City Year project

city year team September 12, 2019 - Silicon Valley Talent Partnership (SVTP) kicked off a new pro bono project with City Year San José, a national nonprofit helping students to succeed in school. City Year places AmeriCorps members in underserved schools to help improve student outcomes. In east San José, where 69% of students do not meet the state standard in math, City Year is helping those students develop the right academic behaviors to succeed. The pro bono team from Oracle will build a mentorship framework for AmeriCorps members designed to enhance their experience during their year of service at City Year. 

Learn more about SVTP

Wireless blueprint bridges the “digital divide”

 September 12, 2019 - Mohammad “Mo” Shakouri, Director of Joint Venture’s Community Broadband Initiative, has co-authored a publication that addresses the need for comprehensive policies that support broadband deployment in rural areas. “Rural America, Rural Economies and Rural Connectivity” provides a blueprint for connectivity solutions outside of population centers. Published by Global City Teams Challenge, the blueprint is relevant regionally as more people move away from urban centers in search of affordable housing. “Many areas in rural America continue to lag behind in broadband internet access” said Shakouri.  

Download the report

Meet Radha Sharma, Verizon Wireless

Radha Sharma September 12, 2019 - Will you be first in line for an autonomous vehicle? Once fifth-generation wireless technology is in place, self-driving cars are just one 5G-powered innovation that will shake up how we live and work. Experts say 5G is ushering in the Fourth Industrial Revolution.

If Radha Sharma gets her way it may be sooner than later. Sharma is Senior Manager of Municipal Engagement with Verizon Wireless and serves on the steering committee for Joint Venture’s Wireless Communications Initiative.

Read Radha's profile

Save the Date: State of the Valley 2020

September 9, 2019 - Mark your calendar for the 16th-annual State of the Valley conference February 14, 2020 at the McEnery Convention Center in San Jose. Last year a capacity crowd of Silicon Valley leaders filled the convention center for reports on the economy, trends and challenges, and a changing investment landscape. Watch for details soon!

Silicon Valley Indicators

indicators home page Comprehensive information and data about the Silicon Valley ecosystem is available at www.siliconvalleyindicators.org.

Data and charts from the Silicon Valley Index (and more) are presented on an interactive website that allows users to explore Silicon Valley trends.

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.


A Newsletter for our SEEDZ Initiative

Welcome to our brand new newsletter for SEEDZ, Joint Venture’s Smart Energy Enterprise Development Zone Initiative.

In Silicon Valley, leading energy customers, solution providers, municipalities, institutions and utility interests are working together to build the nation’s most advanced commercial power network, uniting the latest developments in performance and sustainability.

Conceived and launched in the second half of 2012, the SEEDZ Initiative is now advancing along several fronts. In response to growing external interest, we decided it was the right time to begin providing progress updates to the community in a quarterly newsletter.

As always, we welcome your questions and feedback about SEEDZ.

Thanks for your interest!

Don Bray,
SEEDZ Executive Director

What's New In This Issue:

• Power Quality Portal is Online
• Customer-Side Energy Storage Pilot Assessments Underway
• Electric Vehicle Charging Deployment Survey and EV Workshop
• SB 43: Green Tariff Shared Renewables Program Enacted

Power Quality Portal is Online

An area-wide power quality monitoring system that aggregates detailed data from customer meters in the area is up and running, with the support of six “charter subscribers” – PG&E, NetApp, Juniper Networks, Moffett Park Business Group, Silicon Valley Power and Accenture. The secure, remotely hosted web portal is being developed by Applied Power Technologies.

The private site collects, aggregates, and presents detailed power quality data from distributed power meters, and then charts and maps power quality “incidents.” Further, it will collect impact data, and provide feedback on incident root causes.

The longer-term goals of the Power Quality Portal are to facilitate improved power quality and resiliency, incorporate leading smart grid power quality standards, and enable the zone to serve as a model and test bed for grid integration of new smart energy solutions, including distributed generation and storage, electric vehicle infrastructure and advanced industrial applications.

More on the portal project.

Customer-Side Energy Storage Pilot Assessments Underway

SEEDZ has partnered with the Electric Power Research Institute (EPRI) and Strategen Consulting to provide resources, information and technical guidance to SEEDZ energy customers to help them evaluate new opportunities for deployment of large-scale on-site energy storage systems.

On-site meetings have been held with eight major energy customers in the SEEDZ area to conduct initial energy storage business case analyses and screenings. The Foothill–De Anza Community College District is moving forward and is now nearing completion of a detailed evaluation for on-site storage deployment. Additional detailed evaluations by other organization are in the pipeline.

If you are a major energy customer in Silicon Valley and would like to discuss a prospective business case assessment for on-site energy storage at your location, please contact Rachel Massaro at .

Electric Vehicle Charging Deployment Survey and EV Workshop

With electric vehicle (EV) infrastructure proliferating rapidly, companies have been on their own to share resources and best practices, so SEEDZ is conducting a survey on current EV usage and charging stations, future plans, operations, financial models and employee/driver engagement in the area.

In addition, the survey will begin to identify and address top needs and opportunities among building owners/operators related to EV energy use and related costs, integration and grid impacts.

To date, companies participating in the survey include Google, VMWare, SAP Labs, Facebook, Infinera, Cisco, Lockheed Martin, NetApp, Yahoo! and JSR Micro.

Results of the survey, and an in-depth discussion of energy management associated with EV infrastructure, will be presented in at the SEEDZ EV Infrastructure Workshop at Juniper Networks in Sunnyvale on November 6.

For more information or to register for the EV workshop, click here.

SB 43: Green Tariff Shared Renewables Program Enacted

Joint Venture is engaging with the rulemaking process for SB 43, the Green Tariff Shared Renewables Program recently enacted and signed by Governor Brown. The program enables millions of California energy customers who cannot install their own solar or other renewable energy system to purchase renewable energy through their utility, thereby reducing greenhouse gas emissions.

Ardently supported by Joint Venture across all of its climate initiatives, the comprehensive legislation allows customers of investor-owned utilities – including local governments, businesses, schools, homeowners, municipal customers and renters – to purchase up to 100 percent of their electricity from a renewable energy facility.

SEEDZ will be staying close to this and how the economics develop around the green tariff. If you are interested in learning more about how this critical legislation affects you, contact Don Bray at .

The SEEDZ stakeholders meet regularly under the auspices of Joint Venture’s Climate Prosperity Council, co-chaired by San Jose Mayor Chuck Reed and Accenture Institute Executive Research Fellow Chris DiGiorgio. The council includes representatives from Google, EPRI, NetApp, Optony, PG&E, NASA Ames Research Center, Integral Group, Juniper Networks, Accenture, McCalmont Engineering, Microsoft, the Cities of Mountain View and Sunnyvale, and other leading Silicon Valley organizations.

Visit www.jointventure.org/seedz for more information.

How are we defining Smart Energy?

An integrated portfolio of new practices, standards and technologies for improved performance and sustainability in the generation, distribution and use of energy throughout the community.

For more information about SEEDZ, please contact:

Don Bray

Executive Director, SEEDZ
(408) 298-9338


Or visit us on the web at www.jointventure.org/seedz

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In The News

September 12, 2019 - (The Globe and Mail) - Silicon Valley’s motor city: As big tech adds fuel to a housing crisis, poorer residents live in RVs:“I would say it’s our number one concern,” says Russell Hancock, chief executive of Joint Venture Silicon Valley. More

September 9, 2019 - (CBS Bay Area) - Critics Say Just One Woman On Forbes List Of ‘100 Most Innovative Leaders’ Sends Wrong Message: “It’s simply wrong to say that women are not innovative — that women are not achieving in the workforce and in the halls of our corporations. That would be factually incorrect and a hurtful and damaging conclusion,” said Russell Hancock, CEO of Joint Venture Silicon Valley.

September 4, 2019 - (Connect California) - Bay Area Exodus Fueled by Region’s Affordability Crisis:Joint Venture Silicon Valley’s latest Silicon Valley Index pointed out that 30% of tech talent aged 25-44 who moved to Santa Clara County in 2017 came from outside California, including countries like India and China. More

August 30, 2019 - (Mercury News) - Bay Area exodus: Thousands more fleeing region than arriving from other states. For Rachel Massaro, vice president and director of research with Joint Venture’s Silicon Valley Institute for Regional Studies, the data raises concerns about the Bay Area’s education system and untapped potential. More

August 27, 2019 - (Yahoo Finance) - Democrats Join Silicon Valley and Turn Their Backs on Hispanic Immigration, Says Immigration Lawyer: 74% of Silicon Valley employed computer and mathematical workers ages 25-44 are foreign born [citing 2016 Silicon Valley Index]. More

August 21, 2019 - (Palo Alto Online) - Palo Alto looks to business tax to fund shuttles, rail improvements: She pointed to a recent report from Joint Venture Silicon Valley showing that startups are increasingly moving to San Francisco rather than to cities in Santa Clara and San Mateo counties. More

August 18, 2019 - (This Week in Asia) - How Asian immigrants are transforming San Francisco Bay Area’s food culture: ...residents of Asian heritage account for 34 per cent of the population, up from 28 per cent in 2007, according to a report released this year by Joint Venture Silicon Valley. More

July 30, 2019 - (The Silicon Valley Voice) - Bank Of America Invests Over $550K In Local Nonprofits: nearly 40 percent of Silicon Valley students ages 5-17 receive free or reduced-price school meals, according to the 2019 Joint Venture Silicon Valley Index. More

July 24, 2019 - (KPIX -TV 5) - Justice Department Launches Antitrust Probe Of Big Tech Companies: Joint Venture CEO Russell Hancock says it remains to be seen if the anti-trust investigation could change the landscape of big tech in Silicon Valley.  More

July 17, 2019 - (KPIX TV-5) - Elon Musk Developing AI-Connected Brain Implant To ‘Secure Humanity’s Future’: Joint Venture Silicon Valley CEO Russ Hancock believes if anyone can merge human beings with artificial intelligence, it would be Musk. More

July 16, 2019 - (Energy Pages) - Rise of Energy Choice Diminishes PG&E’s Silicon Valley Market Share:Silicon Valley residents have greater access to cleaner energy compared to the rest of California and the rest of the country, says The Joint Venture Silicon Valley Institute for Regional Studies. More