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Q3 Commercial Space Report released

report coverOctober 18, 2019 – Joint Venture’s Institute for Regional Studies today released its third-quarter 2019 report on Silicon Valley commercial space. New data shows that year-to-date completions have already exceeded 2018 totals. With 13 million square feet of commercial space under construction, the numbers were only slightly lower than the 19-year high of the previous quarter and indicative of a resurgence of R&D development within the region.

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Rachel Massaro talks Silicon Valley exodus

October 14, 2019 - Rachel Massaro, Vice President & Director of Research at Joint Venture's Institute for Regional Studies, appeared on Valley Politics with Terry Christensen. The topic is what is being described as an "exodus" from Silicon Valley. Forty-four percent of Bay Area residents say they’re thinking about leaving the area.

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Food Recue Initiative awarded Wells Fargo grant

people standing in line at food truckOctober 14, 2019 - Wells Fargo has awarded Joint Venture's Food Rescue Initiative a $10,000 grant to support their work in the community. The project “harvests” the abundance of prepared food from university and corporate campuses and delivers it directly to underserved members of the community via food trucks.

According to the Silicon Valley Index, 12 percent of our population is food insecure. Yet experts estimate that up to 40 percent of our region’s food goes to waste. The initiative first started operations last year and will have a fleet of three trucks distributing more than 525,000 meals by the end of 2019.

Institute Names Margaret O’Mara Distinguished Fellow

Margaret O’Mara speakingOctober 11, 2019 - Joint Venture has named Margaret O’Mara a Distinguished Fellow at the Institute for Regional Studies, its research arm. Considered one of Silicon Valley’s foremost expositors, O’Mara is the Howard & Frances Keller Endowed Professor at the University of Washington and a contributing opinion writer at The New York Times. An award-winning historian, she recently published a history of the Valley that is being hailed as definitive, The Code: Silicon Valley and the Remaking of America (Penguin Press, 2019.

Learn more about Professor O’Mara’s research.
Read Margaret's bio.

Talent Partnership lands Wells Fargo grant, launches Oracle project

team members meeting at white boardOctober 11, 2019 -Wells Fargo Bank has awarded a $15,000 community grant to Joint Venture’s Silicon Valley Talent Partnership (SVTP). Funds will be used to support SVTP’s work connecting pro bono consultants to community projects. As part of its endeavors, SVTP has matched a team of talented volunteers from Oracle to the NOVAworks Foundation (NOVA). The Oracle team will develop a strategic fundraising plan for NOVA, to bolster the group’s programs aiding Bay Area job seekers.

Do you have a project idea? Would you like to be a pro bono consultant? Or would you like to support SVTP financially?

Meet John Lang, economic development manager, Morgan Hill

October 11, 2019 - “Local government doesn't always do a good job of communicating to the public what we do,” says John Lang, economic development manager for Morgan Hill and chair of Joint Venture’s Silicon Valley Economic Development Alliance (SVEDA). Lang is working to upend that paradigm in Morgan Hill, a city of 45,000 at the southern tip of Silicon Valley. In this relatively smaller town, Lang and staff can shepherd business owners through layers of processes with what he calls “a warm hand off” between city departments.

Read John's profile

Save the Date: State of the Valley 2020

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!

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Silicon Valley Indicators

indicators home page Comprehensive information and data about the Silicon Valley ecosystem is 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.

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.



Federal and state energy industry officials will be featured speakers at Joint Venture’s 2012 Silicon Valley Energy Storage Symposium on May 30 in Mountain View.

Guest speakers include Federal Energy Regulatory Commissioner Cheryl LaFleur, Steve Berberich of California Independent System Operator Corporation (California ISO), and Imre Gyuk, Energy Storage Research Program Manager for the U. S. Department of Energy. The third annual symposium, it runs from 8 a.m. to 4 p.m. at Microsoft. Exhibitor and sponsorship opportunities are still available.

In a related event, Joint Venture members receive a 15 percent registration discount for the 22nd Annual Meeting of the Electricity Storage Association, to be held in Washington, D.C. May 2-4. The meeting returns to Silicon Valley next year.

Click here to register for the Silicon Valley symposium.

Click here to register for the ESA annual meeting.

Steven Hemminger, Joe Hogan elected to
Joint Venture board

Steven Hemminger, a partner at Alston + Bird, and Joe Hogan, a senior partner at Ernst & Young, have been elected to the organization's board of directors.

Hemminger is Partner-in-Charge of Alston + Bird’s Silicon Valley office and is a partner in the firm’s Intellectual Property Litigation Group. He has substantial experience in litigation of patent, trademark and trade secret cases in the electronics, semiconductor and computer software and hardware fields.

Hogan is a tax partner in the San Jose office of Ernst & Young and is currently the firm’s West Sub-Area Leader for Business Tax Services (BTS). Hogan began his career with Ernst & Young in 1989, working with multinational technology clients on federal income tax, transactions and tax accounting matters.

Click here for the full news release.

2nd Annual West Valley Broker Breakfast
April 5 in Cupertino

The Silicon Valley Economic Development Alliance invites you to the second annual West Valley Broker Breakfast at the Cupertino Community Hall on Thursday, April 5, from 7:30-9:00 a.m.

Economic development and planning executives from Cupertino, Los Altos, Los Gatos and Santa Clara County will highlight opportunity sites and share the latest news on major planning and development activities in their areas.

To register, email Kara Gross at .

Got 4G? Silicon Valley wireless infrastructure lagging behind new smart devices

Apple may have sold three million of its new iPads that tout 4G service, but connectivity for these and other new smart devices is sparse in Silicon Valley, where the wireless infrastructure lags behind our homegrown technology. How can that be?

Leon Beauchman, director of Joint Venture's Wireless Communications Initiative, authored this guest column in the San Jose Mercury News explaining the problem, and urging the region to work together to solve it.

Read the column here.

Wireless Healthcare Forum May 1:
Delivering the Future of Medicine

Silicon Valley elected officials, city staff and business community leaders are invited to a special Wireless Healthcare Forum at the San Jose Convention Center on May 1 to learn how advances in telemedicine will affect healthcare in our region. Joint Venture’s Wireless Communications Initiative is organizing the forum in conjunction with the American Telemedicine Association conference.

Forum participants will have access to the ATA conference Exhibition Hall, where they’ll see presentations from almost one hundred exhibitors. Registration for the forum opens April 2 via the Joint Venture website. The event, from 9 a.m. to 11:30 a.m., is free, but space is limited. For more details contact Leon Beauchman by email at , or call 408-298-9333.

New State of the Valley and
Building Technologies videos

Two recent videos produced for Joint Venture by PRx Digital summarize the recent State of the Valley conference and an earlier building technologies showcase event with interviews and comments from keynote speakers and Silicon Valley officials.

Click here to view both videos.

April on “Inside Silicon Valley”

April topics and guests on “Inside Silicon Valley,” Joint Venture’s weekly public affairs radio program, include State Senator Joe Simitian (April 6 & 8), Santa Clara County Executive Jeff Smith (April 13 & 15), and Santa Clara University business school dean Drew Starbird (April 20 & 22). Joint Venture CEO Russell Hancock hosts the hour-long program, which airs every Friday at 7 p.m. and again on Sunday at noon on 1590 KLIV.

Click here to listen to previous programs.

Article of the Month
"Silicon Valley: Don't worry, be happy. America's future is here." The Toronto Star

Bill Schiller

Ever wonder what Silicon Valley looks like to people in other countries? Toronto journalist Bill Schiller spent a week here getting in touch with our "vibe," and wrote about it for his readers in the Toronto Star. Despite obvious challenges, Schiller couldn't get over the optimism and can-do spirit on display.

Read his take here


Our December Spotlight
Chief of Neurology, Kaiser Permanente and Co-chair, Joint Venture Wireless Communications Initiative

Dr. Ted Tasch

It’s a familiar story: East Coast boy comes to Stanford for undergrad in the early 1980s, falls in love (with the Bay Area, computer technology and a girl), goes off to medical school, eventually finds his way back here to live and work.

That he is an esteemed physician fascinated with technology, especially its potential to change health care as we know it, is a bonus, for Joint Venture as well as for his patients.

To read Dr. Tasch’s full profile, click here.



In The News

October 18, 2019 - (Palo Alto Online) - Peninsula cities, companies explore partnership to tackle traffic congestion: Launched by Joint Venture Silicon Valley, the series sought to bring all the parties together to exchange knowledge about transportation-demand management... More

October 16, 2019 - (KPIX CBS TV) - Salesforce CEO Says Facebook Is 'Like Cigarettes,' Should Be Broken Up: "We have a long-standing tradition of breaking up monopolies in this country," said Russell Hancock, CEO of Joint Venture Silicon Valley. More

October 15, 2019 - (CBS News) - #DeleteFacebook trends after report Zuckerberg secretly dined with conservatives: Russell Hancock, President and CEO of Joint Venture Silicon Valley, said it would take time to figure out if the hashtag had any impact on Facebook. More

October 14, 2019 - (Stanford Daily) - Students recover 1,000 pounds of leftover food from Stanford Stadium concessions: ...A La Carte, launched last year as a pilot program between Stanford and Joint Venture Silicon Valley, a local nonprofit which analyzes the impact of local public- and private-sector projects. More

October 11, 2019 - (Mountain View Voice) - Mountain View lays out $81 million plan for El Camino Real: More than 15 years ago, the nonprofit think tank Joint Venture Silicon Valley urged Peninsula cities to seize a "golden opportunity" by harnessing the demand for redevelopment to transform El Camino Real into an urban neighborhood corridor.  More

September 28, 2019 - (Detroit Free Press) - GM strike is a surprising modern test of the power of workers versus corporations:“We don’t have big factories in Silicon Valley where people are punching time cards and doing grueling physical labor,” said Russell Hancock, president and CEO of Joint Venture Silicon Valley. More

September 17, 2019 - (Mercury News) - Opinion: Why FCC should finalize its radio frequency safety rules. Written by David Witkowski executive director of the wireless communications initiative at Joint Venture Silicon Valley. More

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. More

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