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Meet Radha Sharma, Verizon Wireless

Radha SharmaWill 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.

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Data Release: Back-to-School by the Numbers

cover imageAugust 13, 2019 - Nearly 550,000 Silicon Valley students will head back to school this week and next. Joint Venture’s Institute for Regional Studies has compiled a snapshot of Silicon Valley’s educational landscape by the numbers. On average, families spend close to $700 for supplies and clothing - a hardship for 30% of Silicon Valley. Plus, of households earning less than $35,000 annually, only 75% have internet access, leaving 41,000 Silicon Valley children without internet access at home. Fifty-six percent of eighth-graders were proficient in math compared to 37% in California overall. The high school dropout rate was 8% in 2018, 2% lower than for the state. High school graduation rates increased to nearly 87% as did the share of students meeting University of California or Cal-State University entrance requirements. Read the release

Institute Release: Demand for Commercial Space Drives Construction Boom

chartAugust 2, 2019 - Joint Venture’s Institute for Regional Studies released its second-quarter 2019 report on Silicon Valley commercial space. The total amount of office, industrial, and research and development (R&D) space under construction has continued to rise, even as new buildings have been completed. “Demand for all types of space, including office, industrial, and R&D, has driven this development and brought vacancy rates down, especially near public transit where rates are 67% higher,” said Rachel Massaro, Vice President and Director of Research.

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Save the Date: State of the Valley 2020

August 10, 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!

Manzanita Talks: public & private sectors take on transportation woes

Manzanita TalksAugust 10, 2019 - What happens when you put tech companies at the same table with local government to address Peninsula transportation issues? The Manzanita Talks, a series of discussions convened by Joint Venture, is doing just that, in order to explore alternatives to the first-and last-mile problems plaguing commuters. Elected officials from across the Peninsulahave teamed up with Facebook, Google, Intuit, LinkedIn, Tesla, Palantir and Genentech in an effort to streamline the usual miasma of processes.

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Profile: Meet David Bini, Executive Director, Santa Clara & San Benito Counties Building & Construction Trades Council

David Bini standing next to FDR statueAugust 10, 2019 - Why choose a career in organized labor? David Bini, a member of the board of Joint Venture Silicon Valley, points to personal experience, having worked his way up from an apprentice, enjoying the protections and benefits of union jobs. "In the non-unionized industry, wage theft is pervasive. Every other construction job you go to you'll find somebody who's not getting their entire paycheck," Bini said. "We need to remain vigilant and continue to enact ordinances that plug those gaps."

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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.

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

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

July 10, 2019 - (American City & County) - Small cells, big uncertainties: “The FCC’s approach is a pretty blanket approach. And it may not account for all of the nuances of local government..." notes David Witkowski, executive director of civic technology initiatives at Joint Venture Silicon Valley. More

July 8, 2019 - (Mercury News) - Exodus: For Bay Area millennials, moving up means moving out: In 2017, roughly 36 percent of Silicon Valley adults between the ages of 18 and 34 lived with their parents, according to an analysis by Joint Venture Silicon Valley. More

July 5, 2019(KPIX-TV5) - New Numbers Show Silicon Valley Tech Jobs Are Moving North: "The workforce is young," says Joint Venture CEO Russell Hancock.  More