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Institute: Individual donations to charity rebound

hand placing money in donation boxJune 17, 2024 - An Institute examination of newly released IRS data show that individual donations to charity rebounded. Nearly a quarter of all Silicon Valley individual taxpayers and joint filers donate to charities. The dollar amounts of donations have doubled since 2019 and the share of Adjusted Gross Income donated rose by 1.5 percentage points. Statewide, a smaller share of individuals donate to charity and those who do donate less of their AGI.

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Joint Venture publishes Protecting California in the 21st Century: Public Safety in a Voice-over-IP and Over the Top World

cover imageApril 30, 2024 - Joint Venture released a comprehensive white paper highlighting crucial developments in the state’s telecommunications landscape and which emphasizes the necessity for updating California’s outdated public safety strategies to align with modern technologies and provide more effective response during emergencies and disasters. Protecting California in the 21st Century encourages a forward-looking and market-aware approach to emergency communications, including 9-1-1 emergency services.

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Meet Rebecca Unitt

June 17, 2024 - In the vibrant coastal enclave of Santa Cruz, where the Pacific breeze mingles with entrepreneurial spirit, Rebecca Unitt leads the charge as the Economic Development Manager for the City of Santa Cruz. Her journey epitomizes dedication to public service and positive change. Working at the nexus of urban planning and community empowerment, Rebecca served in 2023 as chair of Joint Venture’s Silicon Valley Economic Development Alliance. Growing up, Rebecca excelled at competitive Irish step dancing and danced at the World Championships in Scotland and Ireland and ranked eleventh in all North America. 

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Research Brief: Expanding the Behavioral Health Workforce Pipeline in Santa Clara County

report cover imageJune 17, 2024 - The Silicon Valley Institute for Regional Studies released Expanding the Behavioral Health Workforce Pipeline in Santa Clara County with research that benchmarks the status of the existing local behavioral health workforce and identifies roadblocks and priorities for pipeline expansion and local retention.“I am committed to continuing the conversation about effective behavioral health workforce expansion strategies...,” says Susan Ellenberg.

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2024 Silicon Valley Index: Record-high $14.3 trillion market cap as income gaps, layoffs, & adjustments signal recalibration

cover imageFebruary 28, 2024 – Joint Venture Silicon Valley's Institute for Regional Studies today released the 2024 Silicon Valley Index, revealing that the region achieved an unprecedented market cap of $14.3 trillion. This milestone comes as the regional economy demonstrates resilience despite growing income and wealth divides, coupled with persistent housing challenges for residents. The data confirms the region's economic health and continued growth. “We may not be booming, but we’re still growing,” said Russell Hancock, CEO of Joint Venture. “We’re a region built on creative destruction and re-invention.”

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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.

What is Joint Venture Silicon Valley?

Established in 1993, Joint Venture provides data and analysis on issues affecting the Silicon Valley economy and quality of life. The organization convenes established and emerging leaders—from business, government, academia, labor and the broader community—to spotlight issues, and work collaboratively toward innovative solutions.

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Integration of EV Charging Infrastructure – ‘Use Case’ Scenarios

As companies in the Bay area expand their EV charging infrastructural deployments, they are looking to integrate this infrastructure with Energy Management and Demand Response capabilities.

Why This Matters

The primary benefit of a well-defined integration strategy for EV charging infrastructure is to reduce associated energy and demand charges for the hosting organization. It helps organizations effectively handle the most typical energy-related use cases they can expect to encounter, and determine how to best leverage an existing ecosystem of service providers. Also, it helps to identify and expose missing links where work still needs to be done.

Presented below are typical energy management ‘use cases’ for hosting organizations deploying and integrating EV charging infrastructure.

Scenario 1: Demand Response Scenario with Cloud-Based EVSE Control

This EV Infrastructure energy management use case involves a cloud-based EV charging network service provider. This enables EV charging infrastructure to react in apredictable/desired fashion when a DR event is called.

The EVSE service provider is integrated electronically with the utility to receive DR event signals, and then regulates charging at the hosting organization’s Electric Vehicle Supply Equipment (EVSE) according to DR rules pre-established by the host organization.

As shown above, the utility informs the cloud-based charging network about current demand related events on the grid. In response, the cloud-based service provider issues or fine tunes EV charging instructions via its cloud-based EVSE controller interface to charging stations, thus helping reduce the load for the building and addressing demand response for the grid. The charging network also keeps track of the vehicle status (for example, how much it is charged or how long it has been idle) and can apply local charging rules to further optimize the usage of electricity for the building and utility.

In this scenario the overall EV charging is controlled and managed by the third party charging network, which typically also manages authentication, notification and payment scenarios.

Scenario 2: Energy Management Scenario with Cloud-Based EVSE Control

This EV Infrastructure energy management use case describes how an office building or campus with an Energy Management System (EMS) can be integrated with EV charging infrastructure via a cloud-based EVSE control network.

As shown above, the building’s EMS directly interacts with the cloud-based EVSE controller. The EMS monitors overall energy use for the building or site (including EV charging). Based on the timing and cost of energy use (e.g. demand peaks, peak periods) the EMS sends signals to the cloud-based EVSE controller, to regulate EV charging load at the site according to specific charging instructions (e.g. reduce demand by a specified amount/time period). The EMS is also interfaced with the utility, thereby able to provide similar signals to the cloud-based EVSE when DR events are called by the utility.

Scenario 3: Energy Management Scenario with local EVSE Control

This scenario describes the use case for local controllers at one or multiple buildings on a campus site, to control EV charging and balance overall load.

The local controllers typically include a network connection with the building or campus for data, as well as connections for physical control of electric circuit(s). The building/campus Energy Management System interacts with the Utility and its DR/DM interface to receive demand response requirements as set by the utility, or by tracking local energy use, determines that EV load reduction is necessary. It then signals the local load controller to dial EV charging circuit capacity up or down, depending on what the building needs.


  • EV Workshop Introduction (Slides)
  • Silicon Valley Trends in Enterprise / Workplace Charging - Survey Results, by MPBG, Joint Venture (Slides)
  • EV Charging Infrastructure Overview, by Chargepoint (Slides)
  • EV Charging Infrastructure – Enterprise issues and opportunities, by SAP and Google Integration (Slides)
  • Utility Perspectives on EV Charging, Impacts and Demand Management, by PG&E (Slides)
  • Models for integration of EV Charging with Building Energy Management, by Gridscape Solutions (Slides), EPRI (Slides)
  • Fast Charging and Integrated Storage Solutions, by Green Charge Networks (Slides)
  • Evaluating Vehicle-to-Building and Vehicle-to-Grid scenarios, by LBNL (Slides)
  • Conclusion and discussion of next steps (Slides)

In The News

June 17, 2024 - (Press Democrat) - Witkowski and Ghilarducci: The future of emergency response is digital - Opinion: In a fire, flood or other crisis, emergency responses are better served by digital communications than landline phones. More

June 3, 2024  - (KCBS Radio) - Need is "greater than ever" to donate to local non-profits in Silicon Valley: Joint Venture CEO, Russell Hancock, interviewed  More

June 3, 2024 - (Tech Wire) - Tom Snyder: Entrepreneurship is everywhere: The Silicon Valley Institute for Regional Studies reports that 749 new startup businesses were created in the region in 2023. More

June 2, 2024 - (Silicon Valley) - San Jose drops another spot down the list of most populous U.S. cities: Early growth was largely due to “smoke and mirrors,” according to Hancock [CEO of Joint Venture], by annexing whole cities. More

May 31, 2024 - (Silicon Valley) - Crowded housing conditions, racial inequalities: “We have some high flyers and we have some people that are barely getting by,” said Russell Hancock, CEO of Joint Venture Silicon Valley More

May 31, 2024 - (MSN) - Crowded housing conditions, racial inequalities detailed in Morgan Hill report: we have some people that are barely getting by," said Russell Hancock, CEO of Joint Venture Silicon Valley More

May 23, 2024 - (Asian Journal) - PCGSF Gets Insights From 10th Annual Silicon Valley Briefing At Stanford: Russell Hancock, president and CEO of Joint Venture Silicon Valley and an adjunct Professor at Stanford University’s Public Policy Program, provided a presentation More

May 17, 2024 - (Del Norte Triplicate) - Board continues cell tower appeal pending location of alternative site: Joint Venture Silicon Valley report confirms no impact on property values. More

May 17, 2024 - (Mercury News) - Bay Area and California add jobs in April — but the gains are puny: “Our economy is in the throes of a transition...” said Russell Hancock, president of Joint Venture More

May 15, 2024 - (Morgan Hill Times) - City of Morgan Hill will host May 30 Economic Mobility Symposium: This data is consistent with the 2024 Index by Joint Venture Silicon Valley More

May 15, 2024 - (Mercury News)  Tech job cuts ease a bit in Bay Area as industry layoffs haunt region: Long-term outlook of the region’s economy and technology industry remain healthy, according to Russell Hancock, president of Joint Venture Silicon Valley, a San Jose-based think tank. More

May 14, 2024 - (KCBS) - New proposal could help Santa Clara Co. residents secure quality Internet access: David Witkowski, ED of Joint Venture's Civic Tech inititiative is interviewed about internet access. More

May 10, 2024 - (KQED) - Divestment from Israeli Tech Is a Tall Order for Silicon Valley. Here’s Why: Russell Hancock, CEO of Joint Venture Silicon Valley, said Silicon Valley companies have a long history of cultivating military contracts More

May 9, 2024 - (Mercury News) - Downtown San Jose visit activity soars, Oakland jumps, San Francisco nosedives: ... the South Bay city benefits from a favorable comparison to San Francisco, in the view of Russell Hancock, president of Joint Venture Silicon Valley More

May 1, 2024 - (Mercury News) - California’s great exodus finally slows as population increases after 3-year decline: “The pandemic is in the rearview mirror and we’re sort of coming back to how we were,” said Russell Hancock, CEO of Joint Venture Silicon Valley More

April 25, 2024 - (San Jose Spotlight) - Will TikTok leave San Jose if ban takes hold? Russell Hancock, CEO of economic think tank Joint Venture Silicon Valley, agreed having a presence in the valley is a no-brainer. More

April 19, 2024 - (Silicon Valley) - Bay Area bounces back with job gains in March, led by South Bay hiring: “There’s downsizing in some divisions and growth in others,” said Russell Hancock, president of Joint Venture Silicon Valley More