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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.

What's Happening Now

Silicon Valley Poll: Half of residents consider leaving Bay Area

Silicon Valley Poll iconOctober 12, 2021 – According to the Silicon Valley Poll, Bay Area residents (65%) feel a strong sense of belonging to their region. Yet the majority believe the quality of life has grown worse. More than half (56%) plan to move out of the Bay Area in the next few years. The poll was placed in the field by the Institute for Regional Studies in partnership with the Bay Area News Group. 

Russell Hancock, Joint Venture CEO and and president of the Institute, moderated a briefing on the poll October 12 at 9 AM PDT.

Download the report | Read the poll

Event: International ShakeOut Day October 21

map of shake zoneOctober 15, 2021 - The HayWired earthquake scenario, led by the U.S. Geological Survey, anticipates the impacts of a hypothetical but scientifically plausible magnitude-7.0 earthquake on the Hayward Fault. The scenario emphasizes the myriad physical, technological, and societal impacts of such an event.

Join International ShakeOut Day on October 21, the anniversary of the 1868 Hayward Fault Earthquake, for the final rollout of HayWired V. 3. Experts will discuss societal impacts, take a closer look at strategies to reach all communities and how findings are applied in academia.

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B2R awarded $20K grant for diversity, equity, and inclusion

Bridge To Recovery logoOctober 15, 2021 -Bridge to Recovery (B2R), part of Joint Venture’s Building Back Better initiative, has received a $20,000 Grant from Santa Clara County, through its partnership with Catholic Charities. B2R is part of Joint Venture’s Building Back Better initiative. The grant, championed by Supervisor Susan Ellenberg, will be used to assess the internal and external diversity, equity, and inclusion needs of the network and make recommendations. The work is being carried out in partnership with Catholic Charities of Santa Clara County.

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Joint Venture publishes new chapter in HayWired scenario

mapOctober 15, 2021 - David Witkowski, executive director of the civic technology initiative, has contributed a new chapter of the HayWired Scientific Investigations Report, a hypothetical earthquake sequence being used to better understand hazards for the San Francisco Bay region during and after an earthquake of magnitude seven on the Hayward Fault. Witkowski and team of experts have published “Scientific Investigations Report Chapter S: Voice and data telecommunications restoration curves for 17 counties affected by the April 18, 2018, M7.0 HayWired earthquake scenario mainshock.” 

Read the report

Could there be a bike "superhighway" on the Peninsula?

map of bike route regionOctober 15, 2021 - The Managers Mobility Partnership – a group convened by Joint Venture and including the cities of Palo Alto, Mountain View, Redwood City, and Menlo Park, plus Stanford University—is exploring the feasibility of a high-quality north-south bike corridor traversing the Peninsula. The group commissioned a detailed feasibility assessment of alternative routes, and El Camino Real—which is undergoing significant change in some of the participating communities—was recommended as the preferred route. Joint Venture will now spearhead learning sessions with stakeholders and decision makers.

Read the feasibility analysis 

Food Recovery initiative taps Susan Miller-Davis as associate director

October 15, 2021 - Susan Miller-Davis has joined Joint Venture as associate director of the food recovery initiative. She will work with executive director Robin Franz-Martin to oversee the launch of Santa Clara County’s first county-wide food recovery program and the implementation of SB 1383, the first law in the nation mandating certain businesses to donate the maximum possible amounts of their surplus food. 

Miller-Davis most recently ran Infinite Table, supporting resilient economies and regenerative food systems. She holds an MPA in economics and public policy from Princeton University, and a BS in industrial and labor relations from Cornell University.

Learn more about SB 1383 | Read Susan's bio

Meet Ed Shikada, City Manager of Palo Alto

October 15, 2021 - It’s Ed Shikada’s job to run the day-to-day operations of a high-profile Silicon Valley municipality of 67,000. Widely considered the birthplace of Silicon Valley, Palo Alto is home to more successful start-ups than any other city. Shikada, a native of Hawaii, has a reputation for being unafraid to speak truth to power and for maintaining grace under pressure. He is also a member of Joint Venture’s board. 

“I have a passion and a commitment to public service,” says Shikada. “And a fundamental belief in the role government can play in advancing a community.”

Get to know Ed Shikada

Joint Venture tapped to lead food recovery program

stack of sandwichesOctober 2, 2021 - The Implementation Committee of the Recycling and Waste Reduction Commission of Santa Clara County has awarded $250,000 to Joint Venture’s food recovery initiative to oversee the launch of the first countywide food recovery program. Executive director Robin Martin and her team will guide county jurisdictions toward implementation of SB 1383, the first law in the nation mandating certain businesses to donate the maximum possible amounts of their surplus food.

Read the news release

Amazon Smile: Support Joint Venture while you shop

Amazon Smile logoJoint Venture is participating in the AmazonSmile program. Every time you shop at, a portion of your sales (0.5%) goes to support our work. AmazonSmile is a simple and automatic way for you to support Joint Venture every time you shop, at no cost to you. When you shop at, you’ll find the exact low prices, vast selection, and convenient shopping experience as, with the added bonus that Amazon will donate a portion of the purchase price to support Joint Venture’s work in your community.

Support Joint Venture with Amazon Smile

Silicon Valley Indicators

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

Alaska Airlines logo All Stars Helping Kids logo U.S. Geological Survey logo

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.

Managers Mobility Partnership

What are we doing?

The Managers Mobility Partnership is an agreement between the managers of four Silicon Valley cities (Palo Alto, Mountain View, Redwood City and Menlo Park) and Stanford University. The five partners agreed in May 2016 to work jointly to address transportation challenges facing their communities (read their signed compact). Joint Venture convenes the five entities and provides staffing and administrative support.

Thus far the group is working on bicycle infrastructure across their communities, by (1) exploring bike sharing programs, and the possibility of providing those services as a unified collation of cities; (2) filling the gaps in their north-south bike corridors, and improving the connections between their communities, so that there will be an interconnected regional network.

The group is also engaging Stanford students in the public policy and engineering programs, who are providing research and policy analysis.

Why are we doing it?

Because of population growth and the prodigious expansion of the Silicon Valley economy, the mobility challenges facing these communities are legion. Nor are they confined to a single community, because people’s travel and commute patterns typically cross multiple jurisdictions. For this reason, the senior managers and planners of these communities have agreed they cannot tackle their transportation issues in isolation. Instead, the communities are working in a framework of collaboration and cooperation.

Who's involved?

The Managers Mobility Partnership is carried out by the city managers in the four cities, and the senior associate vice president of Stanford University:

  • James Keene, City of Palo Alto
  • Melissa Stevenson Diaz, City of Redwood City
  • Daniel H. Rich, City of Mountain View
  • Alex D. McIntyre, City of Menlo Park
  • Lesley Lowe, Stanford University

The group also encompasses the senior transportation and planning officials of each locality.

What are the latest developments?

  • The group explored a common approach toward joining the Ford GoBike program, but it was not viable without significant subsidies. The Partnership members are continuing to explore a variety of bike-share ideas and issues, including developing a standard regulatory framework.
  • In early 2017 the four cities all adopted the same resolution (Mountain View, Palo Alto, Menlo Park, Redwood City) agreeing to short term improvements for a connected Peninsula Bikeway and committing to a collaborative process with community engagement to develop a new, long-term, Class 4 bikeway connecting the four cities.
  • In July 2017 the MMP sent a letter to Caltrain expressing concerns with the proposed fare increases for GoPasses.

What are the next steps?

The interim Peninsula Bikeway is expected to be equipped with signage and operational in May 2018.

The group will continue to work on bike issues and also has plans to tackle other sub-regional transportation challenges, including:

  1. The walkability in their communities, particularly in corridors traversing cities.
  2. Optimizing choices that address the first- and last-mile problems, including shuttles, car sharing services, and various forms of transit.
  3. Advocating enhanced service on Caltrain, including greater frequencies and other capacity upgrades.
  4. Improving traffic signal coordination and other “smart” approaches to travel on the major arterials, across all modes.

Best practices and regional solutions will be shared with other neighboring communities.

Where do I find out more?

To learn more about the Managers Mobility Partnership initiative or request a briefing, please contact:

Melinda Chacon
Joint Venture Silicon Valley

In The News

October 14, 2021 - (KSRO) - 56% Of Bay Area Residents Considering Moving Out: The 2021 Silicon Valley Poll shows that 56% of respondents say they’re planning to move out of the Bay Area in the next few years. More

October 14, 2021 - (KATV) - Poll: Majority of San Francisco area voters expect to move in the next few years - President and CEO of Joint Venture Silicon Valley Russell Hancock said the percentage of those thinking about leaving is higher than any previous polling. More

October 14, 2021 - (KABB Fox) - Poll: Majority of San Francisco area voters expect to move in the next few years - The poll generated by Joint Ventures Silicon Valley, the Bay Area News Group and Change Research asked a variety of quality life and general outlook questions...more

October 13, 2021 - (Enterprise IOT Insights) - Celona scores hat-trick of private LTE deals in CBRS band – in schools, cities, factories: The Cupertino firm is working with Joint Venture Silicon Valley (JVSV), a local enterprise forum in Silicon Valley, to bring CBRS-based private LTE to the Campbell Union Elementary School District in the greater San Jose area. More

October 13, 2021 - (San Francisco Business Journal) - SFBT Wednesday Digest: Ellison snags Tahoe Hyatt; New doubts over A's: A new poll from Joint Venture Silicon Valley More

October 13, 2021 - (Davis Vanguard) - Commentary: People Want to Leave Silicon Valley – and It’s All About Housing!: “It’s housing, stupid,” said Russell Hancock, CEO of JVSV during a community meeting on Tuesday, riffing on the iconic James Carville, 1992 campaign slogan. More

October 13, 2021 - (Daily Advent) - Commentary: People Want to Leave Silicon Valley – And It’s All About Housing! - The headline jumps out at you – 56 percent of respondents of a poll commissioned by Joint Venture Silicon Valley say they are likely to leave the region over the next few years. More

October 13, 2021 - (UpscGuru) ‘It’s housing, stupid’: More than half of Bay Area residents plan to move out, report says: According to a survey from Joint Venture Silicon Valley, 56 per cent of the 1,600 people polled in five Bay Area counties say they plan to move out of the region   More

October 13, 2021 - (News Net Daily) - 56% of San Francisco Bay Area Residents Plan to Move in “Next Years”: According to SFGate, the poll, conducted among 1,610 registered voters in five Bay Area counties by Joint Venture Silicon Valley for the Bay Area News Group...More

October 13, 2021 - (KFBK radio) - New Poll Finds More Than Half Of Bay Area Residents Plan To Leave Region: San Jose think tank Joint Venture Silicon Valley found around 56% of more than 1,600 people surveyed in five counties are considering moving from the area...with 90% citing concerns about housing, cost of living and homelessness. More

October 13, 2021  - (Politico) - QUOTE OF THE DAY: "It’s the cost of living, high housing costs. I think that is the dominant thing. It's housing, housing, housing. … That is driving almost all of the results," — Russell Hancock, President and CEO of Joint Venture Silicon Valley...  More

October 13, 2021 - (The Hill) - More than half of Bay Area residents plan to leave permanently: poll - More than half of the residents living in the San Francisco Bay Area say they are considering moving out of the area permanently, according to a poll from Joint Venture Silicon Valley released Monday. More

October 13, 2021 - (MarketWatch) - Why a majority of Silicon Valley residents want to move: The results of the survey by Joint Venture Silicon Valley show increasing pessimism among the region’s residents, which was compounded by the COVID-19 pandemic. More

October 12, 2021 - (San Francisco Chronicle) - Poll finds more than half of Bay Area residents plan to leave. Why? ‘It’s housing, stupid’: San Jose think tank Joint Venture Silicon Valley charted a sharp increase in the number of residents actually planning to leave the region in “the next few years” — around 56% of more than 1,600 people surveyed in five counties...More

October 12, 2021 - (SFGATE) - Vast majority think life in Bay Area getting worse, want to leave, poll finds: Joint Venture Silicon Valley, in partnership with the Bay Area News Group, polled 1,610 registered voters across five Bay Area counties...More