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Dan Rather to Keynote State of the Valley

January 13, 2020 - Broadcast news icon Dan Rather will provide the keynote for Joint Venture’s 2020 State of the Valley conference on Friday, February 14 at the San Jose McEnery Convention Center. 

“Mr. Rather is going to have extremely interesting things to say about how the Valley is shaping national trends. I think we can also count on him for some blunt commentary about the presidential election,” said Russell Hancock, Joint Venture’s president and CEO.

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Richard Gingras, VP of Google News, Featured Speaker at State of the Valley

Richard GingrasJanuary 15, 2020 - Richard Gingras, Vice President of News for Google, is confirmed as a featured speaker at the 2020 State of the Valley conference on February 14. Gingras, a veteran of broadcast and digital news, guides the strategy of how Google surfaces news to users. In a nation where the line between news and opinion has become blurred, can the new media channels and social platforms be reformed? Don't miss insight from Gingras on the topic of technology, news, media, and how they are shaping our democracy.

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Joint Venture to Municipalities on 5G: Here's How to Handle the Influx

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January 14, 2020 – Joint Venture has published the second edition of Bridging the Gap - 21st Century Wireless Telecommunications Handbook, 2nd Edition. Conceived and generated by Joint Venture’s Wireless Communications Initiative, the book provides a tool for agencies tasked with accommodating the influx of applications for wireless. The 2nd Edition updates the original handbook, first published in 2016 and adds 16 pages on topics including 5G, Wi-Fi 6, and CBRS (Citizens Broadband Radio Service). The book is available for free download or in print for a small fee.

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Peter Calthorpe, Featured Speaker at State of the Valley

January 13, 2020 - Peter Calthorpe, an influential thought leader on the shape of urban landscapes, will be a featured speaker at State of the Valley. An architect, planner and urban designer whose work has had impact on the development of cities across the globe, he fostered the concept of Transit Oriented Development, the foundation of many regional policies and city plans at work today. Calthorpe’s books trace the recent history of urban design in its most vital and prescient manifestations: Sustainable Communities, The Regional City: Planning for the End of Sprawl, and Urbanism in the Age of Climate Change.

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Margaret O'Mara, Author of THE CODE, Featured at State of the Valley

January 13, 2020 - Historian and author Margaret O'Mara will be a featured speaker at the State of the Valley conference on February 14. O'Mara is the author of The Code: Silicon Valley and the Remaking of America which details the true, behind-the-scenes history of the people who built Silicon Valley and shaped Big Tech in America. She is a Distinguished Fellow at Joint Venture's Silicon Valley Institute for Regional Studies. 

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Read O'Mara's recent Op-ed in the New York Times

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.

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.

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San Jose baby represents three millionth resident

May 5, 2015 – Silicon Valley’s population has reached three million for the first time, Joint Venture’s Silicon Valley Institute for Regional Studies announced today.

Researchers at the Institute, using population data from the state and daily growth calculators for the region, predicted that Silicon Valley would top the three million mark by early May.

“This milestone goes hand-in-hand with our hot economy,” said Russell Hancock, president and CEO of Joint Venture, which houses the Institute. “Still, it’s a startling figure that puts our explosive growth in perspective.”

Rachel Massaro, Joint Venture vice president and senior research associate for the Institute, said Silicon Valley has been growing at the rate of one person every 16 minutes, or nearly 90 people a day.

“This is one of the fastest growing regions in the state, and it’s driven largely by the lure of our innovation engine, by foreign immigration and local births,” Massaro said. “This contributes to Silicon Valley’s worsening transportation and housing crunch.”

In conjunction with the release of the study, Joint Venture designated a baby boy born today at Kaiser Permanente in Santa Clara to represent the 3 millionth resident of Silicon Valley. The baby, Max, was born to Bing Yuan and Dan Danner of San Jose at 9:39 a.m., PDT. He weighed eight pounds, eleven ounces and measured just over 21 inches in length.

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The Institute identifies Silicon Valley as Santa Clara and San Mateo Counties, plus the the cities of Fremont, Union City and Newark in Alameda County and Scotts Valley in Santa Cruz County.

The data is part of a 32-page brief released today by the Institute, “Population Growth in Silicon Valley.” The report examines Silicon Valley’s population dynamics, including overall population growth, growth by city and county, birth and death rates, and the changing population composition in terms of age and gender. It also examines recent California Department of Finance (DOF) population and K-12 enrollment projections through 2023.

Additionally, the report examines population trends as they relate to the recent economic recession. Silicon Valley’s population dynamics are closely tied to the economy overall, including employment, income, cost of living and other factors; in particular, in and out migration, as well as birth and death rates, vary with changes in economic growth and development, which affect both behavioral and environmental change and influence population dynamics.

A large portion of Silicon Valley residents live within just six of its 39 cities – San Jose, Fremont, Sunnyvale, Santa Clara, Daly City and San Mateo – the study reports. Several cities are growing more than three times faster than the state as a whole.

Silicon Valley’s growth rate accelerated between 2011 and 2013, when it peaked at its highest since 1998, before slowing slightly since then. This growth is occurring despite declining birth rates since 2008, and is driven by foreign immigration as well as natural growth.

The 2015 Silicon Valley Index produced by the Institute reported the region has increased by some 30,000 people annually since 2011 and that it added 42,000 people in 2013.

Three million was the entire population of California a century ago and is double the number of people who were living in Silicon Valley in the mid-1960s.

It is roughly equivalent to one percent of the current U.S. population, twice the population of Manhattan and three times that of Delaware.

If it were a city, Silicon Valley would be the nation’s third largest behind New York (8.4 million) and Los Angeles (3.9 million). As a state it would rank 31st, between Mississippi and Iowa. As a country, think Armenia.

Three million people live in one million households and they use more than 400 million gallons of water and produce 13.2 million pounds of trash daily. A third of them will commute to work in their own cars.

The population study may be downloaded from the Institute website.

About Joint Venture Silicon Valley

Joint Venture Silicon Valley was established in 1993. A nonprofit organization, the group convenes the region’s leaders across every major sector – government, business, academia, labor, and community organizations. The organization provides data and analysis on our region’s challenges, and leads initiatives to address those challenges. Joint Venture is funded by cities and counties, local companies, colleges and universities, labor and workforce institutions and foundations. For more information, visit

In The News


January 15, 2020 - (KPIX-TV5) - Santa Cruz Startup Joby Aviation Secures Millions In Funding For Air Taxi Fleet: “I think in our lifetime we’re going to see this, now it’s hard to know when they’re going to solve every last technical problem and every last regulatory problem, but this technology is in the realm of possibility,” said Joint Venture Silicon Valley CEO Russ[ell] Hancock. “It’s not science fiction stuff anymore.” More

January 15, 2020 - (IEEE Future Networks) - Seven Experts Forecast What's Coming for 5G in 2020: The wild-card for 5G emergence is deployment. David Witkowski, Chair, IEEE Future Networks Initiative, and Executive Director, Civic Technology Initiatives at Joint Venture posits. More

January 9, 2020 - (Salon) - Tech industry layoffs rose 351 percent in 2019. Is a recession looming? “The tech sector is maybe the most volatile sector . . . . remember, product life cycles come and go,” Joint Venture Silicon Valley President Russ Hancock told San Francisco CBS affiliate KPIX5. More

December 26, 2019 - (Mercury News) - ‘Garages aren’t even cheap anymore:’ Bay Area exodus drives lowest growth rate in years: “One thing we know is that the cost of housing is astronomical and we also have transportation issues and quality of life issues,” said Russell Hancock, president and CEO of Joint Venture Silicon Valley. More

December 24, 2019 - (Mercury News) - Wish Book: Loaves & Fishes looks to fill in the gaps: Loaves & Fishes has expanded its reach thanks to a partnership with Joint Venture Silicon Valley. More

December 19, 2019 - (Silicon Valley Business Journal)  - A Decade of Promise and Peril: Russell Hancock, CEO of the nonprofit think-tank Joint Venture Silicon Valley since 2003, points to how much has changed since the Great Recession... More 

December 19, 2019 - (Medium - Word Is) - How People Talk About Silicon Valley: ...the Silicon Valley Institute for Regional Studies and Discourse Data recently partnered together to examine 2019 trends in national online discussions that reference the influential technology region. More

December 3, 2019 - (Mercury News) - Dan Rather to speak at State of the Valley conference: “Mr. Rather is a legendary journalist who is having a really impressive encore as a public intellectual,” said Russell Hancock, Joint Venture’s president and CEO. More

December 3, 2019 - (GIS User) - IWCE announces agenda and opens registration for its 44th annual conference for critical communications industry: Speakers include David Witkowski, Executive Director, Wireless Communications Initiative, Joint Venture Silicon Valley. More

December 2, 2019 - (Patch) - Loaves & Fishes Team Up with Sharks Foundation & Diversified: ...Loaves & Fishes Family Kitchen adopted the food recovery and distribution operation known as A La Carte from Joint Venture Silicon Valley. More

December 1, 2019 - (San Jose Spotlight) - Could California’s 3.5M home deficit be solved through rezoning?...delivered during the annual Silicon Valley Economic Development Alliance convention in Santa Cruz this month. More