2007 News

November 30, 2007 (San Jose Business Journal) - Russell Hancock, the president and CEO of Joint Venture, a business, labor, government, university and non-profit forum for problem solving, spoke with the Business Journal's Timothy Roberts about what the organization is doing. More.

November 30, 2007 (Mountain View Voice) - Mountain View became one of the first cities to sign onto the "Grand Boulevard Initiative" after council members voted 6-1 Tuesday night in support of the improvement project. More.

November 25, 2007 (San Jose Mercury News) - "A new relationship is emerging with Helsinki as its investment flows to and from the valley increased," noted the 2007 Index of Silicon Valley. More.

November 23, 2007 (Contra Costa Times) - "People complain about this all the time," said Joint Venture President Russell Hancock. "You've got an executive who has no problem talking on cell phones in Mongolia, and the next week he's on Sand Hill Road trying to close a deal and he loses his signal." More.

November 19, 2007 (San Jose Mercury News) - Two of Silicon Valley's biggest institutions are joining forces to enhance a highly regarded annual report that tracks the region's economic and social well-being. More.

November 17, 2007 (RCR Wireless News) - Wireless Silicon Valley represents the goal of at least 28 cities spread across four counties to build a broadband wireless Internet network spanning more than 1,500 square miles. More.

November 4, 2007 (San Jose Mercury News) - The fate of Silicon Valley's ambitious but troubled project to blanket the community with wireless Internet services now rests on a single question: Does anyone believe in the vision enough to invest $500,000 for two pilot sites that would show us what the network can do? More.

October 24, 2007 (Infoworld) - An ambitious plan to equip Silicon Valley with wireless public broadband services is proceeding with great hopes but many challenges. More.

October 23, 2007 (San Francisco Chronicle) - The Wireless Silicon Valley project is looking to get cities on board as anchors. But organizers also are tweaking the business model to help the technology vendors, led by Cisco, recoup their costs quickly. More.

October 17, 2007 (ABC 7) - Joint Venture has been working for years on a vision to transform El Camino Real into a grand boulevard. More. (Video)

October 12, 2007 (San Jose Mercury News) - "It was like they were the only ones keeping the lights on around here," said Russell Hancock, president, Joint Venture: Silicon Valley Network. More.

October 9, 2007 (San Jose Mercury News) - Kara LaPierre of Joint Venture Silicon Valley Network said she would like her firm's commercial real estate Web site, SiliconValleyProspector.com, to partner with BuildingSearch.com. More.

October 2, 2007 (PalmBeachPost) - To promote regional economic development, instead of county-by-county business recruitment, Indian River Community College plans to head an "Innovation Council" for the Treasure Coast, modeling it after the public-private group Joint Venture in Silicon Valley. More.

October 1, 2007 (LA Times) - "Google is what pulled us through," said Russell Hancock, president of Joint Venture: Silicon Valley Network, a regional planning group. More.

September 25, 2007 (CNET News) - And lessons learned from these deployments if applied properly could help save bigger and more, ambitious projects such as Silicon Valley's regional wireless network. More.

September 16, 2007 (PC World) - Backers of a massive wireless network for California's Silicon Valley have yet to build promised test networks or complete a model agreement for local governments, but at least one executive expects those to be finished by year's end. More.

September 12, 2007 (San Jose Mercury News) - In 2005, government and business leaders announced they were going to build a public wireless Internet network that would seamlessly connect all of Silicon Valley. More.

September 9, 2007 (New York Times) - But such image campaigns are “gimmicky,” said Russell Hancock, chief executive of Joint Venture: Silicon Valley Network, a nonprofit regional planning group based in San Jose, Calif. More.

September 9, 2007 (San Jose Mercury News) - With the housing market on fire in the early part of the decade, San Jose rezoned huge portions of land set aside for jobs to build homes. Along the way, it became the 10th-largest city in the country, a distinction that brought more national prestige to the "Capital of Silicon Valley." More.

September 9, 2007 (newsday.com) - During the 1990s, Joint Venture: Silicon Valley was created by business, government and civic leaders from 27 cities and four counties in California to address economic and social challenges. More.

September 6, 2007 (Palo Alto Online) - A high-tech emergency-coordination system currently being tested in Palo Alto has been chosen by the U.S. Department of Homeland Security for a study of effective multi-agency communications during crises. More.

September 6, 2007 (The Christian Science Monitor) - This week, California will be shining brightly in the 2008 presidential race. More.

August 29, 2007 (San Jose Mercury News) - By comparison, the average Silicon Valley software worker made $148,935, according to Joint Venture: Silicon Valley. And, unlike the CEOS, that includes options gains. More.

August 17, 2007 (San Jose Mercury News) - Government-driven innovations can have a major impact. For example, the Smart Health initiative in Silicon Valley is demonstrating how information technology can be utilized by hospitals and health providers for record-keeping. More.

August 6, 2007 (Good Morning Silicon Valley) - It’s taken a little while, but those rosy predictions of free municipal wireless Internet access for all are starting to lose their glow, and not surprisingly, it’s over that fundamental question about any free service: Who’s going to pay for it? More.

August 6, 2007 (San Jose Mercury News) - It's been more than a year since Silicon Valley's Joint Venture Wireless Project first announced plans to build a regional wireless network, giving millions of local residents free access to the Internet. More.

July 24, 2007 (Palo Alto Daily News) - Though Palo Alto doesn't yet have citywide wireless Internet access, it's not from a lack of interest by organizations ready and willing to provide it. More.

July 23, 2007 (KCBS) - The wireless network being designed to cover 1,500 square miles of the Bay Area is having a hard time getting off the ground. More.

July 23, 2007 (InformationWeek) - Officials from six cities and the Northern California county of Santa Clara have launched a major review and cost-benefit analysis to determine whether and to what extent they should participate in the massive, 44-city Wireless Silicon Valley project. More.

July 13, 2007 (San Francisco Examiner) - A co-operative of cities in San Mateo and Santa Clara Counties has already come up with one bright idea in their effort to join forces and reduce their contributions to global warming. More.

July 12, 2007 (Daily Herald) - Vertical living is coming to California's Silicon Valley as developers cater to tech workers and other transplants from the East Coast. More.

July 12, 2007 (San Jose Mercury News) - The folks behind a regional plan to develop a massive outdoor network of wireless Internet service for the region are getting pushed to speed up from a brand-new activist group: local iPhone users. More.

July 10, 2007 (KQED) - Silicon Valley is planning one of the world's largest wireless networks, providing outdoors Web access to all and services to police and first responders. But how exactly does the technology known as Wi-Fi work? More.

July 7, 2007 (San Jose Mercury News) - San Jose officials are pondering free, citywide WiFi, but before any wireless Internet system is set up, they want to know how much it will cost, who will use it or if it can even be installed. More.

June 30, 2007 (San Jose Mercury News) - Facing a $3 billion shortfall and the prospect of cutting social services, state lawmakers are wary of the governor's proposal to invest $95 million in technology research - a plan much lauded in Silicon Valley. More.

June 25, 2007 (San Jose Mercury News) - As the deadline nears in Sacramento for the completion of the state budget, we will hear policy-makers talk about balancing this year's budget and producing a spending plan that reflects the priorities of Californians. More.

June 24, 2007 (Sacramento Bee) - Family arguments over household budgets are a common part of modern American life. These heated conversations are often defined by logical priorities (pay the mortgage and car payments first) and hard choices (teenagers might need to get part-time summer jobs to pay for expensive sports camps). More.

June 15, 2007 (Business Journal) - The effort to turn Silicon Valley into a wi-fi paradise is running months behind, although proponents of the plan insist it will still happen. More.

June 11, 2007 (KGO Channel 7) - San Carlos Assistant City Manager Brian Moura is showing us the plans for a hi speed broadband network that will cover every city in San Mateo and Santa Clara counties, an area of 1,500 square miles. More with video.

June 8, 2007 (San Jose Mercury News) - Seth Fearey, chief operating officer for Joint Venture: Silicon Valley Network, an economic development group, recently counted more than 60 companies with local offices in the industry. He's sure he missed some. More.

June 4, 2007 (San Francisco Examiner) - First it was Burning Man, then the Mavericks Surf Contest. Now two-dozen Silicon Valley cities and counties, including 19 on the Peninsula, have set their sites on becoming carbon neutral while spurring the growth of the area’s burgeoning “green” industry. More.

June 4, 2007 (Palo Alto Daily News) - Palo Alto High, one of two high schools in a school district with a reputation for academic excellence, is below the state average when it comes to sending graduates to college, according to one state commission. More.

June 4, 2007 (San Mateo County Times) - San Mateo County and 11 of its cities have joined the Joint Venture Climate Change Task Force, a regional effort to help local government agencies address global warming. More.

June 1, 2007 (Network World) - Silicon Valley's municipal wireless project is one of the most ambitious ever attempted, but good things take time -- more than proponents thought, in this case. More.

May 31, 2007 (Information Week) - One of the largest municipal wireless projects in the country, a 40-city project to blanket the Silicon Valley with municipal Wi-Fi coverage, is beset with delays and lacks a signed contract with the network provider. More.

May 30, 2007 (Wi-Fi Net News) - Who would have thought a project spanning 1,500 sq mi and dozens of cities, a few counties, and other entities could ever possibly go wrong? More.

May 30, 2007 (Palo Alto Daily) - A plan to blanket Silicon Valley with outdoor wireless Internet service is mired in delays, but officials say it will be worth the wait. More.

May 30, 2007 (Bloomberg.com) - Average annual wages in the software and semiconductor industries rose above $140,000, according to Joint Venture: Silicon Valley Network, an economic development group in San Jose. More.

May 30, 2007 (San Francisco Chronicle) - The upbeat survey results mirror statistics about valley employment. The 2007 Silicon Valley Index, produced in January by Joint Venture: Silicon Valley Network, a public-private partnership, found that the region had turned a corner in terms of job growth after several years of contraction that followed the dot-com bust. More.

May 27, 2007 (Palo Alto Daily News) - Nearly two dozen Silicon Valley and Peninsula cities have joined together in a first-of-its-kind effort to combat climate change in the Bay Area. More.

May 20, 2007 (The Decatur Daily) - The Silicon Valley has the Cadillac of economic measurement tools, and leaders attribute the region’s success in large part to the sustained effort, which began in 1992. More.

May 13, 2007 (San Francisco Chronicle) - In Silicon Valley alone, investments in "clean tech" soared from $34 million in the first quarter of 2006 to $290 million in the third quarter, according to Joint Venture: Silicon Valley Network, an industry-government coalition that promotes innovation. More.

May 7, 2007 (San Jose Mercury News) - Editorial: Valley pushing envelope toward system of digital medical records. More.

May 1, 2007 (ABC 7) - Now there's an initiative to form a consortium of cities to support clean technology and to save money at the same time. More (includes video).

April 30, 2007 (San Francisco Chronicle) - With freeway interchanges reduced to rubble at a crucial nexus near the Bay Bridge, what kind of hit will the Bay Area economy take? More.

April 24, 2007 (San Francisco Chronicle) - For the first time since the state lost tens of thousands of jobs after the dot-com collapse, California companies have added tech workers to their payrolls, according to a report that tracks nationwide employment in the industry. More.

April 12, 2007 (Milpitas Post) - Joint Venture: Silicon Valley Network on March 21 announced a new online tool, SiliconValley-Prospector.com, which provides an interactive, searchable repository of commercial property listings. The tool allows site selectors to conduct highly detailed demographic analyses of those properties. More.

April 6, 2007 (San Jose Mercury News) - A report from Joint Venture: Silicon Valley Network accentuated the strength of the recovery from the dot-com crash, including a rebound in household income, jobs and venture capital investment. More.

March 30, 2007 (Information Week) - Traffic jams are back in Silicon Valley, start-up funding is at five-year highs but middle-class families living in the prosperous region south of San Francisco face mounting economic challenges, a study released Thursday finds. More.

March 27, 2007 (San Jose Mercury News) - Joint Venture: Silicon Valley Network has launched a Web site, www.siliconvalley prospector.com, aimed at helping businesses find space in the valley and even discover valuable demographic information about spending habits and education levels. More.

March 27, 2007 (San Francisco Chronicle) - Joint Venture: Silicon Valley Network, a nonprofit group in San Jose that deals with the region's business climate and quality of life, is behind the site, called SiliconValleyProspector.com. More.

March 23, 2007 (San Jose Mercury News) - WORKING TOGETHER: Joint Venture: Silicon Valley toasted a new effort Wednesday at AMD's Sunnyvale headquarters: SiliconValleyProspector.com, a Web site for companies looking for space in Santa Clara, San Mateo and Santa Cruz counties. More.

March 21, 2007 (Palo Alto Daily News) - To startups and other firms shopping for a place to set up new headquarters, Silicon Valley is typically at the high end of the list, both in desirability and in price. More.

March 7, 2007 (San Jose Mercury News) - What will it take to make Silicon Valley's wireless network work? That's the question weighing on the minds behind the proposed wireless project, which is expected to be one of the largest in the world spanning 1,500 square miles and covering 2.4 million people. More.

March 7, 2007 (Palo Alto Daily News) - In the coming weeks, Joint Venture: Silicon Valley Network will likely invite member cities - including all of those in Santa Clara and San Mateo counties - to a kick off meeting for a collaborative effort on fighting global warming, said Brian Moura, assistant city manager of San Carlos and a Joint Venture board member. More.

March 4, 2007 (San Jose Mercury News) - Joint Venture: Silicon Valley's new 2007 Index report calls the linguistic mix an economic advantage, allowing collaboration with emerging "spikes" of high-tech innovation and venture capital investment in regions like Bangalore, India; Shanghai, China; and Helsinki, Finland. More.

February 14, 2007 - Joint Venture today announced that the Cities of Palo Alto and San Carlos have signed agreements with Silicon Valley Metro Connect to become the first Concept City sites for the Joint Venture Wireless Silicon Valley broadband network. Areas the size of one square mile in each city will be used to test wireless equipment and demonstrate applications. The tests are expected to last about 120 days. The Joint Venture Wireless Silicon Valley task force also announced that it is forming users groups for Intelligent Transportation Systems and Emergency Response.

Read the press release
See maps of the Palo Alto and San Carlos Concept Sites
Read the agreement letters for Palo Alto (coming soon) and San Carlos

February 3, 2007 (San Jose Mercury News) - As the world awakens to the peril of the climate crisis, Silicon Valley is poised to play a "historic" role in developing technologies to curb humankind's dependence on fossil fuels, former Vice President Al Gore told a gathering of valley business and community leaders Friday. Read More

Also from the San Jose Mercury News:

February 2, 2007 (C|Net News) - Speaking at the Silicon Valley Joint Venture event in San Jose, Calif., former Vice President Al Gore said there's still time to combat the expected effects of climate change. See the Video.

February 2, 2007 (KGO) - Silicon Valley is gearing up to change its name to "Clean Tech Valley." Fourteen-hundred of the valley's leaders gathered today to learn how it can become a center of innovation to solve climate change, and the lobbying is coming from the former vice president. Read More and See the Video.

Februray 2, 2007 (CBS 5) - Former Vice President Al Gore told a group of Silicon Valley leaders Friday that he is not running for president but is "involved in a different kind of campaign" to convince the public to deal with the inconvenient truth of global warming. See the Segment on CBS 5.

February 2, 2007 (Silicon Valley/San Jose Business Journal) - Silicon Valley will play a major role in solving the world's climate crisis, says former Vice President Al Gore. "Technology gives us the leverage to change the patterns of behavior that are creating this crisis, and the most significant role in creating that technology will played here by you," he said. Read More.

January 28, 2007 (San Francisco Chronicle) - Silicon Valley, ever subject to boom-bust cycles, has returned to prosperity after a five-year downturn. Read More.

January 23, 2007 (Computerworld) - The municipal wireless system planned for Silicon Valley and surrounding areas will use a wider array of technologies than most such projects and offer several levels of free and paid service, according to officials crafting the plan. More

January 22, 2007 (San Jose Mercury News)- Imagine sitting or walking or taking a bus anywhere in Silicon Valley and seamlessly checking your e-mail, preparing a presentation, playing "World of Warcraft,'' streaming the latest episode of "Lost'' or researching a term paper. More

January 19, 2007 (San Jose Mercury News) - When IBM's Brent Grotz gets asked how soon Silicon Valley's much-anticipated wireless network will be built, the project leader holds up his hands as if to fend off more questions. More

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