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New Partnership with the Silicon Valley Community Foundation

The Joint Venture board has formalized a new partnership with the Silicon Valley Community Foundation to expand and enhance the Silicon Valley Index, Joint Venture’s annual report measuring the strength of the regional economy and the health of the community. Beginning in 2008 the two organizations will release the report together.

The Community Foundation will also become lead sponsor of Joint Venture’s State of the Valley conference, the town hall-style meeting that brings together leaders from across the region and included a keynote this year by former Vice President Al Gore.

Click here to read the November 19 press release announcing the partnership.

Smart Health Wins Health Leadership grant

Smart Health, Joint Venture’s initiative to modernize record-keeping in health care, has won a $500,000 grant from the Center of Community Health Leadership, an organization backed by Misys Healthcare Systems of Raleigh, N.C. The grant will provide Electronic Medical Records (EMR) software for local physicians, as well as connectivity software to develop a Regional Health Information Office (RHIO) centered at O’Connor Hospital in San Jose. Smart Health received one of only two Misys grants, from a field of 90 applications.

Click here to visit Smart Health.


Joint Venture Board Adds Three Business Leaders

Joint Venture’s board of directors, at the quarterly meeting on Nov. 16, named three new members:

  • James MacGregor, publisher of the Silicon Valley/San Jose Business Journal,
  • Bobby Ram, Senior Director of Government & Community Relations at SunPower Corporation, and
  • Clyde Rodriguez, Chief of Staff and advisor to Advanced Micro Devices’ CEO Hector Ruiz.

"These are proven leaders,” said Joint Venture President Russell Hancock. “They are more than merely accomplished in their respective fields of endeavor. They have regional sensibilities, and an expansive view of our possibilities.”

Click here to learn more about Joint Venture’s new board members.

New COMPIC Web site helps Silicon Valley Respond to Disaster

Joint Venture is testing a beta version of COMPIC (“Common Operational Picture”), an interactive Web site where government agencies, local businesses, emergency officials and community groups can enter real-time information about resources that are crucial in responding to disasters. The site, which uses Google mapping technology, provides details on facilities such as fire stations, hospitals and police stations, shelters, and infrastructure such as water lines, emergency vehicles and hazardous chemical storage.

When disaster strikes, first responders can easily update each other through COMPIC on what facilities and equipment is immediately available. While regular Internet service is knocked off line by power failures, first responders can utilize satellite links that function regardless of local damage – so COMPIC offers crucial data when it’s most needed.

Click here to visit the COMPIC Web site. When you arrive, click on the map itself to start using COMPIC’s interactive features.


Joint Venture Spotlight

Meet John Maltbie

Chair, Climate Protection Task Force

John Maltbie, County Manager of San Mateo County, is a public-sector entrepreneur. Working with the county supervisors, Maltbie – who sits on the Joint Venture board– targets $250 to $300 million a year from San Mateo’s county budget of $1.7 billion for innovative programs, including welfare services for children under age five, regional congestion management, and school-based health-care clinics. Maltbie serves as chair of the Joint Venture’s Climate Protection Task Force, and is the board’s lead advisor on the Silicon Valley Index.

Click here to learn more about John Maltbie.


State of the Valley Conference February 22, 2008

The 2008 State of the Valley conference takes place February 22, 2008, at the McEnery Convention Center in San Jose.

Registration and other information will be available next month. Sponsorship opportunities are available by calling the Joint Venture office.

Click here to see the KTEH Documentary on the 2007 State of the Valley conference.

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