2008 News

December 21, 2008 (San Francisco Chronicle) - Jon Whitmore, Dave Knapp and Dave Boesch were elected to the board of directors of Joint Venture: Silicon Valley Network. Whitmore is president of San Jose State University, Knapp is Cupertino city manager and Boesch is the incoming San Mateo county manager. More.

December 19, 2008 (San Francisco Business Times) Group Leads Charge to Revamp Sacramento ... feel we have a world-class infrastructure supporting us here," said Russell Hancock, Joint Venture's president and CEO. More.

December 19, 2008 (San Jose Mercury) - The San Jose organization focused on the health of the region's economy appointed Jon Whitmore to its board of directors. Whitmore is president of San Jose State University. More.

December 15, 2008 (San Jose Mercury) - The San Jose organization focused on the health of the region's economy named Dave Boesch to its board of directors. He serves as San Mateo County Manager. More.

December 11, 2008 (San Jose Mercury) - Among its 12 members are two former heads of the Joint Venture: Silicon Valley Network, which analyzes quality of life issues affecting the region, and two fellows at Stanford's Hoover Institution. More.

December 3, 2008 (San Jose Mercury) - Opinion: Obama Needs Transportation Secretary Who Embraces Regionalism, by Chris DiGiorgio, Co-Chair, Joint Venture: Silicon Valley Network. More.

November 28, 2008 (Palo Alto Weekly) - Hancock, president and CEO of Joint Venture: Silicon Valley Network, recently left for Beijing to speak to 1,200 people at a conference. The day he returned ... More.

Novermber 23, 2008 (The Seattle Times) - It will require, notes Seth Fearey of Joint Venture: Silicon Valley Network, dramatic behavioral change on the part of Americans — to cut back on our voracious energy consumption, drive less, use transit and bikes more, recycle and conserve in more ways than official Washington could ever imagine. More.

November 21, 2008 (San Jose/Silicon Valley Business Journal) - Joint Venture: Silicon Valley Network named economic development and work force research expert Josh Williams as director of the organization’s new regional work force initiative. Williams, co-founder, president and principal researcher of San Diego-based BW Research Partnership Inc.s, will head the project to develop and test new regional approaches to meet the work force needs of Silicon Valley’s rapidly changing economy. His previous work includes projects for San Jose State University, the city of San Jose and work2future.

November 19, 2008 (San Jose Mercury) - Hancock is also president and chief executive of Joint Venture: Silicon Valley Network when he's not tickling the ivories. More.

November 18, 2008 (The Jakarta Post) - In September I attended a presentation by a group of distinguished movers and shakers in the region including Silicon Valley Joint Venture Network’s President and CEO Russell Hancock. More.

November 9, 2008 (San Francisco Chronicle) - "Everybody around here wants a president who gets (technology), and the book on Barack is that he gets it," said Russell Hancock, president and CEO of Joint Venture Silicon Valley Network in San Jose. "Will he see Silicon Valley as a place for talent? I wouldn't be surprised if he does." More.

November 8, 2008 (San Jose Mercury) - We've all been hearing that our president-elect is a power user of technology. But I didn't grasp the full extent until my daughter, taking time off from college to work on Obama's campaign, started forwarding me e-mails and text messages from the battleground states. More.

November 7, 2008 (ABC 7) - As Detroit struggles to survive, Silicon Valley leaders say they shed no tears because the auto industry resisted clean technology. "Detroit has been slow to embrace that, I fault them for that. Silicon Valley is a place that gets it," said Joint Venture Silicon Valley CEO Russell Hancock. More.

October 30, 2008 (KLIV) - A new initiative has been launched by Joint Venture Silicon Valley to help make buildings become greener. More.

October 30, 2008 (KCBS) - Seth Fearey is head of the Climate Protection Task Force for Joint Venture Silicon Valley. He says they're now able to take heavy documents made up of thousands of pages, and digitize them in a process called “e-planning.” Basically architects submit their documents to city hall electronically. More.

October 15, 2008 (San Jose Mercury News) - As one idea, Joint Venture Silicon Valley Network would love to locate its regional disaster planning initiative in part of the hangar — plenty of room to store supplies and run training programs, an apt reuse of a structure intended for the valley's defense. More.

October 1, 2008 (Bloomberg) - Silicon Valley typically has about 23,000 startups operating, and that hasn't declined, said Russell Hancock, head of Joint Venture: Silicon Valley Network, an industry group in San Jose. Fears about the bailout's failure remain abstract for now, he said. More.

September 27, 2008 (San Jose Mercury News) - The San Jose organization focused on the health of the region's economy named Emmett Carson to its board of directors. He is chief executive of the Silicon Valley Community Foundation. More.

September 25, 2008 (San Jose Mercury News) - The San Jose firm focused on the health of the region's economy named Chris DiGiorgio to its board of directors as co-chairman. Currently, he serves as managing director at Accenture. More.

September 24, 2008 (Investors.com) - While many city and regional governments have backed away from ambitious plans to provide wireless services, a Silicon Valley group is moving ahead — albeit slowly. More.

September 24, 2008 (San Jose Mercury News) - The San Jose firm focused on the health of the region's economy named Chuck Reed to its board of directors as co-chairman. Currently, he serves as mayor of San Jose. More.

August 31, 2008 (San Jose Mercury News) - We're rich: San Jose is one of the most affluent cities in America with a median household income of $76,963. Santa Clara County ranks in the top 10 among large U.S. counties with an $84,360 median household income in 2007. More.

August 26, 2008 (San Francisco Chronicle) - Silicon Valley is known worldwide as a center of high-tech innovation, but a new report warns that a widening wage gap is putting pressure on middle-income earners and grinding down those at the bottom. More.

August 10, 2008 (Palo Alto Daily News) - In Silicon Valley, Google sends wireless Internet to the entire city of Mountain View, tech moguls are spotted in Starbucks, and you can't swing an Ethernet cable without hitting someone chatting on an iPhone. More.

August 8, 2008 (San Jose Mercury News) - Here in Silicon Valley, our passion for the latest in cell phones and mobile devices like the new iPhone is unbounded. But after you get that whiz-bang gadget out of the box, can you actually connect? More.

August 8, 2008 (San Jose Mercury News) - A a 16-page report from Joint Venture: Silicon Valley Network released today highlighted some ways to fix the cell phone coverage problem. More.

August 7, 2008 (CBS5) - Joint Venture - Silicon Valley Network has authored a study titled, "How We Can Improve Cell Phone Coverage in Silicon Valley." The non-profit concluded the area has outgrown the existing network and more towers are needed. More.

July 31, 2008 (Gilroy Dispatch) - "The Silicon Valley economy today is one of the healthiest that we've seen in a generation. The reason is that it's a diversified portfolio," says Russell Hancock, head of Joint Venture: Silicon Valley Network, a group that connects regional business and government leaders. "They call it Silicon Valley, but really that's a misnomer. We really should be called Innovation Valley." More.

July 25, 2008 (San Jose Mercury News) - "The digital divide really is a manifestation of the economic divide," Sunne Wright McPeak, president and chief executive of the California Emerging Technology Fund, said during a discussion of the survey held at Joint Venture Silicon Valley. More.

July 9, 2008 (Christian Science Monitor) - “The Silicon Valley economy today is one of the healthiest that we’ve seen in a generation. The reason is that it’s a diversified portfolio,” says Russell Hancock, head of Joint Venture: Silicon Valley Network, a group that connects regional business and government leaders. “They call it Silicon Valley, but really that’s a misnomer. We really should be called Innovation Valley.” More.

July 8, 2008 (Palo Alto Online) - Wireless services could help machines communicate with each other — streamlining city and business functions, according to Seth Fearey, the vice president and chief operating officer of Joint Venture: Silicon Valley Network. Fearey's group is leading the Wireless Silicon Valley project under which Silicon Valley Metro Connect is conducting the San Carlos pilot. More.

July 3, 2008 (PC World) - Different approaches to wireless Internet access in San Francisco and neighboring Silicon Valley are producing very different results, with one project springing up around the city and the other inching through regulatory procedures. More.

July 3, 2008 (San Jose Mercury News) - Organizers of Wireless Silicon Valley said they spent most of last year searching for a workable business model that does not include taxpayer dollars. A test site is planned in San Carlos this year. More.

June 24, 2008 (San Jose Business Journal) - And many of those are the Silicon Valley. Of the 525 cleantech patents issued to companies here from 1976 to 2006, 274 were related to batteries, according to Joint Venture: Silicon Valley Network. More.

June 22, 2008 (San Mateo Daily News) - The plan is to have the network for outdoor users, but people and businesses who want to use it inside can buy equipment to do so for about $100, said Seth Fearey, vice president and chief operating officer for the nonprofit Joint Venture: Silicon Valley, which is spearheading the effort. More.

June 22, 2008 (San Jose Mercury News) - Here's what you can do: Sign the Science Debate petition. If your company has a political action committee - Oracle, Hewlett-Packard, Intel and Cisco all do - get it on board. And let's get some of the big civic organizations involved (Hello, Silicon Valley Leadership Group, Joint Venture: Silicon Valley Network and the San Jose Silicon Valley Chamber of Commerce). More.

June 22, 2008 (San Francisco Chronicle) - John Adams, Larry Alder, Elaine Alquist, Paul Gustafson, Linda LeZotte and Tom McCalmont were appointed to the board of directors of Joint Venture: Silicon Valley Network. More.

June 19, 2008 (KCBS Radio 740) - Three Silicon Valley government agencies, working in partnership with business and civic leaders, today signed an historic agreement to develop a multimodal transportation corridor plan along El Camino Real, a major step forward for the Grand Boulevard Initiative. More.

May 20, 2008 (Redwood City Daily News) - Officials with Wireless Silicon Valley, which wants to blanket the Peninsula with one "seamless" Internet network, said although they are "saddened" by MetroFi's decision, they don't expect it to derail their plans. More.

May 20, 2008 (San Francisco Chronicle) - Seth Fearey, vice president and COO of Joint Venture: Silicon Valley Network, said the situation has effects on a number of small to medium sized business in the Valley, who need better performance but can't pay the high prices for more bandwidth. More.

May 13, 2008 (Palo Alto Online) - James and Becky Morgan are political and business leaders whose lives have been devoted to service in the public and private sectors. James was named one of the top five "Best CEOs" by BusinessWeek Magazine and has served on the boards of the Nature Conservancy and Joint Venture: Silicon Valley. More.

May 4, 2008 (San Jose Mercury News) - One is former Santa Clara County Superintendent of Schools Colleen Wilcox, who announced a new gig focused on teacher recruitment and retention through Joint Venture: Silicon Valley Network. More.

May 1, 2008 (San Jose Mercury News) - Colleen Wilcox, 58, was tapped as executive director of a new organization called the Silicon Valley Alliance for Teachers. More.

April 29, 2008 (San Jose Mercury News) - County Supervisor Mark Stone, who brought the proposal before the board, said the cost for the inventory is much lower if the county joins the communities organized by Joint Venture Silicon Valley than if it tries to do it alone. More.

April 27, 2008 (San Francisco Chronicle) - More than a half-dozen Bay Area agencies, including the Bay Area Council and the Joint Venture Silicon Valley Network, are sponsoring a two-hour forum Friday in Redwood City to update businesses on how to reduce greenhouse gas emissions and meet the goals of California's landmark AB32 legislation, the Global Warming Solutions Act. More.

April 25, 2008 (San Jose Business Journal) - Smart Health's goal was to make medical information from all sources available to all certified providers, so records for a patient walking into any emergency room, doctor's office or pharmacy could be accessed. More.

April 25, 2008 (San Jose Business Journal) - Joint Venture: Silicon Valley Network says its Smart Health project could have given its region the most connected health care system in the nation. More.

April 22, 2008 (Heartland Institute) - The commercial consortium behind the Silicon Valley plan, Silicon Valley Metro Connect and Joint Venture: Silicon Valley, a civic initiative drawing from area businesses, governments, and universities, had envisioned a $100 million network spanning 40 municipalities across 1,500 square miles. More.

April 21, 2008 (San Jose Mercury News) - There have been positives, including a record year for donations and a new partnership with Joint Venture: Silicon Valley Network. More.

April 16, 2008 (San Francisco Chronicle) - "We don't need to be worried about other American cities, we need to be worried about other parts of the world," said Russell Hancock, president and CEO of Joint Venture Silicon Valley Networks, a nonprofit group that brings business and governments together. "We're no longer a regional economy. It's global now." More.

April 11, 2008 (San Jose Mercury News) - Among the other 400-plus men making the walk (most in women's footwear) were Joint Venture President Russ Hancock, San Jose Fire Chief Darryl Von Raesfeld, Police Chief Rob Davis, KBAY's Sam Van Zandt and AMR ambulance service President Wayne Davis - who once again painted his toenails orange to match his shoes. More.

March 14, 2008 (San Jose Mercury News) - A report from Joint Venture Silicon Valley released Feb. 19 indicated that San Jose's job growth and venture capital investment is strong, but uncertainty in housing markets and a national recession have the potential to drag down the economy. More.

March 14, 2008 (San Jose Business Journal) - Of the 525 cleantech patents issued to companies and outfits here from 1976 to 2006, 274 were related to batteries, according to Joint Venture: Silicon Valley Network. More.

March 10, 2008 (San Jose Mercury News) - Middle-wage jobs are disappearing, according to the 2008 Index of Silicon Valley, produced by Joint Venture Silicon Valley Network and the Silicon Valley Community Foundation. More.

March 10, 2008 (statesman.com) - In January, the unemployment rate in Silicon Valley's metropolitan areas of San Jose, Sunnyvale and Santa Clara rose to 5.3 percent from 4.8 percent a year ago. More.

March 9, 2008 (Palo Alto Online News) - Last February, Palo Alto was selected as a test site for a wireless effort eventually intended to provide wireless data and Internet service valley-wide. More.

March 7, 2008 (WallStreet Journal) - And while the region added a net 28,000 new jobs last year, that was down from 33,000 in 2006, according to Joint Venture Silicon Valley, a nonprofit group representing local businesses and government agencies. More.

March 3, 2008 (San Mateo Daily News) - For the second time in as many years, San Carlos appears to be on the verge of getting wireless Internet service downtown. More.

February 26, 2008 (The Examiner) - A competitive broadband provider is breathing new life into plans to launch a service providing public wireless Internet access across Silicon Valley and the Peninsula. More.

February 26, 2008 (Sacramento Bee) - Even as much of the rest of California braces for what looks like a slowdown, the state's best known economic engine – Silicon Valley – is humming along, according to an annual report that tracks the region's business, social and civic health. More.

February 26, 2008 (Business Wire) - Covad Communications Group Inc., (AMEX: DVW), a leading national provider of integrated voice and data communications, announced today that it will use technology from Cisco to deploy a wireless broadband test network in San Carlos, California. The test is part of the ‘Concept City’ phase of Wireless Silicon Valley, a project of Joint Venture: Silicon Valley Network. More.

February 25, 2008 (InfoWorld) - Covad Communications has jump-started a stalled public wireless project in Silicon Valley with a plan to target businesses first. More.

February 25, 2008 (San Jose Mercury News) - That anxiety is reflected in the latest report from Joint Venture: Silicon Valley. According to the 2008 Index of Silicon Valley, people, particularly the hard-working middle class, are worried - very worried - about their future here. More.

February 23, 2008 (San Jose Mercury News) - Reed told a crowd at the Capital Club that he was proud to see in this year's Silicon Valley Index that San Jose was the nation's top city for patents issued. More.

February 22, 2008 (CNet News) - Lofgren, a Democrat, spoke to an audience Friday at the Joint Venture: Silicon Valley conference about threats to innovation in the area. She said that about 56 percent of the Ph.D. candidates at the finest schools in the United States are immigrants, and because of the government's current immigration policy, many of those people leave the country. More.

February 22, 2008 (Reuters) - Silicon Valley continued to reverse the post dotcom-era slump last year, adding 28,000 jobs and raising median income levels, but a struggling U.S. economy is causing some instability among workers in the tech-heavy region, says a new report released on Tuesday. More.

February 22, 2008 (CNet News) - Lofgren (D-Calif.), whose home turf of Silicon Valley is abuzz with talk of a Microsoft-Yahoo merger, said Friday that she didn't want to say much on the topic, after being asked about it on a panel here at the Joint Venture: Silicon Valley Network conference. More.

February 22, 2008 (CBS5) - Those attending the 'State Of The Silicon Valley' conference at the San Jose Convention Center said they believe the area should be largely insulated from a recession. More.

February 22, 2008 (CNet News) - A group of electric and traditional carmakers spoke here Friday at the Joint Venture Silicon Valley conference about innovation, why alternative carmakers are attracted to the Valley, and whether nimble upstarts can overshadow the big Detroit automakers. More.

February 22, 2008 (East Bay Business Times) - The chair of the Federal Deposit Insurance Corp. Friday warned that Silicon Valley isn't immune to the nation's credit turmoil, calling for new approaches in mortgage lending and regulation to lessen its impact. More.

February 22, 2008 (Siliconvalley.com) - Covad Communications, with help from Cisco Systems, has agreed to build a test network for Wireless Silicon Valley in one square mile of downtown San Carlos. Equipment starts going up on the poles in April and the demonstration project will run for at least three months. More.

February 19, 2008 (The Wall Street Journal) - Silicon Valley continued its economic revival last year by adding nearly 30,000 jobs and raising its median income levels, but the nation's technology capital is experiencing some instability as the national economy struggles. More.

February 19, 2008 (San Jose Mercury News) - Those are the good news/bad news findings of the 2008 Index of Silicon Valley, an annual report billed as measuring "the strength of the region's economy and the health of the community." This year, it took a strikingly introspective turn, emphasizing the "volatility" felt by the region's middle class. More.

February 19, 2008 (New York Times) - The 2008 Index of Silicon Valley — which this year was sponsored by Joint Venture: Silicon Valley Network, a public-private partnership, and the Silicon Valley Community Foundation, a nonprofit — found that from 2002 to 2006, middle-wage jobs fell to 46 percent of the work force, from 52 percent. More.

February 19, 2008 (San Francisco Chronicle) - The index is an annual snapshot of Silicon Valley, which is defined as all of San Mateo and Santa Clara counties, plus Scotts Valley in the Santa Cruz area and Fremont, Newark and Union City in the East Bay. More.

February 19, 2008 (San Jose/Silicon Valley Business Journal) - The annual assessment of the regional economy has been done since 1995 by Joint Venture: Silicon Valley. The Silicon Valley Community Foundation collaborated on it for the first time this year. This year's report for the first time includes all of San Mateo County as part of the valley. More.

February 19, 2008 (NBC11) - The 2008 Silicon Valley Index released Tuesday by Joint Venture Silicon Valley Network and Silicon Valley Community Foundation paints a picture of a vibrant and innovative economy where families have to earn high incomes in order to make ends meet. More.

February 19, 2008 (KCBS) - "We are a technology economy, we are not a manufacturing economy. Most of the jobs, the products, the services we create, we are marketing to overseas markets, especially the burgeoning Asian markets. Plus we’re innovating, the work that we do is knowledge intensive, and knowledge based,” said Russell Hancock, C.E.O of Joint Ventures Silicon Valley, which issued the report. More.

February 11, 2008 (San Jose Mercury News) - "We have people here who are developing the tools to take advantage of this broadband," said Seth Fearey, chief operating officer of Joint Venture: Silicon Valley Network, a consortium of government agencies and private companies that has lobbied for faster broadband. More.

February 10, 2008 (San Jose Mercury News) - One of Silicon Valley's top networking events, the annual State of the Valley conference, is approaching quickly. More.

February 5, 2008 (Morgan Hill Times) - It's an "open architecture Web application for sharing map-based information," said David Coggeshall, a consultant with San Francisco Communications, a San Francisco-based company that has teamed with Joint Venture: Silicon Valley Network and Santa Clara County government and federal agencies including the Department of Homeland Security to fund and develop it as part of the Joint Venture: Silcon Valley Network Disaster Planning Initiative backed by Santa Clara County Supervisor Liz Kniss. More.

February 1, 2008 (Forbes) - Russell Hancock, president and chief executive of Joint Venture Silicon Valley Network, says Microsoft won't have an easy time integrating Yahoo!. More.

February 1, 2008 (San Jose Business Journal) - In an attempt to improve health care in the valley by making patients' medical information available electronically, Joint Venture: Silicon Valley Network has received a $400,000 grant from the Center for Community Health Leadership, which is sponsored by Misys Healthcare Systems. More.

February 1, 2008 (San Mateo County Times) - Help comes in the form of the Joint Venture: Silicon Valley Network's climate inventory project, which will calculate a city government's own emissions in a variety of areas, from electricity usage in government buildings to tailpipe emissions for employee commutes. More.

January 9, 2008 (ABC 7 News) - Silicon Valley weighs in on elections - "Five percent of GDP generated right here in Silicon Valley -- 2.4 million people. That's less than one percent of the nation's population generating five percent of GDP, more than the entire state of New York," said Russell Hancock from Joint Ventures in Sillicon Valley. (Video) More.

January 2, 2008 (Milpitas Post) - California cities' reduction of greenhouse gas emissions is part of a new first-step program to which City of Milpitas has signed on, joining other Silicon Valley cities. More.

December 31, 2007 (San Jose Mercury News) - What is a "public" university - and how much is it worth to you? That's the real question posed by a recent government report on "Investment Planning in the 21st Century," which suggests that one way to balance our state budget might be to eliminate state funding for the University of California. More.

December 14, 2007 (San Jose Business Journal) - SVCF recently announced a new partnership with Joint Venture: Silicon Valley Network, a public-private community organization, signaling how the foundation wants to take the lead in providing data and strengthening regional civic engagement. More.

December 7, 2007 (San Jose Business Journal) - A board member of Hancock's organization Joint Venture: Silicon Valley Network, Blumenthal "understands he has a larger role to play, as a regional leader," Hancock says. "I think we were all relieved when he was [appointed chancellor]...He's got a good business head on him." More.

December 5, 2007 (NetworkWorld) - The big-name backers of Silicon Valley's proposed wireless network are looking for a new company to build and operate the system after potential financiers rebuffed the original vendor. More.

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