2009 News

December 30, 2009 (Green VC) - On January 20, 2010, Joint Venture: Silicon Valley Network will present the Silicon Valley Energy Storage Symposium and Technology Showcase.  This symposium is intended to bring together key participants – from the public and private sectors, and from the academic and research communities – to engage in a discussion of the future of energy storage. It will be an opportunity for small and big businesses and researchers to showcase their work in the energy storage space. More.

December 4, 2009 (Silicon Valley/San Jose Business Journal) - Joint Venture: Silicon Valley Network named new board members Judith Maxwell Greig, president of Notre Dame de Namur University in Belmont; Thomas Klein, a partner at the law firm of Greenberg Traurig; and Lisa Portnoy, managing partner of the San Jose office of professional services firm Ernst & Young. More (subscription only)...

November 27, 2009
(Silicon Valley/San Jose Business Journal) The cities of San Jose and Santa Clara are testing software that moves plan checking completely online, a system that offers substantial savings and convenience for developers and the cities. Sheila Lee, building official for the city of Santa Clara said the city is promoting the system on its Web site and through Joint Venture: Silicon Valley Network. More.

November 20, 2009 (San Francisco Chronicle) Bay Area firms will use their global flexibility to keep top-level jobs here while moving lower-skilled tasks elsewhere, said Russell Hancock, president of Joint Venture Silicon Valley Network, a public policy group involved in retraining and social safety net programs. More.

November 20, 2009 (San Francisco Chronicle) Bay Area firms will use their global flexibility to keep top-level jobs here while moving lower-skilled tasks elsewhere, said Russell Hancock, president of Joint Venture Silicon Valley Network, a public policy group involved in retraining and social safety net programs. More.

March 27, 2009
(San Jose Business Journal) In the 2009 Index of Silicon Valley survey prepared by Collaborative Economics for Joint Venture: Silicon Valley Network, major job growth is forecast for technology, production, health care, higher education, financial services, sales and engineering, among other sectors. More.

March 25, 2009 (San Jose Mercury) Aside from sex, crime and hopeless depravity, few things fascinate readers more than lists of how much others make. It's why our insider trading feature is one of the best-read in the paper. It's why government officials fought so long to keep their salaries secret. More.

March 23, 2009 (Palo Alto Online) The Silicon Valley Water Conservation Awards -- presented Tuesday by a coalition of 10 organizations -- recognize 11 agencies, municipalities and individuals who've made major efforts to reduce the region's water usage. This is the first year the awards are being made. More.

March 17, 2009 (Saratoga Voice) Russell Hancock, President and CEO of Joint Venture: Silicon Valley Network spoke this evening at Saratoga Men’s Club. More.

March 13, 2009 (Investor's Business Daily) The latest Silicon Valley Index, an annual report put together by the tech policy advocacy group Joint Venture, outlines an expected regional comeback based on rapid growth for green technologies and other emerging fields. More.

March 13, 2009 (Investor's Business Daily) Despite steep job losses, Silicon Valley firms continue their long quest to allow more skilled foreigners to work in the U.S. More.

March 5, 2009 (San Jose Mercury) Today, as the mayors of the Bay Area's largest cities, we have a challenge to put before the Bay Area — its businesses, local governments and regional agencies. Join us in working together against the twin threats of global climate change and a weakening economy by becoming part of the Bay Area Climate Change Collaborative. More.

March 4, 2009 (KCBS) ”Of course there’s money in Silicon Valley. People are highly affluent and extremely well-off and they’re interested in the arts, and yet they’re not funding the arts,” said Russell Hancock, President and CEO of the Joint Venture. More.

March 3, 2009 (Santa Clara Weekly) Joint Venture: Silicon Valley Network unveiled its annual Silicon Valley Index, a report on Silicon Valley’s well-being, at its “State of the Valley” conference on Friday, February 20th. The 2009 State of the Valley report was predictably dismal, as the credit crisis continues unabated. More.

March 3, 2009 (Environmental Leader) Silicon Valley is feeling the economic downturn like other areas, but one bright spot has been the noticeable rise in clean tech investing, according to Joint Venture: Silicon Valley Network. More.

March 2, 2009 (Austin American Statesman) The 2009 Index of Silicon Valley paints a bleak picture of the Northern California technology hub's economy, but it singles out clean technology as the smartest path to job creation and a stronger high-tech base. More.

February 28, 2009 (National Journal Magazine) But when 1,100 local leaders gathered at a convention center here on February 20 for the annual "State of the Valley" town hall, the mood was anything but gloomy. Speakers bubbled about the Valley's prospects of igniting another growth spurt by developing clean sources of energy that can replace the fossil fuels linked to global warming. More.

February 23, 2009 (Palo Alto Weekly) A new leadership group is poised to steer Silicon Valley into a "green-tech revolution" that could keep the valley from being displaced by other regions around the world, speakers said at the 2009 State of the Valley conference at San Jose's Parkside Hall Friday. More.

February 22, 2009 (San Francisco Chronicle) California is broken. That point is no longer debatable. Every day, new evidence shows that the state government is not only broken, it also has become destructive to our future. The months-long delay of the Legislature to negotiate a budget, in the direst of circumstances, was just another straw on the camel's already broken back. More.

February 22, 2009 (San Jose Mercury) The mayor is also co-chairman of Joint Venture: Silicon Valley Network, the public, private and nonprofit collaborative that just received a major grant to pursue a "Climate Prosperity" project for Silicon Valley. Just announced Friday, it could further regional cooperation toward business and environmental goals. More.

February 20, 2009 (YouTube - KTEH) See video interviews with speakers from the 2009 State of the Valley Conference.


February 20, 2009 (CBS5) Green business and clean technology took the lead during the 2009 State of the Valley Conference in San Jose on Friday. More.

February 20, 2009 (KCBS) A new report released at the annual State of the Valley conference finds that the income gap in Santa Clara Valley is widening with more middle-income levels families being squeeze out. More.

February 20, 2009 (ABC7) Help from Washington was a recurring theme at this conference looking at the valley's future, sponsored by joint venture and the Silicon Valley community foundation. More.

February 20, 2009 (Palo Alto Weekly) More pain and lost jobs are in store for Silicon Valley this year, but there's a ray of hope, Russell Hancock, president and CEO of Joint Venture: Silicon Valley Network, told attendees at a "State of Silicon Valley" conference this morning. More.

February 20, 2009 (KLIV) The board of directors of Joint Venture Silicon Valley Network has voted unanimously to join several other public affairs groups from across the state in calling for a new state Constitutional Convention. More.

February 20, 2009 (Silicon Valley/San Jose Business Journal) Applied Materials Inc. said Friday it is giving $300,000 to Joint Venture: Silicon Valley Network to hire a "director of climate prosperity" and add other resources needed to help boost development of clean tech in the region. More.

February 20, 2009 (San Jose Mercury News) Calling it "a compelling manifesto," Joint Venture: Silicon Valley Network on Friday released a green vision for the region that says a private-public partnership focused on alternative energy and energy efficiency will lead to economic recovery and growth. More.

February 18, 2009 (canada.com) Firms devoted to clean energy and other "green tech" promise to revive a Silicon Valley economy sagging beneath a global financial meltdown and the U.S. mortgage disaster, a report has said. More.

February 17, 2009 (Bloomberg News) Joint Venture CEO Russell Hancock discusses the Silicon Valley economy on Bloomberg News. More.

February 17, 2009 (KGO-TV) The annual report assesses Silicon Valley's social, economic and environmental health. And this year clearly points to the global recession finally catching up to the region - hurting employment, social services and the housing market. More.

February 17, 2009 (New York Times) A report to be released Tuesday by Joint Venture: Silicon Valley Network, an organization that assesses the region’s social, economic and environmental health, warns that its social services network is outdated and “frayed.” It also found that per-capita income fell slightly last year, down 0.8 percent from 2007. More.

February 17, 2009 (KCBS) The latest Silicon Valley Index finds that the nation's economic downturn is pounding the hi-tech industry. More.

February 17, 2009 (Wall Street Journal) The findings come in a closely watched annual report from Joint Venture Silicon Valley and the Silicon Valley Community Foundation, two nonprofits representing businesses, government agencies and philanthropies in the San Francisco and San Jose, Calif., area. More. (Subscription required)

February 17, 2009 (C|Net) A new report from the Joint Venture Silicon Valley and the Silicon Valley Community Foundation, as The New York Times details, indicates a 1.3 percent drop in Silicon Valley employment. That may not sound like much, but if you've driven in Silicon Valley lately in rush-hour traffic, you can see a real difference. More.

February 17, 2009 (Silicon Valley/San Jose Business Journal) The annual Silicon Valley Index from Joint Venture: Silicon Valley Network and the Silicon Valley Community Foundation show a region that abruptly shifted from its long recovery from the tech bust at the turn of the century. More.

February 17, 2009 (San Jose Mercury News) Finding better ways to produce and save energy offers one of Silicon Valley's best hopes for emerging from the current economic slump, said a report being released today by two prominent local organizations. More.

February 17, 2009 (San Jose Mercury News) This week Joint Venture and its partner, the Silicon Valley Community Foundation, are presenting what they see as the challenge for this recession: how to re-educate workers to adapt to changing needs by employers. More.

February 17, 2009 (USA Today) "This is as bad as we've ever seen," says Russell Hancock, CEO of Joint Venture: Silicon Valley Network. Its annual report on the economic state of the Valley, released today, reveals that for the first time since 2003, Silicon Valley's per-capita income declined. More.

February 17, 2009 (San Francisco Chronicle) - The 2009 Index of Silicon Valley, which will be discussed at a town hall meeting in San Jose on Friday, provides a socio-economic snapshot of the region at a time when the global recession has crippled the high-tech economy. More.

February 13, 2009 (San Jose Mercury News) Joint Venture's annual State of the Valley conference is usually an upbeat affair, but it's hard to imagine Silicon Valley's current economic state is inspiring smiles. More.

February 13, 2009 The Joint Venture: Silicon Valley Network board of directors voted unanimously today to support the growing movement for a state constitutional convention to overhaul California’s government. More.

January 23, 2009 (San Jose/Silicon Valley Business Journal) - An effort led by the Joint Venture: Silicon Valley to create a connected health record system in the region was abandoned in 2008, but a number of Bay Area hospitals and medical groups have created self-contained record systems. More.

January 22, 2009 (ABC 7) - Russell Hancock is President and CEO of Joint Venture Silicon Valley Network. The organization will release its 'State of the Valley' report next month. "I think we are in for a period of pain, real pain and retrenchment," said Hancock. More.

January 20, 2009 (Santa Clara University) - Santa Clara University's Chancellor and former president Paul Locatelli, S.J., will receive special recognition for his work and commitment to the Silicon Valley community on Friday, Feb. 20, when he receives the 2009 David Packard Award from the Joint Venture: Silicon Valley Network. More.

January 18, 2009 (The Independent) - Russell Hancock, chief executive of Joint Venture: Silicon Valley Network, an alliance of business, government, academia and local communities, adds: "Promoting the development of new technologies for alternative energy is the nation's best path to economic recovery." More.

January 16, 2009 (San Jose Mercury) - Russell Hancock, president of Joint Venture: Silicon Valley Network, said he doesn't know Thompson personally "but I think really highly of him. More.

January 8, 2009 (ABC 7) - "The new things that our new president wants to stimulate are happening here, our message to him from Silicon Valley is to continue to give us the tools to make it happen faster," president and CEO of Joint Venture Silicon Valley Russell Hancock said. More.

January 2, 2009 (San Jose/Silicon Valley Business Journal) - Joint Venture: Silicon Valley Network announced that its Smart Health project was being dropped after two years. More.

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