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Joint Venture Launches "Hats Off to Teachers"

hats off to teachers logoIt’s National Teacher Appreciation Week, a perfect time for Joint Venture to launch Hats Off to Teachers, a new program offering Silicon Valley teachers deep discounts and savings from retailers throughout the region.

The program, which we are carrying out in partnership with the San Jose/Silicon Valley Chamber of Commerce, offers K-12 teachers savings on everything from office supplies, books, electronics and gifts to health and beauty products, food and dining, professional services, toys, pet care and automotive needs. All they need to do is present valid credentials.

A press conference to announce the official launch of the Hats Off to Teachers program is scheduled for Thursday, May 7, at Olinder Elementary School. Speakers will include officials from both sponsoring organizations, school officials, and—most importantly—teachers and merchants. Anybody is warmly welcome to attend.

“We want to show that Silicon Valley is a region that values teachers,” said Colleen Wilcox, executive director of Joint Venture’s Alliance for Teaching. “We have 150 retailers doing just that, and we’re going to grow that to 1,000 and more.”

To see the current list of participating merchants and learn more about Hats Off to Teachers, click here.

To learn more about Joint Venture’s Alliance for Teaching, click here.

New America Foundation Panel on Special Election

A capacity audience gathered at Kirsch Conference Center in San Jose last month for a lively and informative session about the May 19 special election, hosted by the New America Foundation and Joint Venture.

As part of the long-delayed California budget deal struck in late February, the Legislature and Governor have placed six measures on the special election ballot. The passage or defeat of these measures will shape California's course, through the current economic crisis and beyond.

Voters will be deciding whether to alter many of the reforms they have adopted over the last quarter century, including the state's spending limit, its rainy-day budget reserve, the Proposition 98 minimum funding guarantee for schools, the California lottery, and financing for mental health and early childhood programs. Proposition 1A would also extend the length of the temporary tax increases enacted as part of the budget.

speaking in room of peoplePanelists included Jon Fleischman, Publisher of Flash; Loren Kaye, President of the California Foundation for Commerce and Education; Joe Mathews, a New America Foundation Irvine Fellow and author of The People's Machine: Arnold Schwarzenegger and the Rise of Blockbuster Democracy; and Jean Ross, Executive Director of the California Budget Project.

Mark Paul, Senior Scholar & Deputy Director of the California Program for the New America Foundation, served as moderator.

Click here to see video from the panel discussion.

Click here to see slides providing background and context on the issues being decided in the May 19 election.


SAMCEDA Honors Grand Boulevard Initiative with “Excellence” Award

Grand Boulevard logoThe San Mateo County Economic Development Association (SAMCEDA) has honored the Grand Boulevard Initiative with their 2009 “Excellence” award. The award is presented annually to a government entity, organization, department, board, commission or special district that applies a “positive approach to business development by implementing and developing methods to ease and simplify the regulatory process, and strives to achieve county-wide economic vitality.”

The Grand Boulevard Initiative, led through a partnership of the San Mateo County Transit District, Joint Venture: Silicon Valley Network, C/CAG, Santa Clara VTA, and SAMCEDA began in March 2006. It is an inter-jurisdictional collaboration involving 19 cities, San Mateo County, Santa Clara County and regional agencies to improve the performance, safety and aesthetics of the Mission Street-El Camino Real Corridor between Daly City and San Jose. The successful completion of the initiative will expand the range of housing choices, spur economic development, and support existing investments in transportation.

Click here to see all the Awards of Excellence winners.

Click here to learn more about Grand Boulevard.


Eleven Honored with Silicon Valley Water Conservation Awards

San Jose, Redwood City, The Kirsch Center for Environmental Studies, Stanford University, Applied Materials and Assemblyman John Laird are among eleven recipients of the 2009 Silicon Valley Water Conservation Awards.

The awards were presented by a coalition of ten regional organizations including Joint Venture. Recognizing the primacy of water issues to the health and economic vitality of our region, the awards go to organizations, agencies, businesses and individuals whose programs and leadership have advanced water conservation in Silicon Valley.

Click here to see the complete list of 2009 winners and their achievements.

Click here to read the San Mateo County Times article on the water awards.


Joint Venture Spotlight

Meet Laura Snideman

San Mateo Economic Development Manager and New SVEDA Chair


Laura Snideman, the Economic Development Manager for the City of San Mateo, is the new chair of Joint Venture’s Silicon Valley Economic Development Alliance (SVEDA), succeeding Larry Cope, who left his post as President and CEO of Gilroy Economic Development Corporation last month to become the Director of the Tuolumne County Economic Development Authority.

Snideman has directed San Mateo’s economic development since 2006, managing the city’s Redevelopment Agency and downtown planning, capital improvement projects and city-owned commercial real estate and working with other key city departments on economic development projects.

Her 20-year career in the public sector has taken her to several cities, states, and even countries, from Bakersfield to Beijing. Laura has also been a tour guide, corporate bankruptcy consultant, lobbyist and software marketing executive. Along the way, she earned her undergraduate degree in international relations from the University of North Carolina and a Master’s degree in Public Administration from Notre Dame de Namur University.

Click here to read Laura’s full profile.

Click here to learn more about SVEDA.

Special Morgan Hill-Gilroy Briefing on State of the Valley May 8

sov logo 20091,200 people attended State of the Valley last February, but Joint Venture and the Silicon Valley Community Foundation are taking the show on the road as well. Join us on Friday morning May 8th for a special South County edition of State of the Valley, featuring briefings on the 2009 Index, and the accompanying white paper on workforce transitions. The presentations will be followed by a panel discussion with local leaders on the implications of those reports for the Morgan Hill-Gilroy area.

The event is free, and registration is available here, now.

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