At Joint Venture we’re working hard to deliver results on regional issues—everything from reforming the state-local relationship to climate change to changing the way we develop El Camino Real.
We can’t update you on everything in a single newsletter, so we’re bringing you just a few monthly highlights. We hope you’ll also make frequent trips to our website where you can keep up with—and join—all of our various efforts.

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Russell Hancock
President & Chief Executive Officer


In this issue:


Joint Venture Revives Smart Health Project with El Camino Hospital; Stimulus Funds Sought for Regional Tech Center

In the wake of a new push from the Obama Administration for greater adoption of electronic medical records (EHRs), Joint Venture has revived its Smart Health project in conjunction with El Camino Hospital. The initiative will seek federal stimulus funds through the HITECH Act to establish a regional technology extension center.

To read the final report on the Smart Health initiative in 2008, click here.
Click here to read more about the HITECH opportunity.

Billy Berk’s is 200th Merchant to Say “Hats Off to Teachers”

Billy Berk’s restaurant in downtown San Jose is the 200th business to sign up for Joint Venture’s Hats Off to Teachers program, offering retail discounts to Silicon Valley teachers. Teachers receive a ten percent discount at Billy Berk’s on Monday, Tuesday and Wednesday. The restaurant is located at S. First and W. San Fernando Streets.

Merchants interested in participating may register here. To see the list of participating merchants and learn more about the program, click here.

Billy Berk's owner Brad Goldman, flanked by Joint Venture's Wilcox and Hancock, is the 200th merchant to join Hats Off to Teachers.


James McCaughey Elected to Joint Venture Board

The newest member of the Joint Venture board is James McCaughey, Chief Strategy Officer at Lucile Packard Children’s Hospital. McCaughey has a distinguished career in hospital management, having previously held senior positions with Kaiser Permanente for Northern California and the California Pacific Medical Center in San Francisco.  

Click here to read the news release.


Joint Venture CEO, Other Regional Leaders Meet for “Big Fix” Roundtable On State Woes

Joint Venture CEO Russell Hancock was outspoken in a wide-ranging roundtable discussion organized by the Silicon Valley/San Jose Business Journal September 12th.

With California’s chronic

budgetary and governance woes as the point of departure, the discussion focused on which reforms—up to and including a new constitution—hold the most promise for our troubled state. Hancock was joined by Carl Guardino (Silicon Valley Leadership Group CEO), Chris Block (American Leadership Forum), Jim Wunderman (Bay Area Council) and Fred Silva (California Forward).
To read the Silicon Valley/San Jose Business Journal coverage on the roundtable, click here.
Click here to watch the video of the panel.


Joint Venture Spotlight

Meet John Sobrato

Chairman, Sobrato Development Companies and Joint Venture Board

Silicon Valley real estate magnate and philanthropist John A. Sobrato is passionate about his family, the real estate business, the Sobrato family foundation, Joint Venture’s education initiative, sailing, skiing and tennis.

Valley Vision shines its October spotlight on this icon who has shaped our region in so many ways.
Click here to read John Sobrato’s profile.

Article of the Month: “Have a Nice Day”

Restrictive regulations on renewable energy are keeping the U.S. on the sidelines of the solar industry while China and Germany surge forward. New York Times columnist Thomas L. Friedman opined thus after a recent visit to Applied Materials, Joint Venture’s partner in the Climate Prosperity Initiative.
Click here to read the article.

Dutch Researcher is Newest Joint Venture Fellow

Dr. Peter van Deventer, a prominent Dutch researcher specializing in electric vehicles and the infrastructure they require, has been named a Joint Venture Fellow.

Van Deventer is currently on leave from his role as Sector Manager of the North Holland province of the Netherlands.

Joint Venture Fellows are distinguished university faculty or senior practitioners who become scholars in residence. They carry out research and analytical work on issues in Joint Venture’s major project areas.

To learn more about Dr. van Deventer’s and the Fellows Program, click here.

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