Valley Vision

Dear Members and Friends,

Our January newsletter provides a preview of the State of the Valley conference coming up on February 20th. We hope you’ll register now for what the San Jose Mercury calls “the Valley’s premiere networking opportunity.”

As you’ll see, the program will hit all the big issues: the economy, the climate crisis, what an Obama administration portends for Silicon Valley, and more. We’ve lined up luminary keynotes, and a full slate of Valley decision makers and thought leaders to fill the panels. In addition to the 2009 Index we’ll also be releasing a 50-year “greenprint” charting a path to a clean energy future.  

But there's more than talk, State of the Valley also features music and dance from the region’s arts groups, and exhibits showcasing some of the Valley’s hottest new companies.

We look forward to seeing you there!


Russell Hancock
President and Chief Executive Officer

Special Edition –
2009 State of the Valley Conference

Presented with the Silicon Valley Community Foundation as our lead sponsor

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2009 State of the Valley Conference, Feb. 20 – Register Now!

More than 1500 of our region’s key thought leaders, opinion makers, journalists, elected representatives, educators, academics, business executives, and labor and workforce leaders are expected to attend Joint Venture’s 2009 State of the Valley Conference next month in downtown San Jose.

State of the Valley is Silicon Valley’s annual “town meeting”—a tradition at least as old as our nation’s founding, when concerned citizens met on the village green to mobilize for the challenges ahead. In that same spirit, Joint Venture’s town meeting convenes the region for dialogue and discussion about the Valley’s challenges and opportunities.

The day’s program includes: presentation of the 2009 Index of Silicon Valley examining the economic health of the region and its companion Special Analysis report on workforce transitions; the debut of a comprehensive long term “greenprint” for addressing climate change in the region; a panel discussion on our energy future; keynote talks on electric cars and Silicon Valley’s role in the “post-American” world; and presentation of the David Packard Award.

State of the Valley is presented with the Silicon Valley Community Foundation as our lead sponsor. We also express thanks to Accenture, Kaiser Permanente, PG&E, and the Fogarty Institute for Innovation at El Camino Hospital for sponsoring portions of the conference. We salute our media sponsors: KQED public radio and KTEH public television, NBC Bay Area, the San Jose Mercury News, the Silicon Valley/San Jose Business Journal and KGO radio.

State of the Valley takes place at Parkside Hall, 180 Park Avenue (next door to the Tech Museum of Innovation), on Friday, February 20, from 8 a.m. to 2 p.m.

Click here for all the information you need to know about the State of the Valley Conference – agenda, programs, panels, keynote speakers – and to register. ($125)

The Kaiser Permanente Innovators Breakfast

2009 Silicon Valley Index – Our Annual Checkup

San Jose Mayor Chuck Reed and Accenture California Managing Director Chris DiGiorgio, co-chairs of the Joint Venture Board of Directors, will open the conference with overview remarks, followed by the briefing presentation on the 2009 Silicon Valley Index, our comprehensive annual report on the health of the region.

As it has since 1995, the Index examines year-over-year trends in our economy, employment, population, education, arts and culture, health and safety, environment, land use, housing, commercial space and civic engagement.

Joint Venture President & CEO Russell Hancock will lead off the conference agenda by presenting the findings in this year’s Index and discussing how Silicon Valley is faring against national trends in each key area.

Index Special Analysis – Economic Restructuring and Workforce Transitions

For the first time since we began publishing the Index, the Special Analysis section this year will be a separate breakout publication that delves deeply into the economic restructuring and workforce transitions of the region and what they mean for Silicon Valley. With our workforce changing demographically and structurally, the topic is important enough to warrant making the Special Analysis a stand-alone document that takes a close look at how Silicon Valley is responding and preparing for the future in this area.

Silicon Valley Community Foundation CEO & President Emmett D. Carson, Ph.D., will lead the briefing presentation on the Special Analysis in a session titled, “Economic Restructuring and Workforce Transitions in Silicon Valley.”

Click here to read the 2008 Index.

Panel Discussion: “What Education and Workforce Efforts in Silicon Valley Will Ensure Economic Growth and Global Leadership?”

Following the Special Analysis presentation, four top workforce and education leaders in our community will participate in a panel discussion on what’s being done here to address our workforce issues. Kenneth D. Graham, CEO of El Camino Hospital, will be joined by Barbara Halsey, Executive Director of the State of California Workforce Investment Board, Martha Kanter, Chancellor of the Foothill – De Anza Community College District, and Michael Curran, Director of North Valley Workforce Investment Board (NOVA). Economist Doug Henton, the report's lead author, will moderate the discussion.

The PG&E Pathbreakers Forum

Keynote Speaker: Shai Aggasi, Better Place

Better Place founder and CEO Shai Agassi will speak on “Silicon Valley and the World’s Electric Future” in the morning keynote segment.

Better Place, a Palo Alto company developing infrastructure to support electric cars, announced plans last month to develop a $1 billion network in the San Francisco Bay Area.

Agassi’s group is currently building networks for electric cars in Israel and Denmark, and in October announced plans to expand into Australia. On November 20th the company announced plans to move into the U.S. market next, with construction of battery-recharging stations in the Bay Area starting in 2010.

Click here to learn more about Shai Agassi and Better Place.

Climate Prosperity – A Greenprint for Silicon Valley

The second major portion of the State of the Valley Conference will be devoted to discussions on climate change and Silicon Valley's role in leading America to a new energy future.

Leading off the session, Mayor Reed, Chris DiGiorgio and Russell Hancock will present the details of a 50-year “Greenprint” for Silicon Valley, a Climate Prosperity plan to generate substantial economic and employment growth and sustainable business and community development by demonstrating that innovation, efficiency, and conservation in the use and reuse of all resources is the best way to increase jobs, incomes, productivity, and competitiveness.

Climate Prosperity is a collaborative project of Global Urban Development, Collaborative Economics and the Rockefeller Brothers Fund. The project selected Joint Venture to produce the regional greenprint for Silicon Valley.

Click here to learn more about the Climate Prosperity project.

Panel Discussion: How Will Silicon Valley Lead America to a New Energy Future?

In the second morning panel discussion, a group of experts in building construction, venture capital, solar energy and electric cars will discuss our energy future. They are Andrew Ball, President & CEO of Webcor Builders, John Denniston, a partner with the venture capital firm Kleiner Perkins Caufield & Byers, Tom McCalmont, President & CEO of REgrid Power, and Felix Kramer, Founder of CalCars.

The Accenture Leadership Luncheon

Keynote Speaker: Fareed Zakaria, Newsweek and CNN

Newsweek International editor and CNN commentator Fareed Zakaria will present his view of “Silicon Valley’s Role in the ‘Post-American’ World” at the afternoon keynote session. Fareed Zakaria has been described by Esquire as “the most influential foreign policy advisor of his generation,” and is widely respected for his ability to spot economic and political trends around the world.

Zakaria, editor of Newsweek International, columnist and host of the weekly CNN program, “Fareed Zakaria: GPS,” reaches more than 25 million readers weekly with his articles and columns on subjects ranging from globalization and emerging markets to the Middle East and America’s role in the world.

His newest book, “The Post-American World,” is about the “rise of the rest” – the growth of China, India, Brazil and many other countries - and what it means for the future.

Click here to learn more about Fareed Zakaria

David Packard Award: Santa Clara University’s Paul Locatelli

Joint Venture salutes Paul Locatelli, the outgoing President and incoming Chancellor of Santa Clara University, as the recipient of the 2009 David Packard Award for civic entrepreneurship, which will be presented to him by Morgan Family Foundation President Becky Morgan during the Accenture Leadership Luncheon at the State of the Valley Conference.

Father Locatelli steps down this month as President of Santa Clara University, a post he has held since 1988, to take on an expanded role in Rome as Secretary of Higher Education for the Society of Jesus. At the same time, the SCU Board of Trustees has appointed him Chancellor to continue advancing Santa Clara’s global initiatives.

The David Packard Award is presented annually by Joint Venture to a person who brings an entrepreneurial, cross-boundary, problem-solving approach to our region’s challenges. The award is named for David Packard, co-founder of Hewlett-Packard, Silicon Valley’s legendary pioneer who set the highest standard for civic engagement.

The award is meant to showcase and honor people who think expansively about the region and act on a keen sense of civic responsibility. Previous recipients include William Miller, Eric Benhamou and Bruce Chizen.

Click here to read about last year’s David Packard winner, William F. Miller.

The 2009 Packard Award will be presented by Becky Morgan.


The Fogarty Institute Innovator's Showcase

A popular favorite each year at State of the Valley is the Innovators Showcase, located in the courtyard pavilion at Parkside Hall, where companies and organizations doing breakthrough work in Joint Venture’s project areas will be on display. Sponsored this year by the Fogarty Institute for Innovation at El Camino Hospital, the pavilion will showcase our region’s best entrepreneurial talent driving cleantech companies, greentech startups, community organizations, civic groups and others. It opens at 7 a.m. and remains open throughout the conference.

We look forward to seeing you at State of the Valley!

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