Joint Venture Silicon Valley Network

A LETTER FROM OUR CEO

Our June newsletter tells you how we're improving wireless communication in San Jose and Palo Alto, previews our latest recommendations for a regional workforce strategy and more.

We're pleased so many people involve themselves in the region's future and work within the Joint Venture framework. Thanks for being part of this process, and for giving us your feedback.

Sincerely,

Russell Hancock
President & Chief Executive Officer

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THIS MONTH

Palo Alto, San Jose dial in to Joint Venture wireless project

Palo Alto and San Jose have joined a new Joint Venture effort bringing the cities, wireless companies and regional leaders together to improve wireless service. Officials from both cities, wireless service providers, the California Wireless Association, PCIA and other industry experts came together in May recently to launch the six-month pilot project. Next steps include future meetings to explore community outreach, long-term coverage planning and improved communication among providers and the cities.

The pilot is well-timed. Cities are facing unprecedented budget and staffing cuts at the same time the wireless service providers are ramping up wireless build-out plans to meet 4G technology and market demands. The pilots in Palo Alto and San Jose will test ways to improve throughput, boost connections and streamline procedures; then the model can be scaled across other Silicon Valley communities.

For details on the Joint Venture Wireless Communication initiative, click here.

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New Joint Venture workforce report urges regional approach

Silicon Valley must adapt to the economic churn and changing needs of employers for a more skilled workforce in order to remain the epicenter of innovation and entrepreneurship, concludes a comprehensive new report on regional workforce development issued this week by Joint Venture: Silicon Valley network.

The study, funded by a grant from the U.S. Department of Labor, was conducted in partnership with the three Silicon Valley workforce boards, NOVA, the San Mateo County Workforce Investment Board and work2future.

The report announces a new framework for regional collaboration and a renewed emphasis on improving the skill-building capacity of the Valley's workforce institutions, something vitally necessary as the post-recession economy creates new industries with new skill-sets.

Titled A New Foundation for Collaborative Workforce Development in Silicon Valley, the year-long study details workforce development trends in Santa Clara and San Mateo Counties, a region encompassing 2.6 million residents and more than 1.2 million pre-recession jobs in 2008.

Read the news release.
Download the complete report.

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THIS MONTH

National experts tapped to co-lead Disaster Preparedness Initiative

Joint Venture has named two of the nation’s top emergency management experts, Steven Jordan and retired Major General Peter J. Gravett, as co-directors of the organization’s Disaster Preparedness Initiative.

The initiative is focused on creating a state-of-the-art Disaster Resiliency Center for Silicon Valley, ideally to be located at Moffett Field.

Read the news release. To learn more about the initiative, click here.

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Seven projects win Grand Boulevard Awards

The Grand Boulevard Task Force, a collaboration of Peninsula cities, counties and agencies working to transform El Camino Real into a world-class boulevard, recognized seven projects in three categories for exemplifying the planning initiative’s goals.

The honors include two Signature awards for projects in the planning stage in Daly City and Mountain View, three Vanguard awards for completed projects in South San Francisco and San Bruno, and two Visionary awards for plans by member agencies in San Carlos and Menlo Park..

For more information about the winning projects, click here. To learn more about the Grand Boulevard Initiative, click here.

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KLIV Show: Stanford's Bill Miller on Silicon Valley, Then and Now.

Stanford University professor and former provost William F. Miller is host Russell Hancock's guest on Joint Venture's monthly radio program on 1590 KLIV.

In a wide-ranging discussion, Miller, a scholar, scientist, venture capitalist and entrepreneur whom Hancock calls the “Thomas Jefferson of Silicon Valley,” talks about the evolution of Stanford as a part of the Silicon Valley community, trends in venture capital, and his outlook for the region.

Listen to the program.

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