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The summer vacation season is upon us, but at Joint Venture we're staggering ours so we can keep bringing you progress on our region's issues. We highlight some of it in our July newsletter and we hope you'll also keep monitoring our website for more detailed information.

Have a wonderful summer!

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Russell Hancock
President & Chief Executive Officer

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Landmark summit of Silicon Valley mayors, city managers

Mayors and Managers

Joint Venture brought together the mayors and city managers from more than 30 Silicon Valley cities in a first-of-its-kind public sector summit at the Tech Museum in San Jose June 9.

To see photos from the meeting, click here.

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Linda Thor, Eric Houser elected to Joint Venture board

The Joint Venture board of directors elected two new members at its June meeting, Linda Thor, the new chancellor of the Foothill-DeAnza Community College District, and Eric C. Houser, executive vice president and Santa Clara County regional manager with Wells Fargo & Company.

Chancellor Thor joined the district in February to succeed Martha Kanter, who departed to become Undersecretary of Education in the Obama Administration. Eric Houser oversees the Santa Clara County commercial and technology banking groups for Wells Fargo.

Read the news release.

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Building officials, planners briefed on new CALGreen code

Joint Venture hosted an informational event last month for building and planning officials on CALGreen, the state's new green building standards.

The training on June 25 was an opportunity for South Bay building and planning officials to discuss the nation’s first green building code directly with the Building Standards Commission.

Some 150 public and private-sector participants were on hand as BSC Executive Director Dave Walls and his staff answered questions on both the specifics of the code and its implementation, which now includes the commissioning of buildings.

For more information about California building standards and to read the new code, click here.

To learn about Joint Venture's Sustainable Buildings initiative, click here.

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20 teachers enroll in summer development program

20 elementary and middle school math teachers from high-need and low performing schools in San Mateo and Santa Clara Counties are currently enrolled in "Math Matters," an intensive professional development course organized under the leadership of Joint Venture's Alliance for Teaching. During the 80-hour institute at the San Mateo County Office of Education (SMCOE), the teachers develop critical math skills leveraging curriculum developed by Intel and the University of Massachusetts.

The teachers receive a stipend of a $2200 each, made possible by contributions Joint Venture solicited from Intel, Agilent, SanDisk, the Hewlett Packard Foundation, the Cisco Foundation, Intel, the Stella B. Gross Foundation, the Frieda C. Fox Foundation and the Silicon Valley Education Foundation. SMCOE will administer the Math Matters program.

In related education news, the Alliance for Teaching has transitioned its National Board Certification for Teachers project to the Silicon Valley Education Foundation for ongoing administration. Concurrently, Alliance for Teaching executive director Colleen Wilcox has also moved over to the foundation to continue managing the NBCT project. Joint Venture will continue to oversee the Hats Off to Teachers merchant discount program.

For more information on the Alliance for Teaching, click here.

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Joint Venture communications director wins journalism prize

Duffy Jennings, who oversees communications and media relations for Joint Venture, recently took first place in the blog category of the San Francisco Peninsula Press Club's 2010 Greater Bay Area Journalism Awards.

A former San Francisco Chronicle reporter and SF Giants publicist, Jennings blogs about media, public relations and sports topics on the Chronicle's website. His humorous story about sportscaster Gary Radnich's first interview with the legendary Willie Mays took top honors over 30 entries.

Click here to read the post.

Click here to see all the winners.

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Silicon Valley contributes to national town meeting on budget, economy

Joint Venture mobilized more than 100 Silicon Valley residents who participated in a national dialogue June 26 about our country's fiscal priorities. Called AmericaSpeaks: Our Budget, Our Economy, the dialogue originated in Philadelphia and linked meetings in 19 cities and 40 smaller communities across the country to create a true national town meeting.

The delegates to the local meeting, hosted by law firm Bingham McCutchen in East Palo Alto, were chosen scientifically to be a true reflection of our region's demographics. They spent the day in intense discussion and showed a willingness to make tough choices in order to reduce the ballooning federal deficit. Among their recommendations:

  • raise the limit on taxable earnings so it covers 90 percent of all earnings.
  • raise the age for receiving full Social Security benefits to 69.
  • Create a carbon tax.
  • Create a securities-transaction tax.

The recommendations are being communicated to Congress and to the Presidents Commission on Fiscal Responsibility.

Click here to learn more about the National Town Meeting.

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Joint Venture's initiatives, publications, events and regional expertise receive frequent coverage in the national and local news media. Our staff is always available to comment on economic trends in Silicon Valley.

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