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I’ve just sent my kids back to school. They’re gearing up now to do some hard thinking and genuine learning, and my feeling is that Silicon Valley as a region needs to do the same thing. That’s what Joint Venture is here for, and we hope you’ll stick with us as we think fresh about the fundamental issues facing us in these difficult economic times.

Because it’s back-to-school time, we also thought we’d highlight an educator in our newsletter this month. We hope you enjoy learning more about Linda Thor, Foothill-De Anza’s impressive new chancellor.

We always value your feedback.


Russell Hancock
President & Chief Executive Officer

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Federal outreach initiative off and running

Joint Venture’s new federal partnerships initiative has taken off quickly since its inception in mid-July to foster more federal investment in clean tech and our other emerging industries in Silicon Valley.

Director Indira Balkissoon has already met with key government officials in Washington, D.C. and Dallas and made the first inroads to establishing a regional clearinghouse for funding proposals. In Washington, Balkissoon held meetings with Department of Energy and Environmental Protection Agency officials and in Dallas she attended the 13th annual GovEnergy conference along with representatives from several top Silicon Valley companies.

Joint Venture will also participate in the GovGreen 2010 conference in Washington in November, hosting a panel on collaborative procurement of solar power with EPA Green Power Partnership Director Blaine Collison, Joint Venture board member Ben Foster and Joint Venture associate director of climate initiatives Rachel Massaro.

For more information about GovGreen 2010, click here.
To learn more about the Federal Outreach Initiative, click here.

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Joint Venture convenes panel on state’s new emission guidelines

Bay Area Air Quality Management District officials outlined the state’s new guidelines for greenhouse gas emissions before a recent meeting of the Grand Boulevard Initiative working committee.

At the session in Belmont, senior environmental planner Sigalle Michael and senior advanced project advisor Phil Martein described the new thresholds for emissions and toxic air contaminants. They used several projects currently proposed for the area to demonstrate how to apply the guidelines and what steps can be taken to mitigate risk. The revised guidelines were amendments adopted earlier this year to SB 97, the California Environmental Quality Act.

To learn more about the CEQA guidelines, click here.

To learn more about the Grand Boulevard initiative, click here.

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Joint Venture welcomes Podcar City conference Oct. 27-29

The latest technology in personal rapid transit (PRT) and other developments in sustainable urban transportation will be on display in San Jose when the Podcar City Conference takes place here October 27-29.

Joint Venture is a sponsor of the event at San Jose City Hall, where city planners, architects, engineers, delegates, investors, students and others will see PRT vehicles and hear speakers from around the world.

Click here for more information and registration.

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