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Autumn portends winter, which means we have to be prepared for stormy weather. Likewise, it looks like the Silicon Valley economy is headed for some difficult weather, which raises an important question: are our institutions of governance equal to the magnitude of the challenge we face?

That question will be the major theme at our State of the Valley conference on February 18th. That might seem like a long way away, but trust me—it will be here before you know it. We’re hoping you’ll save the date on your calendar now, and make certain plans to join us.

Meanwhile, we’re glad to bring you news of progress on our various initiatives.


Russell Hancock
President & Chief Executive Officer

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Board supports Prop. 22, opposes Prop. 23

The Joint Venture board of directors voted at its September meeting to endorse Proposition 22 and oppose Proposition 23 on the California ballot this November. Prop. 22 prohibits the state from taking local funds used for transportation or government projects and services.

Prop. 23 suspends the provisions of Assembly Bill 32, the Global Warming Solutions Act, until California’s unemployment rate drops to 5.5 percent or less for four consecutive quarters. As a nonpartisan organization, Joint Venture doesn’t routinely take positions on ballot measures, but the board felt these two propositions warrant such action.

Read the news release here

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Joint Venture in key role at Smart Energy Storage Summit

A panel of top industry officials and public sector explored the state of smart energy in Silicon Valley at the Smart Energy Storage Summit last month in San Jose. Organized by Joint Venture, the panelists were Dr. Imre Gyuk, energy storage systems program manager for the U.S. Department of Energy,

Sven Thesen of Better Place, David Wells of Kleiner Perkins Caufield & Byers, Richard Drake of the New York State Energy Research and Development Authority, Pramod Kulkarni of the California Energy Commission and Barbara Lockwood of Arizona Public Service.  Joint Venture associate director of climate initiatives Rachel Massaro moderated the discussion.

Topics covered included the potential for re-purposing electric vehicle batteries for grid storage, policy challenges that companies face, tips for energy storage entrepreneurs, Arizona’s thermal energy storage project and unique business models in the industry.

For more information on the summit, click here.

To learn more about how Joint Venture’s public sector climate task force is tackling our region’s energy issues, click here.

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SunPower, Borrego Solar, EcoPlexus selected as Renewable Energy Procurement vendors

The Renewable Energy Procurement Project, an initiative led by Joint Venture, has finalized vendor selection for the collaborative purchase of solar power, tapping SunPower Corporation (for the large system bundle), Borrego Solar (for the medium systems), and EcoPlexus (for the small and small combined system bundles).
An evaluation panel that included members from the County of Santa Clara as well as from several agencies participating in the collaborative, chose the vendors after a thorough process of review.
Each jurisdiction involved will now move forward with the process of approval by their respective boards and councils, and enter into negotiations for contracts. 

Projects are expected to break ground this year and be completed by 2011. The solar sites include 70 publicly owned facilities from nine Silicon Valley agencies. Solar installations will include rooftop, carport, and ground-mounted systems.

Updated information relating to the REP project is available here.

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Save the Date! “State of the Valley” returns February 18, 2011 State of the economy, local governance under examination

Is our local governance adequate to meet the challenges of the harsh economic realities we face in Silicon Valley? This is the question that will shape the 2011 “State of the Valley,” Joint Venture’s annual town hall meeting convening Silicon Valley’s top executives, public officials, thought leaders and community stakeholders.

Set for next February 18, the 2011 conference will feature national figures paired in rich dialogue with our local leaders. It will also feature the release of two reports, one detailing the perilous state of local government finance, the other posing new models for collaboration between public sector organizations.

The conference also marks the release of the annual Silicon Valley Index and Special Analysis in partnership with lead sponsor Silicon Valley Community Foundation. The 2011 Special Analysis will focus on the dilemma in public financing.

Watch for more details about State of the Valley 2011 on our website and in upcoming newsletters.

To register, click here.

To read about what happened at the 2010 State of the Valley, click here.

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Leon Beauchman, AT&T Area External Affairs Manager and member of Joint Venture’s Wireless Communications Initiative committee

As a lanky power forward for the San Jose State Spartans basketball team back in the day, Leon Beauchman learned to adapt to rapid changes on the court, anticipate his teammates’ and opponents’ moves, and get into position quickly.

Those skills have come in handy for Beauchman in his role as area manager of external affairs for AT&T, which has seen its focus shift rapidly from telecommunications to broadband to wireless in just a few short years.
Like Joint Venture, Beauchman brings together local and regional government, businesses and community organizations to address wireless and other communications needs and solutions.

Read the full profile here.

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Article of the Month: “We’re No. 1(1)!” - Thomas Friedman, New York Times
New York Times foreign affairs columnist and Pulitzer Prize winner Thomas Friedman says America has lost ground as a superpower to China, India and other nations because it no longer lives by the values of the Greatest Generation – a willingness to postpone gratification, invest for the future and hold our children to the highest expectations. Read his provocative column here.






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