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We’ve got Giants Fever at Joint Venture! We’re completely swept up in what this team has achieved, and it’s somehow injecting a boost of confidence and inspiration into everything else we’re doing. So, our article of the month is the New York Times’ take on how this 2010 Giants team was assembled.

Meanwhile, we hope you’ll enjoy reading about the bridges we’re building between Silicon Valley and Washington, how we’re spotlighting the precarious state of local government finance in the airwaves, and all the rest.

Go Giants!


Russell Hancock

President & Chief Executive Officer

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Top Obama economic advisor Christina Romer to deliver keynote remarks at State of the Valley

Christina Romer, a senior economic advisor to President Barack Obama, will deliver keynote remarks at Joint Venture’s State of the Valley conference in San Jose next February 18.

Romer, who chaired the administration’s Council of Economic Advisers for two years before moving to the President’s Economic Recovery Advisory Board in September, will speak about the economy and the policy changes ahead for the country and Silicon Valley.

State of the Valley takes place at the McEnery San Jose Convention Center on Friday, February 18, 2011.

Click here to register.

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Federal officials, Climate Council meet on Valley strategy

The Energy Efficiency and Renewable Energy Team of the US Department of Energy met last month with select members of Joint Venture’s Climate Prosperity Council to strategize ways of bringing clean technologies to market in the region.

Led by senior advisor Wendolyn Holland, the DOE team introduced the Tech Portal, which adds transparency to the process of spinning technologies developed in the DOE’s National Labs into cleantech companies. The goal is to allow venture capitalists and entrepreneurs the ability to form companies by licensing the labs’ technologies.

Seeing Silicon Valley as an innovation hub, the DOE and Climate Prosperity Council committed to form new working relationships to bring these technologies to market. The meeting included an open dialogue about how to increase speed and scale of deployment, and how Joint Venture can assist DOE in having greater presence in Silicon Valley.

For more information on the summit, click here.

To learn more about Joint Venture’s energy storage initiative, click here.

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West Valley Broker Breakfast Nov. 18 in Cupertino

Joint Venture invites commercial brokers, retail specialists and other economic development professionals to a special West Valley Broker Breakfast in Cupertino on Thursday, November 18. Organized by our Economic Development Alliance, the breakfast gathers development experts from Campbell, Cupertino, Los Gatos, Los Altos, and the County of Santa Clara to highlight opportunity sites and share the latest news on major planning activities.

The breakfast, which includes time for networking, takes place at the Cupertino Community Hall, 10350 Torre Avenue, Cupertino, from 7:30 a.m. to 9 a.m. on Thursday, November 18.

For reservations, email

Learn more about Joint Venture’s Silicon Valley EDA at

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State of the economy, local governance under examination

Morgan Hill City Manager Ed Tewes and Los Gatos Town Manager Greg Larson were Russell Hancock's guests on KLIV radio October 15 for a lively conversation about the current state of local government finance. The managers explained where city revenues come from and how sales and property taxes are divided with the state. They also discussed the fundamental challenges they face in a down economy, and with the state taking ever-greater pieces of the fiscal pie.

Listen to the broadcast here.

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David Boesch, San Mateo County Manager

If you were to ask him, Dave Boesch might tell you that running a county with 750,000 people, 5,500 employees, 18 departments and a $1.8 billion budget is a bit like moving pianos.

They both take a lot of planning, hard work and a strong team of people. Boesch would know. He’s done both.

In addition to his demanding role as San Mateo County Manager, Boesch is a dedicated member of Joint Venture’s board, the Silicon Valley Index advisors panel and our new Regionalism 2.0 movement.

Read his full profile here.

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Article of the Month – “Building Giants by Trial, Error and Savvy” (New York Times)

We tip our cap to the San Francisco Giants on winning the National League pennant! They’ve lifted the spirits of our region, and they’ve done it with class, professionalism, and a lot of verve. This article by the New York Times’ Tyler Kepner analyzes how Giants general manager Brian Sabean and manager Bruce Bochy fashioned the 2010 club.

Read the article here.


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