The California Stewardship Network, an alliance promoting economic vitality, and California Forward, a bipartisan good government reform effort to improve performance and democracy, will host the first statewide California Economic Summit, Can-Do California: Thriving Regions Lead to a Thriving State, on May 11 in Santa Clara.
The summit will connect regional and state leaders to develop a shared agenda to generate jobs and improve regional competitiveness. A series of fourteen regional forums, including one in Silicon Valley co-sponsored by Joint Venture, were held around the state in March and April to identify economic opportunities and set priorities for state and regional action.
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To listen to a podcast of a panel at the Silicon Valley forum moderated by Joint Venture CEO Russell Hancock, click here.
Joint Venture’s Public Sector Climate Task Force will take up the findings of a study by a group of advanced Stanford public policy students, showing energy audits for multi-tenant buildings achieve significant energy-savings.
The analysis, commissioned by Joint Venture, found that audits are a gateway to retrofits, and that requiring such checks, or at least marketing them more effectively, will increase the adoption of energy-saving technologies.
The Stanford team also noted that such financing options as Commercial PACE and On-Bill Financing, which do not add to a building owner’s debt load, ease the conversion from audit to retrofit. The task force will discuss the study’s recommendations at its June meeting.
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Still time to register for Wireless Healthcare
Forum May 1
A few seats still remain for a special Wireless Healthcare Forum at the San Jose Convention Center on May 1 on how advances in telemedicine will affect healthcare in our region. Joint Venture is organizing the forum in conjunction with the American Telemedicine Association conference.
Forum participants will have access to the ATA conference Exhibition Hall, where they’ll see presentations from almost one hundred exhibitors. The forum, from 9 a.m. to 11:30 a.m., is free but registration is required.
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Third Annual Silicon Valley Energy Storage Symposium is May 30
Federal and state energy industry officials will be featured speakers at Joint Venture’s 2012 Silicon Valley Energy Storage Symposium on May 30 in Mountain View.
Guest speakers include Federal Energy Regulatory Commissioner Cheryl LaFleur, Steve Berberich of California Independent System Operator Corporation (California ISO), and Imre Gyuk, Energy Storage Research Program Manager for the U. S. Department of Energy. The third annual symposium, it runs from 8 a.m. to 4 p.m. at Microsoft. Exhibitor and sponsorship opportunities are still available.
Click here to register for the Silicon Valley symposium.
Pres. Clinton to headline Bay Area Council’s Outlook Conference in San Jose May 3
President Bill Clinton, former Secretary of State Condoleezza Rice and Governor Jerry Brown will headline the annual Outlook Conference, sponsored in part by Joint Venture as a partner organization of the Bay Area Council, which organizes the event. The CEOs of DuPont, Kaiser Permanente, LinkedIn and PG&E and Joint Venture co-chair and mayor of San Jose Chuck Reed will also speak during the event, from 1 p.m. to 6 p.m. at the California Theatre in downtown San Jose.
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May on “Inside Silicon Valley”
California’s economy and our region’s legislative future are the topics for May on “Inside Silicon Valley,” Joint Venture’s weekly public affairs radio program. Guests for the month include “California Crackup” author Mark Paul (May 4 & 6), California Forward director Jim Mayer (May 11 & 13), economist Tapan Munroe (May 18 & 20) and State Assemblyman Rich Gordon (May 25 & 27).
Joint Venture CEO Russell Hancock hosts the hour-long program, which airs every Friday at 7 p.m. and again on Sunday at noon on 1590 KLIV.
Click here to listen to previous programs.
Article of the Month
“Put building energy ratings on the Internet, and watch them improve” San Jose Mercury News
Silicon Valley venture capitalist Elton Sherwin writes in this recent guest column that public disclosure of commercial building energy consumption has the potential to become a 21st century engine for job creation and significantly improve the course of America's energy future.
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Our MAY Spotlight
Joint Venture board member
Dr. Ted Tasch
Keith Kennedy’s father used to tease him and his younger brother, James, that he had two sons with Ph.D.’s in electrical engineering and neither of them could fix the family TV set.
It turns out Keith Jr. was interested in electronics, but he was a bit ahead of his time for television.
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