Joint Venture joined with Santa Clara County elected officials, staff and solar engineering and construction companies in May to celebrate the completion of the county’s 5.6-megawatt Solar Photovoltaic Project, which includes the installation of photovoltaic systems at eight county sites. Four of the installations were a part of the Silicon Valley Collaborative Renewable Energy Procurement Project organized by Joint Venture.
“The Solar Photovoltaic Project is an important initiative that the board authorized to reduce our carbon footprint,” said Supervisor Dave Cortese. “The scale of this project demonstrates the county’s commitment to environmental stewardship and clearly illustrates Santa Clara County’s leadership in utilizing renewable energy.”
Click here to read a Mercury News op-ed column by Joint Venture’s Rachel Massaro and Supervisor Dave Cortese about the project.
Click here to read the county news release.
ABAG honors Grand Boulevard with Award
The Association of Bay Area Governments has presented the Grand Boulevard initiative with its 2012 “Growing Smarter Together” Award in the Public-Private Partnership category for excellence in planning and development. The category recognizes collaborative efforts between government and private or non-profit organizations that support the implementation of FOCUS goals in the Bay Area in terms of projects or plans. FOCUS is a regional development and conservation strategy that promotes a more compact land use pattern for the Bay Area.
The Growing Smarter Together Awards program, now in its sixth year, showcases planning and development at the local level that advance smart or “focused” growth in the Bay Area. The awards recognize excellence in planning and development by local governments that demonstrate a significant commitment to achieving the regional planning goals of the Bay Area vision and focused growth principles being advanced in the FOCUS Initiative.
Click here to watch ABAG's video about the Grand Boulevard Initiative.
Click here for the complete list of award recipients.
Energy Storage Symposium draws cleantech, government leaders
Joint Venture’s third annual Energy Storage Symposium brought together 150 Silicon Valley cleantech industry leaders and others for an update on the latest trends, regulations and information on the fast-growing energy storage field from leaders in the public, private and research sectors.
The May 30 event included keynote presentations from Federal Energy Regulatory Commissioner Cheryl A. LaFleur, Steve Berberich, President and Chief Executive Officer of the California ISO, and Imre Gyuk, Energy Storage Research Program Manager for the U.S. Department of Energy. The symposium agenda included updates on energy storage at the state and federal levels, as well as a fresh look at the local energy storage industry.
The symposium also included panel discussions about the role of storage on the grid in relation to transmission and generation, and the decision-making process for implementing storage technologies from an end-user perspective.
The symposium was organized by Joint Venture's Climate Prosperity Initiative. Click here to learn more about the initiative.
California Economic Summit targets five policy areas
More than 500 people attended the first California Economic Summit in Santa Clara on May 11, concluding with a group pledge to continue their work on initiatives in five policy areas that they believe will improve California's ability to create jobs and to compete in the global marketplace – preparing the state's workforce, investing in infrastructure, encouraging innovation, streamlining regulation and improving access to capital.
The summit was a continuation of discussions that attracted thousands of Californians at fourteen regional economic forums around the state this year, including one in Silicon Valley co-organized by Joint Venture.
Click here to read the San Jose Mercury News report on the summit.
June on “Inside Silicon Valley”
June guests on “Inside Silicon Valley,” Joint Venture’s weekly public affairs radio program, include media executive Phil Bronstein of the Center for Investigative Reporting and Bay Citizen (June 8 & 10), San Jose City Manager Debra Figone (June 15 & 17), and Valley Medical Center Foundation executive director Chris Wilder (June 22 & 24).
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
“Do you want the good news first?” New York Times
The magic combination of cutting-edge higher education, government-funded research and immigration of high-I.Q. risk-takers is a "golden goose" that America is in peril of losing, New York Times columnist Thomas L. Friedman writes in this recent column.
Click here to read the article.
Our JUNE Spotlight
Wells Fargo Bank
Eric Houser
A first-time visitor to Wells Fargo Bank executive Eric Houser’s spacious downtown San Jose office is struck immediately by two things.
First, there’s its stark tidiness. It’s so uncluttered that it momentarily suggests no one actually works there. Other than a keyboard and monitor, a few small family photos and a couple of mementos, there is almost nothing on Houser’s expansive desk and sideboard. No folders, no stacks of papers, no pens, no accessories.
And then one’s eyes are drawn to the large framed jersey of San Francisco Giants legend Orlando Cepeda, autographed by the “Baby Bull” himself, overlooking the room from a sidewall.
Click here to read Eric's profile.



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