Joint Venture’s Climate Prosperity Initiative has launched a project to create the country’s highest performance two-way power network, supporting and rewarding active energy management and clean distributed generation on a sustainable economic scale.
The Smart Energy Enterprise Development Zone (SEEDZ) will demonstrate Silicon Valley’s latest developments in efficiency, clean energy, grid performance and business model integration.
Juniper Networks, Google, Yahoo! and NetApp, as well as the cities of Mountain View and Sunnyvale, plus EPRI and Lawrence Berkeley National Labs are among the corporations, municipalities and research institutions involved.
A strategy document currently being drafted for the project will be featured in next month’s Valley Vision.
Click here to learn more about our Climate Prosperity work.
Code for America site streamlines small business setups in Santa Cruz
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Joint Venture’s Silicon Valley EDA is working with Code for America and the city of Santa Cruz to launch an online application that simplifies the setup process for small businesses.
The new application, called Open Counter, takes user-supplied information to complete application forms and calculate requirements on parking, impact fees, zoning districts and business types. A Code for America team developed Open Counter as part of a yearlong fellowship with the city.
Peter Koht, Economic Development Coordinator for the City of Santa Cruz, provided a demo of Open Counter to the Silicon Valley EDA on September 12, briefed the Northern California chapter of the Municipal Information Systems Association of California this week, and will participate in the second annual Code for America Summit in San Francisco October 1-3, where Open Counter will be unveiled to a global audience.
Click here to see the demo of Open Counter.
Click here for more info about Silicon Valley EDA.
Our OCTOBER Spotlight
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Mark Twain probably didn’t have public infrastructure projects in mind when the main character in his best-known novel tricked Huck Finn into whitewashing Aunt Polly’s fence for him.
But Corinne Goodrich, who’s been recruiting community support up and down the Peninsula for Joint Venture’s Grand Boulevard Initiative, made the connection, naturally.
Click here to read Corinne’s profile.
Save the Date: February 8, 2013 – State of the Valley
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Mark your calendars and register now for Joint Venture’s annual State of the Valley conference coming up on February 8, 2013 at Parkside Hall in San Jose.
Every year Joint Venture convenes the region's public and private sector leaders for discussion and dialogue on the opportunities, issues and challenges affecting the Silicon Valley economy and our way of life.
Click here to register now.
Register now for Joint Venture’s Wireless Symposium
Nov. 2
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Registration is now open for Joint Venture’s second annual Silicon Valley Wireless Symposium on November 2. The morning event at Marvell in Santa Clara links wireless service providers with local officials, and is open to anybody who wants better coverage and connectivity for our region.
Click here to register.
Registration is open for Greenbuild Conference in S.F. Nov. 14-16
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Joint Venture is proud to be a Bioregional Partner of Greenbuild 2012, the preeminent international conference of its kind that is expected to draw more than 20,000 attendees and exhibitors to Moscone Center in San Francisco next month.
Hosted by the U.S. Green Building Council, speakers at the conference and expo will include MSNBC “Morning Joe” co-hosts Joe Scarborough and Mika Brzezinski, Twitter co-founder Biz Stone and Newark, New Jersey mayor Cory Booker.
Click here for more info and registration.
Article of the Month
“Made in the Bay Area: Altierre sees automation as key to Silicon Valley manufacturing”
San Jose Mercury News
Automated Manufacturing
Columnist Mike Cassidy highlights digital sign-maker Altierre for moving hundreds of manufacturing jobs from China to Silicon Valley because its CEO believes that rising wages in China make American labor more economical.
Click here to read the column.
October on “Inside Silicon Valley”
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October guests on “Inside Silicon Valley,” Joint Venture’s weekly public affairs radio program, include new Santa Clara County Superintendent of Schools Xavier De La Torre (Oct. 5 & 7), San Jose Mercury News business columnist Chris O’Brien (Oct. 12 & 14), South Bay Labor Council executive director Cindy Chavez (Oct. 19 & 21) and Metropolitan Transportation Commission legislation and public affairs director Randy Rentschler (Oct. 26 & 28).
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.
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