2013 Newsletters

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Joint Venture board adds two tech leaders and a county supervisor

Joint Venture Silicon Valley announced the election of Skype executive Dave Hodson, Juniper Networks senior vice president Dan Miller and San Mateo County Supervisor Dave Pine to its board of directors at its quarterly meeting on March 15.

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Hodson is a principal development manager for Skype, Miller leads Juniper’s worldwide enterprise sector, and Pine was elected to the San Mateo County Board of Supervisors in a special election in May 2011.

Click here to read the news release.

Ranking federal & state officials, top scientists to headline Energy Storage Symposium April 11

U.S. Energy Department Assistant Secretary Patricia Hoffman, Federal Energy Regulatory Commission chairman Jon Wellinghoff and California Public Utilities Commissioner Carla Peterman will be among the speakers at Joint Venture’s 2013 Silicon Valley Energy Storage Symposium on April 11 in Mountain View.

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East Bay Assembly member Nancy Skinner and leaders and scientists from CalCharge, Lawrence Berkeley National Laboratory, Lawrence Livermore National Laboratory, California Independent System Operator Corporation and PG&E are also on the agenda.

Registration is now open for the fourth annual event, which takes place at the Microsoft Auditorium, 1065 La Avenida St. in Mountain View from 8 a.m. to 4 p.m.

Also, friends of Joint Venture receive a 15% discount on registration for the Electricity Storage Association’s 23rd Annual Conference on May 20-22 at the Santa Clara Convention Center. Click here for more information on the ESA conference.

Click here to register for the April 11 symposium.

Click here to register for the ESA Conference. Use the promotion code: JointVenture2013.

Distributed Energy Storage Workshop draws crowd and praise

A Distributed Energy Storage workshop hosted by Joint Venture’s Smart Energy Enterprise Development Zone (SEEDZ) last month – the first of its kind here for commercial building operators – drew more than 60 attendees.

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They heard industry experts present the latest developments in onsite energy storage systems and learned how new opportunities for electric storage can be converted into positive cash flows at facilities. Topics included storage technologies and applications, financial case studies, storage in the California energy market and real-world case studies.

Click here for more information.


Wireless events for municipal officials & staff April 11-12

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Joint Venture’s Wireless Communications Initiative is hosting a Wireless Update and Reception for Elected Officials and City/County Staff on April 11 at the J. Lohr Winery in San Jose, beginning at 6 p.m. The program will include a brief presentation on opportunities to expedite the deployment of wireless technology, followed by a hosted tasting event for city and county officials and wireless carriers.

Click here for more information and to register.

The next day, April 12, a Silicon Valley Cities/Counties Staff and Wireless Carriers Roundtable will be held at DLA Piper in East Palo Alto at 8:30 a.m. This program is especially designed for City and County staff with direct responsibility for working with wireless carriers. There will be presentations on recent federal legislation, best practices for addressing community concerns and a study of wireless facility impact on property values.

There is no charge for these programs. Click here for more information and to register.

Water Conservation
Award winners honored

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The 2013 Silicon Valley Water Conservation Awards, sponsored by Joint Venture, were presented at San Jose State University on March 21. Winners were: Business: LifeScan; Government Agency: County of Santa Clara; Organization: First Community Housing; Greenscape Management: East Side Union High School District; Education: Linda Gass & Shaped by Water; Water Champion: Arvind Kumar

Click here to read more about the program and winners.


Nominations for Grand Boulevard Awards close April 12

Nominations are being accepted until April 12 for the Grand Boulevard Awards program, which honors both Projects and Visionary agencies that embody the guiding principles of the Grand Boulevard Initiative.

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Awards are presented in the public and private sector for physical projects along the El Camino corridor, as well as for plans by GBI member agencies. A GBI Working Committee member must submit nominations.

Click here for more information and nomination forms.

Our APRIL Spotlight


Santa Clara County

Bruce Knopf

How many economic development directors does it take to eat fire, sing in a chorus and rappel down a 15-story building? Just one, if we’re talking about Bruce Knopf.

Click here to read Bruce’s profile.

Article of the Month

Many Left Behind
as Silicon Valley Rebounds

Associated Press

AP Silicon Valley correspondent Martha Mendoza focused on a key finding in the 2013 Silicon Valley Index to write this in-depth look at the income inequality and economic divide in Silicon Valley.

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The article highlights local residents and includes comments from federal, state and local leaders in government, community organizations and the private sector. It appeared in hundreds of print and online media across the nation and in Europe, Asia and other countries.

Click here to read the article.

April on “Inside Silicon Valley”

Property taxes, economic development, arts and public health are the topics that April guests will be discussing on “Inside Silicon Valley,” Joint Venture’s weekly public affairs radio program. Scheduled guests are Santa Clara County Assessor Larry Stone, Redwood City Downtown Development Coordinator Daniel Zack, Arts Council Silicon Valley Executive Director Connie Martinez and Santa Clara County Public Health Director Daniel Peddycord.

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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.

Click here to listen to our podcasts on iTunes.

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