2013 Newsletters

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Joint Venture on track to build smart energy network of the future

Joint Venture’s Smart Energy Enterprise Development Zone (SEEDZ) initiative, launched in 2012, now includes the participation of Google, Juniper Networks, NetApp, NASA, Applied Materials, PG&E, and the Electric Power Research Institute and more. Public sector leadership also includes the cities of Mountain View and Sunnyvale, and NASA. All are united around the goal to build the ‘smart energy network of the future’ here in Silicon Valley, delivering cutting-edge power performance and sustainability benefits on a commercially based, community-wide scale.


Work is now underway on a portfolio of projects focused on power quality, community renewables, customer-side energy storage, and integrated building systems. These are detailed on the SEEDZ pages of the Joint Venture website, which also contains white papers and other data and analytical material.

For more on SEEDZ projects and events, click here.

To download the SEEDZ blueprint and strategy document, click here.

Joint Venture helps local communities address their wireless infrastructure challenges

Joint Venture’s Wireless Communications Initiative is recording progress with local jurisdictions and carriers in their effort to provide infrastructure to accommodate the boundless demand generated by smart phones and wireless devices.

wireless infrastructure challenge

In Hillsborough, the WCI is collaborating with town officials and one carrier to resolve issues over planned antenna placements.

The City of San Jose Planning Department recently issued revised Design Guidelines for wireless sites after industry representatives participated in meetings organized by Joint Venture.

Ultimately Joint Venture seeks a consistent set of expectations across all jurisdictions in Silicon Valley, something that will accelerate the deployment of wireless technologies throughout the region.

Click here to learn more about the Wireless Communications Initiative..

Climate Adaptation Workshop for local governments June 4

Joint Venture and the San Mateo City/County Association of Governments (C/CAG) will host a workshop June 4 for local government officials and their senior staff to discuss regional strategies for responding to climate change. The workshop is an extension of Joint Venture's work with local governments to address climate issues through its Public Sector Climate Task Force.

Climate Adaptation Workshop

In Santa Clara County, the County's Office of Sustainability, AECOM and Joint Venture launched the Silicon Valley 2.0 climate adaptation program. It will identify and plan mitigations from the anticipated impacts of climate change such as rising seas, diminished water quality and availability, and extreme heat in the south bay. For more information, click here.

Bellarmine-Harvard grad appointed 2013-2014 Benest Fellow

Joint Venture has appointed San Jose native and Harvard College grad Jonathan Padilla as the organization's Frank Benest Fellow for 2013-2014. The fellowship honors the legacy of former Palo Alto city manager Frank Benest, a long-serving Joint Venture board member and a tireless champion of regionalism.

Jon Padilla

Padilla has held research and intern roles for the White House Office of Communications, the Congressional House Appropriations Committee, the Harvard Kennedy School and Google public affairs. He has also taught for Teach for America.

Click here to learn more about Jonathan.

Our JUNE Spotlight


Notre Dame de Namur University

Judith Greig

It says something about Notre Dame de Namur University President Judith Maxwell Greig that she would conclude a wide-ranging interview about herself without once mentioning her undying passion for the Chicago Bears and that she knows every player and all the stats.

The stats that she is far more bullish on, however, are those showing the progress Notre Dame de Namur has made opening the doors to higher education in San Mateo County not only for women but also for Hispanics and other first generation college students.

Click here to read Greig’s full profile.

Article of the Month

Immigrants in California

Hans Johnson and Marisol Cuellar Mejia

You may have known California has more immigrants than any other state, but did you know that immigration has slowed? That most California immigrants are documented? As the immigration debate heats up in Washington, have a look at this research brief issued this month by the Public Policy Institute of California, which separates the facts from the myths.

June on “Inside Silicon Valley”

Caltrain, regional planning, community design and trends in local business are the topics June guests will be discussing on “Inside Silicon Valley,” Joint Venture’s weekly public affairs radio program. Scheduled guests are Caltrain and SamTrans public affairs officer Mark Simon, SPUR executive Leah Toeniskoetter, community designers Bruce Liedstrand and Daniel Zack, and San Jose Mercury News business columnist Peter Delevett.

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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.

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