2016 Newsletters

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Insightful speakers, substantive dialogue address Silicon Valley opportunities, challenges

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More than 1,200 people -- business leaders, public officials, academics, labors leaders, and interested citizens -- packed the McEnery Convention Center February 12 for Joint Venture's annual State of the Valley conference.

In addition to an update on the region’s economy, the audience heard keynote presentations from former House Speaker Newt Gingrich and former Rep. George Miller, former HUD Secretary Henry Cisneros and United States Patent and Trademark Office Director Michelle Lee.

The crowd also heard from energy and transportation expert Stefan Heck both in a keynote and as part of a distinguished panel arguing the future of the combustion engine.

The Packard Award went to Code for America founder Jennifer Pahlka, an exhibition hall showcased a dozen nonprofit organizations and local school bands provided musical entertainment.

Joint Venture thanks its lead sponsor Bank of America, presentation sponsors Accenture, Applied Materials, Lucile Packard Children’s Hospital and Wells Fargo, and dozens of other supporting sponsors and organizations.

Watch a video recap of the event.

Read the Examiner.com coverage.

Gingrich, Miller trade views in lively conversation

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In a frank and substantive fireside chat-style conversation moderated by San Francisco Chronicle Editor in Chief Audrey Cooper, former House Speaker Gingrich and retired Bay Area Congressman Miller shared their views on the state of the presidential campaign, what the future portends for a break in Washington’s legislative gridlock and how Silicon Valley can play a role in our nation’s future.

Watch the video of their keynote conversation.

Cisneros offers solutions for the housing crunch

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In his keynote, Former Secretary of Housing and Urban Development Henry Cisneros urged Silicon Valley to look at its public lands, as well as underutilized commercial and retail space, to find new places for affordable housing. He also suggested creative ways of financing, such as investing portions of local public pension trust funds into affordable housing.

Watch video of his remarks.

Heck keynote foresees the future of transit and transportation

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In his morning keynote, Stefan Heck, co-founder of NAUTO and consulting professor with the Stanford Precourt Center for Energy Efficiency, made a case for moving from a car-centric community to a convergence of new mobility concepts focused on autonomous, connected electrified and shared to improved efficiency.

Watch his keynote video.

Read Viodi.com's coverage of his presentation.

Patent Chief Lee extols value of IP, regional patent office

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Patent office director Michelle Lee spoke of the importance of Silicon Valley’s new regional patent office to collect and guard the intellectual property being produced here.

Watch the video of her keynote.

Expert panel debates future of combustion engine

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Professor Heck also served on a panel with three other industry and transportation technology experts in an Oxford-style debate on whether the internal combustion engine has a future in Silicon Valley.

Organized by the Stanford Precourt Institute for Energy Efficiency, the panel included president and CEO of CALSTART John Boesel, senior adviser for BMW iVentures and managing director of Icebreaker Ventures Mark Platshon, and Toyota Motor Sales senior engineer Jackie Birdsall. Jeffrey Ball, Scholar in Residence at the Steyer-Taylor Center for Energy Policy & Finance at Stanford University, moderated the panel.

Watch the video.

Packard for Pahlka

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Jennifer Pahlka, co-founder and director of Code for America, became the first woman to receive the David Packard Award for civic entrepreneurship from the Joint Venture board.

Todd Park, technology advisor to the White House and President Obama’s former CTO, made the presentation to Pahlka, whose company has helped more than 100 cities to modernize aspects of their digital technology to help citizens access government services more efficiently.

Read Jennifer’s profile.

Watch the video of her acceptance speech.

2016 Silicon Valley Index Briefing

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Joint Venture CEO Russell Hancock explored the data in the 2016 Silicon Valley Index, which shows that the regional economy is continuing its powerful trend upwards. However, the explosive increases in jobs and population are overwhelming transit systems and roadways and keeping affordable homes out of reach for many.

Watch the video of the Index briefing.

Community Choice Energy Symposium March 4

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Joint Venture is partnering with The Center for Climate Protection, Local Government Commission and the Local Government Sustainability Coalition to present an all-day Business of Local Energy Symposium in order to accelerate California’s shift to a clean energy economy driven by local government and business.

The symposium, in San Jose March 4, provides a forum to exchange ideas about Community Choice Energy programs and to learn about current energy policy, regulations, markets, and technology. Speakers include CPUC Commissioner Carla Peterman, California ISO member Angelina Galiteva and Solar City CEO Lyndon Rive.

Register now!

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