2016 Newsletters


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Joint Venture publishes wireless guide for government leaders

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Joint Venture Silicon Valley has published a new handbook to educate local government leaders about current and future trends in wireless technologies, regulatory issues and demand requirements.

The free guide, “Bridging the Gap: 21st Century Wireless Telecommunications Handbook,” was produced by Joint Venture’s Wireless Communications Initiative in response to the growing need for new technologies to create faster, more reliable networks.

Read the news release.

Download the handbook.

Mobility project wins $1 million federal grant

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A regional consortium of stakeholders led by the City of Palo Alto and Joint Venture has won a $1 million federal grant for a demonstration project to vastly reduce single-occupant vehicle driving in the Bay area using commuter trip reduction software, a multimodal trip planning app and workplace parking rebates.

The grant of $1.085 million is for the Bay Area Fair Value Commuting Demonstration project, part of the U.S. Department of Transportation’s Mobility on Demand initiative.

The regional grant was part of nearly $8 million in funding for projects that use smartphone apps, open data platforms and other advanced technologies to better connect transit riders to their destinations, aided by private companies and research institutions in fields such as software development, ride and bike sharing.

Read the news release.

Learn more about the Managers Mobility Partnership.

Alisa Tantraphol is Joint Venture’s new Chief Development Officer

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Alisa Tantraphol has joined the Joint Venture team as Chief Development Officer, a newly created role to oversee corporate and foundation partnerships for the organization. Since 2003, Alisa has raised over $100 million for education, technology, health & human services, basic needs and the arts.

Most recently she held a similar position with Second Harvest Food Bank of Santa Clara & San Mateo Counties, where she was part of the development team that grew annual revenue from $19 million to $35 million over the course of six years.

Read more about Alisa.

Our November Spotlight

Karolyn Kirchgesler

CEO, Team San Jose and Joint Venture board member

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When Team San Jose CEO and Joint Venture board member Karolyn Kirchgesler volunteered to host the board’s quarterly meeting recently, you might say she upstaged her colleagues on the board in a way only someone in her position can.

The members found themselves not in a stark conference room, but seated center stage at the landmark California Theatre, beneath the looming crimson backdrop for Donizetti’s classic opera, “Lucia de Lammermoor.”

Read Karolyn’s profile.

Institute Report: Silicon Valley, S.F. household incomes up

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The median household income has risen to $102,000 in Silicon Valley and $92,000 in San Francisco, says a new report from Joint Venture’s Silicon Valley Institute for Regional Studies.

An Institute analysis of the U.S. Census Bureau’s 2015 American Community Survey in September shows that between 2014 and 2015, the median household income in San Mateo and Santa Clara Counties rose by one percent, or nearly $1000. During the same period, the figure in San Francisco increased more rapidly, 5.5 percent, to reach the $92,000 mark.

Read the news release.

Article of the Month

“Community Choice Energy: What is the Local Economic Impact?”

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The Center for Climate Protection has produced a new report that evaluates the potential economic benefits from local clean energy development enabled by a Community Choice Energy program. The report evaluates three potential scenarios of local clean energy purchasing as part of a San José CCE strategy to increase renewable power supplied to their customers.

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Under the scenario with the highest level of local solar deployment, the report projects more than 2,000 jobs per year will be created regionally from CCE activity, with an associated $1.25 billion of incremental economic activity over six years, from 2018 to 2023.

Learn more and download the report.

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