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What is Joint Venture Silicon Valley?

Established in 1993, Joint Venture brings together Silicon Valley’s established and emerging leaders—from business, government, academia, labor and the broader community—to spotlight issues and work toward innovative solutions. In this short video see what Silicon Valley leaders have to say about the organization.

What's Happening Now

Institute unveils new Equity Metrics Dashboard

August 16, 2022Joint Venture’s Institute for Regional Studies has made a key addition to its Silicon Valley Indicators website, a comprehensive collection of longitudinal data and other resources measuring community health. Now live, the Equity Metrics Dashboard is a resource to better understand our region’s race and ethnicity disparities. The dashboard was created in collaboration with the Silicon Valley Community Foundation’s Equity Forward partnership. The new dashboard presents indicators showing demographics, physical and financial wellbeing (education, employment and housing), leadership and voice, safety, and connection to one’s community.

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Ciara Low named program manager for food recovery

August 15, 2022 - Joint Venture’s food recovery initiative has added Ciara Low, to manage a county-wide program Joint Venture is tapped to lead. Low most recently served as Regional Food Systems Coordinator for the Safe & Abundant Nutrition Alliance in Colorado and co-founded UpRoot Colorado. “I am thrilled to welcome Ciara who brings a wealth of experience to the table,” said Robin Franz Martin, executive director of the initiative. “Her work will reduce our county's climate footprint and feed those most in need.”

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Santa Clara County awards new research funding to Institute

August 16, 2022 - Joint Venture’s Institute for Regional Studies is the recipient of two research grants from the County of Santa Clara via Supervisor Susan Ellenberg’s office that will illuminate critical issues of financial wellbeing and mental health support services. The first grant funds a project modeling the impact of Guaranteed Basic Income (GBI) on Silicon Valley families. Using the model, analysts will run comparisons by racial and ethnic group, citizenship status, educational attainment, family composition, and more. The second grant funds a study of the capacity of local higher-education institutions to train mental health and substance abuse treatment professionals.

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Silicon Valley unemployment edges upward to 2.2%

cover imageJuly 25, 2022 – The unemployment rate in the Silicon Valley region increased to 2.2% in June, which was higher than the rate in both April and May. Silicon Valley employers decreased their workforce by just over 4,600 employees between mid-May and mid-June, while the labor force increased just slightly (+900 individuals) in the same time frame. The total labor force in the region is still over 44,000 below the February 2020 level. “Seasonal cycles have meant that declining jobs in Educational Services and Local and State Government Education have contributed to the growth in the unemployment rate in Silicon Valley,” said Ryan Young, Research Manager for BW Research and an affiliated researcher at the Institute.

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SB 917 stymied at Appropriations

August 15, 2022 - Senate Bill 917, co-sponsored by Joint Venture, was halted at Appropriations Committee on August 11 and will not move on for an Assembly vote. The initiatives it set deadlines for — fare integration, integrated wayfinding, a connected network plan, and real-time data — are all still in the works. Sources indicate that the bill added momentum for fare integration initiatives such as Clipper BayPass, the MTC/BART payment system, a two-year pilot program to study the impact of a single pass that will provide some 50,000 Bay Area residents free access to all bus, rail and ferry services in the nine-county region.

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Meet Kara Gross

August 15, 2022 - At Joint Venture, Kara is Director of Public Sector Climate Initiatives and Executive Director of the Silicon Valley Economic Development Alliance (SVEDA). And recently, she  stepped up to serve as Chief Program Officer, a critical role to help guide Joint Venture’s array of initiatives. When someone has been with an organization 15 years, that’s the definition of a good fit. So it is with Kara Gross, who has logged more time with Joint Venture Silicon Valley than any staff member save CEO Russell Hancock. What makes this individual and this non-profit an effective pairing? She believes in local government as a force for good and an effective means towards greater equality and a healthier environment.

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Silicon Valley Indicators

indicators home page Comprehensive information and data about the Silicon Valley ecosystem is always available at

Data and charts from the Silicon Valley Index (and more) are presented on an interactive website that allows users to explore Silicon Valley trends. Indicators are presented by the Institute for Regional Studies. Housed within Joint Venture Silicon Valley, the Institute provides data and analysis on issues facing dense metropolitan regions.

Investors Spotlight

Donors invest in Joint Venture with both general support and project-specific gifts. Support from the community enables us to provide innovative solutions to issues that confront our regional economies and quality of life. Here are just a few of our many investors:

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Joint Venture offers a variety of support and sponsorship opportunities for individuals, corporations, and public sector organizations. To inquire about becoming a member of our Investors Council, call (408) 298-9330 or visit our Become an Investor page. To see our current investors, visit our investors pages.

Amazon Smile: Support Joint Venture while you shop

Amazon Smile logoJoint Venture is participating in the AmazonSmile program. Every time you shop at, a portion of your sales (0.5%) goes to support our work. AmazonSmile is a simple and automatic way for you to support Joint Venture every time you shop, at no cost to you. When you shop at, you’ll find the exact low prices, vast selection, and convenient shopping experience as, with the added bonus that Amazon will donate a portion of the purchase price to support Joint Venture’s work in your community.

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Palo Alto Business and Economic Activity report coverJuly 20, 2020 - Joint Venture’s Institute for Regional Studies has completed a quantitative assessment of Palo Alto’s businesses and economic activity. Commissioned by Stanford University prior to the onset of the COVID-19 crisis, the special report provides detailed information about the city’s existing business mix, an assessment of the existing impact of the city’s businesses to overall economic activity, and contributions to tax revenues.

The report exemplifies the economic impact modeling capabilities of the Institute, which have recently been expanded to include both Santa Clara and San Mateo Counties.

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In The News

August 5, 2022 - (San Jose Spotlight) - Silicon Valley sees slight uptick in unemployment: A report by Joint Venture Silicon Valley shows unemployment rates increased by 0.4% in Santa Clara and San Mateo counties More

July 28, 2022 - (San Jose Spotlight) - How many jobs does it take to pay rent in San Jose? “There is no family who can sustain themselves on minimum wage...,” Rachel Massaro, vice president and director of research of Joint Venture Silicon Valley...More

July 27, 2022 - (Courthouse News Service) - Twitter the latest tech company to cut office in San Francisco, nixing plans to expand to Oakland: Russell Hancock, CEO of Joint Venture Silicon Valley, said...More

July 26, 2022 - (San Jose Spotlight) - Survey says San Jose #1 for millennials. Experts disagree.: A Joint Venture Silicon Valley report also found “shocking wealth disparity” with the top quarter of Silicon Valley earners ...More

July 26, 2022 - (Silicon Valley Business Journal) - Unemployment rose in Silicon Valley for the first time in five months: the jobless rate for the region including Santa Clara and San Mateo counties hit 2.2% last month from 1.8% in May according to the Silicon Valley Institute for Regional Studies. More

July 22, 2022 - (Mercury News) - Bay Area powers to biggest job gains in three months but California falters: Overall, the job trends in the Bay Area point to both hopeful and troubling signs for the region’s economy, said Russell Hancock, president of Joint Venture Silicon Valley...More

July 22, 2022 - (Silicon Valley Business Journal) - It Sure Ain't Worth What it Used to Be: ...small businesses is affected not just by government regulation, inflation or supply chain costs, but the health of the region's dominant tech industry, said Russell Hancock, CEO of Joint Venture Silicon Valley. More

July 21, 2022 - (California 18) - Silicon Valley: The Highest Paying Companies in the U.S. Region in 2021 - San Francisco Chronicle reported that according to an annual report by Joint Venture Silicon Valley, a non-profit company, it found that 25% of Silicon Valley’s population holds 92% of the region’s wealth. More

July 3, 2022 - (Mercury News) - Rare vortex of economic troubles descends on Bay Area residents, businesses: Though rising consumer prices are often accompanied by increases in wages, such raises are rarely distributed equally across income levels, said Russell Hancock, CEO of think tank Joint Venture Silicon Valley. More

June 29, 2022 - (Mercury News) - Adina Levin founded the nonprofit Seamless Bay Area in March 2020 to try to unify different forms of transit across the region. More

June 24, 2022 - (Streets Blog) - BART Endorses Fare Integration, Ferry for Western Alameda: Seamless Bay Area...scored a major victory Thursday when the BART Board unanimously voted to endorse Senate Bill 917 More

June 20, 2022 - (San Jose Spotlight) - Inequity in Silicon Valley persists for people of color: “The data speaks for itself, and it says that we have profound disparities that are getting worse, not better,” Russell Hancock, CEO of Joint Venture Silicon Valley...More

June 17, 2022 - (Mercury News) - Bay Area, California both gain jobs in May, but slowdown intensifies: Companies are anxious to hire workers, but prospective employees aren’t necessarily rushing to apply for jobs, said Russell Hancock, president of Joint Venture Silicon Valley...More

June 17, 2022 - (Mountain View Voice) - I would like to support a new business tax: were sent an analysis by Joint Venture Silicon Valley's research group comparing your proposed tax with those in neighboring cities. More

June 15, 2022 - (MarketWatch) - From Great Resignation to Forced Resignation: Tech companies are shifting to layoffs after a huge ramp up in hiring - The market cap aggregate of about 300 publicly traded tech companies is at its lowest now...says Rachel Massaro, vice president of research at the Silicon Valley Institute for Regional Studies. More

June 15, 2022 - (Slash Gear) - Inside The End Of Silicon Valley's Dynasty: Joint Venture Silicon Valley and the Institute for Regional Studies (opens as a PDF) say Silicon Valley spans four counties, Santa Clara, San Mateo, Alameda, and Santa Cruz. More