2017 News

December 22, 2017 - (CBS5) - Google Considers Building 1M Square Feet of Offices in Sunnyvale: "'They want to have a handful of campuses rather instead of this sprawling development they have now,' said Russ Hancock,CEO of Joint Venture Silicon Valley. Video.

December 13, 2017 - (New Zealand Herald) - Boom and Bust: How Tech Hubs are Killing Middle America: "Last year, nearly as many people moved out of Silicon Valley — defined as Santa Clara and San Mateo counties — as moved in, according to a report by Joint Venture Silicon Valley, a civic group." More

November 28, 2017 - (KPIX5-TV) - Facebook Turns to AI to Help Prevent Suicides: "'If you’re Facebook, you can understand the position that they’re in,' said Joint Ventures Silicon Valley CEO Russ Hancock." More

November 21, 2017 - (San Jose Inside) - Local Charities Need Volunteers, Donations for Thanksgiving Drive: "The 2017 Silicon Valley Index, an annual research report by Joint Venture Silicon Valley, found that despite seven straight years of overall economic expansion, nearly a third of local families earn too little to meet basic needs." More

November 6, 2017 - (San Jose Mercury News) - Meet the Startups Fighting Bay Area's Soaring Housing Costs: "In some places in the Bay Area, only one-quarter of potential first-time buyers can afford a median-priced home, according to Joint Venture Silicon Valley, which studies the area’s economy." More

November 4, 2017 - (Palo Alto Online) - Silicon Valley has Entered a Tsunami Decade of Retirements: "The effects will be far-reaching, impacting nearly every aspect of the lives of residents and business operations, according to the 12-page report from the Silicon Valley Institute for Regional Studies." More.

October 16, 2017 - (San Francisco Chronicle) - SF Scores Victory Over Telecom Firms as Brown Vetoes Antenna-placement Bill: "David Witkowski, executive director of the wireless communications initiative at Joint Venture Silicon Valley, a nonprofit policy think tank, said Brown’s expressed desire to find a 'more balanced' way of streamlining placement regulations was a strong signal that the bill could resurface next year." More

October 10, 2017 - (San Jose Mercury News) - Danger, Road Closures Hamper Efforts to Restore Phone and Internet Service in North Bay Fire areas: "Widespread power outages contribute to loss of phone service because cell towers require electricity and smaller ones may have no generator or only an hour or two of supplemental power, said David Witkowski, a telecommunications expert with Joint Venture Silicon Valley..." More

September 27, 2017 - (San Jose Inside) - Pricey Mistakes...Color San Jose's Google Negotiations: "As prophesied by regional business coalitions such as Joint Venture Silicon Valley and the Silicon Valley Leadership Group, wealth proliferated in the aspiring tech capital." More

September 25, 2017 - (WiFiNow) - Blueprint: How to Build a Successful City Wi-Fi Network: "The report is the result of a US-wide collaboration between cities called ‘Global City Teams Challenge’ headed up by wireless veteran David Witkowski of Joint Venture Silicon Valley as editor." More.

September 18, 2917 - (California Patch) - Job Growth Slows in Silicon Valley: "According to Joint Venture Silicon Valley, government data showed that the region added 30,000 jobs in the second half of 2016, but losses in Santa Clara County this year have stopped growth." More

September 16, 2017 - (San Jose Mercury News) - Sal Pizarro: Talking Sports: "If you’ve been missing Mark Purdy, Joint Venture Silicon Valley has just the event for you on Sept. 26." More

September 16, 2017 - (The Daily Journal) - Redwood Oaks a Quiet Community Amid Change: "Plans still in the works such as the Grand Boulevard Initiative, which aim to reorganize businesses and transit on El Camino Real ..." More.

September 1, 2017 - (The Daily Caller) - Hundreds Of Big Tech CEOs Speak Out Against Trump’s Potential DACA Decision: "Roughly 37 percent of the Silicon Valley region is foreign born, according to a report by the Institute for Regional Studies." More

August 27, 2017 - (Daily Beast) - Trump Damaged Democracy, Silicon Valley Will Finish it Off: "Between 2009 and 2011, earnings dropped 18 percent for blacks in the Valley and by 5 percent for Latinos, according to a 2013 Joint Venture Silicon Valley report." More.

August 23, 2017 - (san Jose Mercury News) - Silicon Valley Office Market Falters While Subleases Surge: "Despite the trend, developers have stuffed the pipeline with a considerable amount of proposed new office projects in Santa Clara County and nearby areas, according to the report released by the Silicon Valley Institute for Regional Studies and JLL." More.

August 15, 2017 - (The Enterprisers Project) - Why CIOs Should Make Time for Silicon Valley Trips: "A recent report from the Institute for Regional Studies found that 74 percent of Silicon Valley-employed computer and mathematical workers ages 25-44 were born outside the United States. More.

August 2, 2017 - (Mondaq) - California Economy Booming: Joint Venture Silicon Valley President and CEO Russ Hancock provided input for the (SPUR) article. More.

July 27, 2017 - (San Francisco Chronicle) - Facebook Cafeteria Workers Living in Garage with 3 Kids: What it Says About Silicon Valley Living: According to the 2016 Joint Venture Silicon Valley Institute report, in 2015 Silicon Valley created more than 64,000 jobs but only 5,000 housing units. More.

July 22, 2017 - (Palo Alto Online) - Peninsula Economy Labor Growth Stalled: "...job growth has slowed and growth in the labor force has stopped, according to a July update by the Silicon Valley Institute for Regional Studies." More.

July 21, 2017 - (Sfist) - Apartment Sadness: Outer Richmond Carpeted Gem, $2800/Mo: "...the Silicon Valley Institute for Regional Studies, (reports) that while wages have risen 2.8 percent a year on average in Santa Clara, San Mateo, and San Francisco Counties, rental housing prices have gone up an average of 9 percent a year in the same period from 2011 to 2016. More.

July 20, 2017 - (Sacramento Bee) - If Silicon Valley is the Knowledge Work Capital of the World, Why Does it Have So Many Lousy Jobs?: "At the top of the economy, according to theSilicon Valley Institute for Regional Studies, are some 335,000 people in highly skilled occupations..." More

July 18, 2017 - (NBC Bay Area) - Silicon Valley Wages Can't Keep Up With Housing Prices: "Numbers crunched by the Silicon Valley Institute for Regional Studies found that the median apartment rent price in Silicon Valley rose 45.2 percent between 2011 and 2016." More

July 17, 2017 - (San Jose Mercury News) - Bay Area Rent Increases Leave Wage Gains in the Dust: "Over the same stretch, the cost of rental housing has jumped by an average of roughly 9 percent annually, the report by the Silicon Valley Institute stated." More

July 17, 2017 - (The Daily Good) - Google Says it Doesn't Have a Gender Pay Gap: "A 2015 report by Joint Venture Silicon Valley (PDF) found that 'men in Silicon Valley earn up to 61% more than their female peers.'” More.

June 22, 2017 - (Morgan Hill Times) - Our Town: Let Innovation Grow: "...the organizers brought in one of those people that makes a living recognizing innovation and trends, and has mountains of statistics to prove we lead the world in innovation: Russell Hancock." More

June 9, 2017 - (Morgan Hill Times) - Entrepreneurs Win Big at Morgan Hill Disrupt Forum: "Reed Hastings, co-founder of Netflix, is a 'perfect example' of someone who is “disrupting the business model,' explained Joint Venture Silicon Valley President Russell Hancock." More

June 1, 2017 - (KPIX-5) - Watch Silicon Valley's Latest Vision for Personal Flying Vehicles: "It's a sign that the 'future is here,' Russell Hancock, president and CEO of Joint Venture Silicon Valley, told CBS San Francisco. Video.

May 31, 2017 - (Silicon Valley Business Journal) - Yes, Silicon Valley Sides with Democrats. But Does That Make It 'Extremely Liberal'?: "What is new is a study done by Joint Venture Silicon Valley and GrassrootsLab that looks at the political makeup of local elected officials." More

May 26, 2017 - (Palo Alto Online) - Guest Opinion by Russell Hancock: With Ideal Climate and Landscape, Why Aren't We Biking?": The four cities and their managers are members of the Managers Mobility Partnership facilitated by the organization I lead, Joint Venture Silicon Valley. More.

May 15, 2017 - (San Jose Mercury News) - Stanford Pays $130 Million for Los Altos Apartments: “'This shows how serious this problem is,' said Russell Hancock, president of Joint Venture Silicon Valley." More.

April 25, 2017 - (CBS5-TV) - New Flying Car Prototype Takes to the Air: "Russell Hancock of Joint Venture Silicon Valley says don’t laugh at this prototype. 'Don’t forget, they laughed at Orville and Wilbur Wright.'" Video

April 24, 2017 - (Realtor.com) - Silicon Valley Shakeup: These are the Next Top Tech Towns: "The sky-high prices may explain why the number of folks moving to the region dropped by 27% from 2012 to 2015, according to the latest data from the think tank Joint Venture Silicon Valley." More

April 20, 2017 - (Globe and Mail) - Trump's Visa Order Met with Mixed Reaction from U.S. Tech: "That drop in applications could be seen as a worrying sign that Mr. Trump’s anti-immigration rhetoric has already put a chill on demand from foreign job applicants, said Russell Hancock, chief executive officer of Joint Venture Silicon Valley, a regional think tank." More

April 19, 2017 - (San Jose City College Times) - How to End Up with the Hours of Commute in the Bay Area: "...a study from the the Silicon Valley Institute for Regional Studies showed that among the commuters on Santa Clara and San Mateo County, 74% drive single, 10% share the drive, only 6% were using public transportation." More.

April 14, 2017 - (Silicon Valley Business Journal) - Report: Silicon Valley CRE Markets Starting to Cool: "Though vacancy rates and asking rent prices in Silicon Valley aren’t necessarily bad today, they’re noticeably changed in the first quarter of 2017 from last year’s numbers, according to research released Friday by Silicon Valley Institute for Regional Studies, a research and analysis arm of Joint Venture Silicon Valley." More.

April 12, 2017 - (San Jose Mercury News) - Bay Area Companies Rank Among Highest Paying in USA: "'Tech companies have to pay a lot because it’s so expensive to live here in the Bay Area,”'said Russell Hancock, chief executive officer of San Jose-based Joint Venture Silicon Valley, a private-public partnership." More

April 10, 2017 - (Fast Company) - A Solution for the Bay Area's Traffic Woes: "Joint Venture Silicon Valley (JVSV), a nonprofit dedicated to identifying and solving the region’s issues, has been grappling with the traffic dilemma for years, and it’s now landed on a fairly radical but very comprehensive solution." More.

April 7, 2017 - (Your Story) - Why an Increasing Number of Silicon Valley Workers are Looking Elsewhere for Their Next Job: "In fact, a report by the non-profit Joint Venture Silicon Valley stated that the region's economic inequality continues to grow and that its infrastructure is grossly inadequate." More

April 3, 2017 - (Planetizen) - Can Silicon Valley Work for Bikes?: Created by Joint Venture Silicon Valley, the Silicon Valley Bicycle Coalition, and Nelson\Nygaard, the report benefited from sponsorship from Google, Facebook, and Stanford University. More

March 29 - (Urgent Communications) - Education is Key for Wireless Technology to Advance, Speaker Says: "David Witkowski, executive director of Joint Venture Silicon Valley, a non-profit that provides a neutral forum for collaborative thinking and leadership from both the public and private sectors, says there are a number of reasons cities haven’t yet fully embraced wireless coverage." More.

March 27, 2017 - (San Jose Mercury News) - Guest Editorial: How to Get More People Riding the Bikes We Love (Russell Hancock and Shiloh Ballard): "The Mercury News’ Scott Herhold pondered this question in his recent column, spurred by the release of “Silicon Valley Bike Vision,” a report from our two organizations." More

March 22, 2017 - (Next City) - Fast Company Names 12 “World Changing Ideas” From Chicago to the Bay Area: "The winner in the transportation category is a plan called Bay Area Fair Value Commuting, developed by Joint Venture Silicon Valley, a nonprofit that helped put together this new report laying out a vision for a better bike network in that region." More

March 22, 2017 - (San Jose Mercury News) - Scott Herhold: Bike to Work? Why Commuters Say No: "The accident made me shun bicycling for nearly a decade. And it’s given me sympathy for one of the central findings of a new report on bicycling put out by Joint Venture and the Silicon Valley Bicycle Coalition." More

March 21, 2017 - (Next City) - Silicon Valley Has a Plan for Building a “Stress-Free” Bike Network: "The report, Silicon Valley Bike Vision, comes from a number of organizations and heavy-hitters: Joint Venture Silicon Valley, the Silicon Valley Bicycle Coalition and Nelson\Nygaard Consulting Associates..." More

March 13, 2017 - (The Atlantic) - In Pricey Silicon Valley, Teachers Scramble for Housing: "About 21 percent of people who have jobs in Silicon Valley live outside of the area, and about 5 percent endure mega-commutes of more than 90 minutes one-way, according to the Silicon Valley Institute for Regional Studies." More

March 6, 2017 - (KPIX-TV) - Restrictions on H-1B Visas Could Take Toll on Silicon Valley: “'Legal immigration is altogether different thing and Silicon Valley is built upon the premise of people coming here legally and pursing a path to innovation, entrepreneurship and prosperity,' said Russell Hancock, CEO of Joint Venture Silicon Valley." Video.

February 18, 2017 - (Viodi TV) - From Connected Smart City to Smart Region: "Speaking at Joint Venture’s 2017 State of the Valley Conference (SOV2017), (David) Witcowski provides an overview of the Joint Venture’s newly formed Smart Region Initiative." More.

February 17, 2017 -(Silicon Valley Business Journal) - Silicon Valley Companies Like Google Have a Growing Stake in Biking Infrastructure: "But the Valley has obvious challenges associated with increasing bike ridership, chief among them infrastructure, according to a new report released Friday by nonprofit Joint Venture Silicon Valley and the Silicon Valley Bicycle Coalition." More.

February 17, 2017 - (Palo Alto Online) - Report: More People leaving Silicon Valley Than Coming In: Healthy Job Growth Resulting in Housing Shortages, Worsening Traffic: "That's the overarching message of the 2017 Silicon Valley Index, a comprehensive look at the region that the nonprofit Joint Venture Silicon Valley released Thursday morning." More

February 17, 2017 - (San Jose Mercury News) - The Future of Cars - Connected, Electric and Shared: "Joint Venture President Russell Hancock said that the average commuting time for the region’s workers has crept up since 2005. Workers now lose 35 hours annually due to congestion." More.

February 16, 2017 - (Silicon Valley Business Journal) - Silicon Valley Economy Took a Pause in 2016, but There's No 'Bubble Bursting,' Report says: "The Bay Area's economy — from Silicon Valley up to San Francisco — took a breather in 2016, with several key indicators dropping from 2015 but still showing long-term gains, according to the newly released 2017 Silicon Valley Index." More

February 16, 2017 - (San Jose Mercury News) - Silicon Valley Economy Slows, but Still Grows: "'We are driving a race car, but instead of driving at 120 miles an hour, maybe we’re going at 110 miles an hour. But we still are in a race car,' said Russell Hancock, chief executive officer of Joint Venture Silicon Valley." More

February 14, 2017 - (Mountain View Voice) - Cities United for Midpeninsula Bike Route: "In recent days, elected leaders at each of the four cities signed up for the project, which is being called the Managers Mobility Partnership Effort." More

February 7, 2017 - (Central Valley Business Times) - More Than 1/3 of Businesses May be Impacted by Travel Ban: "About two-thirds of the workers in computer and mathematical professions in the California-based tech industry were born outside the U.S., according to the Silicon Valley Institute for Regional Studies." More

February 4, 2017 - (San Jose Mercury News) - Thousands Rally Against Trump Immigration Ban: "Nearly two-thirds of workers in science, technology and math fields in Silicon Valley were born abroad, according to statistics from the Joint Venture Silicon Valley." More

February 3, 2017 - (KPIX-TV) - Chariot Ride-Hailing Service Featured Ford's Super Bowl Ad, Future Tech Plans: "'This makes sense for established companies especially ones from outside Silicon Valley that want to have a toehold here,' said Russell Hancock, CEO and President of Joint Venture Silicon Valley." Video.

January 31, 2017 - (Mass Transit Magazine) - Smart Cities Council and Joint Venture Silicon Valley Join Forces to Advance Smart Communities: "Smart Cities Week Silicon Valley will bring together city leaders and technology innovators to explore incoming trends and disruptive technologies for smart cities." More

January 30, 2017 - (KPIX-TV) - Tech vs. Trump: Joint Venture CEO Russell Hancock: "Tech is the engine that drives the California economy." Video.

January 30, 2017 - (San Jose Mercury News) - Trump Executive Order on H-1B Visas Reportedly in the Works: "About two-thirds of computer and mathematical workers were born outside the U.S., according to the Silicon Valley Institute for Regional Studies." More

January 23, 2017 - (San Jose Mercury News) - H-1B Visa Program Faces Uncertain Future in Trump Era: About two-thirds of the workers in computer and mathematical professions were born outside the U.S., according to the Silicon Valley Institute for Regional Studies." More.

January 17, 2017 - (Silicon Beat) - Lyft Co-founders: Carpooling, Smart Lanes Will End Traffic Woes: "...a recent study by Joint Venture Silicon Valley’s Institute for Regional Studies showed that in Santa Clara and San Mateo counties, only 10 percent of workers carpool." More

January 17, 2017 - (The Economist Films) - The Agenda: People Power, the Rise of Populism and What Lies Behind It: Quotes from Joint Venture CEO Russell Hancock. Video.

January 4, 2017 - (KCBS Radio) - Live interview with Joint Venture Wireless Communications Initiative co-chair Jon Walton on efforts to improve wireless network coverage. Audio.

January 3, 2017 - (San Jose Mercury News) - Study: Uber, Lyft Car Services Could Reduce Traffic by 75 Percent: "Silicon Valley workers who live outside the region spend an average of 113 minutes a day in their cars, according to a November study released by Joint Venture Silicon Valley’s Institute for Regional Studies." More.

January 2, 2017 - (Peninsula Daily Journal) - The Future of a Grand Boulevard: Streetscape Eases Fow on El Camino Real in San Carlos: "A San Carlos streetscape project caught the attention of those working on the Grand Boulevard Initiative, a regional effort to improve the otherwise desolate stretch of thoroughfare connecting cities across the Peninsula. More.

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