2017 Newsletters


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Institute launches video updates

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Joint Venture’s Silicon Valley Institute for Regional Studies has launched “Silicon Valley Updates,” a new opt-in offering that sends the latest Silicon Valley data to your mobile phone.

Powered by SmartStory Technologies and hosted by the Institute’s Senior Researcher Rachel Massaro, the short snippet videos will focus on trends of interest relating to our economy and community health.

Anyone who texts “jointventure” to 33933 on a mobile phone will receive one or two videos each week by SMS at no cost.

See how it works.

Learn more about SmartStory Technologies.

Institute Report: Peninsula job growth slows, housing crisis worsens

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Peninsula job growth has slowed over the past year, yet the housing shortage became more acute, according to a report just out from Joint Venture’s Institute for Regional Studies. The report shows housing prices (including rent) rising at a faster pace than wages.

The data, however, also shows a remarkable surge in Silicon Valley, the Bay Area and the state economy between 2012 and 2016, and there are continuing signs of new hiring. It also notes housing and transportation efforts of late.

Read the news release.

Download the report.

Edesa Bitbidal speaking

Milpitas may not be the first city that comes to mind as a hotbed of Silicon Valley for its growth in innovation, housing, shopping, recreation and entertainment, but Edesa Bitbadal is betting that it will be soon.

Bitbadal, the city’s Economic Development Director and the outgoing Chair of Joint Venture’s Silicon Valley Economic Development Alliance, certainly has Milpitas first on her list.

Read Edesa’s profile.

Congratulations to Silicon Valley Leadership Group on 40 years

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Joint Venture salutes the Silicon Valley Leadership Group for bringing solutions to our region for 40 years.

Joint Venture is pleased and proud to have partnered with the Leadership Group on a number of efforts over the years, and we look forward to more. Congratulations to their many board leaders over the decades, and to their expert staff.

Learn more about the Leadership Group.

Read a Mercury News guest opinion column about SVLG.

Marci Gordon joins staff to run surplus food initiative


Joint Venture welcomes Marci Gordon to its staff as director of our surplus food initiative, bringing with her a long career in nonprofit management and leadership, most recently with the Silicon Valley Talent Partnership.

Marci was previously chief operating officer of the UCLA Alumni Association and was senior director of the alumni board. She also served with the American Heart Association.

Read Marci’s bio.

Learn more about the surplus food initiative.

Nell Selander of San Carlos is new EDA Chair

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Nell Selander, Economic Development & Housing Manager for the City of San Carlos, became Chair of the Silicon Valley Economic Development Alliance (SVEDA) on July 1.

She succeeds Edesa Bitbadal, Economic Development Director for Milpitas, profiled in this issue of Valley Vision. During her one-year term, Selander will be assisted by Chair-elect John Lang, Economic Development Coordinator for Morgan Hill.

Learn more about SVEDA here and at SiliconValleyOnline.org.

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