2017 Newsletters

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Institute Report: Silicon Valley office vacancy rates up, rents down

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Silicon Valley’s commercial office vacancy rates are up over the past three quarters despite high demand for large office space, and 11 million square feet of new commercial space is in the pipeline.

These are two key findings in the latest quarterly commercial real estate report from Joint Venture’s Silicon Valley Institute for Regional Studies in partnership with JLL Silicon Valley.

Read the news release.

Download the complete report.

Joint Venture, Sharks host event with Mark Purdy

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Joint Venture and the San Jose Sharks invite you to a special gathering with Mercury News sports columnist Mark Purdy, who has retired after 33 years with the newspaper and 50 years in journalism.

Mark will tell stories about his award-winning coverage of the global sports scene and the evolution of his craft over the years, and will take audience questions.

The event at the SAP Center September 26 is free to the first 200 people to register. It will be followed by a mixer and a no-host bar.

Register now.

Read Mark’s final column.

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You might say the need for speed is what drives Jon Walton, whether he’s at work as San Mateo County’s CIO or behind the wheel of the souped-up race car he built himself for weekends at the track.

Both require upgraded technology for maximum performance, and Walton, who also co-chairs Joint Venture’s Wireless Communications Initiative, loves the challenge as much as the outcome.

Read Jon's Profile

Smart Region steering committee begins strategy planning

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The newly-formed Smart Region Initiative Steering Committee convened a full-day workshop at the Palo Alto Art Center in August to discuss strategy and tactics for the initiative.

"Cities and counties are looking for guidance as they consider whether to pursue smart city projects, and companies are looking for insights into what the cities and counties are considering,” said David Witkowski, executive director of Joint Venture’s Civic Technology Initiatives.

Strategies considered at the meeting included ways to ensure that the region's smart city projects are human-focused and targeted towards specific municipal challenges such as transportation and public safety.

Learn more about the Smart Region Initiative.

Save the Date: 2018 State of the Valley is February 9

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It's never too soon to start planning for the next State of the Valley conference and we've already set the date for the 2018 event.

Our annual "town hall" meeting on the economic health and well-being of Silicon Valley returns to the McEnery San José Convention Center on Friday, Feb. 9, 2018, so mark your calendars now.

See a recap of last year’s event.


Silicon Valley Updates: Mobile videos on regional trends

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Have you checked out the new quick mobile videos on economic and community trends of interest from Joint Venture’s Silicon Valley Institute for Regional Studies?

“Silicon Valley Updates,” a new opt-in offering, sends the latest Silicon Valley data to your mobile phone. Text “jointventure” to 33933 on a mobile phone and you will receive one or two videos each week by SMS at no cost.

Learn more.

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