2017 Newsletters


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Institute Update: Silicon Valley employment hit all-time high and pay gap widened in 2016

Yet job growth slowing this year

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Joint Venture’s Institute for Regional Studies reported that Silicon Valley’s employment level reached an all-time high of 1.62 million workers by the end of last year, but the growth is slowing and remains uneven in wage and skill levels.

In a research brief on the region’s employment trends based on the latest available government data, the Institute said Silicon Valley added 30,000 jobs during the second half of 2016, but labor force growth has stagnated since and continues slowing this year, driven by losses in Santa Clara County.

Read the news release.

Download the brief.

Joint Venture board adds Ernst & Young San Jose Managing Partner

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The Joint Venture board of directors has elected Ibi Krukrubo, Managing Partner for EY’s San Jose office, as its newest member.

Krukrubo is responsible for managing client service teams, developing staff, fostering a strong culture of exceptional client service and furthering relationships with community, government and business leaders in Silicon Valley.

Read the news release.

Joint Venture, SJSU host young adult voter workshop

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Joint Venture’s Institute for Regional Studies held an event in partnership with San Jose State University to explore young adult voter behavior and ways to increase voter turnout among those aged 18 to 35. The interactive event included live audience polling and breakout groups.

Featured speakers at the September 18 session at SJSU included Mindy Romero, Director of the California Civic Engagement Project at the Center for Regional Change at UC Davis, Matt Mahan, CEO and Co-founder of Brigade, and Dr. Mary Currin-Percival, SJSU assistant professor of political science.

See the presentation deck.

Nancy Fishman tapped to head Joint Venture Food Rescue Initiative

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Joint Venture welcomes Nancy Fishman, a psychologist, family law mediator and author long dedicated to hunger relief, as the new Director of our Silicon Valley Food Rescue Initiative.

Nancy, who holds a Ph.D. from Wayne State University, is the founder and former executive of metropolitan Detroit’s nationally recognized Forgotten Harvest food rescue program. Nancy has owned an out-patient psychiatric clinic, authored eight books, hosted a radio talk show and written a monthly column. She is also a part-time member of the San Jose State University faculty.

Read her bio.

Learn more about the Food Rescue Initiative.

Silicon Valley EDA to hold November symposium on development trends

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Joint Venture’s Economic Development Alliance is conducting a two-day symposium in November for public officials and private industry professionals on land use and policy that affects urban design, economic development, housing and transportation.

The symposium, titled “The Challenges of Growth and Change in a Dynamic Region,” includes five workshops. It is being held in collaboration with APA California Chapter–Northern Section, ICSC Northern California P3, SPUR, and ULI San Francisco November 2 and 3 in Santa Cruz.

More information and registration.

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