2017 Newsletters


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Institute Special Report

Surge in retirements to create labor force challenges

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A special report from the Silicon Valley Institute for Regional Studies found that the rapidly aging population will bring a surge of retirements by Silicon Valley workers over the next eight years, creating thousands of job vacancies that will alter the composition of the regional labor force.

The in-depth report on trends in labor force participation, “Preparing for a Silicon Valley Retirement Surge,” estimates 300,000 older workers will retire through 2025, generating high-level implications for workforce policy.

Read the news release.

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Food Rescue Initiative to launch food truck pilot program

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Joint Venture’s Silicon Valley Food Rescue Initiative steering committee has approved plans for a pilot food truck program to rescue edible prepared food that would otherwise go to waste and deliver it directly to neighborhoods with high concentrations of food insecure residents not currently utilizing other food assistance programs.

When the pilot program, dubbed “A La Carte,” has successfully met its goals, other trucks will be added to ultimately serve all of Santa Clara County.

Silicon Valley Food Rescue is looking to fund its first truck and related expenses. Donors’ names and company logos will be displayed prominently on the truck. For more information about how to contribute, contact Nancy Fishman, Executive Director of Silicon Valley Food Rescue, .

Learn more about the Food Rescue Initiative.

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A recent New York Times essay titled “Silicon Valley is Not Your Friend” suggested that some major tech companies have forgotten their altruistic principles, but you’d get an argument about that from Microsoft’s Jessica Weare.

“My role here is to bridge humanity and technology,” says Weare, Manager of Philanthropy and Civic Engagement at Microsoft in Mountain View and an active contributor to Joint Venture’s Smart Cities and Civic Technology work.

Read Jessica's profile.

Economic Development Symposium on land use and policy Nov. 2-3

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Joint Venture’s Economic Development Alliance is conducting a two-day symposium November 2-3 in Santa Cruz for public officials and private industry professionals on land use and policy that affects urban design, economic development, housing and transportation.

The symposium includes speakers from Cushman and Wakefield, JLL, TransForm, Business Cluster Development, Cat Johnson Content, NextSpace and others. The event is being held in collaboration with APA California Chapter–Northern Section, ICSC Northern California P3, SPUR, and ULI San Francisco.

More information and registration.

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Institute for Regional Studies, Grand Boulevard, SVEDA

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Did you know that three of Joint Venture’s most important initiatives have their own web sites with detailed information about our work in research, economic development and improving El Camino Real?

The Silicon Valley Institute for Regional Studies is an extensive collection of charts and data on our region’s economic and community health trends. It is continuously updated with all the latest data and provides links to local, regional and national data sources and resources for additional information.

The Silicon Valley Economic Development Alliance is a valuable resource for business needs, providing information about local government policy and permitting processes, and linking businesses to local and regional resources that add value to company innovation and growth.

The Grand Boulevard Initiative has all the details about this collaboration of 19 cities, counties, local and regional agencies that are united to improve the performance, safety and aesthetics of El Camino Real. Joint Venture is among five partner organizations guiding the work.

Joint Venture Silicon Valley provides analysis and action on issues affecting our region's economy and quality of life.

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