2017 Newsletters


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Joint Venture and USGS partner to roll out HayWired quake scenario

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Joint Venture is actively working with the U. S. Geological Survey on its HayWired scenario, a regional disaster response plan that envisions a Magnitude 7.0 earthquake on the Hayward Fault at 4:18 p.m. next April 18 (the anniversary of the great San Francisco earthquake and fire in 1906).

Joint Venture is among eight coalition coordinators convening 60 partners from state and local governments, research organizations, non-profits and private businesses to explore how they will be affected, what information they need, and what decisions they make before and after an earthquake.

Jonathan Stock and Anne Wein of the USGS and Deputy Secretary Lynn von Koch-Liebert of the California Business, Consumer Services and Housing Agency recently outlined the project to the Joint Venture board.

Kara Gross, director of public sector climate initiatives, and David Witkowski, director of civic technology initiatives, are leading Joint Venture’s participation in the scenario.

Learn more about the HayWired scenario.

State of the Valley 2018 to explore pros, cons of economic boom

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The 2018 State of the Valley conference will feature comprehensive reports and substantive speakers on the vigorous growth of our regional economy and the consequential challenges we face.

Joint Venture's annual "town hall" meeting offers a deep dive into the Silicon Valley economy and a hard look at what the Silicon Valley Index data is telling us about where we are and what's next for the region.

The event is Friday, February 9, from 7:30 a.m. to noon at the McEnery San Jose Convention Center.

Register here!

Joint Venture board adds SJC Director of Aviation, KQED CEO

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The Joint Venture board of directors has elected John Aitken, Aviation Director of Mineta San José International Airport, and John Boland, President and CEO of KQED Public Media, as its newest members.

Aitken, appointed to his current post August 29, has been with the airport since 1993. Boland returned to KQED in 2010 after four years as the first chief content officer of the national Public Broadcasting Service (PBS).

Read the news release.

Institute Report: Silicon Valley commercial office completions in Q3 highest in more than 20 years

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More new office space was completed in Silicon Valley in the third quarter of 2017 than in any other quarter in more than two decades, the Silicon Valley Institute for Regional Studies reported.

The Institute’s latest quarterly commercial real estate report, prepared in partnership with JLL Silicon Valley, shows that 4.54 million square feet of space was completed in Q3, while average office space asking rents continued to rise.

Read the news release.

Download the complete report.

150 attend Silicon Valley EDA symposium on development trends

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Some 150 public officials and private industry professionals attended last month’s Silicon Valley Economic Development Alliance symposium on land use and policy affecting urban design, economic development, housing and transportation.

The symposium, titled “The Challenges of Growth and Change in a Dynamic Region,” included presentations on mobility management and the changing nature of retail, plus five workshops. We’ve posted all the presentations at SiliconValleyOnline.org.

See the symposium presentations.

Joint Venture experts to lead Global City Teams Challenge Public Wi-Fi SuperCluster effort

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The Global City Teams Challenge (GCTC) has selected Joint Venture experts to lead its new Wireless SuperCluster effort. GCTC, a collaborative platform for the development of smart cities and communities coordinated by National Institute of Standards and Technology (NIST), has expanded the focus of the team's mission to encompass wireless topics in general, paving the way for a multi-year effort on a variety of topics.

David Witkowski, executive director of Joint Venture's Wireless Communications Initiative, will serve as Lead Co-Chair, with Jon Walton (CIO, County of San Mateo) and Tony Batalla (CIO, City of San Leandro) serving as Co-Chairs. Topic focus for the team in 2018 will be on technologies for the Internet of Things, especially as they're applied to smart cities, with special attention to the cybersecurity and privacy aspects of those technologies.

Learn more about the GCTC Wireless SuperCluster.

Learn more about our Smart Region work.

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