January 14, 2021 - The 17th State of the Valley conference will be an online affair, featuring a stream of experts and national figures spread over two half-days. "We were at first disappointed we can't gather in person," said Joint Venture CEO Rusell Hancock. "But we quickly realized that the online format has a huge upside: we're no longer constrained by time and space, and we can host a global audience. "The conference will feature a thorough briefing on the Silicon Valley Index, and 2020 presidential hopeful Julián Castro will cap the proceedings. There will be sessions on the region's most pressing issues, cameos by entertainers, comic relief and more.
December 18, 2020 – Silicon Valley’s unemployment rate continued its gradual decline since the pandemic-high of 11.6% in April, decreasing by a fraction (0.8) of a percentage point to 5.1% between mid-October and mid-November, according to analysis released by Joint Venture’s Institute for Regional Studies. The November data reflects month-over-month upticks in retail jobs (specifically Clothing & Clothing Accessory, and General Merchandise Stores), and restaurant/food service jobs. Impacts of November restrictions still unclear.
January 8, 2021 - As part of its ongoing effort to bridge the digital divide, the Community Broadband Initiative at Joint Venture, in partnership with the County of San Mateo, has deployed a high-speed broadband wireless network pilot program to serve East Palo Alto parks. The network will reduce monthly operating costs for local organizations, test emerging wireless technologies, and provide much-needed public Wi-Fi coverage. “Covid-19, coupled with remote work and education, has highlighted our need for connectivity.” said East Palo Alto Mayor Regina Wallace-Jones.
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Data and charts from the Silicon Valley Index (and more) are presented on an interactive website that allows users to explore Silicon Valley trends. Indicators are presented by the Institute for Regional Studies. Housed within Joint Venture Silicon Valley, the Institute provides data and analysis on issues facing dense metropolitan regions.