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Silicon Valley Talent Partnership launches City Year project

city year team August 29, 2019 - Silicon Valley Talent Partnership (SVTP) kicked off a new pro bono project with City Year San José, a national nonprofit helping students to succeed in school. City Year places AmeriCorps members in underserved schools to help improve student outcomes. In east San José, where 69% of students do not meet the state standard in math, City Year is helping those students develop the right academic behaviors to succeed. The pro bono team from Oracle will build a mentorship framework for AmeriCorps members designed to enhance their experience during their year of service at City Year. 

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Wireless blueprint bridges the “digital divide”

August 29, 2019 - Mohammad “Mo” Shakouri, Director of Joint Venture’s Community Broadband Initiative, has co-authored a publication that addresses the need for comprehensive policies that support broadband deployment in rural areas. “Rural America, Rural Economies and Rural Connectivity” provides a blueprint for connectivity solutions outside of population centers. Published by Global City Teams Challenge, the blueprint is relevant regionally as more people move away from urban centers in search of affordable housing. “Many areas in rural America continue to lag behind in broadband internet access” said Shakouri.  

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Institute Release: Demand for Commercial Space Drives Construction Boom

chartAugust 2, 2019 - Joint Venture’s Institute for Regional Studies released its second-quarter 2019 report on Silicon Valley commercial space. The total amount of office, industrial, and research and development (R&D) space under construction has continued to rise, even as new buildings have been completed. “Demand for all types of space, including office, industrial, and R&D, has driven this development and brought vacancy rates down, especially near public transit where rates are 67% higher,” said Rachel Massaro, Vice President and Director of Research.

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Data Release: Back-to-School by the Numbers

cover imageAugust 13, 2019 - Nearly 550,000 Silicon Valley students will head back to school this week and next. Joint Venture’s Institute for Regional Studies has compiled a snapshot of Silicon Valley’s educational landscape by the numbers. On average, families spend close to $700 for supplies and clothing - a hardship for 30% of Silicon Valley. Plus, of households earning less than $35,000 annually, only 75% have internet access, leaving 41,000 Silicon Valley children without internet access at home. Fifty-six percent of eighth-graders were proficient in math compared to 37% in California overall. The high school dropout rate was 8% in 2018, 2% lower than for the state. High school graduation rates increased to nearly 87% as did the share of students meeting University of California or Cal-State University entrance requirements. Read the release

Meet Radha Sharma, Verizon Wireless

Radha SharmaWill you be first in line for an autonomous vehicle? Once fifth-generation wireless technology is in place, self-driving cars are just one 5G-powered innovation that will shake up how we live and work. Experts say 5G is ushering in the Fourth Industrial Revolution.

If Radha Sharma gets her way it may be sooner than later. Sharma is Senior Manager of Municipal Engagement with Verizon Wireless and serves on the steering committee for Joint Venture’s Wireless Communications Initiative.

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Save the Date: State of the Valley 2020

September 9, 2019 - Mark your calendar for the 16th-annual State of the Valley conference February 14, 2020 at the McEnery Convention Center in San Jose. Last year a capacity crowd of Silicon Valley leaders filled the convention center for reports on the economy, trends and challenges, and a changing investment landscape. Watch for details soon!

Silicon Valley Indicators

indicators home page Comprehensive information and data about the Silicon Valley ecosystem is available at

Data and charts from the Silicon Valley Index (and more) are presented on an interactive website that allows users to explore Silicon Valley trends.

Investors Spotlight

Donors invest in Joint Venture with both general support and project-specific gifts. Support from the community enables us to provide innovative solutions to issues that confront our regional economies and quality of life. Here are just a few of our many investors:

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Joint Venture offers a variety of support and sponsorship opportunities for individuals, corporations, and public sector organizations. To inquire about becoming a member of our Investors Council, call (408) 298-9330 or visit our Become an Investor page. To see our current investors, visit our investors pages.

What is Joint Venture Silicon Valley?

Established in 1993, Joint Venture brings together Silicon Valley’s established and emerging leaders—from business, government, academia, labor and the broader community—to spotlight issues and work toward innovative solutions. In this short video see what Silicon Valley leaders have to say about the organization.

2018 Performers

Buchser Middle School Jazz Band

Santa Clara | Director: David Anderson

Buchser Jazz BandThe Award-Winning Buchser Jazz Band comprises 50 students in the 6th, 7th, & 8th grade who study music under their director and music teacher, Mr. David Ladd Anderson, (Mr. A) at Buchser Middle School in Santa Clara, California. The band has continuously received the highest marks at every Jazz Festival that they have entered in the past 20 years. The Buchser Jazz Band performs Big Band Jazz, Blues, Pop, Swing, and Latin-Jazz music at a very high level. More than 100 of the band's alumni are studying music, teaching music, and playing music as professionals. Buchser Alumni are playing in the "Tonight Show Band," Smokey Robinson's Band, Carlos Santana's Band, and many college, high school, and professional bands and combos around the country.

Learn more about Buchser Middle School Jazz Band.

Mariachi Tradicional of Alum Rock Union Elementary School District

Alum Rock

Mariachi Tradicional group photoThe Mariachi Tradicional was formed in 2002 with the goal of motivating the most advanced students in the Alum Rock Union Elementary School District’s award winning Ethnomusicology - Mariachi Program. Class levels range from 3rd to 8th grade. The majority of the students accepted into this advanced performance group have mastered at least two instruments, have excelled in stage and vocal training and can also sight-read at an advanced level. Mariachi Tradicional has performed throughout the Bay Area representing the Alum Rock Union Elementary School District and its community in the east side of San Jose, CA.

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In The News

September 12, 2019 - (The Globe and Mail) - Silicon Valley’s motor city: As big tech adds fuel to a housing crisis, poorer residents live in RVs:“I would say it’s our number one concern,” says Russell Hancock, chief executive of Joint Venture Silicon Valley. More

September 9, 2019 - (CBS Bay Area) - Critics Say Just One Woman On Forbes List Of ‘100 Most Innovative Leaders’ Sends Wrong Message: “It’s simply wrong to say that women are not innovative — that women are not achieving in the workforce and in the halls of our corporations. That would be factually incorrect and a hurtful and damaging conclusion,” said Russell Hancock, CEO of Joint Venture Silicon Valley.

September 4, 2019 - (Connect California) - Bay Area Exodus Fueled by Region’s Affordability Crisis:Joint Venture Silicon Valley’s latest Silicon Valley Index pointed out that 30% of tech talent aged 25-44 who moved to Santa Clara County in 2017 came from outside California, including countries like India and China. More

August 30, 2019 - (Mercury News) - Bay Area exodus: Thousands more fleeing region than arriving from other states. For Rachel Massaro, vice president and director of research with Joint Venture’s Silicon Valley Institute for Regional Studies, the data raises concerns about the Bay Area’s education system and untapped potential. More

August 27, 2019 - (Yahoo Finance) - Democrats Join Silicon Valley and Turn Their Backs on Hispanic Immigration, Says Immigration Lawyer: 74% of Silicon Valley employed computer and mathematical workers ages 25-44 are foreign born [citing 2016 Silicon Valley Index]. More

August 21, 2019 - (Palo Alto Online) - Palo Alto looks to business tax to fund shuttles, rail improvements: She pointed to a recent report from Joint Venture Silicon Valley showing that startups are increasingly moving to San Francisco rather than to cities in Santa Clara and San Mateo counties. More

August 18, 2019 - (This Week in Asia) - How Asian immigrants are transforming San Francisco Bay Area’s food culture: ...residents of Asian heritage account for 34 per cent of the population, up from 28 per cent in 2007, according to a report released this year by Joint Venture Silicon Valley. More

July 30, 2019 - (The Silicon Valley Voice) - Bank Of America Invests Over $550K In Local Nonprofits: nearly 40 percent of Silicon Valley students ages 5-17 receive free or reduced-price school meals, according to the 2019 Joint Venture Silicon Valley Index. More

July 24, 2019 - (KPIX -TV 5) - Justice Department Launches Antitrust Probe Of Big Tech Companies: Joint Venture CEO Russell Hancock says it remains to be seen if the anti-trust investigation could change the landscape of big tech in Silicon Valley.  More

July 17, 2019 - (KPIX TV-5) - Elon Musk Developing AI-Connected Brain Implant To ‘Secure Humanity’s Future’: Joint Venture Silicon Valley CEO Russ Hancock believes if anyone can merge human beings with artificial intelligence, it would be Musk. More

July 16, 2019 - (Energy Pages) - Rise of Energy Choice Diminishes PG&E’s Silicon Valley Market Share:Silicon Valley residents have greater access to cleaner energy compared to the rest of California and the rest of the country, says The Joint Venture Silicon Valley Institute for Regional Studies. More