May 11, 2022 – Silicon Valley’s largest tech companies may have overcome pandemic-related setbacks in their return-to-office planning, according to Joint Venture’s Institute for Regional Studies, in partnership with JLL Silicon Valley in their Q1 Silicon Valley Commercial Space report. Notably, Apple, Google, and Meta have implemented return-to-office programs, signaling a near-normal level of in-office operations. “We’ve seen a dramatic rebound of local Flex/R&D space in the first quarter, with considerable declines in both vacancy and total availability,” said JLL’s Northern California Director of Research, Alexander Quinn.
May 13, 2022 - Joint Venture mourns the passing of Norman Yoshio Mineta, former San José mayor and U.S. Secretary of Transportation. The first Asian American to lead a major city in the United States and an advocate for public transit, his legacy and committed leadership will forever be an inspiration to the people of this community. “Mr. Mineta was a guiding light, a friend, and a champion of Joint Venture,” said CEO Russell Hancock. “We extend our condolences to his family.”
May 16, 2022 - Senate Bill 917, a bill requiring the Bay Area’s transit agencies to work together, was passed unanimously by the Senate Transportation Committee April 26. Sponsored by Joint Venture’s strategic partner Seamless Bay Area, the bill will require transit providers to adopt a Coordinated Network Plan and is expected to reach the Appropriations Committee May 19.
May 13, 2022 - US Ignite, a nonprofit organization that helps communities accelerate smart city initiatives, has tapped into the expertise of Joint Venture’s Mo Shakouri, Director of Community Broadband for smart city efforts nationwide. In a recently-published article, “CBRS networks, what you need to know,” Shakouri shines a light on the merits of Citizens Broadband Radio Service (CBRS) technology. Shakouri cites Citizens Broadband Radio Service (CBRS) technology as a way to expand internet access and reach unserved areas.
May 13, 2022 - Joint Venture’s Building Back Better initiative, now known as “Lighthouse,” convened over 70 leaders for a systematic exploration of Guaranteed Basic Income proposals (GBI) and how they could be implemented in Silicon Valley. GBI, which would provide recurring payments to a targeted group of individuals and families to help meet basic needs, has gained momentum after the pandemic exposed just how many Valley residents are not self-sufficient. The Bridge to Recovery network within Lighthouse envisions piloting GBI as a strategic initiative.
May 13, 2022 - “You cannot care who gets the credit,” says Michael Fox, Jr. as he describes his role as CEO of Goodwill Silicon Valley, a $60 million-a-year nonprofit dedicated to workforce creation, vocational training, and environmental stewardship. “It’s about achieving the vision and not caring who gets the credit.” Fox has had a front-row seat to the evolution of Silicon Valley and was raised by a family that is noted for its commitment to community service.
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