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SVEDA hosts 3rd-annual conference November 14 & 15 in Santa Cruz

SVEDA logoOctober 21, 2019 - The Silicon Valley Economic Development Alliance - SVEDA - will hold its 3rd-annual regional conference in Santa Cruz November 14 and 15. Join economic development professionals from across the region for insight on pressing issues such as housing, taxation, AI, and business resiliency. SVEDA is committed to addressing business needs through local government policy, streamlined permitting processes, and linking businesses to local and regional resources that add value to company innovation and growth.

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Q3 Commercial Space Report released

report coverOctober 18, 2019 – Joint Venture’s Institute for Regional Studies today released its third-quarter 2019 report on Silicon Valley commercial space. New data shows that year-to-date completions have already exceeded 2018 totals. With 13 million square feet of commercial space under construction, the numbers were only slightly lower than the 19-year high of the previous quarter and indicative of a resurgence of R&D development within the region.

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Rachel Massaro talks Silicon Valley exodus

October 18, 2019 - Rachel Massaro, Vice President & Director of Research at Joint Venture's Institute for Regional Studies, appeared on Valley Politics with Terry Christensen. The topic is what is being described as an "exodus" from Silicon Valley. Forty-four percent of Bay Area residents say they’re thinking about leaving the area. Rachel quotes the Silicon Valley Index, "For the third year in a row, people are moving out of Silicon Valley nearly as quickly as they are moving in. Between July 2015 and July 2018 (over a three-year period), the region gained 61,977 foreign immigrants, but lost 64,318 residents to other parts of California and the United States." Watch the interview

Institute Names Margaret O’Mara Distinguished Fellow

Margaret O’Mara speakingOctober 18, 2019 - Joint Venture has named Margaret O’Mara a Distinguished Fellow at the Institute for Regional Studies, its research arm. Considered one of Silicon Valley’s foremost expositors, O’Mara is the Howard & Frances Keller Endowed Professor at the University of Washington and a contributing opinion writer at The New York Times. An award-winning historian, she recently published a history of the Valley that is being hailed as definitive, The Code: Silicon Valley and the Remaking of America (Penguin Press, 2019.

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Talent Partnership lands Wells Fargo grant, launches Oracle project

team members meeting at white boardOctober 21, 2019 -Wells Fargo Bank has awarded a $15,000 community grant to Joint Venture’s Silicon Valley Talent Partnership (SVTP). Funds will be used to support SVTP’s work connecting pro bono consultants to community projects. As part of its endeavors, SVTP has matched a team of talented volunteers from Oracle to the NOVAworks Foundation (NOVA). The Oracle team will develop a strategic fundraising plan for NOVA, to bolster the group’s programs aiding Bay Area job seekers.

Do you have a project idea? Would you like to be a pro bono consultant? Or would you like to support SVTP financially?
Visit jointventure.org/svtp.

Meet John Lang, economic development manager, Morgan Hill

October 21, 2019 - “Local government doesn't always do a good job of communicating to the public what we do,” says John Lang, economic development manager for Morgan Hill and chair of Joint Venture’s Silicon Valley Economic Development Alliance (SVEDA). Lang is working to upend that paradigm in Morgan Hill, a city of 45,000 at the southern tip of Silicon Valley. In this relatively smaller town, Lang and staff can shepherd business owners through layers of processes with what he calls “a warm hand off” between city departments.

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Save the Date: State of the Valley 2020

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!

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Silicon Valley Indicators

indicators home page Comprehensive information and data about the Silicon Valley ecosystem is available at www.siliconvalleyindicators.org.

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:

TDA Group logo Technology Credit Union logo city of Portola Valley logo

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.

Community Renewables Development Project

Why This Matters

Ensuring access to renewable energy is a key part of promoting climate prosperity in the Silicon Valley region. Until recently, consumers interested in renewable energy had only one option: they had to finance and maintain their own energy generation system. But community-owned renewable energy makes it possible for utilities to provide renewable energy from a single generation site to a multitude of customers in a community.

In addition to expanding access to renewable energy and thereby reducing greenhouse gas emissions in Silicon Valley, community solar would also increase supply by facilitating local generation. Although remote generation still provides broad environmental benefits, local generation supports local jobs, fosters community engagement and identity, and results in an energy procurement program tailored to the region.

How It Works

Community renewable energy ensures that both commercial and residential energy customers can purchase energy that would best meet their needs, as interested customers would be able to non-participating customers could rest assured that hidden costs would not drive up their energy bill.

flow chart showing how community renewable energy works

While the specifics of community renewable procurement could take many different forms, generally a plant owner sells energy via a power purchase agreement (PPA) to an energy offtaker, usually a utility such as Pacific Gas and Electric (PG&E). The utility would then offer renewable energy produced by the plant to residential and commercial customers under a subscription program. Customers in the program would agree to pay a specified rate for renewable energy, called a Green Tariff. Although high customer affinity generally increases participation in green tariff programs, as residents are more likely to pay more for energy that has a greater visibility and positive impact on their community, remote generation of renewable energy is also possible under this structure. Community renewables grant local leaders the ability to customize a renewable energy procurement program that best fits the needs of their constituency.

SEEDZ Involvement

SEEDZ is currently tracking the California Public Utilities Commission’s rulemaking process for SB 43 “Green Tariff/Shared Renewables Program,” which represents the first opportunity for shared renewable energy development. By allowing customers to buy 100% renewable energy, procured within the territory, directly from the energy offtaker. SEEDZ continues to follow the debate over ratepayer indifference while promoting customer affinity and local generation by meeting with selected parties.

Prior to the passage of SB 43, SEEDZ collaborated with the City of Sunnyvale to produce the Sunnyvale Community Solar Array Development, a study analyzing the feasibility of implementing a 3 MW shared array within city limits. City staff identified either a landfill site or a wastewater treatment pond as potential locations for a mid-sized solar plant. The City Council reviewed the study in late November, and referred the project for further analysis, which will be heavily influenced by the ongoing SB 43 rulemaking process.

In The News

October 18, 2019 - (San Jose Spotlight) - Report: Downtown San Jose businesses move northward as tech keeps Bay Area market hot.  The report, released Friday by Joint Venture Silicon Valley Institute for Regional Studies ...shows that commercial development is going strong along the Peninsula and in Silicon Valley, with 13 million square feet under construction, a 19-year high, according to the report.  More

October 18, 2019 - (Palo Alto Online) - Peninsula cities, companies explore partnership to tackle traffic congestion: Launched by Joint Venture Silicon Valley, the series sought to bring all the parties together to exchange knowledge about transportation-demand management... More

October 16, 2019 - (KPIX CBS TV) - Salesforce CEO Says Facebook Is 'Like Cigarettes,' Should Be Broken Up: "We have a long-standing tradition of breaking up monopolies in this country," said Russell Hancock, CEO of Joint Venture Silicon Valley. More

October 15, 2019 - (CBS News) - #DeleteFacebook trends after report Zuckerberg secretly dined with conservatives: Russell Hancock, President and CEO of Joint Venture Silicon Valley, said it would take time to figure out if the hashtag had any impact on Facebook. More

October 14, 2019 - (Stanford Daily) - Students recover 1,000 pounds of leftover food from Stanford Stadium concessions: ...A La Carte, launched last year as a pilot program between Stanford and Joint Venture Silicon Valley, a local nonprofit which analyzes the impact of local public- and private-sector projects. More

October 11, 2019 - (Mountain View Voice) - Mountain View lays out $81 million plan for El Camino Real: More than 15 years ago, the nonprofit think tank Joint Venture Silicon Valley urged Peninsula cities to seize a "golden opportunity" by harnessing the demand for redevelopment to transform El Camino Real into an urban neighborhood corridor.  More

September 28, 2019 - (Detroit Free Press) - GM strike is a surprising modern test of the power of workers versus corporations:“We don’t have big factories in Silicon Valley where people are punching time cards and doing grueling physical labor,” said Russell Hancock, president and CEO of Joint Venture Silicon Valley. More