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Dan Rather to Keynote State of the Valley

January 13, 2020 - Broadcast news icon Dan Rather will provide the keynote for Joint Venture’s 2020 State of the Valley conference on Friday, February 14 at the San Jose McEnery Convention Center. 

“Mr. Rather is going to have extremely interesting things to say about how the Valley is shaping national trends. I think we can also count on him for some blunt commentary about the presidential election,” said Russell Hancock, Joint Venture’s president and CEO.

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Richard Gingras, VP of Google News, Featured Speaker at State of the Valley

Richard GingrasJanuary 15, 2020 - Richard Gingras, Vice President of News for Google, is confirmed as a featured speaker at the 2020 State of the Valley conference on February 14. Gingras, a veteran of broadcast and digital news, guides the strategy of how Google surfaces news to users. In a nation where the line between news and opinion has become blurred, can the new media channels and social platforms be reformed? Don't miss insight from Gingras on the topic of technology, news, media, and how they are shaping our democracy.

Read Richard Gingras' Biography

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Joint Venture to Municipalities on 5G: Here's How to Handle the Influx

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January 14, 2020 – Joint Venture has published the second edition of Bridging the Gap - 21st Century Wireless Telecommunications Handbook, 2nd Edition. Conceived and generated by Joint Venture’s Wireless Communications Initiative, the book provides a tool for agencies tasked with accommodating the influx of applications for wireless. The 2nd Edition updates the original handbook, first published in 2016 and adds 16 pages on topics including 5G, Wi-Fi 6, and CBRS (Citizens Broadband Radio Service). The book is available for free download or in print for a small fee.

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Peter Calthorpe, Featured Speaker at State of the Valley

January 13, 2020 - Peter Calthorpe, an influential thought leader on the shape of urban landscapes, will be a featured speaker at State of the Valley. An architect, planner and urban designer whose work has had impact on the development of cities across the globe, he fostered the concept of Transit Oriented Development, the foundation of many regional policies and city plans at work today. Calthorpe’s books trace the recent history of urban design in its most vital and prescient manifestations: Sustainable Communities, The Regional City: Planning for the End of Sprawl, and Urbanism in the Age of Climate Change.

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Margaret O'Mara, Author of THE CODE, Featured at State of the Valley

January 13, 2020 - Historian and author Margaret O'Mara will be a featured speaker at the State of the Valley conference on February 14. O'Mara is the author of The Code: Silicon Valley and the Remaking of America which details the true, behind-the-scenes history of the people who built Silicon Valley and shaped Big Tech in America. She is a Distinguished Fellow at Joint Venture's Silicon Valley Institute for Regional Studies. 

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Read O'Mara's recent Op-ed in the New York Times

Silicon Valley Indicators

indicators home page Comprehensive information and data about the Silicon Valley ecosystem is always 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. 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.

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.

GREEN NEIGHBORS is a project of Joint Venture’s Climate Protection Task Force. The members of the Task Force (44 cities, counties, and special districts in Silicon Valley) created Green Neighbors to help community-based organizations raise funds for projects that reduce greenhouse gas emissions and support sustainability.

Help Your Community Reduce Greenhouse Gas Emissions – And take a tax deduction

Do you want to help your community reduce greenhouse emissions? 

Green Neighbors identifies local, community-based projects that reduce carbon emissions and posts them on the Web.  All of the projects are managed by verified charities so your donation is tax deductible.

This is a new service, and we are just getting the first projects listed.  The following are a few examples of the kinds of projects we hope local non-profits will post with Green Neighbors:

  • Fund neighborhood tree plantings in a local park.
  • Buy energy efficient lighting systems for non-profits, schools, low-income families.
  • Install a solar water heater at the community swimming pool.
  • Help non-profit organizations conduct home energy audits.
  • Help a disadvantaged family insulate their home and save money.
  • Buy solar panels for a school or community center.
  • Buy cloth shopping bags to give to residents to help them give up paper or plastic bags.

Click here to see some of the first Green Neighbors projects:

How it works

Green Neighbors has partnered with Bring Light. Founded by two veterans of Adobe Systems, Bring Light is a for-profit company that provides non-profit organizations the opportunity to raise funds for specific projects by posting them on the web site.

Bring Light screens the organizations to make sure they are legitimate 501(c)(3) charities. They help the charities develop their project descriptions and provide tools to reach out to potential donors in the community to more effectively raise funds. The charities pay Bring Light an administrative fee to cover the cost of operating the site and the accompanying services.

Non-profit organizations may choose to raise all or part of the cost of a project via They may request their contributions from Bring Light when the project is fully funded, or whenever they are ready to use the funds.

Your support for Green Neighbors projects reduces greenhouse gas emissions in your community. You can see directly how your contributions are helping the project along, and meet neighbors who have also contributed.

Although the projects listed with Green Neighbors are not officially certified, the greenhouse gas emissions they eliminate may be considered offsets for emissions generated by your travel and use of energy.

Get started now

Ready to find out what projects are available in your community?  Click here to go to the Green Neighbors page on 

Are you a 501(c)(3) non-profit organization?  If you have a project that reduces greenhouse gas emissions, click here to register and post your project. Use GREEN8 as your promo code to automatically add your projects to Green Neighbors.

Project Champions

  • Asbjorn Osland, Professor, San José State University
  • Tonie Hansen, Nvidia
  • Seth Fearey, Joint Venture: Silicon Valley Network

In The News


January 15, 2020 - (KPIX-TV5) - Santa Cruz Startup Joby Aviation Secures Millions In Funding For Air Taxi Fleet: “I think in our lifetime we’re going to see this, now it’s hard to know when they’re going to solve every last technical problem and every last regulatory problem, but this technology is in the realm of possibility,” said Joint Venture Silicon Valley CEO Russ[ell] Hancock. “It’s not science fiction stuff anymore.” More

January 15, 2020 - (IEEE Future Networks) - Seven Experts Forecast What's Coming for 5G in 2020: The wild-card for 5G emergence is deployment. David Witkowski, Chair, IEEE Future Networks Initiative, and Executive Director, Civic Technology Initiatives at Joint Venture posits. More

January 9, 2020 - (Salon) - Tech industry layoffs rose 351 percent in 2019. Is a recession looming? “The tech sector is maybe the most volatile sector . . . . remember, product life cycles come and go,” Joint Venture Silicon Valley President Russ Hancock told San Francisco CBS affiliate KPIX5. More

December 26, 2019 - (Mercury News) - ‘Garages aren’t even cheap anymore:’ Bay Area exodus drives lowest growth rate in years: “One thing we know is that the cost of housing is astronomical and we also have transportation issues and quality of life issues,” said Russell Hancock, president and CEO of Joint Venture Silicon Valley. More

December 24, 2019 - (Mercury News) - Wish Book: Loaves & Fishes looks to fill in the gaps: Loaves & Fishes has expanded its reach thanks to a partnership with Joint Venture Silicon Valley. More

December 19, 2019 - (Silicon Valley Business Journal)  - A Decade of Promise and Peril: Russell Hancock, CEO of the nonprofit think-tank Joint Venture Silicon Valley since 2003, points to how much has changed since the Great Recession... More 

December 19, 2019 - (Medium - Word Is) - How People Talk About Silicon Valley: ...the Silicon Valley Institute for Regional Studies and Discourse Data recently partnered together to examine 2019 trends in national online discussions that reference the influential technology region. More

December 3, 2019 - (Mercury News) - Dan Rather to speak at State of the Valley conference: “Mr. Rather is a legendary journalist who is having a really impressive encore as a public intellectual,” said Russell Hancock, Joint Venture’s president and CEO. More

December 3, 2019 - (GIS User) - IWCE announces agenda and opens registration for its 44th annual conference for critical communications industry: Speakers include David Witkowski, Executive Director, Wireless Communications Initiative, Joint Venture Silicon Valley. More

December 2, 2019 - (Patch) - Loaves & Fishes Team Up with Sharks Foundation & Diversified: ...Loaves & Fishes Family Kitchen adopted the food recovery and distribution operation known as A La Carte from Joint Venture Silicon Valley. More

December 1, 2019 - (San Jose Spotlight) - Could California’s 3.5M home deficit be solved through rezoning?...delivered during the annual Silicon Valley Economic Development Alliance convention in Santa Cruz this month. More