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Municipal Internet of Things Blueprint Released

Innovation CitiesJuly 10, 2019 – Joint Venture's civic technology team announced publication of Municipal Internet of Things (IoT) Blueprint, a free PDF download to inform local government leaders about trends in the IoT. Published by the Wireless SuperCluster, a part of the Global City Teams Challenge (GCTC) project, and led by the National Institute of Standards and Technology (NIST), the tool was co-edited by David Witkowski, Executive Director of Joint Venture’s Civic Technologies Program.

Data Release: Silicon Valley has access to cleaner power than CA or the U.S.

solar panels and wind millsJuly 9, 2019 - The Joint Venture Silicon Valley Institute for Regional Studies has released a comparative analysis of local sources of power by emissions intensity. In just three years, the majority of Silicon Valley energy customers – both residents and businesses alike – have transitioned away from PG&E to community choice energy programs.

Read the release

Joint Venture & SVCE Tackle Green Building Rules

Illustration showing connection between clean electricity and clean communityJuly 1, 2019 - Joint Venture is partnering with Silicon Valley Clean Energy to promote local green building rules through an innovative mechanism called reach codes. Under state law, cities and counties may adopt local ordinances that exceed state codes to ensure new buildings promote a clean and healthy future through greenhouse gas (GHG) reductions.

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Joint Venture Food Recovery Partners with Loaves & Fishes

Loaves & Fishes logoCollaboration will double community impact

July 1, 2019 – Joint Venture Silicon Valley and Loaves & Fishes Family Kitchen have formed a partnership that will enable Joint Venture’s Food Recovery initiative, known as A La Carte, to transfer day-to-day operations to Loaves & Fishes Family Kitchen. Effective immediately, A La Carte operations will be managed by Loaves & Fishes, including pick-up and delivery operations and the fleet of trucks that deliver meals to people who are in need.

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Facebook funds new truck for Food Rescue

group standing in front of truckJuly 1, 2019 - Facebook, in partnership with Flagship Facility Services, Inc., will fund a new food truck for Joint Venture's Food Rescue initiative, known as A La Carte, that has been picking up and distributing food from four of Facebook’s cafes and mini cafes since March. The new truck will increase the size of the fleet that "harvests" prepared food for people in the community who are food-insecure. Facebook has donated more than 22,000 meals through the program to date.

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Joint Venture partners with Adobe for people with disabilities

people chatting July 1, 2019 - Joint Venture's Silicon Valley Talent Partnership has paired a pro bono team of experts from Adobe to assist nonprofit Project HIRED to help people with disabilities find employment. Have a project that could use expert help?

Contact Joint Venture's SVTP for details.

Joint Venture board adds new members

July 1, 2019 – The Joint Venture board of directors elected two new members at their quarterly meeting: Supervisor Susan Ellenberg and Michael Isip, President and Chief Executive Officer of KQED. “We are delighted to add the expertise of Supervisor Susan Ellenberg and Michael Isip to the Joint Venture board,” said Russell Hancock, President & CEO of Joint Venture.

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Meet Duffy Jennings

July 1, 2019 - Duffy Jennings first joined Joint Venture in 2008 as VP of Communications after enjoying a distinguished career as a corporate communications executive and journalist. He retired—or rewired?—from corporate life in February 2019 and, with the new release of his memoir, Reporter’s Note Book: A San Francisco Chronicle Journalist’s Diary of the Shocking Seventies, he added author to his list.

Read Duffy's profile

Silicon Valley Indicators

indicators home page Get comprehensive information and data about Silicon Valley’s economic and community health at

Data and charts from the Silicon Valley Index (and more) are available on a dynamic and interactive website that allows users to further explore Silicon Valley trends.

Download the 2019 Silicon Valley Index.

Investors Spotlight

Donors invest in Joint Venture with both general support and project-specific gifts that help us react nimbly to provide analysis and 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.


Regional Renewable Energy Procurement Project
Finance Workshop | March 14, 2012

Discussion of financing methods for renewable energy projects for R-REP participants, including self-financing and third party options such as PPAs and equipment leases.
Meeting materials and additional resources.

Regional Renewable Energy Procurement Project
Informational Meeting | December 1, 2011

Contra Costa Economic Partnership hosted a meeting for potential Round II participants to learn more about the benefits of taking part in the initiative. Prospective participants also learned about the next steps required to join the collaborative effort.
Downloaded a zip archive of materials.

Regional Renewable Energy Procurement Project
Informational Meeting | October 20, 2011

The County of Alameda hosted a meeting for potential Round II participants from both Silicon Valley and the East Bay counties of Alameda and Contra Costa to learn more about Round I and launch discussions for the next phase of the project.
Download a zip archive of materials.

Innovative Solutions for Solar
Financing Webinar | September 27, 2011

A DOE Solar America Communities webinar hosted by ICMA in partnership with the National Association of Regional Councils. The webinar focused on innovative financing for solar projects, and included panelists from Joint Venture, Sonoma County, and Optony.
View the presentation slides.

Solar Power for Public Agencies and Collaborative Procurement
Informational Meeting | April 21, 2011

This meeting included a wide variety of topics related to installing solar power on public agency facilitie, including some of the reasons for public agencies to install solar, things to consider during first-pass site selection and for solar feasibility studies, rebates and incentives, Power Purchase Agreements and other financing methods, and some potential opportunities for regional collaboration among public agencies. It also included a discussion of the SV-REP pilot program results, including the economic and environmental impacts, regional benefits, and lessons learned, perspectives from the participants, and resource sharing.
View meeting agenda and materials.

Federal Green Economy Acceleration
Roundtable | March 17, 2011

Rachel Massaro (Joint Venture) and Ben Foster (Optony), along with several Phase I participants, discussed the SV-REP project in the context of elevating and showcasing projects and key technologies where Silicon Valley is uniquely positioned to collaborate with the federal agencies to raise and to improve our relationship.

GOVgreen | November 9, 2010

Washington, D.C. Rachel Massaro (Joint Venture) and Ben Foster (Optony), along with Blaine Collison (EPA Green Power Parntership Program), will participate in a panel discussion at GOVgreen, an event focused on presenting case histories, best practices and plans and programs to green the federal government.
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GreenGov | October 6, 2010

Washington, D.C. Ben Foster (Optony) presented at GreenGov, a conference sponsored by the White House Council on Environmental Quality. He presented our Renewable Energy Procurement project as an example of a successful model for regional collaboration, with fellow panelists Alex Perera from the World Resources Institute and Blain Collison from the Environmental Protection Agency's Green Power Partnership Program.
Learn more about GreenGov.

Project Management Workshop | August 5, 2010, San Jose City Hall

In partnership with San Jose's Solar America City Program, Silicon Valley Energy Watch, and the County of Santa Clara

Webinar on Improving Solar PV Results through Collaborative Procurement

Rachel Massaro (Joint Venture), Ben Foster (Optony), and Siva Darbhamulla (County of Santa Clara) participated in a webinar on our REP Project hosted by the US EPA Green Power Partnership on August 4, 2010.
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Members of the REP Project Leadership Team (Rachel Massaro, Ben Foster, and Siva Darbhamulla) spoke on a panel about the Anatomy of a Power Purchase Agreement.
Press available here.

Pre-Bid Conference | April 13, 2010

County of Santa Clara Center at Charcot, San Jose.

Press Conference | March 30, 2010

Sheriff’s Auditorium, San Jose.
News Conference | View Video

Request for Information Meeting | November 10, 2010

County of Santa Clara Center at Charcot, San Jose.

In The News

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

July 10, 2019 - (American City & County) - Small cells, big uncertainties: “The FCC’s approach is a pretty blanket approach. And it may not account for all of the nuances of local government..." notes David Witkowski, executive director of civic technology initiatives at Joint Venture Silicon Valley. More

July 8, 2019 - (Mercury News) - Exodus: For Bay Area millennials, moving up means moving out: In 2017, roughly 36 percent of Silicon Valley adults between the ages of 18 and 34 lived with their parents, according to an analysis by Joint Venture Silicon Valley. More

July 5, 2019(KPIX-TV5) - New Numbers Show Silicon Valley Tech Jobs Are Moving North: "The workforce is young," says Joint Venture CEO Russell Hancock.  More

June 29, 2019 - (Mercury News) - Pizarro: Literary Send-Off - Joint Venture Silicon Valley CEO Russell Hancock and his wife, Marguerite Hancock, hosted a reception to bid farewell to Duffy Jennings, who served as Joint Venture’s communications director for the past 11 years. More

June 26, 2019 - (Michigan Daily) - KLA opens temporary R&D site in Ann Arbor:According to Curbed San Francisco, a recent census done by Joint Venture Silicon Valley discovered the median home sale price for a house is $1.2 million. More

June 26, 2019 - (The Almanac) - Manzanita Talks move forward: Efforts to bring together public and private sector leaders to talk about how to address regional transportation problems moved forward on June 13 with what Joint Venture Silicon Valley President and CEO Russell Hancock called a historic discussion. More

June 25, 2019 - (KQED News) - Stanford Wants to Expand: Russell Hancock, a Stanford lecturer and also president and CEO of Joint Venture Silicon Valley, said, "It's always baffling to me when the neighbors vilify Stanford. This is a world class institution. There would be no Silicon Valley without Stanford." More

June 19, 2019 - (NPR News) - Google Pledges $1 Billion For Affordable Housing: We are seeing an increase in the people that are living in RVs or other temporary shelters," said Rachel Massaro, director of research for Joint Venture. More

June 18 - (KQED News) - Google Pledges $1 Billion to Help Fight Bay Area Housing Crisis It Helped Create: Joint Venture reported that affordable housing units represented only a small share of recently approved units in Silicon Valley.   More

June 18, 2019 - (Mercury News) - Californians sharply divided over how to tackle housing shortage: Russell Hancock, CEO of Joint Venture Silicon Valley, believes Bay Area residents have become more open to new solutions to the housing shortage in the last five years. More

June 18, 2019 - (Mercury News) - With SUV ads and snark, desert city looks to woo Bay Area residents: According to a study by the regional think-tank Joint Venture Silicon Valley, the region gained about 62,000 foreign-born residents between July 2015 and July 2018, while 64,300 residents left. More

June 14, 2019 - (AJOT) -Commute times across Silicon Valley have increased by 17% over the past decade, adding an average of 43 minutes weekly per commuter, according to the 2018 Silicon Valley Index by Joint Venture Silicon Valley. More

June 12, 2019 - (Los Altos Town Crier) - Food truck puts corporate leftovers to community good: Silicon Valley Food Rescue operates as a project of Joint Venture Silicon Valley. More