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Joint Venture pairs Valley Water with Robert Half to help underserved youth

November 15, 2019 - Joint Venture’s Silicon Valley Talent Partnership (SVTP) kicked off a project for Valley Water, which will recruit underserved-youth to be interns. A pro bono team from Robert Half International is providing skilled volunteers to assist in the endeavor.

Through the project, Valley Water will educate young people about water management and create a long-term career path within the agency. SVTP will facilitate the project from start to finish. Silicon Valley Talent Partnership matches pro bono consultants to community projects that propel social change.

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Q3 Commercial Space Report released

report coverNovember 15, 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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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

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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.

Also assembling user groups for emergency response, transportation, and 5.9 GHz wireless services

February 14, 2007 – Joint Venture: Silicon Valley Network today announced that the City of Palo Alto and the City of San Carlos have agreed to become the first sites of the Concept City Phase of the Joint Venture Wireless Silicon Valley Network.

Silicon Valley Metro Connect, a collaboration of IBM, Cisco Systems, SeaKay and Azulstar, will build out a one-square mile area in each city to demonstrate and test the capabilities of the wireless equipment and applications that will be implemented as part of the Silicon Valley-wide wireless broadband network that will be the heart of the Joint Venture Wireless Silicon Valley effort.

Frank Benest, City Manager for the City of Palo Alto said, “Palo Alto has always been at the cutting edge of cities using technology to upgrade and enhance services for the public, and this is no exception.”

“As a charter member of Joint Venture: Silicon Valley Network, the City of San Carlos has been proud to play an early role in several of the group’s signature projects over the years, including Net Day, Smart Voter, Challenge 2000 and Smart Permit,” said Brian Moura, Assistant City Manager, San Carlos and Chairman of the San Mateo Telecommunications Authority (SAMCAT). “We are proud to have been selected as one of the Concept Cities for Joint Venture’s Wireless Silicon Valley Initiative. We look forward to working with Silicon Valley Metro Connect, the 41 participating entities, Joint Venture: Silicon Valley Network, SAMCAT and our residents and businesses to move this exciting initiative from concept to reality in the next 120 days.”

A series of 30 to 45 "access points" will be installed on city street lights and buildings in each of the Concept Cities for up to 120 days to study the topography and radio frequency (RF) requirements of the proposed Wireless Broadband Network. The Concept City areas will demonstrate the network’s infrastructure layout, and potential uses to residents and businesses, as well as city and county officials throughout the region. The network will not be open to the general public during the initial portion of the test phase.

Joint Venture’s Wireless Silicon Valley Initiative also announced that it is exploring the formation of the first Wireless Users Groups to broaden the capabilities of the wireless broadband network:

The Intelligent Transportations Systems User Group will bring together automotive company research centers located in Silicon Valley with regional transportation agencies and Metro Connect engineers. The group will explore applications of wireless networks for traffic management and safety using both the Wireless Broadband Network of the initiative and the 5.9 GHz frequency available to the automotive industry for such applications.

The Emergency Response User Group will invite existing regional emergency communications organizations to team up with the Wireless Silicon Valley Task Force and the Silicon Valley Metro Connect team. This group will collaborate on the design of the network and help ensure that it meets the needs of public safety organizations.

“The formation of these users groups is really exciting,” said Dan Fenton, President and CEO of the San Jose Convention and Visitor’s Bureau. “The network is going to attract entrepreneurs from all over the world to test out their ideas for new wireless products, applications, and services. Silicon Valley offers a truly unique platform of technology and people for exploring new paradigms that bridge social benefit and economic development.”

In parallel to the work going on in the Concept Cities, the Wireless Silicon Valley Task Force that is overseeing the project and Silicon Valley Metro Connect continue to work toward finalizing a model agreement and an enhanced services agreement for the use of services on the wireless broadband network by the public agencies. The Task Force is also planning to form a regional Joint Powers Authority to provide long term oversight for the program.

More than just a promise of a pervasive wireless broadband network Joint Venture’s Wireless Silicon Valley Initiative will ultimately connect all the communities of Silicon Valley at broadband speeds. The network will enable enhanced efficiency and renewed economic vitality for Wireless Silicon Valley’s member entities and their diverse constituents.

“Silicon Valley has always been on the cutting edge of invention,” said Joint Venture CEO Russell Hancock. Now Silicon Valley is the first to implement a seamless wireless network on a regional scale.”

To view maps of the planned test areas in Palo Alto and San Carlos, visit:

In The News

November 18, 2019 - (Silicon Valley Business Journal) - In latest BART delay, Bay Area showcases its poor decision-making to the world: ...“is a case of the Bay Area showcasing to the world a monumental example of poor planning and decision-making,” said Russell Hancock, president and CEO of Joint Venture Silicon Valley. More

November 15, 2019 - (Silicon Valley Business Journal) - Opinion: What gets measured matters: “It’s simply wrong to say that women are not innovative...That would be factually incorrect and a hurtful and damaging conclusion,” said Russell Hancock, CEO of Joint Venture Silicon Valley. More

November 13, 2019 - (San Jose Spotlight) - Amid growing income disparities, Silicon Valley nonprofit aims to redirect donors to their own backyards: the gap between the ‘haves’ and the ‘have-nots,’ is vast and appears to be growing, a Joint Venture Silicon Valley report affirmed in February. More

November 12, 2019 - (IEEE Spectrum) - Will 5G Be Bad for Our Health? IEEE Senior Member David Witkowski is cochair of the initiative’s Deployment Working Group…is the executive director of the Wireless Communications Initiative forJoint Venture Silicon Valley More

November 7, 2019 - (Silicon Valley Business Journal) -The $4.5 Billion Puzzle: “This is coming from a company that historically has not done this sort of thing before,” said Russell Hancock, president and CEO of Joint Venture Silicon Valley More

November 1, 2019 -  (SIlicon Valley Business Journal) - Downtown San Jose tenants grapple with relocating amid a development boom and rising rent prices in the city’s core: Joint Venture Silicon Valley, a think tank that provides analysis and action on Silicon Valley's socioeconomic challenges, is planning to move out of CityView Plaza in either the second or third quarter of 2020. More

November 1, 2019 - (Mercury News) - Will Bay Area exodus grow with fires and blackouts? Silicon Valley lost 22,300 residents last year, replaced by nearly as many foreign immigrants settling into the region, according to a recent study by Joint Venture Silicon Valley. More

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