Traffic Down 94%; Mileage Drops 75%; Crashes Down 63%
June 2, 2020 – Joint Venture’s Institute for Regional Studies has published COVID-19 Impacts in Silicon Valley: Transportation, Emissions & Air Quality, that reveals an upside to the shelter-in-place orders. It examines the reduction in regional ground and air transportation, declines in traffic delays, as well as the impact of those reductions on transportation-related injury crashes, regional air quality, and greenhouse gas emissions.
June 2, 2020 - Joint Venture has named Benest Fellows for 2020–2021, given each year to students who have shown commitment to regional issues.
Lukas Lopez-Jensen is a sophomore at Stanford and plans to major in economics or public policy with a double minor in data science and Italian.
José Luis Gandara is a sophomore at Stanford and is pursuing a Bachelor's degree in public policy with a concentration in urban and regional policy.
June 1, 2020 - Joint Venture’s Silicon Valley Talent Partnership (SVTP) has just completed a project with the City of South San Francisco and two pro bono teams from Inspire and Robert Half. Skilled volunteers advised the city on how to develop an employment program for local, underserved youth. Now the largest hub for biotech companies in the world, South San Francisco will launch a Summer Employment for Youth initiative that will give high-school-age students exposure to work life and teach them workplace-skills while earning a wage.
Learn more about being a pro bono consultant, supporting SVTP, or offering your project ideas.
June 1, 2020 - Joint Venture’s Food Recovery Initiative is serving people in need during the COVID-19 pandemic and the community is stepping up to assist. Nutanix provided healthy snacks and beverages, the LDS church donated $9,000 in food, and Kelly Dippel from Coldwell Banker real estate bought $2500 worth of food from a local restaurant. Members of the Food Council - Martha’s Kitchen, Loaves & Fishes, Hunger at Home - distributed the food to the community.
Corporate offices with unused packaged food and others are encouraged to donate to neighbors. Contact Robin Martin for more information.
May 22, 2020 – Joint Venture’s Institute for Regional Studies has released analysis comparing current unemployment rates against those from the last 20 years. The numbers reflect an unprecedented 11.6% unemployment rate surpassing even the post-dot com bust of 2009. Following the release of preliminary April 2020 labor market data from the California Employment Development Department (EDD), Joint Venture’s Institute compiled a chart that illustrates the upward trajectory for Santa Clara and San Mateo Counties, plus California and the United States.
June 1, 2020 - Joint Venture’s Civic Technologies Initiative has released a white paper in partnership with the IEEE's Future Networks Initiative. Co-authored by David Witkowski, executive director of the Initiative, the paper explores the "5G and Beyond Deployment Challenge," and provides perspectives, both public and private. It also begins to examine ways to ensure that all stakeholder perspectives are communicated and understood, alerts the wireless industry to the tactical challenges of deployment in and around the public right-of-way, and highlights the needs of local governments as they seek to manage the complexities of telecommunications deployment.
May 29, 2020 - Joint Venture's Silicon Valley Talent Partnership (SVTP) is helping nonprofits quickly find skilled voluteers to weather the COVID-19 crisis. With a large pool of pro bono volunteers who are skilled and ready to roll up their sleeves, SVTP can match the right people to the right projects. Organizations in need of teachers, project managers, tech support, and many other services can contact SVTP for more information.
June 1, 2020 - Joint Venture encourages individuals and corporations to support the Regional Response Fund through the Silicon Valley Community Foundation. The Fund supports lead relief organizations across ten Bay Area counties. In Santa Clara County funds will support Destination Home, for rapid aid for those at risk of homelessness. In San Mateo County funds will support several core agencies for housing, mortgage and rent aid, and utility assistance. Also find a list of regional resources provided by Joint Venture and updated regularly. Need Volunteers? Joint Venture's SVTP can connect organizations to skilled, pro bono talent.
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