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2019 State of the Valley conference is February 15

State of the Valley circle logoThe 2019 State of the Valley conference is set for Friday, February 15 with keynote remarks by presidential historian Jon Meacham. This year’s symposium, which annually draws more than 1200 people, also features meaningful dialogue on the future of our region and the rise of the fourth industrial revolution, a deep dive into the 2019 Silicon Valley Index, exhibits and entertainment.

Applied Materials, Lucile Packard Children’s Hospital, Microsoft, and Accenture are the presenting sponsors for Joint Venture’s yearly town hall meeting. The conference takes place at the San Jose McEnery Convention Center from 8 a.m. to noon.

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State of the Valley: The 2019 Index: Silicon Valley's annual checkup

Russ speakingThe Index has been telling the Silicon Valley story since 1995. The indicators measure the strength of our economy and the health of our community, highlighting challenges and providing a foundation for decision making.

At the 2019 State of the Valley conference February 15, Russell Hancock, President and Chief Executive Officer of Joint Venture and President of the Silicon Valley Institute for Regional Studies, will give a detailed briefing on the data and trends in the latest Index.

More about the Index.

State of the Valley: The Bay Area in 2070. How shall we plan for our future?

SPUR logoSilicon Valley and the greater San Francisco Bay Area have been the envy of the world for generations because of our region’s economic dynamism and vibrant quality of life. But today we’re socked with the nation’s highest housing prices, debilitating congestion, growing income inequality, continuous natural disasters, and a host of other forces that threaten our well-being.

What do we want the Bay Area to look like in 50 years? At the State of the Valley conference February 15, Joint Venture will share the stage with SPUR, an organization engaged in a long-term scenario planning process for the region, for a probing conversation about the structural changes that must occur in order to win our future.

More about SPUR.

State of the Valley: Silicon Valley and the Fourth Industrial Revolution

Dan’l Lewin Murat Sönmez Fei Fei LiThe world is on the precipice of a fourth industrial revolution, one driven largely by Silicon Valley innovators and conceivably the most disruptive of all: artificial intelligence, robotics, the Internet of Things, autonomous vehicles, quantum computing, materials science, and the convergence of IT with bio- and nanotechnology.

In a provocative session at the 2019 State of the Valley conference, moderated by longtime tech executive and computer industry icon Dan’l Lewin, two of the world’s leading practitioners and interpreters of this new revolution, Murat Sönmez of the World Economic Forum and Fei Fei Li of Stanford’s Artificial Intelligence Lab, will chart the future as they see it.

Read about the speakers.

State of the Valley: Jon Meacham, presidential historian and author, to speak at State of the Valley

Jon Meacham speakingJon Meacham, a renowned presidential biographer, Pulitzer Prize-winning author, will speak at Joint Venture's State of the Valley conference February 15. His remarks will examine Silicon Valley’s place in the broader national context and offer a historical perspective on the issues and events that are dividing us as a nation.

Meacham, who this year eulogized both President Herbert Walker Bush and his wife, Barbara, at their respective funerals, authored Destiny and Power: The American Odyssey of George Herbert Walker Bush, and won the Pulitzer Prize for American Lion: Andrew Jackson in the White House

More on Jon Meacham.

Joint Venture op-ed on closing the broadband gap

David Witkowski headshotDecember 11, 2018 - David Witkowski, executive director of Joint Venture's Civic Technology Initiatives, penned a timely op-ed column in the San Jose Mercury News about the importance of closing the broadband gap created by the lack of access to wireless data service.

"We must update and expand the infrastructure that provides these broadband services, he writes. "Unfortunately, we lack a unified national vision for how to make this happen."

Read the op-ed. | Learn about our Community Broadband Initiative.

Meet Greg Matter

Greg MatterManaging Director, JLL, and Joint Venture Board Member

Just about everywhere you look in Silicon Valley there’s a commercial office or industrial building under construction or for lease, a surge of growth that Greg Matter attributes to the “FAANG” effect.

Matter, a managing director for commercial real estate giant JLL in Silicon Valley and a Joint Venture board member, says the “market is strong, and much of the activity is driven by the big companies – Facebook, Apple, Amazon, Netflix and Google,” hence the acronym.

Read Greg's profile.

Investors Council Spotlight

Joint Venture's Investors Council welcomes dozens of public and private organizations and foundations supporting our initiatives and programs. 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.

Silicon Valley Indicators

indicators home page Did you know you can get comprehensive information and data about the economic and community health of Silicon Valley any time by visiting the online home of the Silicon Valley Index at

The site is maintained and constantly updated by Joint Venture's Silicon Valley Institute for Regional Studies and is a robust collection of charts and information with links to local, regional and national data sources, and resources for additional information within each of the indicator categories: People, Economy, Society, Place and Governance.

Download the 2018 Silicon Valley Index.

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.

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In The News

December 15, 2018 - (San Jose Mercury News) - Sal Pizarro: Bush Biographer at State of the Valley: "Jon Meacham, the presidential biographer who eloquently eulogized President George H.W. Bush, will deliver the keynote address at the State of the Valley conference in February. Joint Venture Silicon Valley CEO Russ Hancock clearly has impeccable timing when it comes to securing speakers." More

December 11, 2018 - (Silicon Valley Business Journal) - Public Has Great Expectations for San Jose's Diridon Station Amid Google Campus Plans: "Joint Venture Silicon Valley CEO Russell Hancock fretted about ending up “with is something that isn’t bold, visionary and exciting...'" More

December 11, 2018 - (San Jose Mercury News) - Op-ed: U.S. Must Stop Bickering and Close the Broadband Gap: "At Joint Venture Silicon Valley’s Wireless Communications Initiative, we’ve been working to resolve these conflicts by convening stakeholders from both the wireless industry and local governments to reach consensus and a shared vision for the region’s wireless future." More

December 10, 2018 - (Silicon Valley Business Journal) - The Future of San Jose's Diridon Station: "Russell Hancock, president and CEO of Joint Venture Silicon Valley, compared the new station to the replacement of the Oakland end of the Bay Bridge, where the original conventional design eventually was supplanted by a landmark structure even though it cost more. More

November 26, 2018 - (The Registry) - Fremont City Manager Mark Danaj Elected as Newest Joint Venture Silicon Valley Board Member. More

November 18, 2018 - (San Jose Mercury News) - Silicon Valley Wages Have Dropped for All Except Highest-Paying Jobs: "Russell Hancock, president and CEO of Joint Venture Silicon Valley, said that workers in low and middle income jobs, such as teachers and firefighters or nannies and cooks, are key to the local economy." More

November 18, 2018 - (San Francisco Chronicle) - Bay Area Developing Ambitious New Tools to Reduce Hunger: "That was the impetus of the county granting $280,000 to the philanthropic organization Joint Venture Silicon Valley, later matched with $300,000 from the state and $150,000 from the family of Silicon Valley real estate developer John Sobrato. More

November 15, 2018 - (Palo Alto Daily Post) - El Camino Bike Lanes Proposed: "A proposal to build protected bike lanes along a 0.8-mile stretch of El Camino Real in Palo Alto had some planning commissioners last night asking: why there?" More

November 12, 2018 - (Palo Alto Online) - El Camino: Another Scheme to Increase Congestion? - "This study was partially funded by a grant under the regional El Camino Grand Boulevard Initiative." More

October 30, 2018 - (Scot Scoop) - New Bike Lanes Protect Bikers from Collision: "With the efforts of the Grand Boulevard Initiative, Feher Peers, and the Redwood City committee, a protected bike lane plan on El Camino Real has been implemented." More

October 29, 2018 - (Hub Spot) - In a Land of Automated Milk and Honey, Marketers Are Presented With an Opportunity: "'Prodigious" is a word used by Russell Hancock, president of nonprofit Joint Venture Silicon Valley. "..suddenly you’re seeing a backlash and people are upset.” More

October 24, 2018 - (KPIX5) - Tesla Turns Its Largest Profit, First in 2 Years: "'This is a big deal for the CEO because he's been embattled,' says Russell Hancock, tech expert. Video.

October 3, 2018 - (KCBS Radio) - Cybersecurity Symposium: "Joint Venture Silicon Valley's David Witkowski says more cities need to take a hard look at their cybersecurity before launching any new projects." More. 

October 1, 2018 - (Idaho Business Review) - Can Idaho Leverage Silicon Valley's Problems?: "The two major components making Silicon Valley successful were innovation and entrepreneurship, said Russell Hancock, president and CEO of Joint Venture Silicon Valley." More

September 25, 2018 - (San Jose Mercury News) - Palo Alto: Teacher Housing Experiment Moves Closer to Reality: "According to the Silicon Valley Index, roughly 1 percent of new housing in the county since 2015 has gone to middle-income earners." More

September 19, 2018 - (The Almanac) - Enrollment Continues to Dip in Area Schools: "'Without question, Silicon Valley is still a hotbed,' said Joint Venture CEO Russell Hancock, in a press release. 'But our spectacular success has created a harsh environment for families.'" More.