State of the Valley

What is the State of the Valley Conference?

State of the Valley is an old-fashioned “town hall” meeting, a tradition at least as old as our nation’s founding, when concerned citizens met on the village green to mobilize for the challenges ahead. In that same spirit, Joint Venture’s town meeting convenes the entire region—concerned citizens and stakeholders, thought leaders and opinion makers, journalists, students and academics, our elected representatives and their professional staff, business leaders, labor and workforce leaders, venture capitalists and others—for dialogue and discussion about the Valley’s challenges and opportunities.

To inform the discussion our principal tool is the Silicon Valley Index, a nationally-recognized publication that 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 data-rich foundation for decision making.

This year we learned that Silicon Valley is perched on solid ground despite growing income and wealth divides, persistent racial inequities, and a dwindling population. The Index shows that population declined by tens of thousands, home prices rose by 7%, childcare costs rose twice as quickly as inflation, and wages were inadequate for the rising cost of living.

This year's conference was a hybrid event that took place at the Computer History Museum (CHM) and was simultaneously broadcast via Brandlive.

See media coverage about the conference and the Silicon Valley Index

Video segments from the conference will be available sometime in March on Joint Venture’s YouTube channel.

Lead Sponsor: Meta logo

The 2023 State of the Valley conference was made possible by generous support from Meta (formerly Facebook) as the lead sponsor, with additional support from Accenture, Bank of America, Stanford Children’s Health and PG&E, and these other sponsors.

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