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Grand Boulevard Awards honor
El Camino corridor projects

The bi-annual Grand Boulevard Initiative Awards have been announced for 16 projects and public agency plans that exemplify the guiding principles of the initiative to spruce up El Camino Real from Daly City to San Jose.

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The cities of Mountain View and Palo Alto led the competition, each earning recognition for a public plan and two private projects. Other honored cities were San Bruno, Millbrae, Redwood City, San Mateo and Santa Clara. San Mateo County’s North Fair Oaks Community Plan and the VTA’s El Camino Real Bus Rapid Transit plan rounded out the prizes.

The awards will be presented in ceremonies at City Hall in Redwood City on November 6 at 5 p.m. and all are welcome.
Read details about the honored projects.

Electric Vehicle Infrastructure Workshop Nov. 6

Trends, issues and challenges in electric vehicle charging infrastructure for Silicon Valley corporate and institutional locations will be discussed in a comprehensive workshop organized by Joint Venture’s SEEDZ initiative on November 6 in Sunnyvale.

Electric Vehicle Infrastructure Workshop Nov. 6

Speakers and panelists from the plug-in EV industry, providers, Google, PG&E and Lawrence Berkeley National Labs are among those on the agenda. The event is from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. at Juniper Networks. Attendance is free for SEEDZ members, $50 for non-members.

Register here.

Wireless Symposium Draws Industry, Government Experts

A crowd was on hand for Joint Venture’s Wireless Communications Initiative symposium at the recent CTIA MobilCON convention in San Jose. The group heard IT professionals, local elected officials and industry experts discuss the latest trends, challenges and outlook in wireless infrastructure.

Joint Venture’s Wireless Communications Initiative symposium

The program included speakers from inCode Consulting, the National Association of Tower Erectors, Hammett & Edison, CTIA, PCIA, T-Mobile, Ericsson, and Zayo on such topics as the science and safety of cell towers, the wireless cloud and small cell technology. Natasha Ernst, director of Joint Venture’s Wireless Communications Initiative, organized the symposium.

Read more about Joint Venture’s Wireless Communications Initiative.

Register now for State of the Valley Conference, Feb. 7, 2014

It’s never too early to sign up for the 2014 State of the Valley Conference at the Santa Clara Convention Center on Friday, February 7.

2014 State of the Valley

Registration includes breakfast, lunch, a copy of the Silicon Valley Index, admission to all booths and exhibits, admission to all conference proceedings and access to speakers and presenters via text messaging.

Register here.
More info about State of the Valley.

Nominations open for Water Conservation Awards

Applications and nominations for the 2014 Silicon Valley Water Conservation Awards are being accepted until February 21. The awards are presented to organizations, agencies, businesses and individuals whose programs and leadership have advanced water conservation in Silicon Valley.

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Joint Venture is among a coalition of 11 organizations supporting the program out of concern for water conservation and the need for a strategic response, both to droughts and to a new era of water scarcity. The goal of the awards is to raise awareness and celebrate outstanding achievements in water conservation through best practices, efficiency and innovation. The awards will be presented on March 24, 2014.

More information and nominations forms are here.

Our NOVEMBER Spotlight

MINNIE INGERSOLL

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With a new baby boy due any minute, you’d think Minnie Ingersoll would have savored the opportunity for some down time at home from her busy schedule as a principal for access strategy and civics at Google.

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But you don’t know Minnie. Just days before giving birth, Ingersoll, who lives near Dolores Park in San Francisco, readily agreed to meet a visitor at Google’s YouTube headquarters in San Bruno to talk about Google and her work as a Joint Venture Silicon Valley board member.

Read Minnie’s profile.

Site-seeing: Joint Venture’s web of online resources

You may be familiar with Joint Venture’s own dynamic web site and our social media outlets on Facebook, LinkedIn, Twitter, iTunes and YouTube, but did you know that we also maintain a suite of domains offering important specialized information for organizations and businesses in our region?

Joint Venture online resources

Our Silicon Valley Economic Development Alliance web site, Silicon Valley Online, has just been refreshed with more info about Silicon Valley’s communities, lifestyles and history, commercial property, licensing, permits and registrations.

Joint Venture also maintains sites on our objective and comprehensive economic data, the Silicon Valley Index, and for our work to beautify El Camino Real from Daly City to San Jose, the Grand Boulevard Initiative.

"The Metropolitan Revolution: How Cities and Metros Are Fixing Our Broken Politics and Fragile Economy"

Across the nation, cities and metropolitan areas and the networks of pragmatic leaders who govern them, are taking on the big issues that Washington won’t, or can’t, solve. They are reshaping our economy and fixing our broken political system, as this new book by Bruce Katz and Jennifer Bradley reveals.

The Metropolitan Revolution is a national movement, and the book describes how it is taking root in New York City, where efforts are under way to diversify the city’s vast economy; in Portland, Oregon, which is selling the “sustainability” solutions it has perfected to other cities around the world, and in other programs in Northeast Ohio, Houston, Miami, Denver, Los Angeles, Boston and Detroit.

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Katz and Bradley, of the Brookings Institution, highlight these success stories and the people behind them in order to share lessons and catalyze action.

Read more about the book.

November on “Inside Silicon Valley”

An update on Congress, how Silicon Valley innovates, the San Jose Sharks and special encore presentations are the November topics on “Inside Silicon Valley,” Joint Venture’s weekly public affairs radio program on 1590 KLIV.

Scheduled guests include Rep. Mike Honda (Nov. 1 & 3), innovation consultant Doug Solomon and Eric Witherspoon of Applied Materials (Nov. 8 & 10), and San Jose Sharks senior executive John Tortora (Nov. 15 & 17). We are preempted by San Jose State football on Nov. 22; we will present earlier programs on Nov. 24 and over Thanksgiving weekend.

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Joint Venture CEO Russell Hancock hosts the hour-long program, which airs every Friday at 7 p.m. and again on Sunday at noon on 1590 KLIV.

Learn more about the program.

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