What is the State of the Valley Conference?

State of the Valley is Silicon Valley’s annual "town 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, our elected representatives, educators and academics, business executives, labor and workforce leaders – for dialogue and discussion about the Valley’s challenges and opportunities.

But more than merely commentary, State of the Valley also features music and dance from the region's arts groups, high school bands, and elementary school choirs. There are also booths and exhibits on the concourses showing off entrepreneurs, established corporations, and non-profits who are working in Joint Venture's project areas. The event is a celebration of our region–who we are and who we're becoming.

Who attends State of the Valley? Everybody! In years past, more than 1,500 people have participated. They include senior business executives; federal, state and locally elected officials and their senior staff; heads of organizations, labor leaders, venture capitalists, journalists (print, television and electronic media), academics, and a host of other community members. The next State of the Valley conference will be in February 2020.

What is the Silicon Valley Index?

To inform the discussion, our principal analytical 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.

Here’s what happened at the 2020 State of the Valley

Joint Venture played host to a standing-room-only audience when iconic newsman Dan Rather took the stage at the McEnery Convention Center in San Jose for the 16th-annual State of the Valley conference on February 14. We also heard updates on high employment growth, eye-popping land transactions, and record megadeals.

Joint Venture thanks its presentation sponsors Accenture, Applied Materials, Silicon Valley Community Foundation, and Stanford Children's Health as well as dozens of other supporting sponsors and organizations.