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Joint Venture Tapped by National Group for “Greenprint” Project

"Climate Prosperity" is a new catch-phrase conveying the message that the climate crisis is also an opportunity to innovate, create jobs, and grow the economy. And, according to the national Climate Prosperity Project, there’s no better place to prove it than Silicon Valley.

The project—a collaboration between Global Urban Development, the Rockefeller Brothers Fund, and the Environmental Defense Fund—has designated Joint Venture as the umbrella organization for its Silicon Valley effort, which will be pursued in partnership with other business and civic groups.

San Jose Mayor Chuck Reed and Accenture California chief Chris DiGiorgio, co-chairs of the Joint Venture board of directors, are personally co-chairing this new effort, and have assembled a cross-sector council of leaders to serve as strategic advisors. One major objective is to ask big questions like “what do we want Silicon Valley to look like in the year 2050, and how do we get there from here?”

To that end, Climate Prosperity has allocated funds for a study that will be formally unveiled as Silicon Valley’s “Greenprint” at the State of the Valley conference February 20th.

Click here to learn more about the Climate Prosperity project.

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Josh Williams to Lead Joint Venture Workforce Initiative

Joint Venture has chosen economic development expert Josh Williams to head up a new regional initiative addressing the workforce issues facing Silicon Valley.

Wiliams brings extensive experience to the project, which will develop and test new regional approaches to meet the workforce needs of our rapidly changing economy. He is the co-founder, president and principal researcher BW Research, and his previous work includes projects for San Jose State University, the city of San Jose, and Work2Future.

Click here to learn more about the workforce initiative.

Fareed Zakaria:  A Global Perspective for 2009 State of the Valley

Fareed Zakaria, who will make keynote remarks at Joint Venture’s 2009 State of the Valley Conference on February 20, has been described by Esquire as “the most influential foreign policy advisor of his generation,” and is widely respected for his ability to spot economic and political trends around the world.

Zakaria, editor of Newsweek International, columnist and host of the weekly CNN program, “Fareed Zakaria: GPS,” reaches more than 25 million readers weekly with his articles and columns on subjects ranging from globalization and emerging markets to the Middle East and America’s role in the world.

His newest book, “The Post-American World,” is about the “rise of the rest” – the growth of China, India, Brazil and many other countries - and what it means for the future.

Sponsorships for State of the Valley are now available and tables for the event may be reserved by contacting Lisa Bruner at (408) 278-2292, .

Individual tickets will be available at a later date.

Click here to read more about Fareed Zakaria.

Disaster Resiliency Center Initiative Seeks Director

Joint Venture is looking for a full-time director who will lead a major effort to locate a state-of-the-art Disaster Resiliency Center at Moffett Field.

The project aims to make Moffett a hub for four activities: a central staging area for the response effort in the immediate aftermath of a major disaster, and as a base camp for responders; a laboratory for applied research and technology development; an advanced response training center, in partnership with local universities; and a resource to the private sector for business continuity planning.

Our team has so far received $250,000 in seed funds from the Department of Homeland Security as well as local sources.

Are you the person we need? Click here to learn more about this opportunity.

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Joint Venture Spotlight

Meet Chris DiGiorgio

Joint Venture Board of Directors

Chris DiGiorgio, the newly elected co-chair of the Joint Venture board with San Jose Mayor Chuck Reed, is a Bay Area native and the Northern California Managing Director of Accenture, a global management consulting company where he began his career straight out of college 28 years ago.

Chris also sits on the board of advisors for Joint Venture’s annual Silicon Valley Index – a project that makes him “personally and professionally proud” – and is active on the boards and advisory panels of several other business, community and educational organizations.

Valley Vision caught up with Chris in his San Jose office recently to talk about his passion for Joint Venture, his work, his civic engagement, his family … and fast cars.

Click here to read more about Chris DiGiorgio.

Article of the Month

A Silver Lining to the Economic Crisis
By Fareed Zakaria

In the October 11 issue of Newsweek, Fareed Zakaria says the economic crisis “has forced the United States to confront bad habits developed over the past few decades. If we can kick those habits, today's pain will translate into gains in the long run.”

Click here to read the full article

Investors Council Spotlight –Mitsubishi International, Santa Clara Valley Water District

Mitsubishi International - As a wholly owned subsidiary of Mitsubishi Corporation, Mitsubishi International Corporation (MIC) is a unique knowledge-based company. Its primary businesses are international trade involving commodities, consumer and industrial products, complex project management and strategic finance and investment.

Santa Clara Valley Water District – The Santa Clara Valley Water District is the primary water resources agency for Santa Clara County. It acts not only as the county's water wholesaler, but also as its flood protection agency and is the steward for its streams and creeks, underground aquifers and district-built reservoirs.

These two organizations are among more than 150 other business, academic, government, labor and community organizations that contribute time and resources to our work.

Click here to learn more about Mitsubishi.

Click here to learn more about the Santa Clara Valley Water District.

Click here to see who’s on our Investors Council.