In this issue:


San Jose Mayor Chuck Reed, Accenture Exec Chris DiGiorgio Are New Board Co-Chairs; Board Adds Five New Members

San Jose Mayor Chuck Reed and Chris DiGiorgio, California Managing Director for Accenture, were elected as the new co-chairs of the Joint Venture board of directors at the board’s quarterly meeting.

The board also welcomed five new members, including Dr. Emmett Carson, CEO of the Silicon Valley Community Foundation, and four Silicon Valley business leaders, at the meeting on September 12 at Menlo College.

“Joint Venture is a model organization for tackling regional issues and making Silicon Valley a better place to live and work,” said Reed, who joined the Joint Venture board a month after taking office in January 2007. “Joint Venture is the ideal vehicle for me, a powerful forum where we can accomplish great things together. I am honored to serve as its co-chair.”

The five new members are:

  1. Emmett D. Carson, Ph.D., CEO and President,
    Silicon Valley Community Foundation
  2. Barry Cinnamon, CEO, Akeena Solar
  3. Mary Dent, General Counsel, SVB Financial Group, and COO, SVB Global
  4. Kevin Gillis, Senior Vice President, Bank of America
  5. Mark Walker, Managing Director of Global Community Affairs, Applied Materials

Click here to read the press release

Click here to learn more about Chuck Reed


Joint Venture’s Alliance for Teaching Led by Panel of Influentials

A panel of leaders from Silicon Valley’s educational, business, and philanthropic sectors is leading Joint Venture’s Alliance for Teaching, which is focused on “Three R’s:”  Recruiting, Retaining, and Rewarding Silicon Valley’s teachers.

Joint Venture’s Colleen Wilcox, who is supervising the program across Santa Clara and San Mateo Counties, has recruited more than a dozen key regional leaders to serve as strategic advisors. Among them: UC Santa Cruz Chancellor George Blumenthal, Silicon Valley Community Foundation President & CEO Emmett Carson, San Mateo County Schools Superintendent Jean Holbrook, Stanford University Professor Linda Darling-Hammond, Morgan Family Foundation President Becky Morgan, Children Now President Ted Lempert and Therma President & CEO Joe Parisi.

The goal of the Alliance for Teaching is to improve regional recruitment, professional development and national board certification with a program of professional and community support that celebrates and thanks teachers.

Click here to read more about the Alliance for Teaching

Joint Venture Lays Foundation for New Sustainable Buildings Initiative with Oct. 30 Event

Joint Venture’s initiative to promote sustainability in the built environment gets off the ground with an event on October 30 in San Jose. Our intention is to provide tools, training, and resources that industry, counties and cities need to move successfully toward sustainable buildings and development practices, and to do it collabroatively across public and private sectors throughout Silicon Valley.

At the symposium, industry and government experts will discuss the future of Title 24 from the California Energy Commission, methods for efficient water and energy management and the evolution of green building standards.

Click here to learn more about the initiative and to register for the event

Newsweek Editor Fareed Zakaria and Electric Car Crusader Shai Agassi to Keynote State of the Valley Conference

Two of the nation’s most prominent and visionary experts on global economic, political and energy issues will deliver keynote remarks at the 2009 State of the Valley Conference in San Jose next February 20.

Fareed Zakaria, editor of Newsweek International, columnist and CNN host – described by Esquire as “the most influential foreign policy advisor of his generation” – and Shai Agassi, founder and CEO of a Better Place, focusing on a green transportation infrastructure based on electric cars will address Joint Venture’s annual “town hall” meeting.

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.

Mark your calendars now and watch for more details about State of the Valley in upcoming newsletters.

Click here to read more about Fareed Zakaria.

Click here to read more about Shai Agassi and Better Place.


Joint Venture Spotlight

Meet Chuck Reed

Joint Venture Board of Directors

San Jose Mayor Chuck Reed, the new co-chair of the Joint Venture board, is many other things: community leader, Silicon Valley advocate, attorney, former Air Force captain, husband, father, and, for the first time, a grandfather. Mayor Reed took time out of his busy schedule to chat with Valley Vision about his passion for the Joint Venture mission, his vision for San Jose and his new grandson.

Click here to read more about Chuck Reed.

B is for BART: Joint Venture Endorses Sales Tax Measure

The Joint Venture board of directors has endorsed Measure B on the November 4 ballot to approve a one-eighth cent sales tax increase in Santa Clara County to support the extension of the BART transit system in the county.

The proposed tax increase is estimated to generate $42 million a year. The funds would be dedicated solely to operational and maintenance costs for the 16.1-mile expansion of BART into the South Bay from Fremont.

The measure specifies the tax increase is contingent upon receipt of some $750 million in federal funds to help construction of the $6 billion project.

Click here to learn more about Measure B.

Article of the Month

A New American Paradigm That Really Works
By Doug Henton

Doug Henton, a founding father of Joint Venture and the lead economist on Joint Venture’s annual Silicon Valley Index, examines how Silicon Valley and Portland, Oregon are leaders in the critical transition to a high efficiency and environmentally low impact model, reversing Americans’ profligate, high-impact, low-efficiency culture of the past half century.

Since the 1970s, Portland has prospered, transforming its economy from forest products to high-value technology, simultaneously increasing incomes and boosting property values. Portland has built a light rail system, increased urban densities, and rolled back its greenhouse gas emissions.

Click here to read the full article

Investors Council Spotlight – Wells Fargo, Applied Materials

Wells Fargo & Company, the 156-year-old banking and financial services company founded in San Francisco by Henry Wells and William Fargo, and Applied Materials, the global nanomanufacturing giant, are the newest members of the Joint Venture Investors Council.

They join more than 100 other business, academic, government, labor and community organizations that contribute time and resources to our great work.

Wells Fargo & Company is a diversified financial services company providing banking, insurance, investments, mortgage and consumer finance through almost 6,000 stores, the internet and other distribution channels across North America and internationally.

Applied Materials offers a broad portfolio of innovative equipment, service and software products for the fabrication of semiconductor chips, flat panel displays, solar photovoltaic cells, flexible electronics and energy efficient glass.

Click here to learn more about Wells Fargo.

Click here to learn more about Applied Materials.

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