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Disaster Resiliency Center Lands $150,000 in Federal Funds

Joint Venture’s vision of a regional Disaster Resiliency Center at Moffett Field received a major boost in August with the approval of a $150,000 grant in federal Homeland Security funds for early stage development of the project. The funds were awarded by the Santa Clara County Approval Authority on August 12.

With this vital grant in hand, Joint Venture and leaders from the Santa Clara County Office of Emergency Services will go before the county Board of Supervisors to seek an additional $100,000 in local funds for the project. The funds will go toward the hiring of a program director, developing a business plan, and creating a governance structure for the resiliency center.

Click here to read more about Joint Venture’s Disaster Planning Initiative

Click here to read the concept paper proposing a state-of-the-art Resiliency Center at Moffett Field

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Media Summit Explores Community Information Needs

Three dozen community leaders, business executives and experts from both traditional and alternative media gathered in Mountain View August 20 to explore the changing media environment in Silicon Valley and how the region can pilot new models for the delivery of news.

Joint Venture and the Silicon Valley Community Foundation jointly convened the summit, in response to the economic struggles facing print media and the opportunities that digital media and new technologies present for reaching a wider community audience.

The summit was more than merely informational. The John S. and James L. Knight Foundation recently set aside $24 million for community foundations around the country to provide civic leadership in this area, asking them to propose ideas and innovative pilot projects. Joint Venture is helping the Community Foundation assemble a Silicon Valley-style proposal, one that makes creative uses of new technologies and fosters civic engagement. The group was assembled so the proposal would be informed by our region’s brightest and savviest media minds.

Those attending the meeting included present and former San Jose Mercury News executives, editors and reporters, Internet journalists and bloggers, news broadcasters and representatives of public media.

Click here to read media analyst Alan D. Mutter’s blog on the decline of Bay Area newspapers:

Click here to read what the Knight Foundation is offering regions like Silicon Valley.

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Meet the Joint Venture Investors Council

Did you know that in addition to the four dozen communities, institutions and organizations represented on our diverse board of directors, nearly 100 other organizations invest time and money in Joint Venture’s initiatives?

Ranging from Accretive Solutions to Zanker Road Resource Management in the private sector and from East Palo Alto to Union City in the public sector, this group comprises what we call the Joint Venture Investors Council. Without them, our work wouldn’t be possible.

In future issues of Valley Vision we will profile our newest Investors Council members so you can learn more about the varied support we have among business, academia, education, labor and the greater community.

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

Joint Venture's Summer Interns

Joint Venture has been fortunate to have three outstanding college interns working with our staff this summer on various initiatives. They get valuable experience with a vibrant and productive organization, and in turn we get much needed support for our projects. Please join us in saluting our three interns:

Vijay Chetty – Vijay worked closely with SVEDA’s Green Opportunities Task Force, focusing on research for the CleanTech Cluster. At the same time he interned in the City of Cupertino Economic Development Department. Vijay graduated from Saratoga High School in June and will be entering Princeton University this fall. Vijay was a leader on Congresswoman Anna Eshoo's 14th Congressional District Student Advisory Board, volunteered at the South Asian Health Center and is an Eagle Scout.

 

Milly Boyce - Alaska native Milly Boyce’s duties included editing our cell phone primer, helping with the launch of Green Neighbors by creating a web page of city and county climate protection success stories, and preparing letters of support for climate protection legislation in Sacramento. A recent graduate of Brigham Young University with a degree in genetics and biotechnology, Milly has been using her internship to explore career options in climate change and sustainability.

 

Kyle Van Dieren – Kyle worked extensively with our new education initiative, a great fit since his mother and sister are both teachers. He helped identify local retailers who are willing to offer discounts and other benefits for teachers, one part of Joint Venture’s broader strategy to elevate the status of teaching in Silicon Valley. Kyle will be a sophomore at Santa Clara University this fall studying business.

 

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Joint Venture Spotlight

Meet Jean McCown

Joint Venture Board of Directors

Stanford University public affairs chief Jean McCown loves many things – scuba diving, travel, the environment, Napa Valley. But above all, she loves public service.

A former Palo Alto mayor, city council member and planning commissioner, McCown has brought her passion for community leadership to her role as a member of Joint Venture’s board of directors since 2005.

McCown talked with Valley Vision about her interests, her background and what compels her to plunge beneath the surface – of either the ocean or community challenges – to get to the bottom of things.

Click here to read more about Jean McCown.

Wanted: Workforce Initiative Director

Joint Venture has received funding for a one-year position to examine Silicon Valley’s evolving workforce development issues and recommend a new regional strategy. We’re looking for a talented person who understands the issues, has superb analytical skills, and a strong background as a community organizer. The work is made possible by funds received from the United States Department of Labor.

Are you the next lucky member of our team?

Click here to read the complete job description and learn how to apply.

Article of the Month

Taking Health Care High-Tech Deserves Broad Support

Senator John Kerry and former House Speaker Newt Gingrich co-authored this recent guest column in the San Jose Mercury News extolling the importance of digital technology in health care, and echoing the goals of Joint Venture’s recent Smart Health initiative.

Click here to read the full article:

Click here to read Joint Venture’s final Smart Health report.