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Breaking News

Colleen Wilcox to Lead Joint Venture Education Initiative for Silicon Valley Teacher Development and Retention

Former Santa Clara County Schools Superintendent Colleen Wilcox has been named Executive Director of the Silicon Valley Alliance for Teachers, a new Joint Venture initiative working to make teacher recruitment, development and retention one of the region’s highest priorities.

The initiative aims to dramatically expand the amount of resources available for intensive professional development, and make them systematically available to all of Silicon Valley’s K-12 teachers. Funded in part by a seed grant from the Morgan Family Foundation, the initiative will be administered in collaboration with the San Mateo County Office of Education.

“Dr. Wilcox is a bona fide superstar,” said Russell Hancock, president and CEO of Joint Venture. “We were looking for somebody with extraordinary abilities, a track record as a change agent, and somebody with deep ties in the education community. We cannot imagine anyone more ideally suited to the assignment.”

Click here to read the press release.
Click here to learn more about the initiative.


Smart Health Project Issues Final Report

Joint Venture’s Smart Health Task Force has worked for more than two years to introduce new efficiencies to the region’s health care sector by using information technology more effectively. The process has involved hundreds of leaders from the Valley’s health care providers, insurers, employers,and the broader community.

Though the project has logged a number of successes, the outcome we most wanted—electronic medical records available anytime, anywhere—has eluded us. For reasons having to do with the health care industry in general and specific market conditions in Silicon Valley, collaborative approaches will not be sufficient, and Silicon Valley residents will have to wait for external forces to make shared electronic records a reality.

In a white paper being released today, we are providing a full report to the community.

Click here to read the Smart Health white paper.

Click here to read the article in the Silicon Valley/San Jose Business Journal.

Click here to read the Business Journal’s editorial praising our effort.


Silicon Valley Prospector – A Mother Lode of Information for Valley Businesses, the award-winning web site that serves Silicon Valley businesses with commercial real estate needs, has unearthed a rich vein of information since its launch a year ago by Joint Venture’s Silicon Valley Economic Development Alliance (SVEDA).

The free, easy-to-use site, a branch of, now contains some 3000 property listings and is generating wide interest and use among businesses, brokers and local governments.

“Prospector is a great tool for small, medium and large businesses looking to expand or relocate,” said Larry Cope, chair of SVEDA. “We hope everyone will mine this site for data.”

A collaboration of more than 20 cities and towns and Santa Clara County, Prospector offers available office, R&D, manufacturing, and retail properties, creates site-specific demographic analysis, maps businesses by industry, and uses interactive maps to identify optimal locations for a company. has won the 2007 Excellence in Economic Development Award from the International Economic Development Council and the 2007 Award of Merit from the California Association for Local Economic Development as well as a grant from PG&E.

Try it for yourself! Click here to use the Prospector.


California Forward – Full Speed Ahead

Joint Venture is enormously heartened by the early success of California Forward, the ambitious statewide collaborative for government reform that has evolved from the New California Network concept we created with the Bay Area Economic Forum three years ago.

Even some of the media’s most grizzled observers are writing enthusiastically about Caifornia Forward’s prospects, on the basis of its organizational support, its talented leadership and its broadly-based strategy for reform.

Three other groups have joined with the New California Network in this effort – California Common Cause, the Center for Governmental Studies and the Commonwealth Club of California. Grants totaling $15 million for a three-year first phase have come from the California Endowment, the Haas Fund, the Hewlett Foundation, the Irvine Foundation and the Packard Foundation.

Click here to learn more and sign up as a supporter.
Click here to read Daniel Weintraub’s take in the Sacramento Bee.
Click here to read the Mercury News’ editorial.

Building Code Panel Draws Big Crowd

City building officials Stephan Kiefer of Livermore and Sheila Lee of Santa Clara were among the panelists at a Joint Venture meeting last month on the first significant changes to the state’s new building code in ten years. More than 200 people attended the event, presented with the Silicon Valley Economic Development Alliance, the Building Owners and Managers Association-Silicon Valley (BOMA SV), and the Silicon Valley Chapter of the International Facility Management Association (IFMA).


Joint Venture Spotlight

Meet Bernadette Loftus, M.D.

Joint Venture Board of Directors

Dr. Bernadette Loftus is Physician-in-Chief of the Permanente Medical Group’s Santa Clara Center, where she oversees a sprawling new campus that serves more than 300,000 Kaiser patients with a team of 600 physicians.

An energetic executive, accomplished otolaryngologist, professor, and skilled surgeon, Dr. Loftus is also a dedicated community leader who joined the Joint Venture board in 2004.

A transplant from the East Coast in 1991, Dr. Loftus was a major force behind the development of the Santa Clara Medical Center. She has been named Woman of the Year by the California State Senate for District 13 and was the 2003 Silicon Valley Business Woman of the Year.

Click here to read more about Dr. Loftus.

Wireless FAQs

What’s the latest news on Wireless Silicon Valley? What is Covad Communications’ role in the project? When will the network be available in my community? The answers to these and other frequently asked questions about Joint Venture’s Wireless Silicon Valley project are always available on our site.

Click here to read up on the most frequently asked questions.

Article of the Month

Dense Housing Can Win Support

Research by the nonprofit organization Threshold 2008 has shown how educating San Mateo County residents on housing issues can sway public opinion about the need for additional, denser housing.

In a sampling of 238 residents, only 38 percent originally believed there was a need for more housing in the area, but after they attended a two-day seminar on housing issues at Cañada College, 68 percent said they would support more housing in the county.

Click here to read Will Oremus’ article in the San Mateo County Times.