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Wireless Silicon Valley Gets Fresh Legs With New Partner Covad Communications Constructing Test Site in San Carlos

Joint Venture’s Wireless Silicon Valley project has a new partner, San José-based Covad Communications, which will construct a test network in downtown San Carlos. Covad’s entry reinvigorates the project, which was offline for most of 2007 while the team searched for a workable business model that didn’t require taxpayer revenue.

Covad has a long history of providing business-class communication services using wireline and wireless technologies, and provides a promising complement to Cisco and the other members of the MetroConnect team. San Carlos was selected as the pilot because it provides a concentration of small and medium businesses and as well as public agencies, including SamTrans, CalTrain and the San Carlos city hall complex. Design of the network is now in progress and construction is slated to begin shortly; the test will last approximately three months.

Guiding Principles Picking Up Speed Along The Grand Boulevard

The Grand Boulevard Initiative—a regional effort to bring meaningful improvements to El Camino Real—is picking up speed. Eleven cities and regional agencies – Belmont, Burlingame, Colma, Hillsborough, Millbrae, Mountain View, Redwood City, San Bruno, South San Francisco, the San Mateo City/County Association of Governments and the San Mateo County Transit District – have now adopted the Guiding Principles recommended by the Task Force.

Click here for more information about Joint Venture’s Grand Boulevard vision.

Click here to read more about The Grand Boulevard project.

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Deciphering the Code: Industry Panel on the California Building Code Set For April 23

Joint Venture joins with a coalition of organizations to present an in-depth discussion of the new California Building Code Wednesday April 23rd, in San Jose. The program brings together industry and government experts throughout Silicon Valley, and speakers include city building officials from San Jose, Santa Clara, Milpitas, and Livermore. Joint Venture joins with the Building Owners and Managers Association (BOMA) and the International Facility Management Association (IFMA) as host of the panel.

For more information and to register, click here.

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Let’s Be Frank: Joint Venture CEO Urges Palo Alto to Think Regionally in City Manager Search

Departing Palo Alto City Manager and Joint Venture board member Frank Benest, spotlighted in our February issue, leaves a legacy that spreads well beyond Palo Alto. In a recent editorial Joint Venture CEO Russell Hancock (himself a 20-year Palo Alto resident) urged the city to hire a manager who will perpetuate Benest’s commitment to regional collaboration.

Click here to read Hancock’s editorial in the Palo Alto Weekly.

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This Just In: Joint Venture Adds Veteran Communications Expert

Longtime Bay Area journalist and corporate communications expert Duffy Jennings has joined the Joint Venture team as Vice President of Communications. Jennings, who most recently served the same role with the Silicon Valley Leadership Group, operates his own consulting practice and has previously held senior executive positions with The Enterprise Network of Silicon Valley, e-commerce startup Fogdog.com and the San Francisco Giants. Duffy will oversee Joint Venture’s efforts to build greater awareness about our wide scope of activities.

Duffy began his award-winning career as a reporter, editor and City Hall bureau chief with the San Francisco Chronicle, covering such major stories as the Patty Hearst kidnapping, the Zodiac serial killer, and the Moscone & Milk assassinations His Chronicle character was featured in last year’s major motion picture, “Zodiac.”

Click here to read Duffy’s bio.

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Joint Venture Spotlight

Meet Bill Miller

2008 David Packard Award Recipient

William F. Miller, distinguished Stanford professor and former provost, scholar, entrepreneur, venture capitalist, adviser to world governments, and a tireless champion of Silicon Valley, received the 2008 David Packard Award at Joint Venture’s State of the Valley conference on February 22. Miller’s longtime friend and colleague Keith Kennedy, chairman of Con-way and long-time Joint Venture board member, presented Professor Miller to a crowd of 1,100 at the San Jose McEnery Convention Center, pronouncing him “Silicon Valley’s version of Thomas Jefferson.”

Click here to read Kennedy’s remarks.

New Feature for Valley Vision: Article of the Month

This guest opinion in the San Jose Mercury News by Silicon Valley Leadership Group CEO Carl Guardino and California Labor Secretary Victoria Bradshaw emphasizes the importance of having a stream of California-educated engineers entering the workforce.

New Joint Venture Office is Just Around the Corner

Joint Venture is on the move to new offices, but we aren’t going far. Effective April 1, our address is:

60 South Market St.
Suite 1000
San Jose, California 95113
Phone: (408) 298-9330

Our new offices are literally just around the corner from our old space on Santa Clara Street, so stop in and visit us. The views are so good from our tenth floor digs that we can see the future of Silicon Valley from there.

Note: to facilitate the move, our server will be offline on Friday, March 28 and we won’t be able to send or receive email that day. Please bear with us during the interruption.

Click here for a map, directions and parking information.