Valley Vision: February 2008


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Get Your Tickets Now—Or You Might Miss the State of the Valley Conference on Feb. 22

Joint Venture’s annual State of the Valley conference was a sell-out last year, with scores of people turned away. We have a bigger room this year at the McEnery Convention Center in San Jose, but judging by registrations so far it looks like we’re already headed for a full house. Purchase your tickets now so you don’t miss it!

Highlights of the conference, which runs from 8 am to 2 pm, include panels discussing how Silicon Valley can influence the future of electric cars, professional sports, health care and climate change. Sheila C. Bair, Chair of the Federal Deposit Insurance Corporation, will discuss the subprime mortgage crisis. And two noted  will debate the impact of globalization: Robert Reich, former Secretary of Labor in the Clinton administration who is now a professor at Berkeley, will face off with John Taylor,  a White House economist and later Undersecretary of the Treasury in the Bush administration, who is now a professor at Stanford.

Joint Venture’s Climate Protection Task Force Recruits Two Counties and 18 Cities for Volume Discount on Greenhouse Gas Inventories

Joint Venture’s Climate Protection Task Force recently negotiated an agreement with two non-profit groups – ICLEI-Local Governments for Sustainability and Sustainable Silicon Valley – to conduct audits of greenhouse gas emissions by local government operations at a volume discount of almost 50 percent. But there was a catch: The discount would only apply if the task force recruited 20 government agencies. The goal was reached after the City/County Association of Governments in San Mateo County (C/CAG) voted to further subsidize the cost of the program. Best of all, the discount is still available for cities and other government agencies that haven’t yet signed up.

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Learn About “Green” Buildings at March 6 Lunch in San Jose

Joint Venture and BOMA Silicon Valley, which represents commercial building owners and managers, are among the sponsors of a March 6 lunch in San Jose called “Greening Silicon Valley . . . One Building at a Time.” San Jose Mayor Chuck Reed will present his city’s green building plan and there will be a seminar on how to reduce energy consumption and waste output in commercial structures.

Click here to find out more about the “green” buildings lunch.

Joint Venture Spotlight

Meet Frank Benest

Joint Venture Board of Directors

Frank Benest, city manager of Palo Alto, is about to leave his job and begin what he calls the “encore phase” of his career – devoting himself to teaching, writing and consulting. Benest has been a tireless contributor to the region, serving on Joint Venture’s board and championing the Silicon Valley Economic Development Association (SVEDA). One particular area of interest for Benest: developing the next generation of local government leaders.

Click here to learn more about Frank Benest.

Joint Venture Co-Sponsors March 13 Lunch on the Future of California’s Workforce

As the baby-boom generation approaches retirement, Silicon Valley faces a shortage of skilled workers in a broad range of vital occupations. On March 13, community leaders are coming together from 10 a.m. to 1 p.m. at Mission College in Santa Clara to explore the challenges in building a workforce for the 21st century. The meeting will also help shape the California EDGE campaign, a statewide policy initiative on workforce development.

Click here for details on the March 13 lunch, and here to learn more about California EDGE.