SCC Ground Breaking

Joint Venture “Green Visionary Award” goes to Santa Clara County

Joint Venture presented its "Green Visionary Award" to Santa Clara County officials this month for installing solar panels on county buildings as part of the Silicon Valley Collaborative Renewable Energy Procurement Project, a Joint Venture initiative that created the nation's largest multi-agency collaborative for purchasing renewable energy. The County earned the award for being the first of nine participants in the collaborative project to break ground.

The county expects that the power generated from its new solar PV systems at four sites will displace an estimated 17 percent of the total grid (PG&E) power used. Joint Venture CEO Russell Hancock wielded a shovel with others at the Civic Center groundbreaking, and then was joined by Joint Venture's Rachel Massaro to present a commemorative plaque to county supervisors Mike Wasserman, Dave Cortese and Ken Yeager. Signed by Joint Venture's board of directors, the plaque will be on display at the county offices.

Click here to read the county's news release on the event.
Click here to watch ABC7's video coverage of the event.

     

“Inside Silicon Valley” – New weekly Joint Venture radio show on KLIV debuts July 3 with Rep. Mike Honda

Joint Venture and San Jose radio station KLIV have announced the launch of “Inside Silicon Valley,” a new weekly public affairs program that will explore topics of interest with regional business executives, elected officials, community leaders and other experts.

Joint Venture CEO Russell Hancock hosts the hour-long program, every Sunday at noon on 1590 KLIV starting July 3. San

Jose Congressman Mike Honda will be the first guest on the new show, discussing Silicon Valley’s relationship with Washington, DC. San Jose Airport director and new Team San Jose CEO Bill Sherry will be the guest on July 10. He will be followed by Andrew Bales of Symphony Silicon Valley and Dennis Nahat of Ballet San Jose on July 17 and venture capitalist Tim Draper on July 24. A podcast of the show will be posted on our website each week after it is broadcast.

Read the complete news release here.

     

Book of the Month: “Great Again – Revitalizing America’s Entrepreneurial Leadership” by Henry R. Nothhaft with David Kline

In his new book, Tessera CEO Hank Nothhaft illustrates how the dysfunction at the United States Patent and Trademark Office is imperiling not only

entrepreneurial inventors, but also the economic recovery as a whole and even America's global innovation leadership.

Since 1992, Congress has diverted nearly $1 billion in applicant-paid fees already earned by the USPTO to other uses (such as to help pay for the 2010 census), leaving the patent office understaffed, under-resourced, and wholly unable to deal with the threefold increase in patent applications over the last twenty years. As a result, the patent office now takes an average of 3.7 years to rule on a patent. As of January 2011, the total number of patent applications waiting for approval was a staggering 1.2 million--triple the number just ten years ago.

Click here to read an excerpt in the Harvard Business Review Press.

     

Joint Venture Spotlight – David Casas, Los Altos City Council and Co-Chair, Wireless Communications Initiative

When dynamic Los Altos City Council member, realtor and former corporate financial and community affairs executive David Casas gets revved up, there’s no stopping him. That bodes well for Los Altos – and for Joint Venture’s Wireless Communications Initiative.

To read his profile, click here.


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