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Joint Venture Launches Smart Energy Enterprise Development Zone

Joint Venture has launched Silicon Valley’s first Smart Energy Enterprise Development Zone (SEEDZ), a new initiative that envisions building out the highest-performance two-way power network in the nation. It unites local energy customers, energy providers, municipalities, institutions and utility interests in building the smart energy network of the future.

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Centered in a zone spanning north Sunnyvale, north Mountain View and Moffett Field, the initiative encompasses a portfolio of essential smart energy elements. These include practices, standards and technologies for efficiency, renewable energy, grid performance and business model integration.

To lead the initiative, Joint Venture has appointed Don Bray, a veteran player in clean technology solutions for the enterprise market, as executive director.

To learn more about SEEDZ and read the white paper outlining the project, click here.

Click here to learn more about Don Bray.

Grand Boulevard hosts tour for state legislative staff

More than a dozen members of the California Legislative Staff Education Institute attended a two-day orientation on Joint Venture’s Grand Boulevard Initiative last month to learn more about the project and visit key sites along El Camino Real. The group, representing elected officials of both the State Senate and Assembly, included staff from the legislative analyst’s office, fiscal offices, and budget and finance committees.

The legislative staff heard from key officials of the Grand Boulevard Task Force and from transportation, planning and community development directors from several cities. They also visited Grand Boulevard project sites in Redwood City, Mountain View and San Mateo.

Click here to learn more about the Grand Boulevard Initiative.

Click here to read a San Francisco Chronicle editorial urging public support for the initiative.

State of the Valley panel to showcase influential women in tech

Silicon Valley’s most influential women in technology will discuss their roles and how they see the future of innovation at a special panel during the State of the Valley conference next month in San Jose.

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Google advertising executive Susan Wojcicki, former SpikeSource CEO Kim Polese, Wall Street Journal reporter and All Things D host Kara Swisher are among the panelists at the February 8 conference at Parkside Hall.

Watch for a special State of the Valley edition of Valley Vision later this month with a complete overview of the conference, including keynote speakers, presenters, panelists, performers and the David Packard Award winner.

To register for State of the Valley, click here.

Our JANUARY Spotlight

Fred Diaz

City of Fremont

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Some boys want to be firemen, cops, athletes or astronauts. But how often do you meet someone who says he knew coming out of high school that his career goal was to be a city manager?

If that sounds unglamorous, you don’t know Fred Diaz.

Click here to read Fred’s profile.

Joint Venture op-ed calls for more wireless spectrum
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Joint Venture has urged the Federal Communications Commission to open up more wireless spectrum - the invisible airwaves that carry wireless signals from one place to another - in a recent guest column in the San Jose Mercury News.

Joint Venture co-chair Chris DiGiorgio and Leon Beauchman, the director of our Wireless Communications Initiative, co-authored the op-ed, noting that the app economy has created 466,000 jobs since its inception five years ago but that the government has not freed enough spectrum to accommodate the surge in wireless traffic and data. In the column, Rep. Anna Eshoo agreed more spectrum should be a priority.

Click here to read the column.

Article of the Month

“Silicon Valley Already Leads in Manufacturing”

- Kim Walesh, San Jose Mercury News

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Kim Walesh, chief strategist and director of economic development for San Jose, wrote in a recent guest column in the San Jose Mercury News that Silicon Valley's resurging manufacturing sector that serves infotech, cleantech, medical devices and consumer product industries can create the new middle-class production jobs that our nation needs to rebuild our social fabric and global competitiveness.

Click here to read the column.

January on “Inside Silicon Valley”

January guests on “Inside Silicon Valley,” Joint Venture’s weekly public affairs radio program, include two upcoming State of the Valley speakers, All Things D editor and Wall Street Journal columnist Kara Swisher (Jan. 4 & 6) and Atlantic journalist and author James Fallows (Jan. 11 & 13), and Silicon Valley Business Journal Editor-in-Chief Greg Baumann (Jan. 25 & 27). Joint Venture CEO Russell Hancock hosts the hour-long program, which airs every Friday at 7 p.m. and again on Sunday at noon on 1590 KLIV.

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Joint Venture CEO Russell Hancock hosts the hour-long program, which airs every Friday at 7 p.m. and again on Sunday at noon on 1590 KLIV.

Click here to listen to previous programs.

Click here to listen to our podcasts on iTunes.

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