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Joint Venture Launches
Silicon Valley Institute
for Regional Studies

Joint Venture is launching a new institute providing a stream of data and reports, significantly boosting the analytical output of the organization. To be housed within Joint Venture, the think tank is to be called—for now—the Silicon Valley Institute for Regional Studies.

Joint Venture’s co-chairs, San Jose Mayor Chuck Reed and Accenture’s Chris DiGiorgio, announced the Institute at the State of the Valley conference, at the same time they announced an overall expansion campaign for Joint Venture. The search for the Institute’s inaugural director commences immediately, and the Institute is expected to be up and running by mid-year.

Co-chairs Chris DiGiorgio and Chuck Reed give presentation at 2013 State of the Valley conference

“Data and analysis about Silicon Valley as a region is in surprisingly short supply,” explained Joint Venture CEO Russell Hancock. “Our new Institute will address a critical need, leverage our relationship with the region’s universities, and build on our flagship product, the Silicon Valley Index.”

Click here for video of the Co-Chairs announcing the Institute and the expansion campaign.

Joint Venture, Alston + Bird
present Clean Tech Seminar

Don Bray, director of Joint Venture’s Smart Energy Enterprise Development Zone (SEEDZ), will be among the presenters at the Third Annual Clean Tech Seminar on March 8 in Palo Alto.

The event, presented by Joint Venture and Alston + Bird at the Four Seasons Silicon Valley from 8:15 a.m. to 2 p.m., also includes panels on corporate compliance with green chemistry regulations and intellectual property issues in clean tech energy, as well as luncheon keynote remarks by Dr. Bryan Hannegan of the Electric Power Research Institute.

Click here for more information and to register.

Joint Venture hosts
distributed energy workshop

Industry experts will present the latest developments in onsite energy storage systems for commercial building operators at a Distributed Energy Storage workshop hosted by Joint Venture’s Smart Energy Enterprise Development Zone (SEEDZ) in Sunnyvale on March 13.

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Attendees will learn how new opportunities for electric storage can be converted into positive cash flows at facilities. Topics include storage technologies and applications, financial case studies, storage in the California energy market and real-world case studies.

The workshop will be held at Juniper Networks from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. Registration includes lunch.

 

Click here for more details and to register for the workshop.

Click here to learn more about the SEEDZ initiative.

Nominations Open for
Grand Boulevard Awards

Nominations are now being accepted for the Grand Boulevard Awards program, which honors both Projects and Visionary agencies that embody the guiding principles of the Grand Boulevard Initiative.

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Awards are presented in the public and private sector for physical projects along the El Camino corridor, as well as for plans by GBI member agencies. A GBI Working Committee member must submit nominations. The deadline for nominations is April 12.

Click here for more information and nomination forms.

Water Conservation Awards Ceremony is March 21

The 2013 Silicon Valley Water Conservation Awards will be presented at San Jose State University on March 21 in ceremonies featuring keynote remarks by Peter Gleick of the Pacific Institute.

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Joint Venture is a sponsor of the awards, which honor programs and leadership in water conservation is six categories: Government Agency/Water Utility, Business, Organization, Greenscape Management, Education and Water Champion.

Click here for more information about the awards and to RSVP for the ceremonies.

2013 Silicon Valley
Energy Storage Symposium

Patricia Hoffman Nancy Skinner

U.S. Energy Department Assistant Secretary Patricia Hoffman and East Bay Assembly member Nancy Skinner will be the keynote speakers at Joint Venture’s 2013 Silicon Valley Energy Storage Symposium on April 11 in Mountain View.

Registration is now open for the fourth annual event, which takes place at the Microsoft Auditorium from 8 a.m. to 4 p.m. Click here to register.

Our MARCH Spotlight

Lenny Mendonca

McKinsey & Company

Lenny Mendonca of McKinsey & Company is the recipient of the 2013 David Packard Award for civic entrepreneurship, Joint Venture’s highest honor. Children Now CEO and former state legislator Ted Lempert made the formal presentation to his good friend and colleague at the State of the Valley conference last month.

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Mendonca was honored for his extensive cross-boundary work with a number of organizations bringing public and private sector leaders together to improve state and local government, tax reform and budgeting.

Click here to read Lenny’s profile.

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