Learn about our initiatives

How we use initiatives to accomplish our work

Joint Venture is often referred to as a “think tank,” a common term for a body of experts providing advice and ideas on specific political or economic problems. At Joint Venture, we prefer the term “think and do tank.” Along with providing data and guidance on our region’s economic and community challenges, we take action on the most pressing issues by launching initiatives. For each initiative we create a plan, form a working group or task force led by board and community champions who convene to assess the need, and then carry out the necessary activities toward a solution.

The lifecycle of an initiative

All Joint Venture initiatives begin with a specific mission and identifiable goals and then are carried out to their logical conclusion. Successful initiatives culminate with their goals achieved. Others, after incubation by Joint Venture, ultimately transfer to partner organizations for long-term administration. Still others cannot reach the desired outcome due to a variety of circumstances. In all cases, we analyze the steps taken, the data collected, the accomplishments and the shortcomings, and then report the results of completed initiatives to our board and to the community.

Our current initiatives

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Civic Technology

Community Broadband

Improving broadband in Silicon Valley

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Civic Technology

Smart Region

Targeted application of smart city technologies in Silicon Valley

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Civic Technology

Wireless Communications

Improving wireless network infrastructure in Silicon Valley

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Climate Prosperity

Addressing the environmental challenges facing our region

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Economic Development

Achieving individual and regional economic development goals

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Grand Boulevard

Transforming the El Camino Real Corridor into a people friendly place

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Mobility

Managers Mobility Partnership

Working to address transportation challenges facing our communities

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Mobility

Smart Mobility

Commute-focused project to improve driving options

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Mobility

EV Infrastructure Group

A forum for local organizations focused on setting up, managing and expanding their Electric Vehicle (EV) infrastructure

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Resilience

Adaptation/Sea Level Rise

Discussing sea level rise (SLR) and flood control issues

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Resilience

Public Sector Climate Task Force

Developing effective solutions for the reduction of greenhouse gas emissions

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Silicon Valley Talent Partnership

Tackling some of the region's problems by leveraging the abundance of human capital from Silicon Valley's distinguished corporations

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Silicon Valley Food Rescue

Rescuing edible food before it burdens landfills and distributing the surplus to people in need

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Our recently completed initiatives

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Alliance for Teaching

Developed a range of efforts that addressed challenges facing K-12 public school teachers in Silicon Valley

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Disaster Preparedness

A regional, cross-boundary initiative in the area of disaster planning and emergency preparedness

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Energy Storage

A symposium to showcase and monitor progress and new developments of the Storage industry

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Smart Energy Enterprise Development Zone (SEEDZ)

Worked on building a smart energy network

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Smart Health

Overcoming the barriers inherent in applying information technology to healthcare

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Renewable Energy Procurement (REP)

Regional, multi-agency collaborative purchases of renewable energy for public agency facilities

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Sustainable Buildings

Addressed new and existing buildings, from the planning stage to operations, to identify opportunities to save resources and money

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Workforce Development

Provided workforce development services for employers and job seekers in Santa Clara and San Mateo Counties

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