Valley Vision


newsletter header

Tickets Going Fast for the State of the Valley Conference

U.S. Senator Kamala D. Harris headlines annual event on February 9

Kamala Harris headshot

What impact will the administration, Congress and recent events in the nation's capital have on Silicon Valley in 2018? United States Senator Kamala D. Harris will share her views in closing remarks at the State of the Valley conference in San Jose February 9.

Senator Harris, beginning her second year in the upper house, has recently been appointed to the Senate Judiciary Committee and is a staunch supporter of the DACA program.

More about Senator Harris.

The complete program.

Register here!

Silicon Valley’s annual checkup: The 2018 Index


Jobs, venture capital, innovation and company expansions continue their upswing in Silicon Valley, but all this growth brings more housing and transportation woes. What does the latest economic data mean for our region?

Russell Hancock, President and Chief Executive Officer of Joint Venture and President of the Silicon Valley Institute for Regional Studies, will give a detailed briefing on the data in the 2018 Silicon Valley Index at State of the Valley.

More on the Index and last year’s findings.

What's new and next?


Pinterest Chief Scientist Jure Leskovec and noted futurist Paul Saffo will chart out the decade ahead when they take the podium at the 2018 State of the Valley conference.

Dr. Leskovec, who also holds a professorship at Stanford, will discuss the breakneck developments in Artificial Intelligence coming out of Silicon Valley and comment on the disruptions they may portend.

Professor Saffo, who also teaches at Stanford, will discuss Silicon Valley, the broad trends that are shaping our region and changing the way the rest of the country regards Silicon Valley.

Read about the speakers.

Transportation and housing: Solving our toughest challenges


Our region’s biggest players on transportation and housing will take the stage at the 2018 State of the Valley conference. They include the Bay Area’s top transportation official Steve Heminger, executive director of the Metropolitan Transportation Commission, and UC Berkeley Professor of Affordable Housing and Urban Policy Carol Galante.

In a moderated conversation, Heminger and Galante will be pressed for solutions to the Valley’s housing crisis, and our mounting transportation woes. Isn’t it time for bold new initiatives and Silicon Valley-style out-of-the-box thinking?

Read about the speakers.

Exhibitors and entertainment

band playing

State of the Valley also features an Exhibitors Showcase for local nonprofit organizations to provide information about their services. Exhibitors include transit agencies, open space organizations and sustainability initiatives.

The award-winning 50-member Buchser Middle School Jazz Band and the Mariachi Tradicional of Alum Rock Union Elementary School District’s award-winning Ethnomusicology—Mariachi Program will perform during breaks at State of the Valley.

Microsoft, Accenture, Lucile Packard Children’s Hospital and Wells Fargo Bank are the presentation sponsors.

band playing

Registration for State of the Valley includes breakfast, a copy of the 2017 Silicon Valley Index and admission to all of the conference proceedings, booths and exhibits.

Registration is $175, with discounts for nonprofits and students.


Joint Venture Silicon Valley provides analysis and action on issues affecting our region's economy and quality of life.

Follow us on Facebook Follow us on Twitter Watch our videos on YouTube

Copyright © 2018 Joint Venture Silicon Valley. All rights reserved. |

100 West San Fernando Street, Suite 310, San Jose, California 95113



Newsletters by Year

News Coverage

Joint Venture's initiatives, publications, events and regional expertise receive frequent coverage in the national and local news media. Our staff is always available to comment on economic trends in Silicon Valley.

View news coverage.