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State awards Joint Venture Food Rescue program $313,000 in grant funds

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The State of California has awarded Joint Venture Silicon Valley’s Food Rescue initiative a grant of $313,000 as part of Cal Recycle's Food Waste Prevention & Rescue Grant Program.

The state issued the grant through the Santa Clara County Recycle and Waste Reduction Commission. The commission works to assure the success of cooperative programs to reduce, reuse and recycle materials that otherwise would be disposed of in landfills.

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Learn more about the Food Rescue Initiative.

Joint Venture launches pro bono project to tackle housing

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Silicon Valley Talent Partnership, one of Joint Venture’s newest initiatives, has launched a project in partnership with Adobe and San Mateo County’s Home for All Initiative.

A pro bono team of four marketing professionals from Adobe will spend the next three months developing a marketing plan to boost awareness of Home for All’s Second Unit Program and drive homeowners’ participation. Second Units have become an important part of the conversation about how to reduce the staggering 19:1 jobs to housing gap in San Mateo County.

Learn more about Home For All.

Learn more about Silicon Valley Talent Partnership.

Robin Franz Martin joins Food Rescue team

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Robin Franz Martin, a veteran of two decades in public health and community team building, has been appointed Deputy Director of Joint Venture’s Food Rescue Initiative. Most recently, she has led volunteer team building projects for LifeMoves, Bay Area, an organization committed to ending the cycle of homelessness in Santa Clara and San Mateo Counties.

Previously, Robin worked with nonprofit agencies in Ohio and has served as a board member and volunteer with other organizations. She holds a B.S. in environmental policy and behavior from the University of Michigan.

Read Robin’s bio.

State of the Valley – A video recap

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Videos from the 2018 State of the Valley conference, featuring provocative speakers on important regional issues and a deep dive into the 2018 Silicon Valley Index, are now viewable on Joint Venture’s YouTube channel.

Thanks to the generosity of PRxDigital, we've summed up the day in a brief video that captures the essence of the conference. We have also posted all the individual conference session videos on our YouTube channel.

Watch the overview video.

Watch videos of all the sessions.

The Silicon Valley Index doesn’t stop at State of the Valley

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The annual Joint Venture Index is unveiled every year at the State of the Valley conference, but did you know it lives all year long in cyberspace? This comprehensive report of indicators measures the strength of our economy and the health of our community, highlighting challenges and providing an analytical foundation for leadership and decision making.

Constantly updated with new data throughout the year, the report has its own dynamic and interactive website that allows users to download data and charts from the report to help drive business, policy, and other critical decisions for the region.


Silicon Valley Water Conservation Awards announced


The cities of Mountain View and Morgan Hill, San Jose State University, Sierra Circuits, DripCycle, the Silicon Valley Advanced Water Purification Center and landscape architect Sherri Osaka have been honored as recipients of the 2018 Silicon Valley Water Conservation.

Joint Venture is among a coalition of government, business and community organizations that support the program to recognize regional leaders in water conservation and reuse. This year’s winner will be honored in ceremonies on World Water Day, March 22, at the Mitchell Park Community Center in Palo Alto.

Read the news release.

Learn more about the Water Awards.

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