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Joint Venture Food Rescue Initiative awarded Sobrato grants

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Joint Venture’s Silicon Valley Food Rescue Initiative has received $150,000 in two grants from real estate developer John Sobrato and his family to support the launch of its A La Carte Food Truck program.

The John A. and Susan Sobrato Fund awarded $100,000 and the Jeffrey Michael and Leann Marie Sobrato Fund awarded $50,000 to the food rescue initiative.

Read the news release.

Learn more about the Food Rescue Initiative.

Joint Venture convening wireless carriers and cities on technology policy

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A coalition of local governments has asked Joint Venture to facilitate roundtable discussions among Silicon Valley counties, cities and towns and the wireless industry on pricing, model codes, ordinances, municipal needs and best practices because of its technical expertise and policy insight on wireless communications.

The Silicon Valley Wireless Working Group (SVWWG) has been meeting informally over the past two years to share information and ideas about how to manage applications for wireless facilities in the public right-of-way. Recently SVWWG tapped David Witkowski, executive director of Joint Venture’s Wireless Communications Initiative, to facilitate the roundtable last month to promote dialogue and mutual understanding between governments and the industry.

The City of Campbell hosted the meeting May 7, attended by AT&T Mobility, Verizon Wireless, ExteNet Systems, Mobilitie, Crown Castle, the California Wireless Association and several local governments. Feedback was positive and future meetings are planned. “The SVWWG is a natural extension and amplification of the work we've been doing in the WCI over the past decade,” says Witkowski.

Learn more about the Wireless Communications Initiative.

Joint Venture, state officials spur dialogue on regional disaster awareness


Joint Venture CEO Russell Hancock and Alexis Podesta, secretary of the California Business, Consumer Services and Housing Agency, co-authored a recent San Jose Mercury News guest editorial about the HayWired earthquake scenario and the Outsmart Disaster campaign.

Joint Venture is working closely with the USGS, the state and Silicon Valley businesses on regional preparedness in the event of a major quake along the Hayward fault.

“A host of partners have contributed time, effort and knowledge to HayWired to help identify the possible impacts of a major earthquake and start building the collaborative networks we’ll need to bounce back as a region,” the article noted.

Read the op-ed.

Learn more about Outsmart Disaster.

Joint Venture In The News

May 24, 2018 - (San Francisco Business Times) - Veteran Peninsula Developer Wants to See San Mateo County Go Vertical: "Dostart serves on the taskforce for the Grand Boulevard Initiative, an effort to revitalize and redevelop properties along El Camino Real." More.

May 3, 2018 - (San Jose Mercury News) - Why the Bay Area is the Epicenter of California’s Housing Crisis: "The new study, along with a recent report from the Joint Venture Silicon Valley think tank, found that nearly as many people are leaving Silicon Valley as are coming in." More.

May 3, 2018 - (Silicon Valley Business Journal) - Nonprofits are Wary of an Avalanche of Trouble at the Silicon Valley Community Foundation: "If an avalanche at the community foundation leaves something in its wake rather than burying the whole enterprise, Joint Venture Silicon Valley chief Russell Hancock hopes it’s a redirected philanthropic purpose. More.

May 1, 2018 - (San Jose Mercury News) - Guest Column: How Bay Area Can Prevent Earthquake Catastrophe: "Building from coalition members such as ...Joint Venture Silicon Valley, business and government interests have come together to assess their own vulnerabilities and are working to address them." More.

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