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Joint Venture board elects Matt Mahan new private sector co-chair; adds Facebook and Caliva as members

Matt Mahan, Juan Salazar, and Dennis O’Malley

The Joint Venture board of directors has elected Brigade President and CEO Matt Mahan as its new private sector co-chair. Mahan replaces Steve Bochner, a partner at Wilson Sonsini Goodrich & Rosati, after a four-year term.

The board also elected Facebook Public Policy Manager Juan Salazar and Caliva CEO Dennis O’Malley as its newest members.

Read the news release.

Learn more about the Joint Venture board.

Big turnout for Peninsula Bikeway Launch

Russ Hancock speaking and Peninsula Bikeway event

Hundreds of people gathered with Joint Venture and the Managers Mobility Partnership for the official launch of the interim Peninsula Bikeway September 8 in Menlo Park. The crowd assembled at Burgess Park for a morning of bike rodeos, e-bike demos, idea generating, bicycle-powered smoothies, a carnival atmosphere with vendors and food trucks, speeches and more.

The event launched the public planning process for the permanent bike route through Mountain View, Palo Alto, Menlo Park and Redwood City. Stanford University is also a member of the partnership.

Read news coverage of the event.

Read about the Managers Mobility Partnership.

Gordon and Betty Moore fund awards $25,000 to food rescue program

Moore Foundation and SVTP logos

The Gordon and Betty Moore Community Fund has awarded $25,000 to Joint Venture's Food Rescue Initiative to support its A La Carte food truck collection and delivery program.

The fund, part of the Gordon and Betty Moore Foundation, chose food rescue as this year's theme for its work and selected the A La Carte program for the contribution.

Learn more about the Silicon Valley Food Rescue Initiative.

Learn more about the Gordon and Betty Moore Foundation.

Silicon Valley Talent Partnership partners with work2future

Work2Future logo

Joint Venture's Silicon Valley Talent Partnership launched a project with work2future, a workforce development board in San Jose. To align with the needs of employers in high priority sectors as well as to provide their clients with better career pathways to economic self-sufficiency, work2future is transitioning to a new operating model.

To help work2future address the changes needed to successfully pursue their new model, SVTP recruited a team of four pro bono talent recruitment experts from LinkedIn, who will spend the next two months developing recommendations for how work2future’s job centers can better identify and reach clients who are most likely to benefit from and succeed under the new sector-focused model.

Learn more about the Silicon Valley Talent Partnership.

Learn more about work2future.

Joint Venture and SPUR present “The Next Earthquake and the South Bay” Oct. 16

Black and chartreuse banner with image of cracked earth

Joint Venture and SPUR are co-hosting an event October 16 on how Silicon Valley might fare in a major earthquake. Experts who have prepared the “HayWired” scenario will speak on the impacts a large quake might have on the region. Learn about what we can expect, and prepare for, when it comes to the effects on the South Bay’s economy and telecommunications network.

Co-sponsored by PG&E, speakers at the event include David Witkowski of Joint Venture. The event at SPUR San Jose from 12:30 p.m. to 1:30 p.m. is free for SPUR members and $10 for non-members.

More information and tickets.

More about HayWired.

Annual SVEDA conference set for Nov. 1-2 in Santa Cruz

Annual SVEDA conference Nov 1-2

Joint Venture’s annual conference of the Silicon Valley Economic Development Alliance will take place in Santa Cruz November 1-2.

Irena Asmundson, Chief Economist for the State of California, will deliver the opening keynote for the two-day event, presented in partnership with International Council of Shopping Centers P3 Committee.

More information and registration.

More about SVEDA.

Save the Date: February 15, 2019 State of the Valley Conference

State of the Valley conference - February 15, 2019

Mark your calendars now for the State of the Valley conference, Joint Venture’s annual town hall meeting, to be held Friday, February 15, 2019 at the San Jose McEnery Convention Center.

Read all about last year’s State of the Valley event.

Investors Council Spotlight

Seiler, Facebook, and Caliva logos

Joint Venture welcomes the newest members of its Investors Council: Seiler LLP, Facebook, and Caliva. We are supported by numerous public and private organizations—large and small—throughout the region that invest in our projects and initiatives.

Joint Venture In The News

September 19, 2018 - (The Almanac) - Enrollment Continues to Dip in Area Schools: "'Without question, Silicon Valley is still a hotbed,' said Joint Venture CEO Russell Hancock, in a press release. 'But our spectacular success has created a harsh environment for families.'" More.

September 13, 2018 - (Palo Alto Online) - Bikeway Launched to Connect Peninsula Cities: "Russell Hancock, chief executive of Joint Venture Silicon Valley, commented on the flat landscape, the great weather and the health consciousness of Silicon Valley residents. 'Silicon Valley really should be the biking capital of America,' he said." More.

September 11, 2018 - (CBS News) - Apple says Trump Tariffs Could Increase Prices for Apple Watch, AirPods, More: "But it's not quite that simple, argued Russell Hancock, president and CEO at Joint Venture Silicon Valley. 'The fact is, if you were to manufacture any of these things in the United States, it would be dramatically more costly,' he said." More.

September 11, 2018 - (CBS5) - Bay Area Tech Giants Say Trump Tariffs Could Raise Prices On Their Products: "Tech expert and President of Joint Venture Silicon Valley CEO Russell Hancock said there are significant costs to consider." Video.

September 8, 2018 - (San Jose Mercury News) - In the Bay Area’s Housing Shortage, Even Stanford University Struggles to Provide Shelter: "'“(Stanford is) extraordinary,” said Russell Hancock, CEO of Joint Venture Silicon Valley. “They don’t get near enough the credit they deserve.'" More.

September 7, 2018 - (Palo Alto Online) - Athena Honors Go To Health Advocate, Architect: "(Sherri Sager) helped shape policy locally as a board member of the Joint Venture Silicon Valley." More.

August 29, 2018 - (Los Altos Town Crier) - Designated Bikeway to Bridge Peninsula Cities: "...Mountain View, Palo Alto, Menlo Park, Redwood City and Stanford University with Joint Venture Silicon Valley support, launched the project to address regional transportation issues..." More.

August 29, 2018 - (San Jose Mercury News) - Peninsula: Officials Set to Launch Bike Route Connecting 4 Cities: "The temporary bike route is a product of the Managers Mobility Partnership, a 2-year-old collaboration between the four city managers, Stanford and Joint Venture Silicon Valley." More.

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