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Joint Venture, Accenture team up on homelessness project

Pro bono team from Accenture

Joint Venture’s Silicon Valley Talent Partnership Initiative and a pro bono team from Accenture have teamed up with the City of San Jose to tackle one of the most persistent challenges related to homelessness – building neighborhood support.

To address this challenge, the Accenture team – in close collaboration with Fjord, its global design and innovation consultancy – is designing a communications roadmap for the city. It includes proactive messaging and education using social media and other tools to generate support for “bridge housing” solutions like tiny homes and safe parking. This will be done through a series of design sprints and will involve testing the results in half-day workshops during the course of the project.

Learn more about the Silicon Valley Talent Partnership Initiative.

Chronicle highlights Joint Venture Food Rescue initiative

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The San Francisco Chronicle singled out Joint Venture’s Food Rescue Initiative under the direction of Robin Franz Martin in a lengthy feature piece.

“The battle against hunger is no longer confined to traditional realms like food banks and religious organizations,” the article begins. “In the Bay Area, more activists and local governments are trying to find new and more ambitious solutions to the quiet epidemic plaguing one of the country’s richest regions,” the article begins.

Led by Joint Venture’s Robin Franz Martin and made possible in part by support from the Sobrato Family Foundation, the initiative is bringing new and innovative approaches to feeding food-insecure families in our region.

Read the article.

Learn more about the Food Rescue Initiative.

Joint Venture HOV plan a finalist in MTC Horizon 2050 contest

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A plan by Joint Venture’s Smart Mobility Initiative for more efficient use of carpool lanes is one of 12 finalists from 500 entries in a public competition. Launched earlier this year by the Metropolitan Transportation Commission, the “Horizon” Initiative solicited big, bold ideas for improving mobility across the nine-county Bay Area.

The Joint Venture plan proposes a method to increase the occupancy requirements on carpool lanes over time (from 2 people per vehicle to 3 or 4 people per vehicle), while converting one or more existing general-purpose lanes on freeways to HOV2.

More on the Horizon Initiative.

Learn about our Smart Mobility work.

Joint Venture board adds Fremont City Manager

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The Joint Venture board of directors has elected Fremont city manager Mark Danaj as its newest member. He succeeds former Fremont City manager Fred Diaz on the board.

Danaj was named Fremont’s eighth city manager in July after four years as the city manager of Manhattan Beach. Previously he served as Fremont’s assistant city manager and chief operating officer from 2011 to 2014.

Read the news release.

More about the Joint Venture board.

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Just about everywhere you look in Silicon Valley there’s a commercial office or industrial building under construction or for lease, a surge of growth that Greg Matter attributes to the “FAANG” effect.

Matter, a managing director for commercial real estate giant JLL in Silicon Valley and a Joint Venture board member, says the “market is strong, and much of the activity is driven by the big companies – Facebook, Apple, Amazon, Netflix and Google,” hence the acronym.

Read Greg's profile.

Register Now: 2019 State of the Valley Conference

Register now for the 2019 State of the Valley on Feb. 15.

Registration is now open 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.

Register now

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

Investors Council Spotlight

Joint Venture is supported by numerous public and private organizations—large and small—throughout the region that invest in our projects and initiatives. Here are a few:

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Joint Venture In The News

November 18, 2018 - (San Jose Mercury News) - Silicon Valley Wages Have Dropped for All Except Highest-Paying Jobs: "Russell Hancock, president and CEO of Joint Venture Silicon Valley, said that workers in low and middle income jobs, such as teachers and firefighters or nannies and cooks, are key to the local economy." More.

November 18, 2018 - (San Francisco Chronicle) - Bay Area Developing Ambitious New Tools to Reduce Hunger: "That was the impetus of the county granting $280,000 to the philanthropic organization Joint Venture Silicon Valley, later matched with $300,000 from the state and $150,000 from the family of Silicon Valley real estate developer John Sobrato. More.

November 15, 2018 - (Palo Alto Daily Post) - El Camino Bike Lanes Proposed: "A proposal to build protected bike lanes along a 0.8-mile stretch of El Camino Real in Palo Alto had some planning commissioners last night asking: why there?" More.

November 12, 2018 - (Palo Alto Online) - El Camino: Another Scheme to Increase Congestion? - "This study was partially funded by a grant under the regional El Camino Grand Boulevard Initiative." More.

October 30, 2018 - (Scot Scoop) - New Bike Lanes Protect Bikers from Collision: "With the efforts of the Grand Boulevard Initiative, Feher Peers, and the Redwood City committee, a protected bike lane plan on El Camino Real has been implemented." More.

October 29, 2018 - (Hub Spot) - In a Land of Automated Milk and Honey, Marketers Are Presented With an Opportunity: "'Prodigious" is a word used by Russell Hancock, president of nonprofit Joint Venture Silicon Valley. "..suddenly you’re seeing a backlash and people are upset.” More.

October 24, 2018 - (KPIX5) - Tesla Turns Its Largest Profit, First in 2 Years: "'This is a big deal for the CEO because he's been embattled,' says Russell Hancock, tech expert. Video.

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