Historically, our Valley’s economy has had a unique ability to re-create itself when faced with major problems. Our people have proven resilient, energetic and creative in their business pursuits, believing that if you can dream something, you can achieve it. Our region’s vibrant economic engine has driven the growth and the identity of Silicon Valley over the past half-century.
Can Silicon Valley, a region whose inﬂuence reaches around the globe, apply its considerable strengths to broaden prosperity further and improve its quality of life here at home? Can a region that has been willing to come together and work collaboratively to solve its problems also work proactively to shape its future?
Our Vision Leadership Team considered these questions, reﬂecting upon a broad range of community input from community forums, surveys, focus groups, polling and interviews. More than 2,000 residents told us what they value about Silicon Valley as a place to live and work, what their concerns are about the current state of our Valley, and what they hope the future will hold. The Vision Leadership Team also considered research and expert recommendations on regional issues: education, housing, transportation, economic competitiveness, poverty alleviation, community health and social well-being.
This vision describes who and where we want to be in 2010; it is not a detailed plan for getting us there. Instead, by providing a vision with clear goals and speciﬁc progress measures, a framework has been created that suggests a strategic direction for us to adopt as a ﬁrst step toward realizing this vision. This framework takes into account the interdepen- dence of Silicon Valley’s economic, environmental and social well-being.It also addresses the unique challenges of regional stewardship – guiding the future of a region as heterogeneous as Silicon Valley toward an integrated vision.
In this vision of Silicon Valley’s future, our people apply the same drive, creative thinking and single-minded focus that built Silicon Valley into a technological powerhouse, to build a Silicon Valley of broad prosperity, a healthy, attractive environmentand inclusive communities for ourselves and future generations.