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Manzanita Works Conference: Closing Gaps for a Thriving Bay Area Workforce

manzanita shrubFebruary 20, 2020 - As part of Joint Venture’s mission to tackle regional issues, we are co-sponsoring the Manzanita Works conference on March 20 in San Francisco. A panel of experts will examine some of the toughest issues such as education, housing, and transportation and arm attendees with ideas for action. Manzanita Works evolved from Manzanita Talks, convened by Joint Venture in partnership with the Bay Area Council to explore the logic and desirability of cross-sector collaboration to address regional traffic mitigation.

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Capacity Crowd Gathers for State of the Valley

crowdDan Rather, others take aim at Valley challenges

February 18, 2020 - More than 1,300 people packed the McEnery Convention Center February 14 for the annual State of the Valley conference for a day spent discussing Silicon Valley's challenges and opportunities. The dialogue was rooted in the data contained in the 2020 edition of the Silicon Valley Index, streamlined into a 45-minute briefing by Joint Venture CEO Russell Hancock. After hearing from urban designers, economic historians and from leading tech companies, news icon Dan Rather wrapped the conference. "The world has serious problems," Mr. Rather said, "and the technology of Silicon Valley can and will be a solution."

Read news accounts of the conference under the "In The News" section in the left sidebar of our home page.

2020 Silicon Valley Index: Continued Expansion, Mounting Challenges

Index coverFebruary 12, 2020 -Silicon Valley added more jobs, new levels of productivity, VC megadeals, and record amounts of commercial space last year according to the 2020 Silicon Valley Index, released by Joint Venture’s Institute for Regional Studies. The new edition shows that Silicon Valley continues its upward spiral with employment growth, eye-popping land transactions, and venture capital flowing into record numbers of megadeals. The latest Index also shows that conditions are harsh for the broad peripheries of the population as inequality reaches new dimensions.

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Dan Rather Delivers Keynote at State of the Valley

February 14, 2020 - News icon Dan Rather provided the keynote at Joint Venture’s 2020 State of the Valley conference February 14 at the San Jose McEnery Convention Center. Mr. Rather delivered insight and perspective about how the Valley is shaping national dialogue. After his keynote, Mr. Rather shared the stage with Joint Venture CEO Russell Hancock for a fireside-style chat. The packed house thanked the journalist with a standing ovation. Watch this space for the complete session in an upcoming video. 

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Silicon Valley Indicators

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Data and charts from the Silicon Valley Index (and more) are presented on an interactive website that allows users to explore Silicon Valley trends. Indicators are presented by the Institute for Regional Studies. Housed within Joint Venture Silicon Valley, the Institute provides data and analysis on issues facing dense metropolitan regions.

Investors Spotlight

Donors invest in Joint Venture with both general support and project-specific gifts. Support from the community enables us to provide innovative solutions to issues that confront our regional economies and quality of life. Here are just a few of our many investors:

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Joint Venture offers a variety of support and sponsorship opportunities for individuals, corporations, and public sector organizations. To inquire about becoming a member of our Investors Council, call (408) 298-9330 or visit our Become an Investor page. To see our current investors, visit our investors pages.

What is Joint Venture Silicon Valley?

Established in 1993, Joint Venture brings together Silicon Valley’s established and emerging leaders—from business, government, academia, labor and the broader community—to spotlight issues and work toward innovative solutions. In this short video see what Silicon Valley leaders have to say about the organization.

David Witkowski headshotFebruary 7, 2017 – Joint Venture Silicon Valley today announced it has joined the Global City Teams Challenge (GCTC) leadership team, as part of the Public Wi-Fi SuperCluster.

The goal of the SuperCluster is to establish sustainable models for collaboration, foster innovation and demonstrate the measurable benefits of using Internet Of Things technology in smart city projects.

David Witkowski, Executive Director of Joint Venture’s newly-formed Smart Region Initiative, will have an active role on the GCTC Public Wi-Fi SuperCluster leadership team.

“NIST, in partnership with NTIA and US Ignite, has been instrumental in driving and promoting efforts to unite smart city stakeholders and create communities for applying technologies in ways that solve real-world problems,” said Witkowski.

“In many ways, these SuperClusters are using at the national level the same model Joint Venture’s been using regionally during the past two decades. Several members of our Wireless Communications Initiative are actively involved with the US Ignite efforts.”

The 2017 GCTC Public Wi-Fi SuperCluster project aims to develop blueprints and implementation plans, convene workshops among interested parties and stakeholders, plan and oversee multi-city deployments consistent with the blueprints and implementation plans, and report results in the latter half of 2017.

Public sector and private sector companies interested to participate in the GCTC Public Wi-Fi SuperCluster should contact Joint Venture Silicon Valley at (408) 298-9333.

About Joint Venture Silicon Valley

Established in 1993, Joint Venture provides analysis and action on issues affecting the Silicon Valley economy and quality of life. The organization brings together established and emerging leaders—from business, government, academia, labor and the broader community—to spotlight issues, launch projects and work toward innovative solutions. For more information, visit

In The News

February 20, 2020 - (Silicon Valley Business Journal) - The Inflection Election: Russell Hancock, CEO of the nonprofit think tank Joint Venture Silicon Valley, sees some of the “techlash” as an inevitable result of the dominance of the region’s tech giants. More

February 18, 2020 - (IEEE Spectrum) - What’s in Store for 5G This Year: “Later this year could see the deployment of 5G-enhanced mobile broadband networks for portable devices used in malls, convention centers, and sports arenas, says David Witkowski, executive director of the Wireless Communications Initiative at the nonprofit Joint Venture Silicon Valley. More

February 15, 2020 - ( - A Silicon Valley Life Lesson: Money that ‘Clumps’ Crushes - Housing costs in Silicon Valley, the Institute for Regional Studies report notes, “remain the highest in the nation.” More

February 15, 2020 - (Opinion-Russian publication) - Are you planning to move to Silicon Valley? ...[per] Joint Venture Silicon Valley, for the third year in a row more people leave the region than come. More

February 15, 2020 - (Mercury News) - State of the Valley is looking good — but not for everyone: The State of the Valley conference, Joint Venture’s annual “town hall” meeting on Friday had plenty of the usual superlatives about the positive aspects of life in Silicon Valley. More

February 15, 2020 - (San Jose Spotlight) - Silicon Valley leaders highlight growing inequality during annual State of the Valley: During the annual State of the Valley conference on Friday, top Silicon Valley leaders highlighted how the gap between rich and poor is widening in the region... more

February 14, 2020 - (Protocol) - Dan Rather in Silicon Valley: ‘These pipelines have wreaked havoc’ - Rather, the former CBS News anchor, told the audience during his keynote address at the State of the Valley conference in San Jose. More

February 14, 2020 - (Silicon Valley Business Journal) - From the editor: A 'tenuous' take on Silicon Valley's state of play -In a document as rich as the annual Silicon Valley Index, with its multiple charts and graphs detailing the local economy, there’s one page that I always look to as a barometer — Russell Hancocks “about the index”...More

February 13, 2020 - (Hayvine) - Tech Becomes The Highest Economic Generator In Silicon Valley:The tech industry has generated almost half of the jobs in the Valley for two consecutive years, and Russell Hancock, President of Joint Venture Silicon Valley, said... More

February 13, 2020 - (Planetzen) -Tech Buses: Not Just for Techies, and Not Just for San Francisco:"That just tells you the story of the Bay Area," said Russell Hancock, president and CEO of regional think tank Joint Venture Silicon Valley. More

February 13, 2020 - (NBC Bay Area) - Income Gap Widens in Silicon Valley: Report: The latest figures from Joint Venture Silicon Valley show a widening gap between the haves and have-nots in the Bay Area. More

February 13, 2020 - (World Journal) - Silicon Valley annual index 13% Silicon Valley population holds 75% of wealth: Joint Venture Silicon Valley announced the 2020 Silicon Valley Annual Index on the 12th. More

February 12, 2020 - (San Jose Spotlight) - Business booms as inequality grows in Silicon Valley, report finds: The problem tends to be worse for those who have less money, said Rachel Massaro, vice president and director of research for the Silicon Valley Institute for Regional Studies. More

February 12, 2020 - (Palo Alto Online) - Income inequality reaches a 'historic high' in Silicon Valley, new report shows: The Silicon Valley Index, an annual overview of the region's economic and demographical trends, highlights some of the region's most notable trends of 2019. More

February 12, 2020 - (ABC7) - Some Silicon Valley residents under financial stress with growing tech economy: "We have very high earners, and they are thriving, and they're building out the tech sector. But the rest of us are in those stagnating quadrants of the economy," said Dr. Russell Hancock, Joint Venture Silicon Valley CEO. More

February 12, 2020 - (Mountain View Voice) - Income inequality reaches a 'historic high' in Silicon Valley, new report shows: The Silicon Valley Index, an annual overview of the region's economic and demographical trends, highlights some of the region's most notable trends of 2019. More

February 12, 2020 - (CNET) - Silicon Valley continues losing people as costs rise, report says:There have been 821,000 new jobs created in the Bay Area since the recession, but only 173,000 new housing units, said Russell Hancock, Joint Venture CEO and president Russell Hancock. More

February 12, 2020 - (Silicon Valley Business Journal) - Red flags emerge for booming Silicon Valley economy:The latest edition of the Silicon Valley Index, the annual overview of the region’s economic and social wellbeing, reveals both an economy that’s starting to slow down as well as a society that’s being stretched and stressed. More

February 12, 2020 - (Mercury News) - Tech becomes bigger economic engine for Silicon Valley, Bay Area: new report:Over the 12 months that ended in mid-2019, Silicon Valley added about 29,000 jobs, the 2020 Silicon Valley Index report determined. More

February 12, 2020 - (Protocol) -For the third consecutive year, Silicon Valley saw more people leave than come in."The granularity of migration data in this year's Index is eye-opening – we're essentially turning over our population by nearly 5% every year, with the influx of foreign immigrants increasing our region's diversity and tech talent base," said Rachel Massaro, Joint Venture vice president and director of research. More