2019 State of the Valley conference
Feb. 15, 2019
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L.A. Mayor Eric Garcetti to speak at State of the Valley

Eric Garcetti speaking Los Angeles Mayor Eric Garcetti will speak at next month's State of the Valley conference to highlight the greater LA region's transportation breakthroughs under his watch, including massive infrastructure funding from a tax that never sunsets.

Garcetti, who's been mentioned often among potential 2020 presidential candidates, has yet to announce his intention to run but says his decision is imminent.

The conference is Feb. 15 at the San Jose McEnery Convention Center. Register now!

2019 State of the Valley conference is February 15

State of the Valley circle logoThe 2019 State of the Valley conference is set for Friday, February 15 with keynote remarks by presidential historian Jon Meacham. This year’s symposium, which annually draws more than 1200 people, also features meaningful dialogue on the future of our region and the rise of the fourth industrial revolution, a deep dive into the 2019 Silicon Valley Index, exhibits and entertainment.

Applied Materials, Lucile Packard Children’s Hospital, Microsoft, and Accenture are the presenting sponsors for Joint Venture’s yearly town hall meeting. The conference takes place at the San Jose McEnery Convention Center from 8 a.m. to noon.

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State of the Valley: Pulitzer Prize winner Jon Meacham to keynote

Jon Meacham speakingJon Meacham, presidential biographer, Pulitzer Prize-winning author, and political commentator, will be the keynote speaker at the State of the Valley conference February 15. His remarks will examine Silicon Valley’s place in the broader national context and offer a historical perspective on the issues and events that are dividing us as a nation.

Meacham this year eulogized both President Herbert Walker Bush and his wife, Barbara, at their respective funerals. His current best-seller is The Soul of America: The Battle for Our Better Angels.  He won the Pulitzer Prize for American Lion: Andrew Jackson in the White House

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Happening at State of the Valley: The 2019 Index, Silicon Valley's annual checkup

Russ speaking in front of chartThe Index has been telling the Silicon Valley story since 1995. The indicators measure the strength of our economy and the health of our community, highlighting challenges and providing a foundation for decision making.

At the 2019 State of the Valley conference February 15, Russell Hancock, Joint Venture President and CEO and President of the Institute for Regional Studies, will give a detailed briefing on the data and trends in the latest Index.

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State of the Valley: The Bay Area in 2070

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What do we want the Bay Area to look like in 50 years? At the State of the Valley conference, Joint Venture will share the stage with SPUR for a probing conversation about the structural changes that must occur in order to win our future.

SPUR's Alicia John-Baptiste and Egon Terplan will discuss how we should plan differently to address our region's high housing prices,  congestion, income inequality, future natural disasters, and a host of other forces that threaten our well-being. 

Read SPUR's briefing paper, "Four Future Scenarios for the San Francisco Bay Area."

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State of the Valley: The Fourth Industrial Revolution

Fei Fei Li Dan’l Lewin Murat Sönmez Two of the world’s leading experts on the fourth industrial revolution, Murat Sönmez of the World Economic Forum and Fei Fei Li of Stanford’s Artificial Intelligence Lab, will chart the future as they see it, a future driven largely by artificial intelligence. 

The Computer History Museum is our partner on this panel. The president and CEO of the museum, longtime tech executive and computer industry icon Dan’l Lewin, will moderate the discussion.

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Joint Venture appoints Floor Koudijs to head Silicon Valley Talent Partnership.

headshot of Floor KoudijsJanuary 22, 2019 - Joint Venture Silicon Valley today announced the appointment of Floor Koudijs as executive director of its Silicon Valley Talent Partnership initiative.

The Silicon Valley Talent Partnership matches highly skilled teams from Silicon Valley companies to high-impact, pro bono projects that tackle some of our most pressing community challenges in education, workforce development and housing/homelessness.

Read the news release.

Meet Greg Matter

Greg MatterManaging Director, JLL, and Joint Venture Board Member

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.

Investors Council Spotlight

Joint Venture's Investors Council welcomes dozens of public and private organizations and foundations supporting our initiatives and programs. Here are just a few of our many investors:

Silicon Valley Clean Energy logo Santa Clara County Residents for Responsible Development logo Canada College logo

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.

Silicon Valley Indicators

indicators home page Did you know you can get comprehensive information and data about the economic and community health of Silicon Valley any time by visiting the online home of the Silicon Valley Index at

The site is maintained and constantly updated by Joint Venture's Silicon Valley Institute for Regional Studies and is a robust collection of charts and information with links to local, regional and national data sources, and resources for additional information within each of the indicator categories: People, Economy, Society, Place and Governance.

Download the 2018 Silicon Valley Index.

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

January 17, 2019 - (Silicon Valley Business Journal) - Gov. Newsom Wants Big Tech in Silicon Valley to Pony Up $500M for Affordable Housing: "In Santa Clara County, just 34 percent of potential first-time homebuyers can afford a median-priced house, according to the Silicon Valley Institute for Regional Studies." More.

January 16, 2019 - (Silicon Valley Business Journal) - Silicon Valley Voices on 2018, 2019 and San Jose's Future: "Russell Hancock: We have new leadership on our board. Matt Mahan, CEO of Brigade, has joined San Jose Mayor Sam Liccardo as the co-chair, and these two leaders have tremendous vision." More

January 11, 2019 - (Palo Alto Weekly) - Silicon Valley Food Rescue Delivers Excess Meals from University, Corporate Cafeterias to Those in Need: "Joint Venture Silicon Valley...launched this truck to collect leftovers from universities and companies to distribute to those in need." More.

January 9, 2019 - (Fox & Hounds) - Housing Woes Threaten California's Middle Class: "According to the Silicon Valley Institute for Regional Studies, outward migration from the Bay Area has accelerated, with more people leaving the region than any other spot in the country." More

January 6, 2019 (San Jose Mercury News) - Relocation: Hot Move for Bay Area Real Estate Agents: "...the number of residents leaving hit its highest point in more than a decade last year, according to a report by Joint Venture Silicon Valley." More

January 5, 2018 - (Construction Times) - Bay Area Property Brokers Find Angle Amid Exodus: "...a report by Joint Venture Silicon Valley (says) residents between the ages of 18 and 24, and somewhere in the range of 45 and 64 were most likely to leave." More

January 1, 2019 - (San Jose Mercury News) - Relocation: Hot Move for Bay Area Real Estate Agents: "...the number of residents leaving hit its highest point in more than a decade last year, according to a report by Joint Venture Silicon Valley." More

December 25, 2018 - (KCBS Radio) - Food Truck Delivers Free Cooked Food in Silicon Valley: "A food tuck run by Joint Venture Silicon Valley is hoping to expand its services next year." Listen.

December 24, 2018 - (San Jose Mercury News) - Silicon Valley Food Truck Delivers Free Meals Where Need is Greatest: "A La Carte, as the truck is called, is run by the Silicon Valley Food Rescue initiative of nonprofit Joint Venture Silicon Valley." More

December 15, 2018 - (San Jose Mercury News) - Sal Pizarro: Bush Biographer at State of the Valley: "Jon Meacham, the presidential biographer who eloquently eulogized President George H.W. Bush, will deliver the keynote address at the State of the Valley conference in February. Joint Venture Silicon Valley CEO Russ Hancock clearly has impeccable timing when it comes to securing speakers." More.