Joint Venture: Silicon Valley Network
Joint Venture acts as a civic catalyst in which community members
can create solutions to regional challenges. The collaborative was
one of the pioneers in developing community indicators, which is
now manifested in the Index of Silicon Valley publication. Industry
clustering is another area of focus for this technology-rich region.
Region Served: Joint Venture defines the Silicon Valley as Santa
Clara County, plus adjacent parts of San Mateo, Alameda, Santa Cruz
Population: With a population of more than 2.3 million, the region
has more residents than 17 U.S. states
Size of Region: 1500 square miles
Strategic Partners: The David and Lucile Packard Foundation, The
James Irvine Foundation, Therma, Rudolph and Sletten, Inc., Aspect
Communications, CNF, Inc., Ebay Foundation, Rosendin Electric, Inc.,
Skoll Foundation, Synopsis, Inc., Webcor Builders, the County of
San Mateo, and the Cities of Campbell, Cupertino, East Palo Alto,
Foster City, Fremont, Gilroy, Hayward, Milpitas, Monte Sereno, Morgan
Hill, Mountain View, Newark, Palo Alto, Redwood City, San Carlos,
San Jose, San Mateo, Santa Clara, Santa Cruz, Scotts Valley, and
Joint Venture's mission is to mobilize people from all segments
of the community, to identify and acts on regional issues such as
economics, environment and quality of life for all residents.
In early 2003, Joint Venture convened a leadership team representing
business, government, education, labor, and community to stimulate
the next generation of technology, economic, and social innovation.
The group, Regional Economic Strategic Leadership Team (RESuLT),
will assess Silicon Valley's current competitive situation relative
to other regions and propose public/private partnerships, workforce
development and government strategies to rejuvenate the region's
unparalleled platform of innovation.
Each year, the Index of Silicon Valley uses more than 30 measures
to gauge the region's progress toward the vision of Silicon Valley
2010. The Index charts economic and employment trends, academic achievement,
environmental quality, civic involvement, and other quality-of-life
factors that affect residents.
Joint Venture's Tax Policy Group recommends policy reforms and creates
broad-based educational tools and programs to promote economic growth.
The Collaborative is working on the El Camino Real and Monterey
Highway Project that will revitalize Silicon Valley's Main Street.
Joint Venture is also building a high-tech to high-touch community
portal, a network of networks that will connect people and organizations
from diverse communities.
Through a series of publications developed by Joint Venture, including
Preparing for the Next Silicon Valley: Opportunities and Choices,
the collaborative is able to reach out and educate the community
on pertinent issues.