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CCRL California Center for Regional Leadership
Connecting California's Regions to the State and Each Other

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San Francisco, CA 94104
Phone (415) 445-8975
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The California Regional Network

Joint Venture: Silicon Valley Network


Joint Venture: Silicon Valley NetworkJoint 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 counties

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 Sunnyvale

Established: 1993


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.