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2015 State of the Valley Recap

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Date: Wed, 18 Feb 2015 06:03:36 -0800

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1,200 Regional Leaders Pack 2015 State of the Valley
More than 1,200 Silicon Valley business, government and community leaders packed the Santa Clara Convention Center Feb. 4 for Joint Venture’s annual
State of the Valley conference, made possible by lead sponsor Bank of America. The event featured an update on the region’s economy, four
provocative keynotes, an expert panel on challenges facing start-ups, the first dual Packard Award presentation, an exhibitor showcase and student
In addition to Bank of America, profuse thanks go to our presentation sponsors, Accenture and Wells Fargo Bank.
The conference generated widespread news coverage in the valley, the U.S. and the world, as far away as India and New Zealand.
Watch the overview video.


Here’s a recap of the conference highlights:


2015 Silicon Valley Index: Economy getting hotter, but straining region’s infrastructure
Joint Venture CEO Russell Hancock explored the data in the 2015 Silicon Valley Index, which shows that the regional economy is continuing its powerful
trend upwards, complemented by twin-engine tech growth in San Francisco. However, the explosive increases in jobs and population are overwhelming
transit systems and roadways and keeping affordable homes out of reach for many.
The Silicon Valley Index is made possible by a substantial grant from Silicon Valley Community Foundation.

Watch the video.
Download the Index.
Read the news coverage.





Dr. Benjamin Barber

The day’s first keynote speaker, Dr. Benjamin Barber, a political theorist at the City University of New York and author of “If Mayors Ruled the
World,” challenged Silicon Valley companies to “reimagine themselves as what they should be: a public utility that serves the civic good.”
Watch his keynote.
Read the news coverage.


Ira Ehrenpreis

In the second morning keynote, Ira Ehrenpreis, chairman of the World Energy Innovation Forum and a general partner with Technology Partners, discussed
the state of energy innovation and Silicon Valley’s role in helping to invent the future of energy.
Watch highlights of his presentation.


Rana Foroohar

In her morning keynote, Rana Foroohar, the assistant managing editor of Time magazine and CNN global economic columnist, discussed “localnomics,”
the merging of the public and private sectors, and the need for their collaboration in battling income inequality.
Watch her keynote.
Read the news coverage.


John Hennessy

Stanford University president John Hennessy, in a wide-ranging “fireside chat”-style conversation to close the day, advocated for educational
reform in pre-K to 12th grade and proposed making pre-K education universal. He also said teachers need to work longer before being tenured, adding
that “we need to support teachers more at the same time.”
Watch the discussion.
Read the news coverage.



PANEL: New Realities Facing Start-ups
Brigade.com CEO Matt Mahan moderated a stimulating morning panel discussion on the new regulatory hurdles facing tech start-ups in such public sector
industries as transportation, health care, education and politics. The panel included executives from Scanadu, Lyft, Accenture Open Innovation, the
Minerva Project and Loyal3.
Watch the conversation.
Read the news coverage.



DAVID PACKARD AWARD – Chris DiGiorgio & Chuck Reed
For the first time in its history, Joint Venture bestowed its highest honor, the David Packard Award for civic entrepreneurship, on two recipients,
former Joint Venture board co-chairs Chris DiGiorgio and Chuck Reed. DiGiorgio, a former Accenture executive, and Reed, the former mayor of San Jose,
were cited for their regional contributions to climate change and economic development, as well as their roles in charting the future for Joint

Read the news release.


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