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Ahmad Thomas, CEO of the Silicon Valley Leadership Group (SVLG), issued the following statement today in response to the release of Governor’s Newsom revised budget for FY 2024-25.
Employee Resource Groups (ERGs) and Business Resource Groups (BRGs) are integral to fostering a diverse and inclusive workplace, and are a focus of SVLG's Inclusion and Belonging Center of Expertise, whose mission is to make Silicon Valley a leading destination for diverse talent.
California has been a first-mover in developing and adopting AI technology. Now, new data affirms that San Francisco and San Jose are the nation’s top AI hot spots – with potential for explosive growth in the remainder of 2024.
A bill by Senator Dave Cortese, which seeks to meet the rapid demand for data centers from individuals, organizations, and industries in California, cleared its first policy committee on Tuesday. The Senate Energy, Utilities and Communications Committee today advanced SB 1298, which would streamline the approval process for data centers and maintain clear guidelines for development, all while upholding California’s robust environmental standards and creating thousands of new construction jobs across the state.
Earlier this month, SVLG and leading member innovators hosted our annual advocacy day in Sacramento. This year’s convening centered on Artificial Intelligence (Ai) and included a focus on meaningful legislative priorities designed to accelerate the innovation economy and bolster California's competitiveness.
The Silicon Valley Leadership Group (SVLG) – the leading business association representing the innovation economy and its ecosystem – will convene its annual Sacramento Advocacy Day today to bring lawmakers and industry leaders together for meaningful conversations on California’s leading role in developing and deploying responsible artificial intelligence (AI). The event, hosted by SVLG’s Institute for California AI Policy (I-CAP), will feature compelling discussions on how lawmakers can advance balanced and responsible policy solutions that ensure California remains a global hub for AI innovation.
Two of California’s leading business associations – the Bay Area Council (BAC) and the Silicon Valley Leadership Group (SVLG) – today announced they are in partnership discussions to create the nation's most influential business association representing the world’s most dynamic economic region.
SVLG CEO Ahmad Thomas today applauded the White House, which today announced plans to invest over $5 billion in semiconductor-related research, development, and workforce needs, to advance President Biden’s goals of driving R&D in the United States through the CHIPS for America program. Thomas noted that California remains well-positioned to offer the highest return on investment for these federal funds.
When Governor Newsom introduced his Executive Order on generative AI last summer, he highlighted California’s leadership in all things artificial intelligence. The Order noted that the Golden State is home to 35 of the world’s 50 largest AI companies, while San Francisco and San José produce a quarter of all AI patents, conference papers, and global AI companies.
Silicon Valley Leadership Group (SVLG) today announced a robust series of 2024 education and advocacy-focused initiatives designed to advance the responsible deployment of AI, led by SVLG’s Institute for California AI Policy (I-CAP).
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