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“Turning Red Tape into Red Carpet” Award Winners Named For Helping Grow the Economy and Jobs

Silicon Valley Leadership Group’s “Turning Red Tape into Red Carpet” Award Winners Named For Helping Grow the Economy and Jobs

Nine Public Agencies Selected out of 18 Applications in Six Categories

Silicon Valley – Dec. 15 – Nine Bay Area public agencies have been selected to receive “Turning Red Tape into Red Carpet” awards from the Silicon Valley Leadership Group for their outstanding work to promote economic competitiveness and business development that creates jobs, strengthens partnerships and has a positive impact on the economy.

The applicants were judged by an independent group of Silicon Valley experts (named below). Twelve public agencies participated, submitting 18 applications involving innovative programs and services that have made a positive difference in the region.

The six categories and nine winners are:

Business Retention and Expansion (two winners) – The award recognizes economic development initiatives that focus on retaining and growing existing businesses within the community or region.

  • Small City Category:  City of Gilroy – Community Downtown Revitalization Program
  • Large City Category: City of San Jose – San Jose Street Work Experience Program

Responding to Globalization – The award recognizes economic development strategies that enable communities, businesses and economic development organizations to better integrate into the Silicon Valley global economy.

  • City of San Jose (Norman Y. Mineta San Jose International Airport) – From San Jose to the World

Sustainable Green Development (two winners) – The award recognizes programs that target and create a positive relationship between economic development and environmental sustainability.

  • Small City Category: City of Santa Cruz – Green Wharf Initiative
  • Large City Category: City of Sunnyvale – Green Building Program

Real Estate Redevelopment and Reuse – The award recognizes an innovative real estate development or reuse project involving a facility or land site.

  • City of Mountain View – Moffett Gateway

Use of Innovative Technology – The award recognizes the utilization of technology that advances and improves government services in a sustainable way, producing efficiency and cost effectiveness, and establishing ease of service for the government entity and the community at large.

  • Alameda County – Permit Portal

Excellence in Workforce Housing – The award recognizes excellence in residential development with a special emphasis on developments that addresses the jobs/housing imbalance in our region including homes that meet the needs of the workforce and those who are frequently priced out of our region

  • City of Mountain View- Studio 819 Apartments

Judge’s Special Award

  • City of Half Moon Bay – Pilarcitos Creek Pedestrian Bridge Reconstruction

Judges were:

  • Jim Cunneen, Principal, California Strategies, former state Assemblymember and former CEO, San Jose/Silicon Valley Chamber of Commerce
  • Linda Mandolini, President, Eden Housing
  • Roseanne Foust, President and CEO, San Mateo County Economic Development Association (SAMCEDA)
  • Kevin Duggan, West Coast Regional Director, International City/County Management Association (ICMA)
  • Carlene Matchniff, Vice President, Entitlements & Public Affairs, Irvine Company
  • Mark Turner, President and CEO, Gilroy Chamber of Commerce
  • Carl Guardino, President & CEO, Silicon Valley Leadership Group – (Non-voting judge)

About Silicon Valley Leadership Group
The Silicon Valley Leadership Group, founded in 1978 by David Packard of Hewlett-Packard, represents more than 400 of Silicon Valley’s most respected employers on issues, programs and campaigns that affect the economic health and quality of life in Silicon Valley, including energy, transportation, education, housing, health care, tax policies, economic vitality and the environment. The Leadership Group members collectively provide nearly one of every three private sector jobs in Silicon Valley and generate more than $3 trillion in annual revenue.

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