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

Seven Public Agencies Selected out of 33 Applications in Five Categories

San Jose – Dec. 13 – Seven local public agencies have been selected to receive “Turning Red Tape into Red Carpet” awards from the Silicon Valley Leadership Group for their work in helping build the economy and grow jobs through innovative government services.

The awards program was judged by an independent group of Silicon Valley experts (named below). Twenty-one public agencies participated, submitting 33 applications involving innovative programs and services that have made a positive difference in the region.

The five categories and seven winners are:

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

Small City Category:   City of Dublin – Tool Kit for Revitalization and Job Growth

Large City Category:  City and County of San Francisco, The Central Market and Tenderloin Payroll Expense Tax Exclusion

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.

Norman Y. Mineta San Jose International Airport – Airport Expansion

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

Sustainable New Development– City of San Jose – High Rise Incentive Program

Sustainable Retrofit Energy Program- Santa Clara County – E-3 Program Energy, Economy and the Environment

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

City of San Jose – Samsung Project

  • Innovative Use of 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.

Redwood City Police Department – Social Media Program

The 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

Juan Barroso , VP Forward Development, Blach Construction

Pete Kutras, former County Administrative Officer, Santa Clara County

Amy Buckmaster, CEO, Redwood City/San Mateo Chamber of Commerce

Brad Bullington, CEO, Bridgelux

Phil Mahoney, Executive Vice President, Cornish & Carey Commercial

Robert Linscheid, President & CEO, San Francisco Chamber of Commerce

Carl Guardino, President & CEO, Silicon Valley Leadership Group – (Non-voting judge)

For more information, contact Steve Wright – [email protected] or 408.501.7853

About the Silicon Valley Leadership Group

The Silicon Valley Leadership Group, founded in 1978 by David Packard of Hewlett-Packard, represents nearly 300 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. Leadership Group members collectively provide nearly one of every three private sector jobs in Silicon Valley and have more than $3 trillion in annual revenue. For more information, visit  or call (408) 501-7864.




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