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Silicon Valley Leadership Group’s “Turning Red Tape into Red Carpet” Award Winners Named

Seven Public Agencies Selected out of 18 Projects in Five Categories

San Jose – Dec. 16– Seven local public agencies have been selected to receive “Turning Red Tape into Red Carpet” awards from the Silicon Valley Leadership Group for using innovative government solutions to enhance customer service, help improve the quality of our business climate and grow jobs.

The awards program is designed to shine a light on good government and was judged by an independent group of Silicon Valley experts (named below). Eighteen projects and programs were submitted from 11 public agencies involving novel solutions to make a positive difference in the region.

The five categories and 7 winners are:

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

Union City – Union City Greater Station District

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

City of Gilroy – Water Oasis Project

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

Redwood City – Project Safe

City of San Jose- Small Business Ally

Excellence in Workforce Housing – The award recognizes excellence in residential development with a special emphasis on addressing the job and housing imbalance.
City of Livermore – Veteran’s Homeownership
San Mateo County Community College District – Affordable Housing Solutions for Employees

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.
City and County of San Francisco – Wickedly Fast Connected Experience

Participating judges:
Jim Cunneen, Partner, California Strategies
Pete Kutras, former Chief Executive Officer, Santa Clara County (Retired)
Mark Turner, President and CEO, Gilroy Chamber of Commerce
Amy Buckmaster, President and CEO, Redwood City & San Mateo Co. Chamber
Linda Mandolini, President, Eden Housing

Carlene Matchniff, Vice President, The Irvine Company
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 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. 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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