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The Leader – October 2015

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Introducing the Silicon Valley Leadership Group’s Technology & Innovation Policy Portfolio

By Peter Leroe-Muñoz, Vice President, Technology & Innovation Policy

Inaugural Tech and Innovation Committee Meeting with Congresswoman Zoe Lofgren, Silicon Valley Leadership Group VP of Technology & Innovation Policy Peter Leroe-Muñoz and Tech member representatives

Inaugural Tech and Innovation Committee Meeting with Congresswoman Zoe Lofgren, Silicon Valley Leadership Group VP of Technology & Innovation Policy Peter Leroe-Muñoz and Tech member representatives

From an agricultural Valley to one leading the world in technology and innovation, Silicon Valley has gone through many iterations to become home to industries that drive today’s national and global economies. Continued growth and development will depend on legislative and administrative policies that promote innovation.

To address the need for creating a legislative framework which encourages dynamic technological advances, the Silicon Valley Leadership Group recently launched the Technology & Innovation Policy portfolio along with a committee to move policy initiatives forward. Consisting of 20 representatives from different industries, the Committee works to promote a policy environment conducive to the development and adoption of technology products, services and processes. The Leadership Group’s Tech & Innovation Committee will also serve as a source of technical expertise for federal and state legislators as they craft and refine legislation. The five areas of focus include:

Scientific Research Funding: Promote government funding which supports research, experimentation and emerging technologies. The United States has fallen behind other countries in government research spending, and must re-invest in early-stage research to reverse our current innovation deficit.

Data Privacy: Support government operations which respect the data privacy of companies and individuals. Law enforcement efforts must balance security needs with our cherished democratic values of privacy.

Patent Reform: Advocate for legislation that modernizes the patent system. Frivolous patent lawsuits cost local industries billions of dollars annually, and divert resources from important investments in innovation.

Open Government Data: Encourage the availability of data controlled by the government to increase transparency, participatory governance and commercial opportunity.

Trade: Accelerate international commerce by supporting efforts to facilitate trade with strategic partners and global markets.

Cybersecurity, itself a large issue, will be considered within the context of each of the five issues.

As the Committee moves forward, it will determine a course of action to promote the goals of each issue, including supporting or opposing certain legislation, meeting with elected officials to assist in crafting legislation, and offering technical expertise to legislators and government agencies.

In Silicon Valley, the only constant is change. As new technologies and industries emerge, they give rise to new challenges and opportunities. The Tech & Innovation Committee will work to ensure that policy supportive of technology will continue to develop at the speed of innovation.

To learn more about the new Tech and Innovation Committee, contact the Leadership Group’s Vice President of Technology & Innovation Policy Peter Leroe-Muñoz.


Give Back on Thanksgiving Day at the 11th Annual “Silicon Valley Turkey Trot”

By Sarah Lopes, Communications Coordinator

The 2015 Applied Materials "Silicon Valley Turkey Trot" race shirts

The 2015 Applied Materials “Silicon Valley Turkey Trot” race shirts

The Applied Materials “Silicon Valley Turkey Trot” will celebrate its 11th year of helping local families in need this Thanksgiving Day morning, Nov. 26. The goal this year is to raise more than $1 million for local charities providing health, hope and a home for families in need, and you and your family can help by joining thousands of runners, joggers and walkers who will start Thanksgiving Day by giving back.

The Trot through downtown San Jose streets raises money for five local charities. Help the Silicon Valley Leadership Group Foundation, the race producer, accomplish its goal by registering now at The Turkey Trot has become a must-attend annual tradition for Silicon Valley where families and friends come together on Thanksgiving morning for a 5K or 10K run/walk (there’s a Kid’s Fun Run, too) while sporting a cool Turkey Trot, long-sleeved race shirt.

Community and business participation in the Turkey Trot over the past 10 years has raised $5 million for local charities that help provide essential services for local families in need.

These beneficiaries include:

Second Harvest Food Bank of Santa Clara and San Mateo Counties: Donated more than $1.6 million over the past 10 years to enable the Food Bank to source millions of pounds of fresh produce – a genuine gift for the kids, families and seniors being fed each month.

Housing Trust Silicon Valley: More than $1.6 million donated over the past 10 years help make Silicon Valley a more affordable place by supporting multifamily lending, homebuyer assistance programs, homeless prevention and neighborhood stabilization.

Healthier Kids Foundation Santa Clara County: The $1.4 million donation over the past 10 years supports the VisionFirst program to provide vision screenings and access to corrective services.

Second Harvest Food Bank of Santa Cruz County: Raised $125,000 in two years to support the Food Bank with food distribution for working poor families, children and seniors in Santa Cruz County.

The Health Trust: Donated more than $260,000 in one year to support the advancement of wellness through health educational programs to teach people to prevent and manage diabetic conditions.

Everyone can participate in the Turkey Trot wherever they are for the holiday with the Remote Runner option. Remote Runners also receive a race shirt and a bib, while donating to help families in need.

Celebrate a healthy and fun Silicon Valley holiday tradition while building a strong community with family, friends, neighbors and colleagues by registering today at

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