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October 2015
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Introducing the Technology & Innovation Policy Portfolio

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

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, data, privacy, patent reform, open government data, and trade.

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Give Back on Thanksgiving Day at the "Silicon Valley Turkey Trot"

By Sarah Lopes, Communications Coordinator

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 the Second Harvest Food Bank of Santa Clara and San Mateo Counties, Housing Trust Silicon Valley, Healthier Kids Foundation Santa Clara County, Second Harvest Food Bank of Santa Cruz County and The Health Trust.

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Wins of the Month
  • Governor Brown signed into law SB 350 (de León and Leno), The Clean Energy and Pollution Reduction Act of 2015 sets targets for increasing energy efficiency and increasing renewable energy use.
  • Governor Brown signed into law SB 658 (Jerry Hill), a measure that removes outdated regulations to increase public and private access to lifesaving Automated External Defibrillators (AED's) in California.
  • The California Mathematics Placement Act of 2015 (SB 359, Mitchell) was signed into law by Governor Brown. SB359 helps place students into adequate level math courses and therefore facilitates opportunities for students to excel in mathematics by adopting fair, objective and transparent math placement policies.
  • The Golden State Warriors basketball team named the Silicon Valley Leadership Group Foundation's "1,000 Hearts for 1,000 Minds" tutoring initiative as a recipient of their "Champions in the Community" award.