About Us

The Silicon Valley Leadership Group is a public policy business trade organization. The Leadership Group was founded in 1978 by David Packard of Hewlett-Packard and represents more than 390 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 contribute more than $3 trillion to the worldwide economy.

Silicon Valley Leadership Group 2014 – 2016 Work Plan

Education

  1. Higher Education Task Force: Support policies and initiatives that improve student outcomes, create a strong regional workforce and develop a financially sustainable public education system.
  2. Educare of California at Silicon Valley: Secure remaining capital and begin construction (2014); conduct staff development (2014); open center to students and families (Jan. 2015).
  3. Education Summit: Produce regional summit with more than 250 leaders and speakers/panelists to address PreK-12, higher education and workforce development issues.
  4. Teacher Fellowships: Secure at least 125 teacher fellowships with Leadership Group member companies in annual partnership with IISME.
  5. STEM Women & Girls Leadership Summits: Produce two regional summits in low-income schools to reach 300+ girls and contribute financially to host schools’ STEM programs.
  6. Young Men’s Leadership Summit: Produce an inaugural summit in 2014 focused on improving pathways for young men; partner with a local middle school.

Energy

  1. Clean Energy: Promote financing and deployment of clean energy and emerging technologies.
  2. Grid Reliability: Promote greater grid resiliency and reliability, including integrating renewable energy.
  3. Energy Efficiency: Assist end users with improving energy efficiency and data center efficiency.
  4. Smart Grid: Promote participation in the smart grid through use of ICT for energy management and integration of energy efficiency.
  5. Energy Leadership: Identifying and supporting strong appointments in California public agency energy-related positions.
  6. Energy and R&D: Advocate for state and federal investments in energy research, development and demonstration projects.

Environment

  1. Wetlands Restoration and Regional Flood Protection: Secure the resources and support necessary to enable Bay restoration and flood protection.
  2. Corporate Environmental Sustainability: Advance drivers and showcase solutions that protect the environment while growing new markets and/or reducing costs.
  3. State and Regional Climate Change Mitigation Efforts: Advance enabling environment that allows clean and efficient energy to scale.
  4. Regional Climate Change Planning and Business Resiliency: Engage business community in regional climate change adaptation efforts.
  5. Promote Co-equal Goals of Reliable Water Supply and Ecosystem Health: Support the Bay Delta Conservation Plan (BDCP) implementation process.
  6. 21st Century Water System: Advance reforms, practices, policies, tools and financing to ensure the region has the water it needs for a growing population.

Federal Issues

  1. a. U.S. High-Skilled Immigration Reform: Support modern immigration system/highly-skilled talent.
    1. b. U.S. Business Tax Reform and Permanent R&D Tax Credit: Achieve lower business tax rate/territorial tax.
  2. Federal and State Advocacy Trips: 70 executives and public officials – two D.C. trips and one Sacramento Trip.
  3. Implementation of Silicon Valley Regional U.S. Patent Office: Assist with implementation of the regional office to best serve Silicon Valley’s needs.
  4. Cybersecurity: Advocate and pass collaborative public-private partnership legislation that protects our national cyber infrastructure and enhances the innovation economy.
  5. STEM/Scientific Research Funding: Support technology innovation investments in scientific research agencies (eg. NIH, NSF and others).
  6. Support High-Growth Entrepreneurship: Improve the business and regulatory environment for startups.
  7. Patent Reform: Advocate for legislation that modernizes the patent system.
  8. Silicon Valley Outreach: Administration and Congressional bi-partisan roundtables.

Government Relations

  1. Silicon Valley Caucus: Strengthen and expand the Silicon Valley Caucus with 100 executives and 14 legislators.
  2. Federal & State Advocacy Trips: 70 executives and public officials – two D.C. Trips and one Sacramento trip.
  3. Governor, GoBiz, Legislative Team & Cabinet: Engage Governor and team for appearances in Silicon Valley or Sacramento.
  4. Candidate Forums: Four or more forums co-hosted by CEOs with constitutional officer candidates and other local city and statewide officials.
  5. Bi-partisan Silicon Valley Roundtables: Six CEO state and federal round tables.
  6. City & County Outreach: Partner with CEOs for 10 round tables.
  7. SV Talent Partnership: Unique non-profit partnership that utilizes SV highly skilled and loaned volunteer private sector talent to public sector agencies to create innovative service.
  8. Red Tape into Red Carpet (RT2RC): Innovative awards reception to honor government agencies who achieve meaningful reforms and high quality job creation services.

Health

  1. CA Health Exchange – Small Business Program: Reduce premiums, promote long term cost containment and provide more employer choice.
  2. CA Health Exchange – Web based brokers: Advocate for policy allowing web based brokers to enroll subsidy eligible Californians though private internet based marketplaces.
  3. Prevention and Wellness: Continue to help employers start or improve wellness programs and offerings as a long term cost containment strategy.
  4. Promote Policies that Encourage Innovation: Encouraging innovation in health and genomics, including a state biosimilars bill and improved FDA processes.
  5. Fluoridation: Continue promoting fluoridation implementation with the Santa Clara Valley Water District and other key players.

Housing & Land Use

  1. CEQA: Maintain media and wins through ongoing education of CEQA stakeholders via additional research, case studies and CEQA tours.
  2. Local Funding: Lead coalition to adopt funding sources including housing impact fees and RDA funds.
  3. State Funding: Support bill for permanent source of funding for affordable housing.
  4. State Legislation: Help shape and promote legislative efforts on housing element law, local government finance, regional planning, inclusionary zoning, RDAs and TOD.
  5. Regional Planning: Steer regional planning efforts as Great Communities Collaborative (GCC) board member. Lead effort to pass preferred scenario for Lawrence Station Area Plan.
  6. Outreach/Education: Grow pro-housing constituency through quarterly luncheon and dinner series for public officials and neighborhood leaders.
  7. Housing Advocacy: Manage grant funds to complete feasibility study and business plan for improved housing advocacy in SV.
  8. Homelessness: Engage in an impactful way that helps those who are able to transition to jobs and permanent housing.
  9. Project Advocacy: Endorse at least 10 housing developments to support the production of more homes in Silicon Valley.

Tax Policy

  1. U. S. Business Tax Reform and Permanent R&D Tax Credit: Achieve lower business tax rate/territorial tax.
  2. Permanent CA Sales and Use Tax Exemption on R&D and Manufacturing Equipment Purchases: Improve existing partial and temporary exemption.
  3. Improve CA Research and Development Tax Credit: Support solutions to expand R&D investment in California.
  4. Onerous CA Tax Legislation and Ballot Measures: Defend Against Split Roll/Split Rate Property Taxation and Unfair Reporting.
  5. Silicon Valley Property Tax Valuation Fairness: Partner with County Assessors to promote fair valuation tables, consistent & efficient audits.
  6. Franchise Tax Board – Equitable Refunds: Support reasonable, simple and fair application of state business taxes on software and technology.
  7. Board of Equalization – Reasonable Audits: Develop reasonable valuations and audit manual guidance for business taxpayers.

Transportation

  1. BART to Silicon Valley (phase two): Develop funding and implementation plan for phase two.
  2. Transit & Rail: Pursue efficient, effective and sustainable transit to serve the region, particularly BART & Caltrain and advocate for transit-supportive policies.
  3. Traffic Relief: Maximize the effectiveness and efficiency of existing transportation infrastructure, including roads, highways and transit and evaluate regional investment.
  4. Vehicle Innovation: Encourage the adoption of advanced technology to “green” our vehicle fleet, enhance mobility and promote sustainable transportation.
  5. Airport: Increase service to Silicon Valley (SJC) to better link the region and support the fiscal sustainability of the airport.
  6. Active Transportation: Promote active transportation modes like biking and walking.

Community

  1. Applied Materials Silicon Valley Turkey Trot: Secure 30,000 paid participants, supported by 1,800 volunteers, raising $1,000,000 for charity.
  2. 1,000 Hearts for 1,000 Minds: Provide 500 K-8 students with quality volunteer tutors in reading, math and science.
  3. Pasta Bowl Community Partnership with the 49ers: Raise $200,000 for education programs for disadvantaged kids in needy schools.
  4. TiVo Santa Run Silicon Valley: Secure 8,000 race participants, raising $130,000 for charity.
  5. Lam Research Heart & Soles 5K Run or Walk: Promote the Let’s Move! initiative and secure funding to pilot 30 salad bars in Year 1 in low-income schools, and 105 schools by Year 3.