Accomplishments

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Since its founding on July 18, 1977 by HP co-founder David Packard, the Leadership Group has played an important role in shaping the Silicon Valley and in crafting regional, state, and federal solutions to improve the area’s economy. 

Recent Accomplishments:

SILICON VALLEY PATENT OFFICE: The U.S. Patent and Trademark office (PTO) announced in November 2013 the location of a permanent regional PTO location in Silicon Valley, following an aggressive campaign by the Leadership Group
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MANUFACTURING SALES & USE TAX EXEMPTION: Persistent advocacy by the Leadership Group has pushed California to adopt a sales and use tax exemption for jobs and equipment purchases for manufacturing, R&D and biotech
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FUNDS FOR AFFORDABLE HOUSING: Led the successful coalition effort to restore $4M annually to affordable housing in the County of Santa Clara, in addition to a $14M one-time allocation in 2013
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CEQA: Secured positive editorial coverage from every major media outlet across the State by convening and leading the a statewide coalition in support of modernization of the California Environmental Quality Act
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WISE WASTE REDUCTION POLICY: Played an instrumental role in defeating a suite of extended producer responsibility waste reduction bills that would have unfairly penalized industry, denied access to critical products for many consumers, and created a large new state bureaucracy
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LOCAL CONTROL FUNDING FORMULA: Partnered with the Governor’s Office and various coalitions to garner support for the passage of the Funding Formula, thereby improving the equity and accountability of California’s K-12 education funding system
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STOPPING RETROACTIVE TAXATION: The state legislature repealed a $120 million retroactive income tax increase (AB 1412) on approximately 2,500 small business owners and investors.  The Leadership Group’s advocacy in support of the tax repeal included serving as a lead witness on the bill in committee budget
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STRENGTHENING THE CLEANTECH POLICY FRAMEWORK: Lifted the cap on the number of households that can sell energy back from rooftop solar panels, while also making the 33% target for the state’s Renewable Portfolio Standard a floor
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BART TO SILICON VALLEY: Advocated for local, state and federal funding for Phase 1 of the BART extension from Fremont to San Jose, which is now under construction, running ahead of schedule by roughly a year and $77 million under budget
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THE SILICON VALLEY TURKEY TROT: Founded and produced by the Leadership Group’s Foundation, the Silicon Valley Turkey Trot is now the largest timed race of its kind in the nation
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CHRISTMAS IN THE PARK: Increased participation in this ninth annual event to more than 25,000 people, raising approximately $750,000 for the Second Harvest Food Bank Santa Clara and San Mateo Counties, Housing Trust Silicon Valley, Healthier Kids Foundation Santa Clara County, and Second Harvest Food Bank Santa Cruz County
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INCREASING SJC FLIGHT OFFERINGS: Virgin America service to LAX and ANA direct service to Tokyo began in 2013, following Leadership Group efforts to galvanize business support for the increased offerings