Accomplishments

Since its founding (on July 18, 1977)  37 years ago by HP co-founder David Packard, the Leadership Group has played an important role in shaping Silicon Valley and in crafting regional, state and federal solutions to help the area’s economy and its residents. Below is a partial list of more 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, the City of San José and the Silicon Valley Congressional delegation to prevent sequester-related delays.
  • BART TO SILICON VALLEY:  Phase 1 of the BART extension from Fremont to San Jose is under construction, running ahead of schedule by roughly a year and $77 million under budget. This could not have occurred without the Leadership Group’s advocacy for local, state and federal funding, including leading two county-wide sales tax measures.
  • RECLAIMING FUNDS FOR AFFORDABLE HOUSING:  After the State eliminated redevelopment agencies, the Leadership Group led the successful coalition effort to restore $4M annually to affordable housing from the County of Santa Clara, in addition to a $14M one-time allocation in 2013. 
  • CEQA:  By convening and leading the a statewide coalition in support of modernization of the California Environmental Quality Act (CEQA), the Leadership Group secured positive editorial coverage from every major media outlet across the State.  That media coverage reframed the CEQA conversation from one of “jobs versus the environment” to “CEQA needs to be updated for the good of the State’s economic and environmental health.”
  • MANUFACTURING SALES & USE TAX EXEMPTION: After two decades of persistent advocacy by the Leadership Group and key allies, California has finally joined other competitive states in adopting a sales and use tax exemption for jobs and equipment purchases for manufacturing, R&D and biotech.  Work continues to make the exemption permanent.
  • LOCAL CONTROL FUNDING FORMULA: The Leadership Group partnered closely with the Governor’s Office and various coalitions to garner support for the passage of the Local Control Funding Formula.  The measure was signed into law in 2013, thereby dramatically improving the equity and accountability of California’s K-12 education funding system.
  • STOPPING RETROACTIVE TAXATION:  The state legislature repealed a $120 million retroactive income tax increase (AB 1412) on approximately 2,500 small business owners and investors.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.
  • STRENGTHENING THE CLEANTECH POLICY FRAMEWORK:  The Leadership Group worked closely with Assemblymember Perea on the successful effort to provide a framework for lifting the cap on the number of households that can sell energy back from rooftop solar panels, while also making the 33 percent target for the state’s Renewable Portfolio Standard a floor, not a ceiling, and allowing the CA Public Utilities Commission authorization on investor owned utilities to charge up to $10/month for expenses they incur administering the grid.  
  • INCREASING FLIGHT OFFERINGS AT SJC:  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. 
  • SUPPORTING WISE WASTE REDUCTION POLICY:  The Leadership Group 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, all while costing companies millions.
  • COMMUNITY: THE APPLIED MATERIALS “SILICON VALLEY TURKEY TROT”: 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. 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.
  • COMMUNITY: SAVING CHRISTMAS IN THE PARK:  Made San Jose’s Christmas in the Park possible again this year through the second annual Silicon Valley Santa Run.  More than 5,000 runners and walkers together helped raise more than $100,000 to preserve Christmas in the Park, which attracts more than 500,000 visitors annually to downtown San Jose.