Here’s food for thought . . . There is more that unites us than could ever divide us.
At the Silicon Valley Leadership Group – when it comes to improving the quality of life for all of our citizens – we work to build bridges, not burn them down.
This past week, the Leadership Group was honored with the Environmental Leadership Award by the California League of Conservation Voters – a committed and respected environmental organization. Why did they honor a business organization of 400 Silicon Valley CEOs? Quite simply, common ground. As CEOs who care about the quality of life in our communities throughout California, we know the importance of clean air, clean water, urban parks, open space, affordable homes near transit, renewable energy and a healthy environment.
As engineers and entrepreneurs, we recognize we can have it all – a strong economy and a clean environment – which is why we co-led the campaign that established the Santa Clara County Open Space Authority. It’s why we co-led numerous transportation measures that emphasize transit options that ease traffic congestion. It’s why we recently led the 9-County Bay Restoration Campaign, Measure AA, which passed region-wide with 70 percent of the vote.
These initiatives were not about “tax and spend.” When it comes to our quality of life and a clean environment, we know we must “invest and prosper.”
In our country today, there are too many voices that seek to divide us. In Silicon Valley and throughout California, the Leadership Group will continue to do its level best to champion issues that will unite us.