Silicon Valley Leadership Group’s “Turning Red Tape into Red Carpet” Award Winners Named For Using Innovative Ideas to Cut Bureaucratic Tape

Ten Public Agencies Selected out of 24 Projects in Six Categories

San Jose – Dec. 12 – Ten local public agencies have been selected to receive “Turning Red Tape into Red Carpet” awards from the Silicon Valley Leadership Group for using innovative government solutions to enhance customer service, help improve the quality of our business climate and grow jobs.

The awards program is designed to shine a light on good government and was judged by an independent group of Silicon Valley experts (named below). Twenty-four projects and programs were submitted from 14 public agencies involving novel solutions to make a positive difference in the region.

The six categories and 10 winners are:

Real Estate Redevelopment and Reuse – The award recognizes an innovative real estate development or reuse project involving a facility or land site.
City of Santa Clara – Levi’s® Stadium
•  City of Santa Clara – Levi’s® Stadium
•  Redwood City – Downtown Precise Plan

Sustainable Green Development – The award recognizes programs that target and create a positive relationship between economic development and environmental sustainability.
•  City of Cupertino – Greenbiz Cupertino
•  Santa Clara Valley Water District – Silicon Valley Advanced Water Purification Center

Business Retention and Expansion – The award recognizes economic development initiatives that focus on retaining and growing existing businesses within the community or region.
•  Santa Cruz County – Broadband Initiative

Responding to Globalization – The award recognizes economic development strategies that enable communities, businesses and economic development organizations to better integrate into the Silicon Valley global economy.
•  City of San José – United States Patent and Trademark Office
•  The Honorable Congresswoman Zoe Lofgren – Congressional leadership establishing the United States Patent and Trademark Office in Silicon Valley

Excellence in Workforce Housing – The award recognizes excellence in residential development with a special emphasis on addressing the job and housing imbalance.
•  City of Dublin – Emerald Vista
•  City of San Carlos – Transit Oriented Housing

Use of Innovative Technology – The award recognizes the utilization of technology that advances and improves government services in a sustainable way, producing efficiency and cost effectiveness, and establishing ease of service for the government entity and the community at large.
•  City of San José – Wickedly Fast Connected Experience

Participating judges:
Jim Cunneen, Partner, California Strategies
Pete Kutras, former County Administrative Officer, Santa Clara County
Oscar Garcia, President and CEO, Mountain View Chamber of Commerce
Phil Mahoney, Executive Managing Director, Newmark Cornish & Carey Commercial
Greg Baumann, Editor in Chief, Silicon Valley Business Journal
Linda Mandolini, President, Eden Housing Carlene Matchniff, Vice President, The Irvine Company
Carl Guardino, President & CEO, Silicon Valley Leadership Group – (Non-voting judge)

For more information, contact Steve Wright – or 408.501.7853

About the Silicon Valley Leadership Group The Silicon Valley Leadership Group, founded in 1978 by David Packard of Hewlett-Packard, represents nearly 400 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 have more than $3 trillion in annual revenue. For more information, visit or call (408) 501-7864.