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Celebrating the Leadership Group's 2016 Top Accomplishments

The Silicon Valley Leadership Group looks forward to an ambitious 2017 public policy agenda to make Silicon Valley a great place to live and work. We'll address our specific goals in a future edition of The Leader. This month we'll reflect and celebrate the significant accomplishments from 2016. Many thanks to all Leadership Group member company CEOs and their representatives, elected officials and staff, community partners and supporters for a great year.

Below are the Leadership Group's top accomplishments for 2016.

AB 2329 (Bonilla): Supported the passage of legislation to create a strategic advisory board to expand access to computer science education with a focus on students under-represented in the computer science field.

Helped extend the Net Energy Metering program at the California Public Utilities Commission (CPUC) to promote rooftop solar and clean energy supply through 2019.

Helped secure passage of groundbreaking climate legislation - SB 32 (Pavley) - which will create markets for clean energy solutions in California through 2030.

Co-led the passage of Measure AA to protect the San Francisco Bay and region: Secured 70.4 percent voter support across 9 counties on June 7 to restore the San Francisco Bay and protect the region from flooding.

Government Relations
Silicon Valley Outreach: Held more than a dozen strategic roundtables with state legislators and administration officials, such as:
- Reps. McCaul, Bera, Sherman, Delbene
- USPTO Director Michelle Lee, FTA Administrator Flowers
- Senate Pro Tem de Leon, Asms. Low, Thurmond, Dababneh
- Governor of Guam Calvo and Amb. of Singapore Mirpuri

Managed Care Organization Tax: Successfully advocated for a revamped tax package that will preserve more than $1.1 billion for Medi-Cal, which serves 1 of every 3 Californians.

Passage of Prop. 56: Advocated for a $2 per-pack tax on cigarettes to reduce the prevalence of smokers and fund prevention and treatment.

Endorsed 12 housing developments in eight jurisdictions leading to more than 5,688 new homes in our region.

Tax Policy
Successfully opposed general purpose tax measures that would burden business and inhibit economic growth in eight different cities and towns throughout Silicon Valley and the Bay Area.

Successfully urged for a permanent federal Research and Development tax credit, in partnership with numerous business associations across the country.

Tech and Innovation
Data Privacy: Successfully opposed AB 1681 that would have allowed smartphone decryption, greatly compromising consumer privacy.

Led the 3-plus year effort for a traffic relief and road repair measure in Santa Clara County. Measure B was approved by a resounding 71.74 percent of Santa Clara County voters, providing $6.5 billion in local funds for transportation improvements.

Co-led the 2-year effort for a traffic relief measure in Santa Cruz County: Measure D was approved by 67.77 percent of Santa Cruz County voters; it was the first Santa Cruz County transportation measure. (Led by Casey Beyer)

Our 12th Annual Applied Materials "Silicon Valley Turkey Trot" was supported by nearly 25,000 paid registrants and collected approximately $900,000 for local non-profits that help local families in need: Housing Trust Silicon Valley, Second Harvest Food Bank of Santa Clara and San Mateo Counties, Second Harvest Food Bank of Santa Cruz County, Healthier Kids Foundation and The Health Trust.

"Turning Red Tape into Red Carpet" Award Winners

Nine Bay Area public agencies received the "Turning Red Tape into Red Carpet" award from the Silicon Valley Leadership Group for their outstanding work to promote economic competitiveness and business development that creates jobs, strengthens partnerships and has a positive impact on the economy.

The applicants were judged by an independent group of Silicon Valley experts. Twelve public agencies participated, submitting 18 applications involving innovative programs and services that have made a positive difference in the region.

The six categories and nine winners are:

Business Retention and Expansion (two winners) - The award recognizes economic development initiatives that focus on retaining and growing existing businesses within the community or region.

  • Small City Category: City of Gilroy - Community Downtown Revitalization Program
  • Large City Category: City of San Jose - San Jose Street Work Experience Program

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 Jose (Norman Y. Mineta San Jose International Airport) - From San Jose to the World

Sustainable Green Development (two winners) - The award recognizes programs that target and create a positive relationship between economic development and environmental sustainability.

  • Small City Category: City of Santa Cruz - Green Wharf Initiative
  • Large City Category: City of Sunnyvale - Green Building Program

Real Estate Redevelopment and Reuse - The award recognizes an innovative real estate development or reuse project involving a facility or land site.

  • City of Mountain View - Moffett Gateway

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.

  • Alameda County - Permit Portal

Excellence in Workforce Housing - The award recognizes excellence in residential development with a special emphasis on developments that addresses the jobs/housing imbalance in our region including homes that meet the needs of the workforce and those who are frequently priced out of our region

  • City of Mountain View - Studio 819 Apartments

Judge's Special Award

  • City of Half Moon Bay - Pilarcitos Creek Pedestrian Bridge Reconstruction

Judges were:

  • Jim Cunneen, Principal, California Strategies, former state Assemblymember and former CEO, San Jose/Silicon Valley Chamber of Commerce
  • Linda Mandolini, President, Eden Housing
  • Roseanne Foust, President and CEO, San Mateo County Economic Development Association (SAMCEDA)
  • Kevin Duggan, West Coast Regional Director, International City/County Management Association (ICMA)
  • Carlene Matchniff, Vice President, Entitlements & Public Affairs, Irvine Company
  • Mark Turner, President and CEO, Gilroy Chamber of Commerce
  • Carl Guardino, President & CEO, Silicon Valley Leadership Group (non-voting judge)

A special thanks to our own Casey Beyer, Senior Advisor to the CEO, for his leadership on our "Red Tape to Red Carpet" awards.