The Tri-Valley and Silicon Valley Partnership

The Tri-Valley should partner with Silicon Valley.

During my time in the Obama administration at the Department of Commerce, I was impressed with the collaboration between local government, academia, the labs and private industry that defines the Tri Valley.

I became convinced the Tri-Valley is a model for our nation in helping drive innovation and economic growth.

I have a good frame of reference.  In my job, I was privileged to travel to more than 30 states. I can say without hesitation that the Tri Valley is one of the best innovation clusters in our nation, rivaling Wichita's aerospace hub and Northeast Ohio's plastics cluster.

That is why I was proud to join the boards of Innovation Tri-Valley and I-Gate when I returned home to the East Bay.

The challenge for the Tri Valley is greater visibility on Sand Hill Road and in San Jose. Just this morning, I was talking to a prominent leader from Pleasanton who observed that we need to do more to collaborate with Silicon Valley.  I could not agree more.

I am privileged to work now at Wilson Sonsini, a Silicon Valley based law firm. But, the reality is that not enough Silicon Valley venture capitalists, technologists or intellectual property attorneys know of the extraordinary resources in the Tri Valley. We should do a better job at marketing the strengths of the Tri-Valley. Innovation Tri Valley and I-Gate are doing precisely that.

In fact, Innovation Tri Valley is hosting a forum on July 26th in Pleasanton in which Carl Guardino, president of Silicon Valley Leadership Group will be participating. The details are below.

My hope is that forums like this will increase the dialogue and partnership between the Tri Valley and Silicon Valley. Tri Valley has an extraordinarily educated and skilled workforce, available land, great schools and responsive elected officials -- all assets that should appeal to leaders in Silicon Valley.

In turn, Silicon Valley can provide access to capital and knowledge that can help the Tri Valley's growth. If leaders from both regions come togeher, they can also help shape policies that will strengthen American competitiveness and help us build manufacturing capacity in the Bay Area.

Our nation faces extraordinary competition from China, Brazil and Japan when it comes to innovation. We will only stay ahead by breaking past silos and building strong regional partnerships.

A great place to start is by building the links between Tri Valley and Silicon Valley. If we succeed locally, we can be an example for the country in how to create high paying jobs and an environment for manufacturing to flourish.  We can show that California can still lead the way for the country.  

I hope many folks will come to the forum on the 26th to share your ideas about such a partnership.

The Fourth Annual Tri-Valley Innovation Forum


Thursday, July 26, 2012

Casa Real at Ruby Hill Winery

410 Vineyard Avenue, Pleasanton

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Richard Mellor July 26, 2012 at 06:51 PM
Needless to say the last comment is not me. It's someone afraid to identify themselves impersonating me.
Richard Mellor July 26, 2012 at 10:57 PM
It's amazing how people simply repeat what they read in the big business mass media and claim it's reality simply by asserting it. Wages (the price of Labor power) are not organically linked to prices. The idea that the minimum wage causes unemployment is the capitalists argument. During the nineties boom wages at the bottom rungs increased without any real pressure from organized Labor. Some employers were "voluntarily" paying above minimum wage because of the demand for Labor (power). It was market driven and when employers are forced to raise wages in this way and they are unable to pass that on in prices, you know what, they eat it in profits. If it was simply the "will" of the owner of capital then they'd raise prices whenever they felt like it no matter what the cost of Labor power. Ideologically it serves their interests to say that wage increases cause price rises and cost jobs rather than to say that it costs them their vacation, their health benefits, their income.
Albert Rubio July 27, 2012 at 02:27 AM
Richard, Was this directed at me? >It's amazing how people simply repeat what they read in the big business mass media and claim it's reality simply by asserting it. Is it possible to discuss propositions without disparaging assumptions? Can you argue the point without reference to how stupid you think I or others are who disagree? The proposition that the minimum wage increases unemployment does not originate with the media but economists. So the proposition is false because in the 90's there was a market driven wage boom at the bottom rungs of the wage scale? Do you think this is a proper and sufficient refutation?
Paul Vargas July 27, 2012 at 05:06 AM
You mean that's what government workers use as their excuse for raising taxes.
David July 27, 2012 at 01:28 PM
When the price of something goes up, is more or less consumed of that? When the price of labor goes up, is there more or less use of labor?


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