Focused on business retention, expansion, recruitment and regional branding by addressing our region's most pressing challenges around business velocity and quality of life

Silicon Valley, for all its world-class economic development, has never had a unifying vision or entity for economic development. In part, this is because Silicon Valley is a region of innovators and risk takers, not content with bureaucratic views of economic development. silicon valley IDEA (Initiative to Drive Economic Advancement) envisions serving as that entity, while approaching economic development in a way that fits the business community it represents.

silicon valley IDEA is about solutions and collaboration. By bringing together industry leaders in peer groups to identify challenges, silicon valley IDEA works to ensure that the challenges being addressed change with the Valley, not just a one-sized fits all approach that focuses on “business retention, expansion and attraction” activities. After identifying these challenges – silicon valley IDEA will convene regional Thought Leaders from business, government and non-profits to identify innovative solutions to address the pressure points business is facing within the areas of “Quality of Life,” “Business Velocity” and “Regional Branding.”

Finally, silicon valley IDEA moves rapidly from challenge identification, to collaborative and creative solutions, to activation. silicon valley IDEA will put the solutions in place to meet the challenges our region faces, and will do so in the same innovative style that makes Silicon Valley the world’s leading economic engine.