The San Jose Silicon Valley Chamber of Commerce is announcing its new name, organizational structure and direction at its Jan. 19 access silicon valley monthly member breakfast.
“Over the course of our 131-year history, our organization has evolved to better serve the needs of the business community,” said Matt Mahood, President & CEO of The silicon valley organization, formerly the San Jose Silicon Valley Chamber of Commerce. “It’s the ability to plan and evolve to the ever-changing Silicon Valley business ecosystem that has allowed us to remain a relevant and vital part of our regional economy for more than a century. And we’re just getting started.”
In the last six years since Mahood first took the reigns, the organization has been pursuing a slow but deliberate pivot and shift to prioritize economic development as a key driver for the organization.
“Now, with a refreshed look and name, we can complete this organizational transformation to not only serve our primary constituents as the voice of business but also be looked upon by the broader community as the regional leader, collaborator and problem solver that we are,” Mahood said.
The new name emphasizes the organization’s greater role within Silicon Valley and will clarify and elevate the work it does through its four lines of business—commerce san jose; silicon valley IDEA; foundation silicon valley; and PAC silicon valley.
For those worried about what this may mean for San Jose, however, the work within the Heart of Silicon Valley will remain laser-focused, specifically through commerce san jose and foundation silicon valley’s strive san jose and leadership san jose, but also through PAC silicon valley and silicon valley IDEA.
“The work that the organization has been known for isn’t changing,” said Dan Bozzuto, Board Chair of The silicon valley organization. “In fact, this reorganization allows for greater exposure and growth for the programs and initiatives that have been gaining significant traction in the last few years. This new name better reflects the work being done across so many areas of our community.”
The broader, more regional name also focuses on the organization’s ability to act as both a convener and catalyst for collective impact for the greater Silicon Valley community on issues that affect business velocity and quality of life.
131 YEARS OF REPRESENTING BUSINESS
1886: The Santa Clara Valley Board of Trade
1900: Santa Clara Valley Improvement Association
1901: San Jose Chamber of Commerce
1968: The Association of Metropolitan San Jose
1971: San Jose Chamber of Commerce
1988: San Jose Metropolitan Chamber of Commerce
1997: San Jose Silicon Valley Chamber of Commerce
2017: the silicon valley organization
About the silicon valley organization
The silicon valley organization, formerly the San Jose Silicon Valley Chamber of Commerce, is the Silicon Valley’s premier business networking and advocacy organization. It promotes a robust and sustainable regional economy by executing a set of strategic plans through four dedicated lines of business—commerce san jose; silicon valley IDEA; foundation silicon valley; and PAC silicon valley—established to support business growth while improving the region's quality of life.