The SVO engages in public policy advocacy and lobbying efforts at the local, regional, state, and federal levels. Policy positions on issues originate through SVO member participation in one of the four policy committees that make recommendations on policy positions to The SVO Executive Committee and The SVO Board of Directors.
Meet, work with and develop connections with Silicon Valley’s leading businesses and organizations. Every public policy committee meeting you will have the opportunity to have a seat at the table with industry experts and influencers to address and discuss our region's biggest challenges. Below are just a few of the guest speakers that have participated in our public policy committee meetings
This committee advocates for policies that support sustainable communities through increasing the housing supply stock, smart growth planning, and streamlining local government’s permitting processes to support business expansion through increased commercial and residential developments. The committee regularly engages with city planning staff to discuss streamlining development services to accelerate housing production throughout Silicon Valley.
This committee will review legislation from the state, regional, and local levels to ensure that small businesses can be successful and be economically competitive in the region. Potential issues may include, but are not limited to: labor & employment mandates, minimum wage, industry-specific taxes & fees, small business financing, etc.
This committee advocates for education policies and programs that help develop a 21st century workforce; especially career technical education policies that highlight the work of Strive San Jose in supporting our local school districts. In order to develop a “cradle to career” workforce pipeline for businesses to expand in Silicon Valley, business leaders must drive impactful public policies to help develop their future employees.
From time to time, specific policy issues arise that require a broader “all-hands on deck” approach. The Ad-Hoc Public Policy Committee will be convened when The SVO needs to engage a broader network of members and stakeholders to more carefully investigate and review these policy issues; and then make a recommendation to The SVO’s Board of Directors. State and local ballot measures are often reviewed by this committee. Previous examples include: Project Labor Agreements,Opportunity to Work, and Gross Receipts Tax, amongst others.