Silicon Valley Leadership Group

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Silicon Valley Leadership Group
Founded San Jose, California
Founder(s) David Packard
Headquarters 2001 Gateway Place, Suite 101E, San Jose, California

The Silicon Valley Leadership Group (SVLG) is a non-profit member organization that engages senior managers in cooperative efforts with local, state, and federal officials to address major public policy issues that affect the economic health and quality life in Silicon Valley, including energy,[1] transportation, education, housing, health care, tax policies, economic vitality and the environment.

The organization was founded in 1978 by David Packard, co-founder of Hewlett-Packard and represents more than 375 of Silicon Valley's employers, who collectively provide nearly one of every three private sector jobs in Silicon Valley.[2][non-primary source needed]


The Leadership Group's stated vision is to ensure the economic health and a high quality of life in Silicon Valley by advocating for adequate affordable housing, comprehensive regional transportation, reliable energy, a quality K-12 and higher education system and prepared workforce, a sustainable environment, and business and tax policies that keep California and Silicon Valley competitive.


In the summer of 1977, David Packard asked a number of his fellow CEOs to join him in creating a proactive voice for Silicon Valley businesses. The result was the formation of the Silicon Valley Manufacturing Group (SVMG), which has successfully tackled some of the toughest challenges facing high-tech employers and their employees.

The Leadership Group was founded on the premise that local employers should be actively involved in working with government to find innovative solutions to issues like transportation, housing, permit streamlining, education, and the environment.

In March 2005, SVMG changed its name to Silicon Valley Leadership Group (SVLG) to better reflect the work of the organization. As of July 2011, SVLG represents more than 340 of the Silicon Valley's most respected employers. Leadership Group members collectively provide nearly one of every three private sector jobs in Silicon Valley.

Membership is open to Silicon Valley firms and supporting industries including software, systems, manufacturing, financial services, accounting, transportation, health care, defense, communications, education and utilities.



  • The 1996 Measure A and B Transportation Sales Tax Campaign - 19 key road and rail transit improvements delivered "on time and on budget."
  • The 2000 "BART" Sales Tax Campaign, which passed by 70.4 percent of the vote, providing the local capital construction costs for the BART Extension to Santa Clara County.
  • The 2008 "BART" Sales Tax Campaign, which passed by 66.78 percent of the vote, providing the on-going funds to operate and maintain the BART Extension. Ground breaking for the first 10-miles of the 16.1 mile extension occurred on April 12, 1012, with construction slated for completion by the end of 2016, 18 months ahead of schedule and $77 million under budget.


  • The "Housing Trust of Santa Clara County," Co-Created by the Leadership Group and Santa Clara County in 1999, which has helped secure affordable housing opportunities for nearly 10,000 individuals and families in high-cost Silicon Valley.
  • Co-Chair of the Statewide Proposition 46 (2002) and Proposition 1-C (2008) Housing Bond Campaigns, generating nearly $5 billion for affordable home opportunities throughout the State.


  • Through the Silicon Valley Leadership Group Foundation, founded and directs the Annual Applied Materials "Silicon Valley Turkey Trot", since 2005. In the seven years of the Turkey Trot's history, more than $2.2 million in proceeds have been donated to three local non-profits helping local needy families through Second Harvest Food Bank, The Housing Trust and the Children's Health Initiative.

Protecting the clean energy economy – Played a major leadership role in the effort to defeat Proposition 23 in 2010, which would have done major damage to the clean energy economy by eviscerating the Global Warming Solutions Act of 2006 (AB 32).

Industry Initiatives for Science and Math Education (IISME) – The Leadership Group places, on average, 130 teachers annually in summer positions at companies that give teachers the experiences and tools they need to help all students be lifelong learners, responsible citizens and productive employees.

San Jose Airport – In partnership with San Jose Mayor Chuck Reed led the successful effort to obtain direct flights between Silicon Valley and Tokyo with All Nippon Airways, beginning in early 2013.

Stopping anti-business measures – Helped prevent passage of Proposition 24 in 2010, which would have rolled back tax reforms important for the competitiveness of Silicon Valley’s companies.

Santa Clara sales tax measures[edit]

SVLG has been heavily involved with a number of sales taxes measures in the Santa Clara County specifically 1996,[3] 2000,[3] and the failed June 2006 measure.[4] In June 2006, SVLG and the South Bay Labor Council outspent their opponents $1.2 million to $50,000 in an effort to raise the county sales tax further.[5][6] In spite of this huge discrepancy SVLG lost.[7][8]

At the same time SVLG was campaigning for increasing the local sales tax, they were in route to Sacramento on a lobbying junket to push for[9] two bills - SB 1291[10] and AB 2218[11] - that would have exempt companies from state sales taxes for purchasing equipment used in manufacturing and research.

Power PHEV[edit]

Before 2008, the SVLG was enlisting 100+ Silicon Valley citizens willing to convert a Toyota Prius into a plug-in hybrid for themselves or for their company.[citation needed] SVLG had spoken with two battery/conversion companies:

They had established the following requirements for this initiative:

  • The conversion would cost no more than USD$10,000.
  • The conversion module would meet federal safety and reliability testing—the same National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA) standards automakers must meet.
  • The battery will be at least 5 kWh battery (at least 20 miles - 32 km - all electric range at low speeds) and no emission or drive train parts or components from the original vehicle will be replaced or removed.
  • The battery company will offer a three-year/36,000 mile warranty for the battery/conversion module.
  • Conversions to start in early 2008.


Carl Guardino has been President and CEO of Silicon Valley Leadership Group since 1997.


  1. ^ Justine Burt (July 18, 2011). "Highlights of Silicon Valley Leadership Group’s June 2011 Energy Summit". Triple Pundit. Archived from the original on 2013-01-17. 
  2. ^ "The Silicon Valley Leadership Group - About Us". 
  3. ^ a b [1] Silicon Valley Leadership Group Bio for Carl Guardino
  4. ^ [2] VTA page talking about defeat of June 2006 Measure A
  5. ^ [3] Blog entry about No on June 2006 Measure A being sued
  6. ^ [4] Reporting about attempt to silence June 2006 Santa Clara County Measure A opponents
  7. ^ [5] June 2006 Election Results:
    1115/1115 100.00%
            Vote Count      Percent
    NO      153,592         57.13%
    YES     115,239         42.87%
    Total   268,831         100.00% 
  8. ^ Patrick Moore, Transportation Chair, Sierra Club, Loma Prieta Chapter. "Letters to the Editor". p. 19. 
  9. ^ "Silicon Valley Leadership Group wants support for sales tax exemptions for larger businesses". San Jose Mercury News. April 19, 2006. [dead link]
  10. ^ SB 1291, Elaine Alquist
  11. ^ AB 2218, Alberto Torrico

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