The San Joaquin Partnership opens office in Santa Clara to increase ties with Silicon Valley

S.J. looks to Silicon Valley for growth
By Reed Fujii

Record Staff Writer
May 29, 2013 12:00 AM

The San Joaquin Partnership, in cooperation with San Joaquin County, has opened an office in the heart of Silicon Valley.

Partnership Chief Executive Mike Ammann spends a day a week at the office in Santa Clara seeking companies interested in San Joaquin County locations and making other connections between Silicon Valley and the San Joaquin Valley.

Strengthening ties between the areas is only natural, he said.

“We’ve been looked upon as two separate areas, but with a quarter of our labor force commuting into Silicon Valley, we are really part of it,” Ammann said Tuesday.

“We’ve come to the conclusion that we need to be physically part of Silicon Valley by opening up an office.”

That facility, at 2903 Bunker Hill Lane in Santa Clara, is leased from TiE Silicon Valley, a nonprofit entrepreneurs’ network, and is near the Santa Clara Convention Center and ACE train’s Great America stop and not far from the 49ers’ new stadium.

“There are hundreds and hundreds of startups, small companies, in that immediate area,” said Harry Mavrogenes, chief deputy administrator for San Joaquin County. “It’s sort of the center of the world right now in Silicon Valley.”

Mavrogenes, who will spend one or two days a week in Santa Clara, said the office is a perfect spot to hold seminars or less formal discussions with a wide range of business executives, entrepreneurs or foreign visitors and tap into the strongest regional economy in the United States.

The office is also open to business development officials from area cities who may want to develop their own Silicon Valley leads.

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