Author Archives : Louise Auerhahn

Groundbreaking workforce standards on VTA’s Tamien project

Billions of dollars in public and private funds are pouring into our region to fuel Silicon Valley’s development boom. But the boom is a double-edged sword: without enough middle-class jobs for our community, long-time residents are being priced out. We urgently need innovative ways to leverage this development and ensure it leaves a lasting investment in expanded opportunity. The Santa…

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San Jose Moves to Create Good, Local Jobs in Construction

If you live, work or play in the South Bay, chances are you’ve recently passed by a construction site. Cranes are in the air all over Silicon Valley.  Tens of billions of dollars are being invested in development.  But did you ever stop to think about where all that money ends up? Does it create good jobs and careers for…

The Hourglass Economy is Real, Now What Do We Do About It?

Acknowledging the extremes of poverty and wealth in Silicon Valley may have been radical 15 years ago, but today even the business community issues reports highlighting the social and economic problems generated by the growing hourglass economy. The question is no longer “Is the hourglass economy real?” We know that a third of households in the Valley do not earn…


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