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SCU to host interactive community forum on the future of Silicon Valley

SANTA CLARA, Calif.September 19, 2003Santa Clara University’s School of Engineering and the Silicon Valley Manufacturing Group (SVMG) will host a day-long interactive forum Sept. 23 that will bring together a diverse audience of 500 non-profit, government, and corporate professionals to look at demographic and economic trends in Silicon Valley.

Projections: Silicon Valley 2004 will analyze critical issues facing the region, such as transportation, housing, education, energy, and the environment. Additionally, SVMG will release a 10-year forecast of the demographic changes that will impact the region.

Santa Clara University is proud to participate in this event,” said Daniel Pitt, dean of SCU’s engineering school. “As the oldest institution of higher education in the area, Santa Clara University plays a critical role in the growth and vitality of this region. Projections 2004 affords a unique opportunity to our students, faculty, and the larger community to look at current challenges facing the area and to discuss solutions that will improve the quality of life and business climate in the years ahead.”

“Many of our graduates live in and contribute to the economic vitality of Northern California and we strive to imbue them with not only expertise in their field but also a desire to work for justice and opportunity for all.  Projections 2004 helps them understand the social context they will encounter when they enter the work force,” Pitt said.

The data in the report was compiled by Santa Clara University Economics Professor Kris Mitchener and covers a geographic area stretching from San Mateo and Union City to Gilroy and Scotts Valley. SVMG represents 190 businesses in the area. For the first time since SVMG began producing the report six years ago, an effort will be made to have the audience reflect the valley's diverse ethnic and socioeconomic makeup, including unemployed workers. At the end of the day, a poll will be taken of the audience and the results presented to the manufacturing group, which will then put together a three-year plan to address issues ranging from education to transportation to employment.

Some of the people who will address the gathering are: Paul Locatelli, S.J., president of Santa Clara University, Carl Guardino, president and CEO of SVMG, Daniel Pitt, dean of SCU's school of engineering, Bruce Chizen, chief executive officer of Adobe Systems, Kris Mitchener, assistant professor in the Leavey School of Business and Bill Coleman, founder of BEA Systems.

 Preregistration is required at Registration is $65; $35 for non-profits and legislative staff; $10 for students.

About Santa Clara University’s School of Engineering

Founded in 1912, the SCU School of Engineering reflects this tradition in its implementation of selected, high-quality undergraduate and graduate programs. The school’s location in the heart of Silicon Valley, engaged and accessible faculty, and state-of-the-art equipment combine to create a powerful learning environment for engineering students. Engineering disciplines in the School of Engineering include Applied Mathematics, Civil, Computer, Electrical, and Mechanical Engineering, and Engineering Management and Leadership. More information can be found at

About Santa Clara University

Santa Clara University, a comprehensive Jesuit, Catholic university located in California’s Silicon Valley, offers its 8,060 students rigorous undergraduate curricula in arts and sciences, business, and engineering, plus master’s and law degrees. Distinguished nationally by the third-highest graduation rate among all U.S. masters’ universities, California’s oldest higher-education institution demonstrates faith-inspired values of ethics and social justice. For more information, see



<p>SCU engineering dean Daniel Pitt speaks at annual Silicon Valley forecast event.</p>

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