San Francisco is the Innovation Capital of the World and has remained a beacon of leadership, innovation and diversity. Our City is a cultural and economic gateway to Asia and the Pacific, the commercial center of the Northern California region and a top tourist destination. Our famous landmarks, beautiful open spaces, and talented workforce continue to make San Francisco the preferred place to live, work and do business. We are also continuing our endeavor to become the healthiest, greenest city in the nation.
My focus as Mayor has been helping businesses and entrepreneurs create jobs for our residents. And working together with the Board of Supervisors, with business, organized labor and the nonprofit sectors, we have turned a great deal of our 17-Point Economic Plan into real action for our City. We see the signs of economic recovery all around us, but the heart of our continued success is still jobs. To have a successful city, we are positioning ourselves to compete in the global business marketplace by creating and retaining jobs and conditions for businesses to start, stay and grow in San Francisco.
In Mission Bay, at UCSF, and within the labs of our homegrown biotech companies, they’re researching and developing treatments that will cure diseases and save lives. From South of Market to Central Market, we are the proud home of growing companies revolutionizing business, design and communications – providing the world with tools to live untethered or in the Cloud, print in three dimensions, or topple dictators with a tweet. From the Sunset to the Mission to the Bayview, we are witnessing rebirth of local manufacturing, fashion and artisanal food production bearing the label “Made in San Francisco,” a mark of craftsmanship coveted by consumers around the world.
A leader in the global marketplace, San Francisco has taken significant steps in recent years to do even better. Working with the San Francisco Chamber of Commerce, the San Francisco Center for Economic Development and the San Francisco Office of Economic and Workforce Development, ChinaSF continues to attract business from America’s most important trade partner, and we will be continuing to expand this program to other parts of Asia and Latin America.
While the past several years have been challenging, San Francisco has been resilient. We have bounced back and proven that we can still compete and win business in tough times. We are a vital, resurgent and strong City because of the creativity of our people, the fiscally responsible direction we have taken and the conscious choices we have made to attract new jobs to every neighborhood. Together, we are putting San Francisco back on the right track and building a solid economic foundation for all our residents.
We invite you to join us as we continue making “America’s Best City” even better!
Edwin M. Lee Mayor