San Francisco is a beacon of leadership, innovation and diversity. We are an economic gateway to Asia and the Pacific, the commercial center of Northern California and a top tourist destination in the world. Our famous landmarks, beautiful open spaces, and creative and talented workforce continue to make San Francisco a preferred destination to live, work and do business.
Already a leader in the global marketplace, we have taken significant steps in recent years to make San Francisco even better. Working together with the San Francisco Chamber of Commerce, the San Francisco Center for Economic Development and the San Francisco Office of Economic and Workforce Development, China SF continues to attract business from America’s most important trade partner. Our region continues to boast among the highest investments in high-tech, biotech and clean technologies across the globe. While the past several years have been challenging, San Francisco has been resilient, proving it is bouncing back and that it can still compete and win business even in tough times. We’re home to hundreds of technology, biotech and life sciences companies in addition to hundreds more cleantech and green businesses. We are also continuing our endeavor to become the healthiest and greenest city in the nation.
San Francisco continues to invest in people and infrastructure and looks forward to the 34th America’s Cup, an international sailing event in 2013. The event will bring in an estimated 250,000 visitors to San Francisco, generate more than $1.4 billion in economic activity to support local businesses, and continue the revival of the city’s eastern waterfront.
Violent crime in San Francisco has dropped to historic lows these last few years. We are making our city the safest big city in America through innovative use of data sets, strategic deployment of police resources and successful partnerships with our diverse communities and neighborhoods. The San Francisco Police Department (SFPD) is committed to being a world-class police department and a leader among urban police departments. Our ongoing commitment to reform and accountability and continued support for our men and women in uniform provide a safe and secure environment for all San Franciscans and visitors to enjoy.
Creating jobs, supporting business growth, and putting people back to work have been my top priorities. To be able to have a successful city, we are positioning ourselves to compete in the global business marketplace – creating and retaining jobs and creating the conditions for businesses to start, grow and prosper in San Francisco.
In San Francisco, we are proud of our continued leadership and innovation. We invite you to join us as we work to make “America’s Best City” even better.
Edwin M. Lee
Mayor San Francisco