Today the Office of Economic and Workforce Development (OEWD) and the City of San Francisco announced the launch of Global:SF, a new organization dedicated to connecting international businesses and facilitating trade and investment to the San Francisco Bay Area. Global:SF will house China:SF, Latin:SF and SF:Asia, and will expand its international footprint to other parts of the world through partnerships with corporate partners, 75 consulates and international economic and trade offices based in San Francisco.
“Over the past decade San Francisco has become home to hundreds of international companies, creating thousands of jobs and spurring new business growth in our City,” said San Francisco Mayor Mark Farrell. “As our great city continues to lead the nation in innovation and diversity with an unwavering commitment to helping businesses succeed, and it is important that we expand our efforts to attract new trade and investment flows between San Francisco and the world. Global:SF was created to do just that and we’re proud of the work the team has done to keep San Francisco top of mind with businesses and investors around the world.”
Global:SF will leverage its extensive experience, diverse talent and trusted relationships to connect the San Francisco Bay Area with global businesses and promote economic prosperity and sustainability. Headed by economic and innovation growth expert, and previous China:SF Executive Director, Darlene Chiu Bryant, Global:SF will look to build on its team’s proven track record that’s already attracted more than $5.1B in foreign investment.
“With support from the City of San Francisco, the OEWD, private sponsors, and our founding board members and transition team, we will continue to accelerate economic development and job creation in San Francisco through strategic international investments,” said Darlene Chiu Bryant. “We are also happy to share that we responded to a City RFP and have been awarded the grant to continue the work of the international initiatives China:SF, SF:Asia and Latin:SF.”
Headquartered in San Francisco and with offices in Shanghai, Beijing and Shenzhen, Global:SF will focus on the facilitation of business growth and job creation within biotech and life sciences, cleantech and renewable energy, financial services and insurance, information and data services, advanced materials and manufacturing, software and digital media, tech and electronics, travel and tourism, real estate and infrastructure, hospitality, food and beverage, healthcare and education.
Founding Global:SF board members include Hans Galland of Pacific Eagle, David Kaufman of Nixon Peabody and Wenli Wang of Moss Adams. To learn more about Global:SF, please visit: www.globalSF.biz.
Global:SF’s purpose is to enhance the global competitiveness of San Francisco. The new organization will promote San Francisco as the location of choice in the world for business and life. Building on the success of ChinaSF and the other international initiatives previously housed under the San Francisco Chamber of Commerce, Global:SF will operate under the auspices of the City of San Francisco.
Created in 2008, China:SF was created as a public private partnership to identify, attract and retain inbound investors and companies from China. The program was initiated by OEWD with operations made possible with a grant from the City of San Francisco, and additional financial support from the private sector. In 2015, China:SF was joined by two other international initiatives, Latin:SF and SF:Asia, to further promote San Francisco as a destination of choice for inbound global companies and investors.
To date, the three initiatives have recruited and assisted more than 1000 companies, creating more than 800 jobs, resulting in more than $5.1B in foreign investment. Global:SF will look to build on the decade of success by expanding its international footprint to other parts of the world through partnerships with 75 consulates and international economic and trade offices based in San Francisco.
About the Office of Economic and Workforce Development (OEWD)
The Ofﬁce of Economic and Workforce Development's (OEWD) mission is simple – to create shared prosperity in San Francisco. OEWD provides city-wide leadership for workforce development, business attraction and retention, neighborhood commercial revitalization, international business and development planning. For more information, go to: www.oewd.org.
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