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2015: Advancing the Agenda

December 17, 2015 | 0 Comments
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As the Chamber prepares to dim its lights for the year and spend the remaining days of 2015 focused on family and friends, I’d like to reflect and take stock on some of our key activities over the past year as we look at the year ahead and all there is to achieve in 2016. 

‘Tis Always the Season to Shop Local

December 3, 2015 | 0 Comments
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Last week, we gathered with family and friends and observed our national day of gratitude. As Thanksgiving drew to a close, it signaled the holiday season being in full swing – and where better to spend this special time of year than in San Francisco?

Warriors’ arena plan follows Giants’ successful ballpark model

November 23, 2015 | 0 Comments
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If San Francisco solely had followed the advice of economic consultants when making land-use decisions, rather than seeking a balance of public uses, biotech and other commercial and residential uses, Mission Bay likely would be offices,

Celebrating San Francisco’s Business Excellence

November 20, 2015 | 0 Comments
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How We See ItLast night we announced the winners of the Chamber’s 2015 Excellence in Business – or ‘Ebbies’ – Awards at the 24th annual gala event. This year’s ceremony, presented by Bank of America Merrill Lynch,

Demystifying the San Francisco Economy’s Little Known Catalyst

October 22, 2015 | 0 Comments
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What do a $3 billion stem cell research headquarters, Consumer Report’s 2014 “Best U.S. Airline,” and the nation’s most attended solar exhibition all have in common? The California Institute for Regenerative Medicine, Virgin America, and Intersolar North America — and the millions of dollars in economic activity that they generate in this region —

No on Prop F: Neighborhood businesses deserve better

October 2, 2015 | 0 Comments
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San Francisco’s neighborhood stores and restaurants are the backbone of our economy. They shape our communities, enhance our neighborhoods and are part of the character that forms our city. In fact, small businesses employ approximately half of all San Francisco workers and comprise nearly 90 percent of all our businesses.

How to solve the housing crisis? Build more housing!

September 3, 2015 | 0 Comments
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By Bob Linscheid

It’s no surprise voters place the cost of housing on top of the list of major issues facing San Francisco. Hardly a day goes by without a news story about rent spikes and bidding wars.

How to improve brand awareness

August 6, 2015 | 0 Comments
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By Bob Linscheid

At the San Francisco Chamber of Commerce, we are often asked how a business can stand apart from the crowd. After all, there are thousands of small,

How data will drive cities of the future and why San Francisco needs to pay attention

June 29, 2015 | 0 Comments
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By Bob Linscheid and Rick Hutley

thumbnail_Forecast-SF_transpRecent studies have proclaimed San Francisco as the top city in the nation for economic potential and for creating and sustaining jobs. Check out the numbers:

San Francisco has added 105,000 jobs since 2009,

Circle the Schools gives SF students the tools they need to succeed

June 4, 2015 | 0 Comments
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By Bob Linscheid, Kimberly Wicoff and Steve Sarner

The 57,000 students who attend schools in the San Francisco Unified School District deserve the richest and most fruitful education The City can provide. Yet our schools, as we know,

Immigration reform, affordable housing, job programs top agenda of Chamber delegation to Washington, D.C.

May 8, 2015 | 0 Comments
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By Bob Linscheid

San Francisco’s red-hot economy has created untold opportunities for entrepreneurs and dreamers of all types. A recent study by a division of the London-based Financial Times named San Francisco as the top city in the United States for economic potential.

Nation should follow SF’s lead on minimum wage

May 1, 2015 | 0 Comments
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By Edwin Lee, Tim Paulson And Bob Linscheid

Starting today, the minimum wage in San Francisco will increase to one of the highest in the nation. We’re joining together as San Franciscans — leaders in government, labor and business — to call on Sacramento and Washington,

San Francisco Tops ‘American Cities of the Future’ for Economic Potential, Second in Foreign Direct Investment

April 16, 2015 | 0 Comments
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San Francisco Bay - Skyline from the high point of Twin PeaksWith 26,000 patents granted in a decade and recent growth in foreign investment, San Francisco ranks No. 1 overall for economic potential for 2015-16, according to fDi Intelligence, a division of the Financial Times.

Sacramento Report: 5 Issues to Watch

April 13, 2015 | 0 Comments
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California State CapitalThere’s no question that the Bay Area and California face significant challenges, from high housing costs to an economic recovery that has left far too many individuals and families behind. The New York Times this month even asked whether California “has run up against the limits of nature” with nearly 40 million people struggling with the drought.

Why the business community is fueling the backlash in Indiana

April 1, 2015 | 0 Comments
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At the Chamber of Commerce we are often asked what is the secret behind our city’s — and the Bay Area’s — economic success.

The answer is found in two words: diversity and inclusiveness.

Diversity in thought,

It was jobs, jobs, jobs – now it’s housing, housing, housing

March 5, 2015 | 0 Comments
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You can leave your heart in San Francisco. You just can’t afford to live here.

That’s the takeaway of a poll of 600 San Francisco voters commissioned by the Chamber of Commerce: Voters are deeply concerned about the cost of housing and their ability to control their cost of living.

For a prosperous future, the focus needs to be on education and talent

February 5, 2015 | 0 Comments
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By Bob Linscheid and Leslie E. Wong

As a global economic powerhouse, San Francisco has experienced remarkable prosperity over the past few years.

Tens of thousands of people have returned to work since the recession, driving down the December unemployment rate to 3.8 percent,

Let’s show that our city really “knows how”

January 9, 2015 | 0 Comments
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By Bob Linscheid

One hundred years ago, the people of San Francisco came together to host the Panama-Pacific International Exposition, a celebration of ingenuity and the human spirit. It’s time we came together again, this time to host one of the world’s greatest sporting events –

Kaiser Chairman and CEO shares his experiences – offers ideas “to revolutionize” race relations

December 19, 2014 | 0 Comments
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By Bob Linscheid, Chamber President and CEO

When Bernard J. Tyson, the Chairman and CEO of Kaiser Permanente, accepted our invitation to speak at our upcoming CityBeat Breakfast, we were thrilled. We secured an industry leader who would share his insights into the future of health care and tell us how an organization with 175,000 employees attracts and develops talent.

Let the sun shine on supervisors

December 4, 2014 | 0 Comments
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By Bob Linscheid, Chamber President and CEO

When it comes to crafting public policy, San Francisco has two worthy traditions. The first is boldness — think same-sex marriage. The second is openness — the Sunshine Ordinance,

What SF Voters Had to Say

November 13, 2014 | 0 Comments
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While thousands of votes remain to be counted — and the political insiders are already focusing on the November 2015 mayor’s race — San Francisco voters agreed with ballot recommendations of the Chamber of Commerce virtually across the board. Measures supporting The City’s transportation,

A step in the right direction for our state’s future ​

October 17, 2014 | 0 Comments
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Just as we are swift to condemn policies that harm business, we are equally committed to praising those who create solutions to our state’s problems.

That is why we invite you to join us in raising a glass of crystal clear water to our lawmakers in Sacramento who wisely put Proposition 1 on the November 4 ballot.

Keep SF moving with Prop A

October 3, 2014 | 0 Comments
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The list of positive attributes and amenities that we San Franciscans enjoy as residents is boundless. In fact, English writer Rudyard Kipling is quoted as having said, “San Francisco has only one drawback—‘tis hard to leave.” While we all would likely agree that the short story innovator wasn’t far off the mark,

Leadership San Francisco: Celebrating 30 Years of Leaders

September 19, 2014 | 0 Comments
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This year, Leadership San Francisco – what I believe to be the Bay Area’s premier leadership development program – is celebrating 30 years of educating and developing community trustees to prepare to make significant contributions to our community. That’s an impressive achievement and,

Looking Back, Moving Forward

September 5, 2014 | 0 Comments
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In January, the Chamber of Commerce identified seven focus areas to support employers, drive economic prosperity, and enhance the quality of Bay Area life. With the Board of Supervisors returning from its summer break, we’re taking a quick look back to measure our progress at City Hall,

Doing Well by Doing Good

August 22, 2014 | 0 Comments
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This blog provides me with an opportunity to share my thoughts directly with you about timely matters that are absolutely critical to the San Francisco Chamber of Commerce’s mission. Often times I focus on a piece of pending legislation that can impact San Francisco’s business climate,

S.F.’s Economic Comeback – ‘The Score Takes Care of Itself’

August 8, 2014 | 0 Comments
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The late Bill Walsh, one of the most revered Bay Area sports luminaries who built the 49ers into one of the greatest franchises in NFL history, authored a book entitled, “The Score Takes Care of Itself.” Although Walsh’s book outlines the requirements of successful leadership that can be applied in all professions,

High-Tech Generating High-Returns to San Francisco

July 18, 2014 | 0 Comments
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The San Francisco Chamber of Commerce has long advocated for San Franciscans to embrace the technology industry – and the recent news that Google is substantially expanding its existing presence downtown is a clear signal that the world’s largest search engine is most certainly embracing our city.

Keeping California High-Speed Rail On Track

July 2, 2014 | 0 Comments
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California High-Speed Rail was given a strong vote of confidence last month when Governor Jerry Brown and the California Legislature passed a prudent budget for the state, which includes the establishment of a reliable funding source for this critically important transportation project.

Time to Reverse Runaway Production

June 18, 2014 | 0 Comments
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California is the birthplace of movie making and the burgeoning global film industry. Our state is home to every major movie studio, boasts a vast network of production facilities and continues to lure top talent. Yet, California is losing its status as the movie capital of the world,

Lucas Cultural Arts Museum Belongs in San Francisco

June 5, 2014 | 0 Comments
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George Lucas has made an indelible impact on San Francisco and the Bay Area. From the blockbuster films – and thousands of jobs – he has created here, to his investments in the Presidio including the Letterman Digital Arts Center and Industrial Light &

The Future of Formula Retail

May 15, 2014 | 0 Comments
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How we accommodate formula retail or “chain stores” in San Francisco has been a subject of much debate for more than a decade. After many months of discussion and study, the city’s Planning Commission and Board of Supervisors are preparing to weigh in on recommendations from the Planning Department to modify existing policies and redefine where and how formula retailers can operate in our city moving forward.

Don’t Stop Progress on Affordability and Revitalization – Vote NO on B

May 1, 2014 | 0 Comments
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Affordability is a top concern of San Franciscans as costs, especially of housing, continue to rise. Our city has taken some important steps to bring more housing online with the passage of the Housing Trust Fund and projects such as the Hunters Point Shipyard redevelopment and Mid-Market revitalization.

Stop Protesting and Start Collaborating

April 18, 2014 | 0 Comments
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San Francisco continues to struggle with issues of affordability and displacement. These complex problems have not been caused by the technology sector, targeted tax incentives or any other single industry or city policy. They have developed over decades in conjunction with increasing population growth,

Make the Vandals Pay

April 3, 2014 | 0 Comments
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There is a long list of reasons why San Francisco and cities around the country are working to fight against graffiti vandalism. The unlawful markings damage the appearance of buildings and public spaces, add to blight and crime in our communities,

Making S.F.’s Voice Heard on Capitol Hill

March 19, 2014 | 0 Comments
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Last week, over two dozen Bay Area business and civic leaders traveled to Washington, D.C. with the San Francisco Chamber of Commerce to make their voices heard on issues important to their businesses and our city. This year’s CityTripDC delegation met with more than a dozen top lawmakers and department officials to express support for infrastructure investment,

Minimum wage is no silver bullet for affordability

March 6, 2014 | 0 Comments
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San Francisco is facing a problem of affordability. The City’s median home price continues to rise and remains the highest in the Bay Area at $957,000. Average rents now stand at $3,350 per month. The costs of transportation and other necessities are rising.

Agenda for Sustained Prosperity

February 21, 2014 | 0 Comments
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A Guest Blog from Peter Gruebele, 2014 Chamber Board Chair
Executive Vice President, Wells Fargo’s Regional Commercial Bank in San Francisco

San Francisco is an expensive place both to live and do business.

Comeback for Central Market

February 6, 2014 | 0 Comments
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Since the 1960s, San Francisco’s Central Market area has struggled with blight and crime. Once a vibrant hub for retail and the arts, the neighborhood has experienced decades of decline due to public and private disinvestment in real estate, street improvements and other programs.

Beyond Membership

January 24, 2014 | 0 Comments
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For more than 160 years, the San Francisco Chamber of Commerce has provided a forum for the city’s business community to connect, access resources and advance business and economic prosperity. Our chamber – like most others across the country – has offered these services primarily through membership in our organization.

Managing Success in 2014

January 2, 2014 | 0 Comments
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As the New Year begins, San Francisco is poised for another year of economic success. Unemployment is holding steady at 5.2 percent, tax revenues supporting the General Fund are at record levels, and the urban life in our city continues to attract residents and visitors.

Happy Holidays from the SF Chamber

December 19, 2013 | 0 Comments
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2013 has been a significant year for San Francisco, the San Francisco Chamber of Commerce and the Bay Area business community.

In addition to the opening of the new Bay Bridge, hosting the America’s Cup and welcoming #BatKid,

We Must do More to Support Broad-based Recovery

December 5, 2013 | 0 Comments
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As San Francisco’s economy continues to rebound from the Great Recession, the impacts of both a growing population and employment base have taken center stage. The Examiner article, the “Forces of Change in San Francisco” recently spotlighted many of the positive impacts of employment growth,

Gratitude for San Francisco

November 21, 2013 | 0 Comments
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There are many reasons to be thankful in San Francisco. As the Thanksgiving holiday approaches, we take pause to acknowledge some of the things that make our city great.

Unlike many other counties, the City and County of San Francisco continues to be a powerful economic engine for our state and our nation.

Momentum Building for Warriors Return to S.F.

November 8, 2013 | 0 Comments
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As the Golden State Warriors kick-off another exhilarating season, momentum is building for the team’s return to San Francisco and the state-of-the-art arena and entertainment venue they plan to call home by the start of the 2017-18 basketball season. And it’s not just fans who are excited.

Keep the Waterfront Renaissance Going – Vote Yes on B

October 17, 2013 | 0 Comments
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Since the removal of the Embarcadero Freeway over 20 years ago, San Francisco’s waterfront has enjoyed a renaissance of new development that has transformed the area into one of the most iconic – and visited – parts of the city.

New Day for SF Chamber

October 3, 2013 | 0 Comments
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Our world is constantly changing. New ideas open our eyes to new possibilities. Innovation spurs new products, habits and solutions. New experiences shape our sense of self, place and purpose.

San Francisco’s business community is changing along with the world.

Time to Roll up Sleeves at City College

September 20, 2013 | 0 Comments
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Since the Accrediting Commission for Community and Junior Colleges (ACCJC) voted to revoke City College of San Francisco’s accreditation if it cannot right its course within the next year, there has been much posturing and finger-pointing over the commission’s judgment and the process it used in reaching its decision.

PG&E fine could do more harm than good

September 5, 2013 | 0 Comments
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The 2010 San Bruno gas pipeline explosion and fire was a tragic event. Those effected – and Californians across the state – are saddened, angry and rightfully concerned about pipeline and infrastructure safety.  A significant penalty is an appropriate response for this terrible accident.

Time to Rethink CleanPowerSF

August 15, 2013 | 0 Comments
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The San Francisco Public Utilities Commission (SFPUC) stood up for our city’s utility customers Tuesday when it pulled the plug on the CleanPowerSF program. Crafted pursuant to a state law allowing local entities to compete with investor owned utilities, this Community Choice Aggregation (CCA) project was flawed from the start.