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Building Vibrant Communities Throughout San Francisco

The City of San Francisco owes much of its global appeal to the unique character of its neighborhood commercial districts. OEWD’s Neighborhood Economic Development Division is responsible for the ongoing support and improvement of the City’s many neighborhood commercial districts. The overall goals of the division are to create cleaner, safer and more vibrant neighborhoods in order to increase the quality of life for the City’s residents and workers; and to create economic opportunities for residents of the City’s low- and moderate-income neighborhoods.

The Invest in Neighborhoods Initiative, one of the 17 points of Mayor Lee’s plan for jobs and economic opportunity, provides focused, customized assistance to meet the specific needs of San Francisco’s neighborhood commercial corridors. To learn more, visit

Invest in Neighborhoods Vision

San Francisco’s neighborhood commercial districts will be economically thriving, safe, resilient, sustainable, and meet the needs of local residents.

Programs include:

  • Central Market Partnership is a public-private initiative to strengthen and revitalize San Francisco's central City area.
  • The Jobs Squad is a team of City staff that provides proactive outreach and technical assistance to small businesses around the City.
  • The Community Benefit District (CBD) program supports the creation and maintenance of special assessment areas in commercial districts around the City that are dedicated to improving quality of life and economic conditions.
  • Storefront SF lists vacant retail spaces throughout San Francisco.
  • OEWD offers a variety of Grant and Loan Programs to small business owners, nonprofits, and neighborhood groups.
  • Biz Fit SF is a small business strengthening program for a limited number of businesses in targeted Invest In Neighborhoods (IIN) corridors.
  • Healthy Retail SF provides individualized attention to businesses by providing concentrated and tailored technical assistance to address food access needs so that they may thrive.
  • The proposed San Francisco Plaza Program aims to support community-based groups in stewarding and activating local plazas.

For more information, download the Invest in Neighborhoods Fact Sheet (PDF).

To learn more about some of the customized services being deployed across neighborhoods and download some department and partner agency toolkits visit the Programs & Services web page.

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