SF Small Business Commission Approves Two Businesses for the Legacy Business Registry

San Francisco, CA — On Monday, the San Francisco Small Business Commission unanimously approved two businesses for inclusion on the Legacy Business Registry – El Rio and Hwa Rang Kwan Martial Arts Center. The Registry recognizes longstanding, community-serving businesses as valuable cultural assets to the city and provides educational and promotional assistance to encourage their continued viability and success in San Francisco. In total, 113 small businesses that have been operating in San Francisco for 30 or more years are on the Legacy Business Registry.

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San Francisco Announces New Strategy to Empower & Support Freelancers Utilizing Online Platforms for Work

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San Francisco, CA— Today, the Office of Economic and Workforce Development (OEWD), the Department of Technology, and Supervisor Mark Farrell in partnership with Samaschool, a local non-profit specializing in digital literacy and online work competency, launched a strategy to support freelancers/self-employed individuals in response to the growing gig economy.

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San Francisco Announces a Development Partner for the Balboa Reservoir Project

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San Francisco, CA –The San Francisco Public Utilities Commission (SFPUC), the Planning Department, and the Office of Economic and Workforce Development (OEWD) are pleased to announce the selection of a development team to partner with the City to transform and bring new housing and open space to the Balboa Reservoir. The selected team for the 17-acre property will be led by AvalonBay Communities and BRIDGE Housing. The partnership includes Pacific Union Development Company and nonprofit partners, Mission Housing and Habitat for Humanity for Greater San Francisco.
 

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San Francisco Releases Sixth Annual Report on the Local Hiring Policy for Construction

Sixth Annual Report on the Local Hiring Policy for Construction

San Francisco, CA – Today, the Office of Economic and Workforce Development (OEWD) released its sixth annual report on the Mandatory Local Hiring Policy for Construction. The annual report, submitted to the San Francisco Board of Supervisors, exhibits the outcomes and achievements of the local workforce initiative since its signing into law in 2011. The Local Hiring Policy for Construction was established to ensure contractors are employing local residents on public works projects.

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Community Benefit District Forms for Japantown

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San Francisco, CA – Supervisor London Breed, the Office of Economic and Workforce Development, and the Japantown Community Benefit District Steering Committee announce the creation and establishment of the Japantown Community Benefit District (CBD) today. With a 55% weighted majority vote, property owners approved the formation of the Japantown Community Benefit District. The goals of the District will ensure the historic preservation, physical maintenance, beauty, cleanliness, safety and economic vibrancy of Japantown.

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City Announces $2.7 million in Nonprofit Sustainability Initiative Grant Awards For Space Acquisition and Long-Term Leases

$2.7 million in Nonprofit Sustainability Initiative Grant Awards

San Francisco, CA—Mayor Edwin M. Lee, the Office of Economic and Workforce Development (OEWD), Mayor’s Office of Housing and Community Development, the San Francisco Arts Commission, and the Northern California Community Loan Fund with key partners today announced $2.7 million in grant awards to 13 neighborhood-serving nonprofit facilities.

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