New Day Dawns for the 1874 Old U.S. Mint

Old Mint

SAN FRANCISCO, Calif. (November 22, 2016) – Efforts to restore the 1874 Old U.S. Mint and transform the historic treasure into a center of history, culture, and learning received a major boost today. The State of California awarded a $1 million grant to the California Historical Society, in partnership with the City and County of San Francisco, to explore, plan and conduct the required studies to help advance the next phase of development and implementation of the Old Mint Restoration Project.

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Mayor Lee Launches Third Year of Shop & Dine in the 49 to Support Local Business

Shop and Dine in the 49

San Francisco, CA—Mayor Edwin M. Lee today launched the third year of the Shop & Dine in the 49 initiative challenging residents to do all their shopping and dining within the 49 square miles of San Francisco this holiday season and all year long. The launch is based upon the success of the pilot program for Shop & Dine in the 49 in 2014.

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San Francisco Introduces Interim Zoning Controls on Indoor Agriculture Uses in Production, Distribution, and Repair (PDR) Zones

San Francisco, CA—Mayor Lee and the Office of Economic and Workforce Development introduced legislation today that proposes interim zoning controls to protect and preserve the cultural and economic diversity of San Francisco neighborhoods following the passage of the Adult Use Marijuana Act (CA Prop. 64). The resolution (attached) aims to require a conditional use authorization for indoor agriculture uses including the commercial cultivation of cannabis in Production, Distribution, and Repair (PDR) districts citywide as the City.

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Mayor Lee & Supervisor Katy Tang Launch A Program That Streamlines Services for Small Food Based Businesses

San Francisco, CA – Mayor Lee announced with Supervisor Katy Tang, The Office of Economic and Workforce Development (OEWD) and the Office of Small Business the launch of The Small Business Acceleration Program, the first of its kind pilot program that provides direct services to individuals seeking to open small brick and mortar food-based businesses in San Francisco and guides them through the current complex permitting process.

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San Francisco Releases Advanced Manufacturing Playbook

San Francisco, CA – Today, the Office of Economic and Workforce Development (OEWD), Mayor’s Office of Civic Innovation(MOCI), SFMade, and members of the Advanced Manufacturing Action team released the “Make to Manufacture Advanced Manufacturing Playbook: Strengthening the Advanced Manufacturing Sector in San Francisco.” The Playbook provides a roadmap to ensure that San Francisco and its residents continue to benefit from the economic, environmental, and social benefits of manufacturing.

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San Francisco Releases Report On Pilot Program that Works to Put Tobacco & Alcohol in the Backseat

Healthy Retail SF

San Francisco, CA—The Office of Economic and Workforce Development and the San Francisco Department of Public Health released the HealthyRetailSF Report: Building Healthy Corner Stores and Healthy Communities with the re-grand opening of Palou Market on 3rd Street in the Bayview. The new report highlights the initial impacts and results of the HealthyRetailSF Pilot Program; which works to transform local corner retailers into stores that carry more healthy food options.

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San Francisco Celebrates Grand Opening of Duc Loi’s Pantry in Bayview Neighborhood

San Francisco Celebrates Grand Opening of Duc Loi’s Pantry in Bayview Neighborhood

San Francisco, CA—The Office of Economic and Workforce Development, Mayor Lee, Supervisor Malia Cohen together with Duc Loi’s Pantry and the community today announced the grand opening Duc Loi’s Pantry in the Bayview. Duc Loi, a family run independent grocer, is expanding their existing and popular location in the Mission District, and will offer a wide variety of fresh produce and other food products for the local neighborhood located at 5900 Third Street. The new store created 16 new jobs including seven employees who were hired from the Bayview community. 

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The Office of Economic & Workforce Development Announces Passage of State Legislation to Support Neighborhood Restaurants

The Office of Economic & Workforce Development Announces Passage of State Legislation to Support Neighborhood Restaurants

San Francisco, CA – The Office of Economic & Workforce Development today announced the Governor’s signature of SB 1285, an innovative bill to support neighborhood restaurants in some of San Francisco’s outer commercial corridors. Authored by Senator Mark Leno (D-San Francisco), the legislation creates a new type of affordable, non-transferable liquor license to support existing restaurants and encourage the opening of new restaurants in specific San Francisco neighborhoods.

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SF Biz Connect Celebrates Milestone by Shifting $1.92 Million in Spending to Local Small Businesses

San Francisco, CA – As a business to business buy local initiative, Mayor Lee’s SF Biz Connect encourages large employers to pledge 5% of their spending to local small companies. Today, 40 businesses have taken the pledge with an estimated impact of $1.92 million of spending directed to local small businesses in San Francisco.

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