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9 posts from September 2011


America's Cup Event to Promote Local Business

America's Cup event to promote local business As part of the America’s Cup Event Authority’s ongoing commitment to support local businesses, today Mayor Edwin M. Lee and the Event Authority announced a local business outreach initiative to ensure San Francisco businesses benefit from the anticipated economic impact generated by the 34th America’s Cup.  
The Event Authority is launching a web-based business portal that will serve as a one-stop shop for San Francisco’s small businesses to compete for America’s Cup business. The portal will act as the focal point for event organizers to announce business and contracting opportunities and for businesses to engage. Read more.


San Francisco Awarded Gold Walk Friendly Community

San Francisco Awarded Gold Walk Friendly Community Mayor Edwin M. Lee and the San Francisco Municipal Transportation Agency (SFMTA) announced that San Francisco has been designated as a Gold Walk-Friendly Community by the Pedestrian and Bicycle Information Center for the City’s walkability initiatives and programs. Sponsored by the U.S. Department of Transportation Federal Highway Administration, Walk Friendly Communities is a national recognition program that recognizes communities for their commitment to pedestrian safety.  

“San Francisco is proud to receive this designation as a Gold Walk-Friendly Community,” said Mayor Lee. “From Sunday Streets to audible pedestrian signals to Pavement to Parks, San Francisco continues to find ways to make walking safer and more enjoyable for all San Franciscans.” Read more.


City Announces Completion of Municipal Energy Efficiency Retrofits

City Announces Completion of Municipal Energy Efficiency Retrofits City Uses Federal Stimulus Funding to Retrofits Buildings, Create Jobs & More Sustainable City.

Mayor Edwin M. Lee joined by U.S. Department of Energy today announced that the City has completed energy efficiency retrofits in ten municipal buildings from funding provided by the American Recovery and Reinvestment Act (ARRA) and highlighted the environmental benefits and job-creating aspects of the San Francisco Public Utilities Commission (SFPUC) energy efficiency retrofit program.

“The SFPUC’s municipal energy efficiency retrofit program was well-timed to help stimulate our local economy with jobs that put San Franciscans back to work and furthers our City’s environmental goals to reduce green house gas emissions,” said Mayor Lee. “Besides creating jobs and greening our City, the federal stimulus funding for energy efficiency retrofits is helping the City’s fiscal bottom-line through lower utility costs and revitalizing our neighborhoods throughout the City.”


Mayor Announces Opening of First CleanTech Accelerator

Mayor Announces Opening of First CleanTech Accelerator Greenstart Brings Four New Cleantech Firms & Drives Startups, Economic Growth and Green Jobs in SF

Mayor Edwin M. Lee today announced the opening of Greenstart, the first cleantech startup accelerator, at 22 Battery Street in San Francisco. Greenstart’s first group of startup companies represents a wide swath of cleantech industry, including smart appliances, renewable energy, consumer software and energy efficiency.

“Today I am proud to welcome Greenstart and their first four startups – Lono, Sylvatex, Tenrehte Technologies and Wa.tt – to San Francisco,” said Mayor Lee. “As the first cleantech accelerator in San Francisco, Greenstart will serve as an engine for starting new companies, driving economic growth and creating green jobs in our City. San Francisco is at the center of the cleantech industry, and I remain committed to supporting the growth and success of this critical sector.” Read more.

City Announces Hotline to Provide Financial Crisis Advice

City Announces Hotline to Provide Financial Crisis Advice Two-Day Hotline for Real-Time Advice from Expert Financial Counselors.

Mayor Edwin M. Lee and Treasurer José Cisneros today announced the SF Financial Advice Line, a two-day telephone hotline connecting San Francisco families to free, real-time, financial crisis and money management information from seasoned financial experts. SF Financial Advice Line will also provide referrals to free or low-cost counseling services from a network of culturally competent non-profit agencies.

“Everyone knows someone who is unemployed, dealing with foreclosure, or struggling to make ends meet,” said Mayor Lee. “SF Financial Advice Line is here to help, and I am thrilled to support this effort. Callers will receive information and referrals to address debt and credit management, budgeting. I look forward to taking calls and helping San Franciscans access advice and counseling to navigate these turbulent economic times. San Francisco is proud to be a leader to ensure everyone has the chance to be successful financially and build a better future for their families.”  Read more.