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04/14/2014

Urban Development: Mayor Celebrates Central Market Revitalization

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San Francisco, CA—Mayor Edwin M. Lee today highlighted the ongoing revitalization of the Central Market neighborhood three years since the creation of the Central Market/Tenderloin Payroll Expense Tax Exclusion. The tax exclusion was adopted by the Board of Supervisors and signed by the Mayor in April 2011 when Central Market had some of the highest vacancy rates in the City. Central Market is now home to 18 technology companies, 17 small businesses and eight arts venues as part of the City’s revitalization efforts. Since 2011, the City has collected $8.4 million in additional revenue from increased property tax and real estate transfer tax in the Central Market area.

“The turnaround and signs of revitalization in the Central Market area in just three years are remarkable, but we have more work to do to help longtime residents and new small business owners alike,” said Mayor Lee. “The Tax Exclusion was carefully crafted to attract investment into the heart of our City, which for years suffered from high vacancy rates and stubbornly resisted previous attempts at revitalization, and it has been a nationally- recognized success. Today, Central Market is at the center of new job creation, housing production and the arts in our City, generating new jobs and bringing millions of dollars in new revenue to fund vital City services for the neighborhood. The decades of disinvestment and abandonment by the public and private sectors in Central Market are over, and we will not turn back the clock on our promising efforts to create a healthy, vibrant and economically diverse community in the Central Market neighborhood.” Read more.

02/28/2014

Employment Pilot: Mayor Announces Program to Help Long Term Unemployed

Unemployment_28feb14Mayor Edwin M. Lee today launched Platform to Employment (P2E), a new pilot workforce development program that provides a pathway to employment for long-term unemployed workers. In San Francisco, approximately 4,200 residents are losing their Federal unemployment benefits which are used to pay for everyday expenses. The program participants receive three tiers of critical assistance: job readiness workshops, counseling and behavioral health services and eight weeks of work experience at a local company.  

"At a time when thousands of people are losing their Federal unemployment extension benefits in our City, Platform to Employment helps the long-term unemployed get back on track," said Mayor Lee. "Platform to Employment will help the long-term unemployed overcome challenges by providing new job search skills, access to financial counseling, and an opportunity to re-enter the workforce." Read more.

12/13/2013

Economic Development: City Wins Business Award for Its Job Creation Policies

Economic_development_13dec13Mayor Edwin M. Lee announced that the Silicon Valley Leadership Group awarded San Francisco with a Business Retention and Expansion Award for its economic development and job creation policies in the
City's Central Market and Tenderloin neighborhoods. The Turning Red Tape into Red Carpet inaugural event recognized the Central Market and Tenderloin Payroll Expense Tax Exclusion as an economic development initiative that resulted in retaining and growing existing businesses within a community.

"I am pleased that our job creation and economic development efforts in the Central Market and Tenderloin neighborhoods are being recognized for not only growing businesses, but also for benefiting the Central Market community," said Mayor Lee.  "What began as a conversation with Board President David Chiu, Supervisor Jane Kim and Twitter has turned into a policy that is transforming neighborhoods. This award from the Silicon Valley Leadership Group recognizes the hard work and commitment from both the public and private sectors that has resulted in 17 new companies, 13 new small businesses and six new arts venues that have moved to the area as part of our revitalization efforts." Read more.

11/26/2013

Renewable Energy: Mayor Launches GreenFinanceSF Program

Mayor Launches Green Finance SF ProgramMayor Edwin M. Lee and District 2 Supervisor Mark Farrell today announced that the City will restart a program to help property owners finance energy efficiency projects in their homes. Called GreenFinanceSF, the program for residential buildings is a voluntary Property Assessed Clean Energy (PACE) financing program that provides affordable financing options to San Francisco homeowners to pay for the installation of energy efficiency, renewable energy and water conservation improvements. GreenFinanceSF creates green jobs for the local economy while also reducing energy and water use and greenhouse gas emissions. Read more.

11/08/2013

Supporting Veterans: Mayor Announces Initiative to Help Veterans Find Jobs

Mayor Announces Initiative to Help Veterans Find JobsMayor Edwin M. Lee today announced a new initiative called the Veterans Access Point for Workforce Development with Swords to Plowshares. This comprehensive employment center for veterans and residents includes career counseling, job search and readiness programs, workshops and trainings, support services, and access to resource rooms with computers, fax and copy machines. The new access point has already enrolled 36 veterans, 24 of whom are now in permanent jobs in San Francisco.

“Men and women who have served in our country’s Armed Forces need and deserve the best training and resources to ensure that they can reenter the workforce after serving and protecting our country,” said Mayor Lee. “In San Francisco, we recognize the unique skills and experience that veterans possess and we value the contributions that they are bringing to the workforce.” Read More.