34 posts categorized "Web/Tech"


ImproveSF Initiative: Mayor Launches Civic Problem Solving Platform

Mayor Launches Civic Problem Solving PlatformMayor Edwin M. Lee today launched ImproveSF, an online social media platform that engages community problem solvers to help solve civic challenges. ImproveSF underscores the Mayor’s commitment to using innovation to provide state of the art access to information, community engagement and government efficiency.

“With shrinking budgets and increasing demand on City services, ImproveSF allows us to engage the creative and entrepreneurial people of our City to help make it work better, smarter and more efficient,” said Mayor Lee. “By embracing innovation, we make San Francisco the ‘Innovation Capital of the World,’ and celebrate and reward the incredible talent and ideas that are fostered here.” Read more.


TechSF Grant: Mayor Launches Workforce Tech Training Initiative

TechSF Grant: Mayor Launches Workforce Tech Training InitiativeMayor Edwin M. Lee today launched TechSF to train and reskill San Francisco residents for the City's growing number of technology and IT jobs, announcing a $5 million grant from the U.S. Department of Labor's Technical Skills Training Grants program to jumpstart funding for the City's major new workforce training initiative. Mayor Lee was joined at the announcement at Year Up Bay Area by members of the Board of Supervisors, U.S. House Democratic Leader Nancy Pelosi’s Office and partners from technology companies and workforce training organizations. 

"Ensuring San Francisco residents have the skills and training they need to work in our City's growing number of high tech jobs is a cornerstone of our economic strategies and critical to making sure our economic recovery reaches every neighborhood of our City," said Mayor Lee. "This major grant from the Department of Labor for our TechSF initiative will bring City residents, technology companies and our workforce training partners together to train and reskill our residents to 'win the future' for San Francisco, in the words of President Obama. I want to thank the President, Secretary Solis and Leader Pelosi for strengthening public-private partnerships and investing in workforce training for our residents so that they can get the good jobs so many of our tech companies are creating right here in San Francisco today." Read more.


Innovation in SF: Mayor Announces Innovation Portfolio

Innovation in SF: Mayor Announces Innovation PortfolioMayor Edwin M. Lee today announced his 2012 Innovation Portfolio to embrace technology and catalyze greater job creation, community engagement and government efficiency.

"The need for innovation in government has never been greater, and we must work with our greatest resource –our human capital – to find new types of solutions to old challenges," said Mayor Lee. "San Francisco is home to some of the world’s greatest talent, and through these and other innovation initiatives in 2012, we can start making government more accountable, accessible and responsive to our customers as the world’s first City 2.0." Read more.



Virtual Job Fair: City Partners with Technology Community to Post Jobs

HireSF logoMayor Edwin M. Lee today announced changes to HireSF.org, San Francisco’s job matching system, designed to make it easier for companies to access a pool of local talent eager to work for the growing number of pioneering companies in San Francisco. Mayor Lee encouraged the audience of tech entrepreneurs at the 5th annual TechCrunch Crunchies Awards to post job openings for their companies on the revamped HireSF.org, creating a virtual job fair for San Franciscans looking to work in the technology industry.

“San Francisco is forming new partnerships with our City’s vibrant technology community to create good jobs and train San Franciscans with the skills needed in the new economy,” said Mayor Lee. “Working together, we are making it easier to match City residents with technology industry jobs through HireSF.org and other training programs to make San Francisco the ‘Innovation Capital of the World.’” Read more.


Leading Innovation: Mayor to Lead Innovation Task Force of U.S. Mayors

Leading Innovation: Mayor to Lead Innovation Task Force of U.S. MayorsMayor Edwin M. Lee today announced the formation of a Technology and Innovation Task Force at the U.S. Conference of Mayors (USCM) that will demonstrate how cities can support growth of technology and new economy jobs and foster innovation in local governments through technology and transparency. Los Angeles Mayor and USCM President Mayor Antonio R. Villaraigosa appointed Mayor Lee to lead the newly formed task force today at the 80th Winter Meeting of the USCM. The Task Force is designed to identify and define mayoral innovation and technology priorities and to inform and advise the work of Congress and the Administration.

"Technology and new economy companies and the people behind them are the engines of innovation and job creation and, as cities, we must support policies that foster their growth and ensure our residents are educated and prepared for the 21st century economy," said Mayor Lee. "Cities must be laboratories for innovation across the nation to create new jobs, improve government transparency and efficiency and build new public-private partnerships." Read more.