Mayor Lee Announces Plan to Support Local Manufacturing Industry

Five-Point Local Manufacturing Plan Proposes: Manufacturing One Stop; Coordinated Marketing Effort for San Francisco Made Products & Continued Investment to Support Local Manufacturers

5/11/12– As part of the Mayor’s Fiscal Year 2012-13 budget proposal, Mayor Edwin M. Lee today announced a five-point plan to support San Francisco’s local manufacturing industry during SFMade Week. According to SFMade, a local nonprofit that assists and supports the vibrant manufacturing sector in San Francisco, the City is home to more than 325 manufacturing firms employing 3,000 people.

“San Francisco is becoming a national model for innovative local urban manufacturing,” said Mayor Lee. “We are working with SFMade to provide a focused effort and demonstrate our commitment to manufacturers in San Francisco who continue to thrive and produce not only great products, but also great jobs for San Franciscans.”

“San Francisco – a City that melds the cultures of design, making, and technology – is a natural home for the next chapter of US urban manufacturing,” said SFMade Executive Director Kate Sofis. “The Mayor’s manufacturing plan will help ensure a vibrant manufacturing sector, sustain jobs for a diverse cross-section of residents, fuel economic diversity, and helps ensure that San Francisco will remain at the forefront of innovation.”

Mayor Lee’s local manufacturing plan would:
· Create a manufacturing desk in the City’s Office of Economic and Workforce Development. The City’s manufacturing desk would serve as a single point of contact for manufacturing businesses assisting with everything from accessing incentive programs to navigating the City’s permit process;
· Focus on key sectors where San Francisco is well positioned to compete and succeed. The manufacturing plan builds on the lessons of FashionSF—the City’s initiative focused on supporting the retention and growth of apparel manufacturers and fashion designers—and would focus on sector such as food and beverage, consumer products, and rapid prototyping;
· Continue to invest in local manufacturers to support job retention and creation through continued support of groups such as SFMade. In 2011, support from the City and other partners allowed SFMade to serve 75 manufacturers, supporting more than 500 blue collar jobs;
· Work to ensure San Franciscans get connected to local manufacturing jobs, which provide employment opportunities for people of all education levels, particularly those without a four year college degree;
· Work with local manufacturers to launch a coordinated marketing campaign to promote San Francisco made products around the world by capitalizing on the City’s 70 foreign consulates, 20 trade offices, 18 Sister City programs, hundreds of international firms and millions of annual visitors.