Economic Development


Economic growth to ensure a sustainable future for all San Franciscans

Our economic development efforts aim to grow San Francisco’s economy by helping businesses locate and expand in the Bay Area. Through partnerships, policy initiatives, and recruitment, we seek to improve the quality of life for the nearly 900,000 people that call the City home.

Through our mission, we pave the way for businesses to succeed in one of the most dynamic, innovative, and technologically advanced cities in the world. This growth creates and retains jobs, grows incomes and the tax base, and supports programs that advance the health, education, and social justice initiatives that contribute to the well-being of all San Franciscans.

Our resources include:
  • Research and data from high-level analysis and demographics to key industry reports
  • Real estate development including site planning, expansions, and occupancy rates
  • Access to incentives and resources on the city, county, state and federal levels
  • Navigating regulations and public policy issues

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Key Sectors

Follow top industry sectors that are central to San Francisco’s long-term growth strategy.
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Taxes & Incentives

The City and County of San Francisco, the State of California and the U.S. Federal Government provide a range of incentives to encourage new business in the San Francisco Bay Area.

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Quick Facts

The San Francisco Center for Economic Development publishes QuickFacts — an electronic bulletin detailing the latest economic developments in San Francisco and the Bay Area and updates on key industry sectors and economic indicators.

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Innovation Hub (iHub) is an initiative of the Governor’s Office of Business & Economic Development (GO-Biz), designed to enhance California’s national and global competitiveness by stimulating partnerships, economic development, and job creation around specific research clusters. The San Francisco iHub is one of sixteen statewide designated Innovation Hubs.

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City Resources

The Office of Economic and Workforce Development (OEWD) supports San Francisco’s ongoing economic vitality by strengthening its neighborhoods, businesses, commercial corridors and workforce.

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JobsNOW! is a free San Francisco Human Services Agency (SFHSA) program that is helping local businesses get back to work by reimbursing a portion of staff wages when they hire or rehire JobsNOW! job seekers.

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