Each year the Seattle Metro Chamber leads a delegation of government, business, and civic leaders to a prominent U.S. city to offer delegates access to peers and local innovators making their mark on both the national and global stage. Why San Francisco?
Seattle and San Francisco share a number of similarities in terms of both opportunities and challenges. This trip will help to strengthen ties, explore best practices, and develop sustainable solutions to our region's most pressing issues. CLICK HERE TO VIEW THE AGENDA! Topics we'll delve into:
Mayor Ed Lee has taken significant steps to address the issue of homelessness in San Francisco, including the creation of a system of navigation centers
to provide one-stop services and pathways to housing. Affordability:
San Francisco is one of the fastest growing metropolitan cities in the United States. Along with growth come significant challenges around cost of living, housing affordability and transportation options. Business Regulatory Environment:
Like Seattle, San Francisco has seen a spike in business regulation standards over the past few years. Most recently, the city implemented its new Paid Parental Leave Ordinance
, requiring employers to provide supplemental compensation to employees who are receiving California Paid Family Leave for purposes of bonding with a new child. Education & Workforce Development:
Metropolitan regions like Seattle are working hard to develop pathways to middle-income and high-skilled jobs. The City of San Francisco has created a number of initiatives to train and engage students around workforce opportunities for the future. Global Competitiveness:
Cities across the country are searching for new ideas and opportunities to increase their competitive edge. In 2008, San Francisco launched China SF, a city-to-city program with offices in China that focuses on increasing economic opportunity through policy exchange and foreign direct investment.