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ChinaSF Marks 5th Anniversary


ChinaSF Marks 5th Anniversary

26 September 2013, San Francisco, CA: The Fifth Anniversary Celebration for ChinaSF which has created more than 300 job opportunities in San Francisco by the more than 30 companies recruited in the last five years, will be held tonight in the Crown Room at the Fairmont atop Nob Hill. VIP guests include China Deputy Consul General Song Ru’An, OEWD Director Todd Rufo, former OEWD Director Michael Cohen, Assembly Member Phil Ting, San Francisco Board of Supervisors President David Chiu, and CEO of the San Francisco Bay Area Regional Center Ginny Fang, among many other supporters and well-wishers.

“Our efforts could not be made possible without our supporters in the private sector, with whom we are working very closely to grow San Francisco’s economy through recruitment and retention of companies and investment from China,” said Darlene Chiu Bryant, executive director of ChinaSF. “We are happy to acknowledge all our sponsors today!”

The event also serves as a bon voyage for the Mayor’s first economic trade mission to China, led by ChinaSF and the San Francisco-Shanghai Sister City Committee. The delegation, composed of San Francisco Bay Area business leaders, will be visiting Beijing and Shanghai to meet with leaders in the top state owned and private owned enterprises in China, including a networking event to be hosted at the US Embassy in Beijing. Delegates will also cheer on the Warriors as they play the Lakers in both Beijing and Shanghai.

“San Francisco is proud of its long-standing relationship with China, and ChinaSF has built on this history of shared cultural and economic ties through strong relationships between San Francisco and China,” said Mayor Lee, who will be traveling to China next month, along with a delegation of business leaders including the Golden State Warriors basketball team, slated to play a series of games in Shanghai and Beijing. “San Francisco’s success is inextricably tied to international trade and economic development, and the remarkable, collaborative work of ChinaSF for the past five years has been instrumental in ensuring San Francisco’s economic vitality today and in the future.”’

About ChinaSF:
Established in 2008, ChinaSF is an economic initiative of the San Francisco Mayor’s Office in close partnership with the San Francisco Center for Economic Development. ChinaSF’s mission is job creation in San Francisco, accomplished through the recruitment and retention of companies in San Francisco and also inbound investment, at the same time helping San Francisco companies expand into the China market. Currently with offices in Beijing, Shanghai and San Francisco, ChinaSF is able to provide services to companies and investors with the generous support of private and corporate sponsors.

A list of ChinaSF Sponsors follows: Platinum Sponsors:
APIC, Deloitte, East West Bank, K&L Gates, Lennar Urban, Nixon Peabody, Prometheus Investment Group

Gold Sponsors:
BlackRock, Charles Schwab, David Perry and Associates, Inc., DLA Piper, Huatong Engineering, Pillsbury Winthrop Shaw Pittman LLP, San Francisco Bay Area Regional Center, Shearman & Sterling LLP, Silicon Valley Bank, Wells Fargo, White & Case LLP, Womble Carlyle Sandridge & Rice LLP

Silver Sponsors:
CR Construction, Fox Rothschild LLP, Kidder Matthews, PG&E, Rockwood Capital, Shanghai Baosan International, Tishman Speyer, Union Pay International, Yorbarn