San Francisco: Global Inspiration, Local Innovation


Nearly 100 years after William Howard Taft dubbed it “The City That Knows How,” San Francisco is still one of the most innovative, enterprising and intelligent cities in the world. Its unique combination of geographical beauty and dynamic, creative environment draws the brightest minds from all over the world; 70% of San Franciscans over 18 have received training beyond high school, and nearly 50% speak a language other than English. The result is an unmatched natural and cultural diversity that continues to contribute to the forward-thinking, open-minded atmosphere for which the City is famous.

What’s more: the City of San Francisco has been consistently ranked as the “Best City in the U.S.” and the business world tends to agree; throughout its history, San Francisco has attracted entrepreneurs from around the world and is home to some of the most highly regarded businesses. In this section, you’ll learn more about what it’s like to do business in one of the most desirable destinations in the world—and how San Francisco’s City government can be an efficient, effective partner throughout the process.

On behalf of all San Franciscans, welcome to our beautiful City—and thank you for considering San Francisco as your business location. We look forward to contributing to your company’s success, both today and far into the future.

Mayor Edwin M. Lee