S.F. study nears completion

Consultants working on a long-term economic work plan for San Francisco are asking business ownersto give their two cents on the barriers to doing business in The City.

The plan is mandated under a 2004 ballot measure that requires The City to create a data-driven economic development strategy. Work on the $250,000 report began in January and is slated for completion by December, according to one of the main analysts working on the study, Ted Egan, of San Francisco-based ICF Consulting.

The final report — to go before the Board of Supervisors next year for adoption — will include information about San Francisco’s long-term economic and work force challenges, as well as suggested strategies and policies to shape The City's economy and tackle those challenges.

Egan said input from city business owners would help shape the study's recommendations. A survey is online at www.sfeconomicstrategy.org

“It will basically ask them questions about their business, their plans for expanding in San Francisco or elsewhere, and their feelings on the different aspects about the business climate in San Francisco,” Egan said.

The final report, Egan said, will look at economic development through a variety of strategies.

“We’re not just looking at business, we’re also looking at things like the educational system and parks — all of the things San Francisco has to have working well in order to make economic development happen,” he said.

Board of Supervisors President Aaron Peskin said he supported the idea of a long-range economic plan for The City, although he couldn’t comment on this specific plan until it’s finished.

“I have no doubt there will be a robust discussion about it and it will be given serious consideration,” Peskin said. “The Board of Supervisors looks forward to seeing what they come up with.”

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