San Francisco celebrates innovation in October

As the Innovation Capital of the World, San Francisco is home to the world’s top technology and creative talent.

To continue attracting top talent and companies such as Pinterest and Twitter, I have created an environment where we embrace and celebrate innovation.  

To showcase our accomplishments, I declared October as Innovation Month in San Francisco. This isn’t just a proclamation. During October, we are acknowledging and highlighting the best organizations, events and people who are innovating their way through some of our toughest challenges by engaging the private sector, making data available to our best thinkers and launching innovative programs that will move city government forward. We want our tech sector pioneers to continue to start, stay and grow in San Francisco, and we do this by engaging them.

To fulfill a promise I made last year and realize my vision for The City’s future, I appointed one of the nation’s first chief innovation officers by appointing Jay Nath to take on this important task. His commitment to introducing new ideas and approaches to problems through new initiatives and hackathons, and by making government more transparent, efficient and focused on serving The City’s communities, are helping to make San Francisco the leader in Gov 2.0.

Without a doubt, our people are San Francisco’s greatest resource. These creative minds are not only the reason The City is taking the lead in innovation, but also one of my strongest motivations to continue creating jobs for San Franciscans.

I am often called the Tech Mayor, but really, I want to be known as the Jobs Mayor. From my first day in office, I have made it clear that my No. 1 priority for our city is jobs, jobs, jobs. I am committed to doing whatever is necessary to ensure that San Franciscans can continue to access jobs. I am very proud of our partnerships with the tech sector and the innovative ways we’ve been able to put San Franciscans back to work.

We’ve had a wealth of good news in the past couple of years with company after company deciding to commit to San Francisco as their home. I couldn’t be more pleased about these great developments, but it’s important to stress that innovation is not just about technology. Innovation means openness to a different way of thinking and new solutions to problems that affect San Franciscans every day.

As our city celebrates Innovation Month, I couldn’t be more proud to learn that UC San Francisco Gladstone Institutes’ Shinya Yamanaka was just awarded a Nobel Prize. He serves as a great example of the spirit of innovation San Francisco is pursuing.  

Innovation is part of who we are as San Franciscans, and it helps fuel our local economy by creating jobs. I encourage everyone to visit InnovateSF.com to sign up for updates, get information on Innovation Month events and find out how you can participate. This month is not just a celebration; it is also a call to action for all of us to continue making San Francisco America’s best city.

Ed Lee is the mayor of San Francisco.

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