Space has always been a concern in San Francisco, a city surrounded by hills, the ocean, and the bay. But as the city grows as the nation’s innovation hub, with burgeoning technology and digital media sectors, issues of declining vacancies and rising rents and expansion within the city limits are increasingly becoming a challenge for firms.
Workforce development and mentoring programs are important values of the SFCED, and we look to young talent from top colleges and universities to help our efforts, while we assist them with practical, on-the-ground experience. During the summer of 2012, in a collaborative effort with SFCED investor, and global architecture firm Gensler, the SFCED intern team worked on a research project entitled “Spaces for Growth.” The goal was to identify the up-and-coming hot-spots for the expansion of technology companies in San Francisco. The team worked on a sophisticated analysis using Geographic Information System (GIS) software to create an interactive map of the neighborhoods tailored for technology companies’ future growth, and presented the findings to more than 70 technology executives, real estate professionals, and representatives from the Governor’s and Mayor’s offices. Thanks to Gensler, we had insightful content, great design, and a terrific experience for the interns.