San Francisco, CA (November 17, 2014) – Edwin M Lee joined other government officials, Darlene Chiu Bryant and San Francisco business leaders to celebrate the great achievements of ChinaSF’s first six years. Since its initiation in 2008, ChinaSF has created more than 300 job opportunities and recruited over 50 companies in San Francisco. The annual celebration is being held at San Francisco’s newest Chinese restaurant and the first ChinaSF restaurant recruit, Crystal Jade Jiang Nan, at Four Embarcadero Center.
“I’m thrilled to celebrate our accomplishments with our supporters, without whom our efforts could not be possible. Well into our sixth year of operation, we are planning for an exciting year 7 in 2015, and look forward to continuing to work with our partners from China and the U.S., because ChinaSF is all about making deals happen. ,” said Darlene Chiu Bryant, Executive Director of ChinaSF. “Our efforts are further affirmed with Crystal Jade Jiang Nan, our first restaurant recruit, who is generously sponsoring our annual party before officially open to the public!”
This year’s anniversary celebration will be kicked off by San Francisco Mayor Edwin M. Lee, joined by China Deputy Consul General Song Ru’an, California Assemblymember Phil Ting, San Francisco Assessor-Recorder Carmen Chu, San Francisco Supervisors Katy Tang and Eric Mar, Todd Rufo, Director of OEWD; Yiu Tung Ip, Founder, Crystal Jade; etc. Other VIPs include ChinaSF board members, executive committees, sponsors, and local San Francisco business leaders.
“San Francisco is proud of its strong relationship with China, having established the first U.S. Sister City relationship with Shanghai more than 30 years ago,” said Mayor Lee. “The remarkable work of ChinaSF since opening its first China office in Shanghai six years ago has taken that relationship to a new level by focusing on economic development with cities throughout China, affirming San Francisco as the Gateway to the Pacific.”
“ChinaSF continues to expand its reach and impact on San Francisco and North California’s economy,” said California Assemblymember Phil Ting. “California is the portal to the Pacific, and ChinaSF provides California with a valuable and necessary gateway to attract Chinese investments and increase trade.”
In the past year, ChinaSF has attracted more than 10 companies from China to start their North America operations in San Francisco region. These companies, coming from a wide range of industries, include Chinese real estate titans Oceanwide, Genzon and Country Garden, rising tech stars Pingwest and Palmwin, world-renowned restaurant Crystal Jade Jiang Nan, and the hottest VC fund Alibaba. With offices in Beijing and Shanghai, ChinaSF also brought San Francisco companies to China to tap into the rapidly growing Chinese market.
Since its establishment, ChinaSF’s efforts have contributed to an additional 15 percent in revenue for San Francisco, as well as to record low 4.4 percent unemployment rate.
“ChinaSF has done an excellent job in providing a platform to accelerate the economic cooperation between the two largest economies” said Song Ru’an, China Deputy Consul General. “I have seen first hand the dedication they put into developing and maintaining relationships between Chinese and American firms. With the recent agreement signed by President Xi and President Obama, ChinaSF has already shown how best to exchange knowledge to further the growth of our two economies and improve the quality of life for our citizens,” continued Deputy Consul General Song.
Established in 2008, ChinaSF is an economic initiative of San Francisco 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. For more information please visit www.chinasf.org
About Crystal Jade Jiang Nan
Founded in Singapore 1991, Crystal Jade Culinary Concepts Holding has become a household name in Asia. The group operates 22 dining concepts from fine dining restaurants to casual dining, bakeries, in 21 cities across Asia. Acquired in early 2014 by L Capital Asia, the Asian private equity business sponsored by LVMH Moet Hennessey Louis Vuitton. The award-winning F&B Company has established a strong presence across the Asia Pacific and will open its first U.S. location in November 2014. At the heart of its success is its focus on delivering a great dining experience with authentic Chinese cuisine and exceptional food quality. With a staff of more than 4,500 worldwide, Crystal Jade serves more than 2 million diners every month. For more information, please visit www.crystaljade.com
ChinaSF Sponsors include:
American Pacific International Capital; BlackRock; Burr Pilger Mayer; Dehua International Mines Group Inc; Deloitte; DLA Piper; East West Bank; Fox Rothschild LLP; Gensler; Huatong Engineering Group, Inc; Kimberlite Group, LLC; Leklys Group, Inc.; K & L Gates LLP; Lennar Urban; Mayer Brown; Nixon Peabody; Pillsbury; Red and White Fleet; Rockwood Capital; San Francisco Association of Realtors; San Francisco Marathon; San Francisco Regional Center; SingHaiyi Group Ltd.; Silicon Valley Bank; Shearman & Sterling LLP; Skidmore, Owings & Merrill LLP; Tishman Speyer; ThinkTank Learning; Urban Construction Development Group Co, Ltd; Wells Fargo; White & Case LLP; Wilson Meany; Xinyuan Real Estate Co., Ltd.