On March 8th, 2018, ChinaSF celebrated our 10th anniversary at our annual fundraiser. ChinaSF was formed in 2008 as the China desk for Mayor Gavin Newsom to focus on recruiting and serving inbound companies and investment from China to increase job opportunities in San Francisco. Today, ChinaSF has recruited and assisted more than 96 companies, provided counsel to more than 1,000 companies, created more than 788 jobs, and brought in more than $5.1 billion in foreign direct investment to San Francisco.
This year’s event was held at the Cosmo Labs offices. Cosmo Labs is a Hong Kong based company that designs and develops prototypes into market-ready ideas for top consumer brands. Cosmo Labs was founded by Europeans who specialize in industrial design and advanced manufacturing for tech hardware and high end consumer brands. They design and develop things such as Apple accessories as well as designer items for brands such as Michael Kors and Saint Laurent. With manufacturing facilities in China and a design center in Hong Kong, the founders decided to establish an industrial design center in San Francisco to facilitate its clients and be closer to R&D centers in the region.
In addition to Cosmo Labs, our 10th anniversary would not have been a success without our other event sponsors: ChinaLive, Decathlon, Crystal Jade, Mandarin Leader, Maxville Winery, and Forma.
The event began with an opening address from our Executive Director, Darlene Chiu Bryant, in which she thanked everyone for their support over the years and highlighted some of ChinaSF’s major accomplishments in the last decade. Following this address, a memorial video was played to honor the late Mayor Ed Lee. Mayor Lee, the biggest advocate for ChinaSF. Under his leadership and advocacy, we were able to establish a third China office in Shenzhen, establish five friendship cities in China, help cities such as Qingdao and Guangzhou open office in San Francisco, as well as launch two initiatives: ChinaSF builds, focused on real estate, and ChinaSF Sandbox, for tech companies.
After the memorial, Todd Rufo, Director of the Office of Economic and Workforce Development gave his welcoming remarks and congratulations to ChinaSF on their 10 year anniversary. California State Assemblymen Phil Ting and David Chiu gave their congratulations and presented a Resolution from the State Assembly to ChinaSF. San Francisco City Assessor-Recorder Carmen Chu gave her remarks, congratulations, and certificate of honor to ChinaSF as well.
The Commercial Consul of China, Mr. Yihang Yang, was also in attendance to congratulate ChinaSF on their accomplishments as well as to commend their continuing work for economic cooperation between San Francisco and China. The Consul-General from Singapore, Mr. Darryl Lau, was also present to celebrate the occasion. Mr. Hans Galland, Senior Vice President of Pacific Eagle, gave his own remarks for the occasion in addition to providing a teaser for the next stage of development for ChinaSF and the international programs. Last but not least, the venue host’s CFO, Richard Genrault commended ChinaSF on their work over the last decade.
The evening’s festivities concluded with a live auction and cocktail social.
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