San Francisco has launched an initiative called NightlifeSF to support the city‚Äôs 3,200 nightlife and entertainment industry businesses that create more than 52,000 jobs citywide.
NightlifeSF is a project housed within the San Francisco Economic Development Office, established with the intention of making the City’s government more responsive and effective in interacting with and taking care of the needs of the nightlife and entertainment business community.
The initiative provides dedicated staff and a separate website with resources and tools to help existing and prospective new nightlife business owners with city rules and how to start and operate a nightlife business in San Francisco.
The announcement was made by San Francisco Mayor Edwin M. Lee and Supervisor Scott Wiener. Mayor Lee said the range of tools deployed provides nightlife and entertainment businesses with valuable guidance and resources so they can start, stay and thrive, in the process keeping San Francisco a premier nightlife destination.
Supervisor Wiener said that entertainment and nightlife businesses generate tourism, create jobs and enrich neighborhoods, and added that he applauds the launch of the NightlifeSF initiative to help nightlife businesses continue to support San Francisco‚Äôs economic and cultural vitality.
According to an economic impact study published in 2012, San Francisco‚Äôs nightlife and entertainment sector accounts for roughly $4 billion in annual spending by 80 million customers. More than half of this spending comes from out-of-town visitors.
The NightlifeSF team is being led by Benjamin Van Houten, Project Manager, Nightlife and Entertainment Sector, San Francisco Office of Economic and Workforce Development.
The tools being offered include a ‚Äúnightlife handbook‚Äù that provides information on everything from identifying locations for a nightlife business to applying for City loans and grant programs.
NightlifeSF will assist entrepreneurs in navigating City rules and regulations; assess and identify growth opportunities for nightlife and entertainment businesses; and connect businesses to financing, tax incentives, workforce services, technical assistance providers and other business assistance programs.
The website likewise provides resources and tools for both nightlife businesses as well as visitors and residents who want to experience the San Francisco nightlife.
The San Francisco Office of Economic and Workforce Development will also work on policy issues. They plan to actively monitor and support legislation that impacts and advances the nightlife and entertainment sector.
The OEWD will advocate for the development of new nightlife and entertainment venues and spaces, including on underused City and Port property. They plan to work with the San Francisco Entertainment Commission and the Municipal Transportation Agency to improve late-night transportation, and will be looking for ways to enhance collaboration between the technology and nightlife/entertainment sectors.