Creation of ‘One-Stop-Shop’ will allow smooth flow of information
to benefit San Francisco businesses, Cup teams, and public
The San Francisco Chamber of Commerce (SF Chamber), the San Francisco Travel Association, and the America’s Cup Organizing Committee (ACOC), in partnership with several City agencies, including the Port of San Francisco, 311, the Office of Economic and Workforce Development (OEWD) and the Office of Small Business, are promoting the smooth flow of information and boosting local business opportunities generated from the 34th America’s Cup through the creation of a ‘One-Stop-Shop’.
Opening this week at the new America’s Cup offices at Pier 23, and managed by the OEWD, the One-Stop-Shop is a place where visitors, teams, stakeholders and Bay Area businesses can access information, get assistance on local issues related to the America’s Cup, and learn about business opportunities.
“The ‘One-Stop-Shop’ at Pier 23 is another tangible example of how the economic benefits of the America’s Cup races are coming to San Francisco.” said Mayor Edwin M. Lee. “I congratulate all our partners for developing this exciting new center to serve the America’s Cup teams, local businesses and local visitors and deliver a world-class series of events.”
The new initiative will also streamline the procurement process and help connect contractors with local and small businesses in San Francisco and across the nine-county Bay Area. The America’s Cup is expected to deliver nearly 9,000 jobs and $1 billion in economic activity across the Bay Area.
“The One-Stop-Shop is an important tool in disseminating information about the America’s Cup to all interested parties,” said Stephen Barclay, CEO, America’s Cup Event Authority.
A key component of the One-Stop-Shop will be the Business Connect web portal, which will be managed by the SF Chamber to help facilitate the procurement process for work contracted by ACEA, the City and County of San Francisco and the America’s Cup teams. The SF Chamber will also serve as an in-house resource for America’s Cup competitors to help streamline and fulfill procurement needs.
“The 34th America’s Cup is providing unprecedented opportunities for local businesses here in the Bay Area,” Barclay continued. “Our partnership with the San Francisco Chamber of Commerce helps to ensure that local organizations can take full advantage of our ongoing commitment to supporting the local economy.”
“The Chamber is proud to partner with the America’s Cup to make sure that local and small businesses benefit from the anticipated $1 billion economic impact soon coming to the Bay Area along with the America’s Cup,” said Steven Falk, President & CEO, San Francisco Chamber of Commerce. “We are committed to providing an inclusive, responsive and transparent process that will boost local business participation and help drive job and economic growth throughout the region.”
The One-Stop-Shop opened on August 1st at the new America’s Cup offices at Pier 23 on the Embarcadero and will be open each weekday from 10am to 2pm.
The America’s Cup World Series kicks off its second season with races in San Francisco from August 21-26 and October 2-7, 2012. The Louis Vuitton Cup, the America’s Cup Challenger Series, will be held in San Francisco from July 4 – September 1, 2013 and the America’s Cup Finals will be held September 7 – 22, 2013.
Businesses interested in staying informed of America’s Cup business opportunities are encouraged to register with AC Connect at http://sf.americascup.com/business. More information on the America’s Cup is available at: http://www.americascup.com. More information on the San Francisco Chamber of Commerce is available at http://www.sfchamber.com.
About the America’s Cup
One of the most fiercely competitive and sought after trophies in all of sport, the America’s Cup was first raced in 1851, 45 years before the modern Olympics. The U.S. yacht America won, giving the international sailing competition its name.
The next Louis Vuitton Cup, America’s Cup Challenger Series (July-August 2013) and America’s Cup Match (September 2013) will be held for the first time in San Francisco Bay, a natural sailing arena where more than one million spectators are expected.
About the San Francisco Chamber of Commerce
Founded in 1850, the San Francisco Chamber of Commerce is recognized as the pre-eminent business organization for advocacy, networking and economic growth. The Chamber delivers on its mission to attract, develop and retain business in San Francisco by representing companies and organizations that make San Francisco a preferred destination for businesses and visitors.