The Bay Area Council Economic Institute just issued a report titled “A Regional Economic Assessment of the San Francisco Bay Area”, which is fairly critical of the region’s overall ability to attract business. In particular, it focuses on the lack of competitiveness when it comes to empowering start-ups.
Of particular interest is one specific recommendation that the report makes:
Within jurisdictions, one-stop service centers (such as those in Sunnyvale) should be considered.
You may recall that the President of the San Jose Chamber of Commerce made a similar comment about us just a few months ago. Over the past couple of years, Sunnyvale has rapidly become the envy of the region in its economic development practices. I’ve lost count of the number of times that I’ve chatted with a councilmember from another city who has heard about some company like Apple, Google, or LinkedIn grabbing up office space in Sunnyvale, and who wants to know how we do it.