San Francisco From handbags to furniture to guitars, Citi will help celebrate SFMade Week with displays of locally manufactured products in all 25 of the city's Citibank branches. Today through Friday, May 10, visitors to Citibank branches will have the opportunity to peruse products manufactured in the city, vote for their favorite manufacturers and win cash prizes for those businesses to help them grow. (See a full list of participating branches.)
SFMade Week, which seeks to build awareness of and support for the city's vital manufacturing sector, was kicked off last Friday at an event featuring House Democratic Leader Nancy Pelosi (D-CA).
"SFMade Week demonstrates how our city is leading the way in growth, job creation and innovation in our national drive to ‘Make it in America,'" Pelosi said. "By supporting and investing in manufacturers and businesses in San Francisco and across the country and through public-private partnerships, we can keep America number one. SFMade is essential in that effort."
The program was developed by SFMade, whose mission is to build and support a vibrant manufacturing sector in San Francisco that sustains local companies, encourages entrepreneurship and innovation, and creates job opportunities for the local population. Citi Community Development is a founding supporter of SFMade.
"Citibank and Citi Community Development are proud to support SFMade's efforts to help promote locally-made products, encourage entrepreneurship and innovation, and create employment opportunities for a diverse local workforce," said Bob Annibale, Global Head of Citi Community Development.
"The city's manufacturing sector includes old-time manufacturers who have found a new niche, new cachet and a new generation of buyers as well as a new class of innovators who are tapping new sources of capital," said Kate Solis, founding executive director of SFMade. "They are using that most-remarkable of names – San Francisco – to brand their products as innovative, creative, hip and desirable."
SFMade, along with New York City's Pratt Center for Urban Development, is a charter member of the Urban Manufacturing Alliance, which was founded with a $300,000 Citi Community Development contribution to become a national advocate for urban manufacturing. Local efforts are planned in Oakland, Chicago, Philadelphia, Atlanta and other cities from coast to coast.
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