CLSA Holds C-Level Roundtable with San Francisco Mayor Ed Lee

April 11, 2016

On April 5, San Francisco Mayor Ed Lee joined CLSA Board members and other CLSA-member company exelee6cutives for an hour-long roundtable discussion on matters of l
ife sciences innovation important to the region. Hosted at Celgene’s Mission Bay facilities, the mayor was also given a brief laboratory tour, per his own request to see the life sciences sector in action first-hand.

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Topics of discussion at the roundtable included:

  • Economic growth: Mayor Lee spoke to the future growth of the City and region.
  • Doing business in San Francisco: CLSA offered thoughts on the difficulties of doing business in San Francisco while also recognizing the benefits of locating in the city.
  • Challenges of economic success: There was much discussion on local-area business challenges—transportation, housing, recruitment, cost of living, business expenses and more.
  • Gross receipts tax: Mayor Lee reiterated his support for addressing the unique problems the life sciences have with the City’s change from a payroll-based tax system to one based off of gross receipts.
  • STEM education: CLSA and the mayor discussed ways to continue our work together on fostering strong STEM opportunities with the local education institutions, including the recent 2nd Annual Mission Bay STEM Career Day.
  • BIO 2016: Preparations for the upcoming June BIO convention at the City’s Moscone Center were detailed and considered.

The informative roundtable offered an important step in strengthening our relations with the City as we continue to grow our life sciences sector in Mission Bay and throughout the Bay Area. CLSA looks forward to further opportunities with Mayor Lee and other local leaders throughout the state in the coming future.

For further information, contact Reese Aaron Isbell, CLSA’s Director of Local Government and Community Relations (