BAY AREA LABOR-ECONOMIC DIGITAL DIRECTORY
This guide is intended as a resource
for social science researchers interested in the
San Francisco Bay Area. It provides a review of
data sources, useful internet sites, and other
resources available both at UC Berkeley and in
the broader community. The focus is on Bay Area
specific resources. However, most sources of information
are not organized on a regional scale. For instance,
most government data sources are collected either
at a local level (city or county), or at a state
or federal level, rather than by region. Similarly,
much private sector information is organized by
industry sector or by company, rather than by
region. Therefore, much of the information presented
here is not specific to the San Francisco Bay
Area. However, where possible we have tried to
highlight the most useful sources for regional
- Bay Area County
Data Tables (selected economic data)
- Bay Area Research Reports
on the Web -- These are reports that
summarize data and trends on a Bay Area wide
basis, and provide a useful starting point for
understanding the Bay Area economy and changing
labor markets in the region.
- Primary Data Sources
on the Web -- These sites are the source
of primary data on the Bay Area's population,
demographics, employment, economic structure,
etc. This is the best place to start for obtaining
and analyzing government information.
- Company or
Industry Based Information Sites --
These are useful sites for researching particular
companies or industries. Many of the sites allow
searches based on location, so it is possible
to identify companies in particular Bay Area
cities or counties.
- Other Primary Data
Sources at UC Berkeley -- This section
provides a review of other primary data sources
that are available at UC Berkeley but are not
currently available on the web.
- Bay Area Local
Government Links -- This provides links
to Bay Area cities, counties, schools boards,
special districts, and other governmental agencies.
- Bay Area Labor
and Community Links -- These links provide
directories of labor and community organizations
in the Bay Area.
- Bay Area Research
Institutes -- These are other research
institutes located in the Bay Area that do research
on some aspect of the regional economy.
- Other Useful Bay Area Links -- These are a variety of other useful Bay Area links, such as to the region's newspapers, and guides to entertainment, cultural and other leisure resources.
Obviously the quantity of resources
available on the web is increasing at an exponential
rate, while the quality of resources is increasing
as well, though at a somewhat slower pace. We
greatly appreciate any and all feedback, both
on the usefulness of resources listed here, as
well as on useful resources and sites we may have
Bay Area Research Reports on the Web
listed in this section are reports that summarize
economic trends in the San Francisco Bay Area.
They provide a general overview of the regional
economy, emerging growth centers and employment
San Francisco Bay Area: Emergence of a New Economy
Published in September 1995 by PG&E, this report provides an overview of the Bay Area economy, major emerging industry clusters, demographic trends, and the rise of information technologies in Silicon Valley
California Economic Strategy Panel Study of the Bay Area Economy
This report, commissioned by a state-wide strategic planning body, highlights major trends in the Bay Area economy. The study includes up to 1995, and highlights job growth and decline, wage trends, sectoral employment, and employment concentration. It also provides a more detailed analysis of the environmental technologies and multi-media industries in the Bay Area.
Joint Venture Silicon Valley's Index of Silicon Valley
This annual research report highlights key indicators of economic change and change in quality of life. It tends towards issues of concern to the high-tech industries in the area and lacks many key social and demographic indicators, but is a useful source of information nonetheless.
UCLA-Anderson Business Forecast
This is a set of slides and charts from December 1996, summarizing key indicators and forecasts of the California Economy.
Primary Data Sources on the Web
The following links are all sources
of primary data about the Bay Area, including
labor market information, economy & business,
demographics, housing, and information on government
agencies. This section is the core of this research
guide, and provides links to most of the major
sources of government and private sector data
on the Bay Area.
Association of Bay Area Governments Data Center
This is the best place to start for data on the Bay Area. Data that is available from this site includes:
Population and Demographic Characteristics ,
with current and historical demographic characteristics,
and summaries available for the entire 9-county
area, by city, or by county.
Jobs, output and trade data , including
a broad Bay Area Economic Indicator, and data
on employment, unemployment and the sectoral
composition of the workforce.
Real estate and housing data , including
the sales price of new Bay Area homes, and building
- Bay Area Retail Activity which also includes trends in consumer prices and the Bay Area Consumer Price Index.
State of California, Employment Development Department Labor Market Information Division
California Department of Finance
The LMID is the primary source of government data on industry and occupational employment. They also provide some information on wages in particular occupations. The data is compiled from the Current Population Survey, payroll data filed with the EDD, and time-series models. There is historical data, as well as the most recently available data on unemployment, and employment by industry and occupation, as well as projections of future employment. The web site also makes available certain demographic data from the 1990 census in a useful form. The data is well organized, and is available by the entire state, by County or by Metropolitan Statistical Area. They do not have summary tables of the entire 9-county Bay Area. There is some written analysis of the data, in addition to the original numbers. The LMID also coordinates the California Cooperative Occupational Information System, a partnership of state and local agencies that produces local occupational and labor market information, and provides projections of occupational outlook in the future.
The DOF provides detailed statistics at both a State and County level. This includes information on the State Budget and monthly finance bulletins which provide summaries of economic trends and tax revenues. Their Financial and Statistical Data Page includes detailed County Profiles, a compilation of selected economic, social and demographic data including:
- Population of the county and largest cities;
- Educational enrollment and spending;
- Labor force and employment by industry;
- Income and sales;
- Imports and exports by customs districts;
- Housing stock and residential/nonresidential
- Manufacturing industry/Timber production;
- Agricultural data, such as number of farms,
agricultural employment, and value of production;
- Vehicle registration and miles of streets, roads, and highways; and
- County tax collections and expenditures
Statistical Abstract , a compilation of
DOF data on social, economic and physical aspects
of the State, is now published in its entirety
on-line. This provides detailed tables, comparing
counties through-out California, in areas such
- Area, Geography and Climate
- Labor Force and Employment
- Gross State Product, Income and Cost-of-Living
- Health and Welfare
- Resource Industries
& Public Utilities
- Trade and Services
- Banking and Finance
- Public Finance
- Law Enforcement
- Comparative Fiscal and Economic Data for the States
Research Unit of the DOF is the official
source of demographic information for State wide
planning. The data on this page is limited, but
they do provide copies of their quarterly demographic
newsletter, which summarizes recent demographic
changes, and they provide guidelines to other
California Economic Indicators is a bi-monthly summary of economic trends and data relating to the State of California.
California Economic Diversification and Revitalization
CEDAR, California Economic Diversification and Revitalization, is an Internet information project of the California State Library and its California Research Bureau; the Trade and Commerce Agency, with funding from the Economic Development Administration of the U.S. Department of Commerce. It provides a useful collection of links related to California's economy, labor markets, and various service providers. Their collection of links and information on the California economy is a useful collections of government data sources, though not exclusively on the San Francisco Bay Area.
Regional Economic Information Service
The REIS is a data base housed at the University of Virginia that provides local area economic data for states, counties, and metropolitan areas for 1969-1994. Statistics in the data base include: personal income and earning variables, full and part employment variables, transfer payments variables, and farm income and expenses variables. The REIS data base is produced by the Bureau of Economic Analysis.
Resources for Economists on the Internet
This is the most detailed directory of economic data on the Internet available. It includes everything from detailed database sources, to on-line journals and upcoming conferences. Many of the data sources can be searched by County, or by State, and thus can be used for studies of the Bay Area economy.
Government Statistics on the Web
This is a comprehensive guide put together by the University of Michigan to government statistics on the web in a wide range of categories, including: Agriculture; Business and Industry; Comprehensive Subjects; Cost-of-Living; Demographics; Economics; Education; Energy; Finance; Foreign Government Data Sources; Foreign/International Economics; Foreign Trade; Government Finances; Health; Housing; Labor; Military; Politics; Science; Sociology; Transportation; Weather.
Federal Reserve Bank of San Francisco
The Federal Reserve Bank publishes monthly summaries of economic developments in the entire Western Region. It provides a useful summary of the context of economic developments in the region, though it is not very useful for detailed information on the Bay Area.
Company or Industry-Based Information Sites
The following is a collection
of web sites that are useful for researching particular
companies or particular industries in the Bay
EDGAR Database of Corporate Information
EDGAR, the Electronic Data Gathering, Analysis, and Retrieval system, performs automated collection, validation, indexing, acceptance, and forwarding of submissions by companies and others who are required by law to file forms with the U.S. Securities and Exchange Commission (SEC). It is an extremely useful source of information on company financial data, with detailed descriptions of primary products and basic company analysis.
This is a directory of 75,000 public and private companies with web sites. It was developed by Dun & Bradstreet in cooperation with Lycos web search engine. It is useful for providing immediate links to company web pages.
This is a particularly useful site for information on the global impact of multi-national corporations. They also have a very useful guide for researching corporations.
This is a useful site for financial information on high tech companies, including detailed stock information.
American Electronics Association
This is the nation's largest high-tech association, representing the software, electronics and information technology industries. They publish periodic research reports, and have extensive links to their members web pages. The Northern California Directory is the quickest way to get company profiles of high-tech companies in the Bay Area. It provides links to all companies with home pages on the net.
Hi-Tech Trade Associations, Societies, Standards Groups, and Consortia
This is a useful listing of professional and industry associations in high-tech industries. It's a useful way for getting information on particularly companies, finding out about trade shows, or researching particular occupational groupings.
California Tourism Research
This site includes a break-down by county of expenditures, payroll, employment and taxes generated from the tourism industry.
California Travel Impacts
From Dean Runyan Associates, this includes tax revenue, employment and spending from the tourism industry. It includes a break down by county of travel impacts.
The California Association of Realtors
CAR publishes research and data on housing and real estate trends by County. They conduct detailed research on real estate, and economic conditions affecting the housing and construction markets.
Other Primary Data Sources at UC Berkeley
is a listing of resources that are available at
UC Berkeley that are useful for researching the
Bay Area economy.
A. Library Guides to Information
Resources in Business & Economics
This is one of a series of research guides produced by the Thomas J. Long Business & Economics Library. It is a particularly comprehensive guide to business and economics information sources on the web. This is a great place to start for general research on the economy, with a number of useful links.
The California Economy
This is one of a series of research guides produced by the Thomas J. Long Business & Economics Library. It is primarily a listing of published material on California, including data sources (e.g. County Business Patterns, California Economic Indicators from state Department of Finance), as well as regular reports and analyses (e.g. Center for Continuing Study of the California Economy, Economic Report of the Governor). It is useful as a general resource and a good place to start, though it is somewhat dated (August 17, 1995) and doesn't provide many references to on-line resources or electronic data sources.
Sources of Information About U.S. Companies
This is one of a series of research guides produced by the Thomas J. Long Business & Economics Library. It is a comprehensive guide on how to research U.S. companies and how to obtain company-specific information. It is a comprehensive list, though somewhat overwhelming due to the quantity of sources listed. Specific California or Bay Area listings include:
California Manufacturers Register Database Publishing. Annual Product, geographical and alphabetical list of California manufacturers. Express Reference, T12.3.C2 D52
California Services Register Database Publishing. Annual Industry, geographical and alphabetical list of California service companies. Express Reference, T12.3.C2 C3
Sources of Business and Economic Forecasts
This is one of a series of research guides produced by the Thomas J. Long Business & Economics Library. This guide provides listings of published reports from various governmental, academic and private organizations. Specific California or Bay Area Projections include:
California Country Projections Center for the Continuing Study of the California Economy. Annual. Provides projections by county for key market variables including population and household growth, personal and household income, and taxable sales. See the related publication California Population Characteristics (IGS Library A8495) which projects major demographic trends such as changes in ethnic makeup, age distribution, and household characteristics. Latest in Reference HD 107 .C2 C375
California Economic Growth Center for the Continuing Study of the California Economy. Annual. Discusses outlook for national economy, provides detailed analysis of California's economic base, projections of jobs, population, households, income and spending, reviews construction trends, and analyzes major economic regions in the state. Data elements include: taxable sales, construction activity, household income. Latest in Reference, HC 107 .C2 C25
Projections 94: Forecasts for the San Francisco Bay Area to the Year 2010 Association of Bay Area Governments. Annual. Projects growth and distribution of population, households, employment, income, jobs, and labor force characteristics for the Bay Area. Data are presented at both county and city levels. Data elements include: jobs by industry, constraints to growth, mean household income. Reference, HD 5726 .S4 P72
Planning Resource on the Internet: California Planning is a selected list of approximately 70 Web links to California city & regional planning information, including government data sources, associations and planning schools.
The following CD-Roms are all available at UC Berkeley. The most accessible place for most of them is at the Government and Social Science Information Reference Section at the Main Library. The
& Economics Library also carries many of
them. Some of the information contained in these
CD-Rom is also becoming available on-line, and
where appropriate I have included the links
American Business Disc
This is a comprehensive directory of both public and private companies through-out the U.S. Information on each company includes Name, Address, Phone Number Number of Employees, Primary Business Activity (by SIC code), and Total Sales. It provides a comprehensive listing of companies in the Bay Area (for example, it lists 54,751 companies in San Francisco County, 62,126 companies in Santa Clara County and 54,804 companies in Alameda County) but the specific data on each company is somewhat limited. It is also somewhat difficult to transfer to disk for personal use, since it only allows the transfer of 75 listings at a time. Nonetheless, it is useful for finding companies within any particular industry or region. The database is searchable by SIC Code, by geography (City, State, County, Zip Code), by employment size, by sales, and by company name.
American Housing Survey
Current housing data are available from the American Housing Survey (AHS), a survey conducted by the Bureau of the Census for the Department of Housing and Urban Development (HUD). The American Housing Survey (AHS) collects data on the Nation's housing, including apartments, single-family homes, mobile homes, vacant housing units, household characteristics, income, housing and neighborhood quality, housing costs, equipment and fuels, size of housing unit, and recent movers. National data is collected every other year, and data for each of 47 selected Metropolitan Areas is collected about every four years, with an average of 12 Metropolitan Areas included each year. The national sample covers on average 55,000 homes. Each metropolitan areas sample covers 2,500 or more homes. The survey is conducted by the Bureau of the Census for the Department of Housing and Urban Development. In addition to being an important source of statistics on current housing characteristics, recurrent or one-time supplements provide data on related topics such as transportation and energy conservation. Also, the survey is a comprehensive source of information on the demographic characteristics of the household occupants.
Comprehensive Housing Affordability Survey
A statistical CD-ROM, published by the Census Bureau for the U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development. It contains data from the 1990 Census on the availability of housing at the state, county, and place level. One particularly useful feature is that it is designed so that you can check the number of houses for sale or apartments for rent at a given percentage of the median income of a place.
County and City Data Book
A statistical CD-ROM containing data about every region, state, county, city with a population of 25,000 or more, or place with a population of 2,500 or more. Depending on the geographic level this may include information on population, health, income, crime, housing, industry, etc.
County Business Patterns 1986
CBP provides data on the total number of establishments, mid-March employment, first quarter and annual payroll, and the number of establishments with one or more paid employees. Data are tabulated by detailed kinds of business based Standard Industrial Cassification (SIC) designations. The datasets contain data broken down by State and County, as well as U.S. Summary data. Data are provided for most of the economic divisions of the economy including agricultural services, mining, construction, manufacturing, transportation, public utilities, wholesale trade, retail trade, finance, insurance, real estate, and services. Data are not included for agriculture production, railroad, government, or household employment. County Business Patterns for recent years are also available directly at the U.S. Census Web Page.
Current Population Survey
The Current Population Survey, a monthly household survey conducted by the Bureau of the Census for the Bureau of Labor Statistics, provides a comprehensive body of information on the employment and unemployment experience of the Nation's population, classified by age, sex, race, and a variety of other characteristics. It is generally not very useful for local area analysis, though it's widely used for national trends.
Economic Censuses, 1977, 1982, 1987, 1992
A statistical CD-ROM containing data from the many economic censuses the Commerce Department conducts every five years. This disc reports on the Censuses of Wholesale Trade, Retail Trade, Service Industries, Manufacture, etc. for the last Economic Census.
Equal Employment Opportunity (EEO) file
Data on occupations and educational attainment by race and sex for U.S. counties and states.
Public Use Microdata Samples (PUMS) 5% Sample
Public Use Microdata Samples (PUMS) contain records representing 5% or 1% samples of the housing units in the U.S. and the persons in them. Detailed information on income, race, ethnicity, class of worker, educational attainment, industry, etc.
REIS: Regional Economic Information System
REIS is a mixed CD-ROM containing information about personal income in different parts of the United States. The information is available for states, counties, and metropolitan areas. REIS includes such information as Per Capita Income (PCI), Total Personal Income (TPI), earnings by industry, etc.
Security Exchange Commission 10K Annual Reports CD
This CD includes extensive financial information on public companies who are required to file with the Security Exchange Commission. It includes data on stock ownership, as well as sales, profits, assets, etc. of major companies. The database is searchable by SIC code, by geography (State, area code, Zip Code), by Company Name, etc. The number of companies included, however, is somewhat limited. (e.g. only 276 in the 408 area code, 263 in the 415 area code and only 131 in the 510 area code.) Nonetheless, it is extremely useful for researching major public companies in the area.
There are multiple census disks. The most useful is STF (Statistical Tape File) 3A which covers SF Bay Area Only.
USA County Statistics (LAN)
A statistical CD-ROM, containing data about all the counties in the United States, collected mostly by various federal agencies. Most of the information comes from two books, the State and Metropolitan Area Data Book, and the County and City Data Book.
This is the principal source of computerized social science and health statistics information. Their holdings (http://ucdata.berkeley.edu/holdings.html) are extensive and include everything from detailed government data sets to periodic private sector surveys. Data is primarily available to the UC community-Faculty, staff and students-but can be made available for outside researchers as well. They also maintain several on-going projects (http://ucdata.berkeley.edu/projects.html) which has some useful reports including longitudinal studies of welfare and poverty in California, and a collection of demographic statistics on California's Latino population. They are building an on-line CD-Rom data set (http://ucdata.berkeley.edu/cdrom.infosys.html) which currently includes some 250 CD-Roms of published Federal statistics.
Bay Area Local Government Sites
Local Government Links
This site provides links to all Bay Area cities, counties, regional agencies & special districts, libraries, school districts, and colleges & universities.
Bay Area Labor & Community Sites
California Federation of Labor
This is the state-wide AFL-CIO federation, based in San Francisco. As of June 1997 the site was still under construction, but their older Worker Assistance Program page has detailed information on the Federations activities.
Central Labor Councils
This is a listing of all AFL-CIO Central Labor Councils in California. The South Bay (San Jose) Central Labor Council is the only central labor council on-line as of June 1997.
A San Francisco Bay Area Progressive Directory
A Guide to about 1000 progressive organizations in the Bay Area.
Bay Area Union Locals
This is a directory of union locals in the Bay Area.
Bay Area Community Resource Directory
This is a database of 3400 different government and non-profit social service agencies that provide services to residents of the 6 core Bay Area counties. It is searchable by name, type of service, location and language.
This is an extremely useful source of information on, about, by and for labor and labor organizations. It has no particular Bay Area focus, though the host is based in San Francisco, but it is a tremendously useful source of information in general. It includes a guide to labor organizations on the internet (http://www.igc.org/igc/ln/hg/unions.html) and a guide to useful Internet resources for labor (http://www.igc.apc.org/igc/issues/labor/)
Bay Area Research Institutes
The following are various research institutes located in the Bay Area. It is not a comprehensive list, but it does provide useful contact information for connecting with local researchers.
Provides daily information and news summaries on the high-tech industry world-wide, but with lots of news on Silicon Valley based companies.
Public Policy Institute of California
The Public Policy Institute of California (PPIC) is a private, nonprofit organization dedicated to independent, nonpartisan research on economic, social, and political issues that affect the lives of Californians. Their highly detailed and interesting research reports are available free, and are also published in their entirely on the web.
Bay Area Economics . 2550 Ninth St. Suite 202, Berkeley, CA 94710, (510) 549-7310, Fax: (510) 549-7028
Bay Area Economics (BAE) provides comprehensive urban economic and real estate pre-development services to public, private, non-profit, and institutional clients. BAE, a 100 percent women-owned firm founded in 1986, has offices in Berkeley and Davis, California.
Applied Development Economics . 2029 University Ave., Berkeley, CA 94702. (510) 548-5912, Fax: (510) 548-6123
ADE is a firm which specializes in Local Economic Development Planning. They have done a number of studies on places in the Bay Area.
Economic Planning Systems . 1815 Fourth St. Suite B Berkeley, CA 94710, (510) 841-9190.
Urban economics consulting firm.
Center for Continuing Study of the California Economy . 610 University Avenue, Palo Alto, CA 94301. (415) 321-8550, Fax: (415) 321-5451.
Stephen Levy, Director
CCSCE publishes regular research reports on various aspects of the California economy, and on County level economic change. They have regional demographic characteristic studies that includes the San Francisco Bay Area, and they have city and county databases, with detailed comparative tables using Census data from 1980 and 1990.
Working Partnerships USA . 2102 Almaden Rd. #100, San Jose, CA 95125 (408) 269-7872, fax: (408) 266-2653
Working Partnerships is a non-profit education, research and policy institute affiliated to the South Bay Central Labor Council. Recent reports include a study of the rise of contingent employment in Silicon Valley. They maintain a database of employers in the Bay Area, with union affiliation and notices of unfair labor practices, and are conducting a broad indicator project on the State of Working People in Silicon Valley.
CALED . 1010 F Street, Suite 100, Sacramento, CA 95814 (916) 448-8252 (916) 448-3811
CALED is the State-wide network of economic development professionals and organizations. Members include cities, counties, redevelopment agencies, state and federal agencies, realtors, elected officials, economic development corporations, financial institutions, consultants, private developers, municipal bond underwriters and attorneys, utilities, universities, chambers of commerce, private industry councils, and community colleges.
San Francisco Urban Institute The San Francisco Urban Institute, San Francisco State University, 1600 Holloway Ave, ADM 359, San Francisco, California 94132, Phone: 415.338.6419 fax: 415.338.0587. or: The San Francisco Urban Institute, 425 Market Street, Seventh Floor, San Francisco, California 94105, Phone: 415.904.6980, fax: 415.904.7765
The San Francisco Urban Institute, founded by a coalition of civic, business and university leaders, is a non-profit project of San Francisco State University which provides the umbrella for the university's urban projects, encouraging interdisciplinary approaches in partnership with school districts, community-based organizations, labor and local, state and federal agencies. Our purpose is to develop strategies and practical programs to address critical economic, social and educational problems in San Francisco and the Bay Area. This work enables the Institute to participate in national policy initiatives as well as statewide and local programs to address urban issues.
Institute of Urban and Regional Development . 316 Wurster Hall, University of California at Berkeley, Berkeley, CA 94720-1870 Phone: 510-642-4874 / Fax: 510-643-9576
The Institute of Urban and Regional Development (IURD) is an Organized Research Unit at the University of California at Berkeley. Its purpose is to assist campus faculty and students in finding and administering research grants on topics related to cities and regions. IURD also holds interdisciplinary seminars and workshops, and associates meet with public officials on issues of public policy. They publish periodic working papers which include interesting Bay Area related topics.
PG&E Community Economic Vitality Initiatives . Dr. Tapan Munroe, PG&E Chief Economist, Community Economic Vitality Initiatives, 123 Mission St., Rm. 2812, San Francisco, CA 94177. (415) 973-7389
PG&E periodically publishes reports on the California Economy and on the San Francisco Bay Area.
DRI/McGraw Hill . San Francisco Office, 88 Kearny Street, San Francisco CA 94108, USA Tel. (+1 415) 956 4050, Fax (+1 415) 445 9691
DRI/McGraw-Hill is a major source of business and economic information. They maintain a regional analysis of San Francisco, San Jose, Oakland and Vallejo-Fairfield-Napa MSAs . DRI/McGraw-Hill's U.S. Regional Economic Service provides forecasts of key economic and demographic concepts for 50 states, 310 metropolitan areas, and over 3000 counties. Their regional models provide current projections of interest rates, GDP, inflation, and other economic indicators. Their forecasts take into consideration the global environment, wage rates, tax burdens, energy prices, education, access to markets and resources, and home prices.
Sedway Group (SF) . Michael J. Conlon, CRE, Sedway Group, San Francisco, CA - (415) 781-8900
Collaborative Economics . Doug Henton, Collaborative Economics, 350 Cambridge Avenue, Suite 200, Palo Alto, CA 94306 Phone: (415) 614-0230 Fax: (415) 614-0240
Collaborative Economics provides advice and economic consulting services to a wide-range of organizations, both in the Bay Area and nationally as well as internationally. As part of this work, they have done regional industry cluster analysis for six key growth industries in the SF Bay Area: environmental technology, multimedia, health care technology, banking and financial services, entertainment, and tourism. This was done as part of their assistance to the Bay Area Defense Conversion Action Team (BADCAT)
NOVA Private Industry Council . NOVA Private Industry Council, 505 W. Olive Ave. Suite 550, Sunnyvale CA 94086, Voice: 408-730-7232, Fax: 408-730-7643408.730.7232
Their Labor Market Research , particularly their Occupational Outlook Report, and White Papers on various industry clusters, are extremely useful.
San Francisco Planning and Urban Research Association . SPUR, 312 Sutter Street, San Francisco, CA 94108-4305, Tel : 415-781-8726, Fax : 415-781-7291
The San Francisco Planning and Urban Research Association (SPUR) is a non-profit, member supported public policy "think tank". SPUR researchs, analyzes and promotes public policy that it feels will enhance the City's livability while also promoting the City's economic vitality. With 1200 individual and 200 business members, a diverse sixty member Board of Directors, and eleven member staffed committees and task forces, SPUR is the only citizen/business coalition addressing public policy in San Francisco today.
Other Useful Bay Area Links
The following is a connection of directories of Bay Area web sites.
Silicon Valley Web Directory
Detailed list of thousands of web sites in Silicon Valley.
San Francisco Bay Resource Net
Resource listing of San Francisco Bay Area Internet Sites
San Francisco Bay Area Index
Another collection of web resources in the Bay Area, organized around various topics. Also has a useful events calendar.
Bay Area Newspapers:
Jose Mercury News: Mercury Center
Rosa Press Democrat