The city of San Francisco hopes US vice president Al Gore will help it to woo technology companies away from Silicon Valley to open offices in the industrial sector of the city.
The southern, industrial part of San Francisco, called South of Market by locals, is becoming known as Multimedia Gulch by the computer industry because it is home to a growing number of technology start-ups.
The city recognises that Silicon Valley has some of the worst traffic congestion in the US and has had success in luring design houses, media companies and resellers to the area. It will hold a summit in February 1998 and has asked vice president Al Gore to speak at the event. It is also trying to simplify the submission process for companies who need to install fibre optic cable in the area.
San Francisco admits it is struggling to find long term solutions to the chronic parking and planning permission problems that have deterred potential residents and businesses since Silicon Valley began its explosive growth in the 1980s.
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