George Koster

Economic Development

Overview

Presently I’m advising the San Francisco Mayor’s Office of Workforce and Economic Development in developing financing models such as green financing, local currency, crowd funding, social impact bonding and strategic partnerships around economic redevelopment of the Central Market community.  As part of this program, I have been working with The Bay Area Regional Center to facilitate business development between the Mayor’s Office of Workforce and Economic Development, private equity and property developers for capital investment in redevelopment projects.

At present I’m advising both students from Presidio Graduate School’s Experiential Learning Programs and with the San Francisco Historical Society and their Mint Museum in the development of business models for financing, real estate development, retail, food and beverage operations and capital funding campaigns.   Additionally, I’m continuing to work with the Presidio Graduate School’s Capital Market Classes in the development of programs to address the Central Market’s economic issues such as financing for small businesses and funding startup businesses development.  

Through both my attending Presidio Graduate School’s Executive Certificate Program in Sustainability and advising students and alumni one of the key support issues was the development of funding for startups flowing from the school.  To address this need I co-created with a group of Presidio students the Green Owl Accelerator.  

I brought together Green Owl Accelerator and Mix and Stir Studios to co-develop an event series on funding startup companies through crowd funding “What’s New with Crowdfunding”.  Furthermore, I advised participants in the Mix and Stir Studio’s “TED Cities 2.0 UnHackathon” which was designed to develop solutions to economic, social, environmental and cultural issues facing the Central Market community of San Francisco.

Under contract with the California Association of Local Economic Development through a grant from the United States Department of Agriculture (USDA), I assembled a team of consultants to develop an innovative sustainable business model for Economic Development Corporations in rural California.  I’m now working with the team to secure seed funding and strategic partnerships with the USDA, jurisdictions, economic development corporations, foundations and private investment to pilot the business model.