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Department of Public Works, SF Connect and Oracle Unveil New 8th & Harrison Gateway


Local Community, City Residents to Benefit from Oracle’s Support.

REDWOOD SHORES, Calif.- Mayor Gavin Newsom, The Department of Public Works, SF Connect and Oracle today unveiled a new gateway at 8th and Harrison Streets in San Francisco. The completely revamped, freshly landscaped corridor is the result of a joint effort between the City of San Francisco, SF Connect and Oracle, in support of SF Connect’s “Green Connect” initiative and the “Gateway Program.”

The revitalized 8th & Harrison gateway entrance is the first location to be dedicated as part of the City’s efforts to revitalize gateway entrances and exits to the city through partnerships with the business community.

Oracle provided a two-year Oracle Community Impact Grant of $125,000 to support the Gateway Program and adopt, beautify and maintain the 8th & Harrison entryway. The grant covered the entire revamping project, including landscaping, materials, signage and tree planting.

“Oracle is honored to dedicate this gateway and to help with the City’s revitalization efforts,” said Judith Sim, Oracle Senior Vice President and Chief Marketing Officer. “Oracle is committed to supporting our local community, both through donations and volunteer involvement. The 8th & Harrison Street project is a natural fit with our corporate citizenship initiatives and goals. Best of all, this project and our continued volunteer support will benefit the neighborhood around Moscone Center, the place we call home during our Oracle OpenWorld conference.”

San Francisco Connect is an innovative partnership between the City, its residents, nonprofit organizations and the business community and now serves as a philanthropy model for other major U.S. cities. Its mission is to mobilize residents and sectors for a stronger San Francisco. SF Connect supports four pillar programs: Homeless, Tech, Green and Youth, all designed to stimulate volunteerism and encourage local businesses and residents to be part of the solution to some of the most pressing issues affecting the city.

“We are thrilled to be working with Oracle on this Gateway and look forward to building on the 8th and Harrison project as a model for corporate partnership toward a cleaner and greener San Francisco”, said Dariush Kayhan, Executive Director of SF Connect. “Corporate sponsorship is key to beautifying San Francisco,” said Mohammed Nuru, Deputy Director of the Department of Public Works. “Oracle is the first company to work with us on the Gateway Program, with tremendous results. Their support helps to advance the SF Connect program and enables City residents and visitors to reap the benefits of revitalized city entryways.”

Oracle Volunteers Help Maintain Gateway
In addition to funding the gateway project, Oracle will organize employee volunteers to help support SF Connect’s programs throughout the year. The first volunteer project, part of Oracle Global Volunteer Days, will take place this Saturday, September 22, 2007. Oracle Volunteers will join with SF Connect to assist with clean up efforts around the 8th & Harrison location, including trash pickup and neighborhood graffiti abatement projects.


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