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  • 17 Nov 2023 3:14 AM | Anonymous

    Australia House was the vibrant hub of Australian culture and business during the APEC (Asia-Pacific Economic Cooperation) Leaders Week in November. Located in the heart of San Francisco, Australia House provided a platform for fostering connections, promoting collaborations, and showcasing the best of Australia to APEC attendees. 

    The AACC was honored to collaborate with Austrade to deliver a successful week of activities for more than 450 attendees from both government and private sector. Over 4 days, Australia House hosted roundtables on climate tech, indigenous businesses, IP, supply chain, critical technologies, and the E3 visa. Activities also included an Aussie Club luncheon, evening receptions and wine tasting events. The headline event Ventures and Vino, gave attendees the opportunity to hear pitches from Australia startup founders whilst sampling some up and coming Australian wines.

    The success of Australia House during APEC was made possible with the support of the event partners Fortescue, United Airlines, Trade & Investment Queenland, Uber, CSIRO, South Australia Trade and Investment, Invest & Trade Western Australia, Telstra, and LA Consulate. 

  • 01 Nov 2023 7:53 PM | Anonymous

    Sydney's sister city, San Francisco has endured many well documented ups and downs in its historic and colorful past. The media frequently share stories of San Francisco that paint the city in the worst possible light. While there may be some truth to areas of decline, there is other evidence to suggest we’re experiencing another revival. San Francisco is the home of music, technology and innovation, and a second home to many Australian expatriates and businesses. On November 1stthe Australian American Chamber of Commerce organized a walk through the city to take a more balanced look at the state of the city and we found there is much cause for hope. 

    Starting at the historic City Hall, we were greeted by Mark Chandler, Director of International Affairs at the City of San Francisco who shared with us some interesting facts about the history of San Francisco City Hall, including its ability to withstand earthquakes.

    Del Seymour, a well known figure in San Francisco guided us through the Tenderloin culminating in a stop at the offices of Code Tenderloin, an organization that he founded which works to secure long-term employment for under served communities in San Francisco, particularly in the Tenderloin. Along the way Del showed us a number of gems in the neighborhood that even those who have lived in SF for many years were not aware of, including the Venus Statue at Trinity Place, the International Art Museum of America and three hotels which boast some of the best roof tops bars in the city - Charmaine's at the Proper Hotel, Rise Over Run at the LINE Hotel, and Cityscape at the Hilton. 

    Del regularly hosts 90 minute walking tours of the Tenderloin and his next tour will take place on December 1st, click here to join the tour. You can also learn more about Del's incredible story via this profile on PBS.


    We also learned about Market Street Arts, an initiative from the Mid-Market Business Association to drive economic recovery by leveraging the creative infrastructure of San Francisco’s historic theater district. Read more about the plan here.

    We continued our walk past retail spaces that have generated a lot of headlines - IKEA’s new small living concept store, and the San Francisco Centre, and discussed the many ideas for the space post Westfield. 


    Our final stop was at the St. Regis San Francisco, well positioned for the upcoming APEC Leaders’ week coming soon to the Moscone Convention Center. The pastry chef prepared some treats to welcome our group and bon bons to take home. 

    Many thanks to everyone who joined us, with particular thanks to the support of our members Origin, Lendlease, Telstra, and St. Regis San FranciscoOur walk also caught the attention of the local media, check out the story below. 

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The 11th Annual International Golf Scramble

The 11th Annual Golf Scramble took place on October 5th at Crystal Springs Golf Course in Burlingame. Despite it being the hottest day of the year, representatives from 10 international organizations in the Bay Area came together to participate in this exciting event.

The golf scramble provided an excellent opportunity for networking and friendly competition among professionals from various industries. Participants showcased their golfing skills while enjoying the beautiful scenery and challenging course.




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