Open House, opportunity to talk dollars, and five cents bag tax

Not very often, in the District, are over 19 government agencies in one location under one roof.  In fact, this was the first time for the Office of the Deputy Mayor for Planning and Economic Development to host an  Economic Cluster Open House.  It was held at the Walter E. Convention Center on Thursday. 
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DC’s Newest Main Street Organization Brings New Resources to Help Columbia Heights and Mount Pleasant Thrive 

District officials and community leaders officially launched the District’s newest Main Street organization which will cover Columbia Heights and Mount Pleasant. The Columbia Heights/Mount Pleasant Main Street will bring together businesses, non-profits, residents and other leaders to support neighborhood business growth and the revitalization of the unique commercial corridors in the neighborhoods.
$10,000 in seed money available

The American Association for the Advancement of Science (AAAS) launches Lab to Launch to Launch, an exciting new entrepreneurship competition that seeks to identify and support the District of Columbia’s promising young science and tech innovators. Through Lab to Launch, AAAS will provide training sessions, networking opportunities, and $10,000 in total seed capital prizes.
Six Great Street grantees gave back to the community during inauguration weekend through All In Service

Thank you to Timber Pizza, Willow, Ivy and Coney, 1905, The Escape Lounge, Zeke’s Coffee DC, and Purple Patch Restaurant for donating a portion of your proceeds to organizations that service the DC community.  
New D.C. legislation aims to almost halve tax bills for property owners East of the Anacostia

With the goal to boost the economy in Wards 7 and 8, a new legislation was introduced in Washington, D.C. that could attract more businesses East of the Anacostia River. Washington Business Journalreported that Councilmembers Jack Evans, Kenyan McDuffie, Trayon White, and Vincent Gray co-introduced the bill, which hopes to tax commercial properties East of the Anacostia River at the same rate as residential properties.

(Curbed)
How to get involved with policies that affect your business 

The Coalition of Non-Profit Housing and Economic Development hosts monthly economic development committee meetings to  promote community economic development as a pathway towards economic opportunity and self-sufficiency.

Small Business Technical Assistance Working Group - Feb 8th
Neighborhood Commercial Corridors Working Group - Feb 21st
What to know about the development boom along the Metro’s Green Line

The Metro’s Green Line is the corridor of choice for young professionals, according to a brand new report commissioned by the Capitol Riverfront Business Improvement District and conducted by research firm RCLCO.

(Curbed)