Expanding Economic Opportunity - November 2017
A letter from the Deputy Mayor
District Residents,
Here at DMGEO, we are focused on rebuilding and revitalizing overlooked and underserved communities with our most precious asset - our people. We work hard everyday to ensure that all Washingtonians, especially those from overlooked and underserved communities, get a fair shot at participating in our City's growing prosperity. The tenets of our economic opportunity model are: Intentionality, focused investment, and meeting our residents where they are

Over the past two years we have made great strides in expanding economic opportunity, but there are a few recent accomplishments that I am particularly excited about:
  • Since January 2015, the Bowser Administration has driven down the District’s unemployment rate by 1.0 percentage points;
  • We have added more than 34,000 new jobs to the District’s economy;
  • Increased the total number of employed residents by 20,200;
  • Invested $3M in mixed use projects that will bring new grocery options to wards 7 and 8;
  • Announced catalytic economic development projects in Wards 7 and 8, including the Entertainment and Sports Arena, Uber Greenlight Hub and Busboys and Poets;
  • Touched more than 400 East of the River entrepreneurs through Project 500 and launched a $500,000 microloan fund for overlooked and underserved communities.
While I am proud of some of our recent accomplishments, I am even more focused on moving full steam ahead to break down the barriers to economic opportunity that still exist for far too many of our residents.

If there’s something my office can do for you, or if you have a question or feedback to share, please don’t hesitate to reach out to us at dmgeo.dc@dc.gov or (202) 545-3071.


Courtney R. Snowden

Chief of Staff
Faith Leach

Director, Office of African American Affairs
Rahman Branch

Director, Commission on Fathers, Men and Boys
Tony Dugger

Forest Hayes
Senior Advisor for Economic Development

Rosemary Suggs Evans
Senior Advisor for Small Business Development

Community Engagement Liaison for Ward 8
Jaren Hill

Community Engagement Liaison for Ward 7
Ashley Emerson

Special Assistant
Brent Johnson

Scheduling Requests
Uber Hub Coming to Ward 7
Mayor Bowser, Deputy Mayor Snowden, Arathi Mehrota, Uber General Manager for the SE region, and Robin Ziegler, Cedar Realty Trust Vice President and COO, were thrilled to announce a new Uber Greenlight Hub, a state-of-the-art support and resource center for Uber drivers across the region is coming to East River Park Shopping Center in Ward 7.

Uber’s DC Greenlight Hub will result in the creation of 25 full-time jobs, millions of dollars in investment into the location, and access to support services for thousands of Uber partners.

Uber is accepting bids exclusively from DC-based Small Business Enterprises for the general contract.

For more information on this announcement, check out our full press release .
DC Off U.S. DOL “High-Risk” List

On Friday, September 8 th, the Bowser Administration celebrated a significant accomplishment: The U.S Department of Labor (U.S. DOL) officially removed the District from high-risk grantee designation.

For more than 17 years, the District struggled to administer quality workforce programs. The Bowser Administration set out to change course, improve the system, and get more Washingtonians on the pathway to the middle class. DMGEO established a “Turnaround Team” at the Department of Employment Services (DOES) to focus intently on the 36 areas of concern. This and complementary efforts across DC government aimed at improving DOES and the Workforce Investment Council (WIC), have led to significant progress throughout the system. Notably, since January 2015, 22,000 District residents have gained employment. Unemployment rates have dropped across the District, most significantly in Wards 5, 7, and 8.

“The removal of the District’s high risk designation by U.S. DOL after nearly six years avows Mayor Bowser’s promise to get more DC residents on pathways to the middle class. We have the honor of working with one of the most vibrant and capable workforce systems in the nation, and this event celebrates the hard work and accomplishments of District residents.”
– DOES Director Odie Donald
SHOP Made in DC Store
Mayor Bowser celebrated Shop Made In DC , a new brick and mortar store and café stocked exclusively with DC brands and concepts. The new storefront operation is a collaborative retail extension of the Made in DC program, and is made possible through a partnership with the DC Department of Small and Local Business Development (DSLBD), Golden Triangle Business Improvement District (BID), Boston Properties, People Make Place, and Neighborhood Restaurant Group (NRG).

Learn more by visiting: http://shopmadeindc.com
DC Works Week
During the District's first ever DC Works Week, Mayor Bowser and Deputy Mayor Snowden celebrated DC workers, new DOES workforce programs, and the outstanding employers and community stakeholders who work hard to shape the District’s workforce system for the better.
“Our workforce programs have come a long way over the past several years, and today, I am proud to celebrate our progress.” - Mayor Muriel Bowser
Tuesday Sept 5 th : DC Infrastructure Academy MOI Signing

The District of Columbia partnered with utilities, unions, and private sector partners to establish an infrastructure academy to meet the employment needs of the Infrastructure industry. Mayor Bowser signed agreements with Pepco, Washington Gas, AFL-CIO, WMATA, and others that will result in good paying jobs for District residents.

Tuesday Sept. 5 th : DOES Community Conversation: Serving the Community Better

DOES is committed to providing world-class customer service to District residents. Part of that process means receiving feedback and implementing continuous improvements to DOES services. On September 5 th, DOES launched a series of “Community Conversations” where the agency received feedback on how to better serve all stakeholders. DOES held a second Community Conversation just two days later and will continue to host regular opportunities for DC residents to engage directly with the agency.

Wednesday Sept 6 th : Apprenticeship DC Launch

Apprenticeship programs provide on-the-job training to DC residents. On September 6 th, the Bowser Administration announced an expansion of Apprenticeship DC to increase the number of residents enrolled in high-demand programs. 

These programs cater to one of District’s six in-demand industries, which include: construction, infrastructure, hospitality, law enforcement, healthcare, and information technology (IT). There are currently more than 290 employers and trade unions registered with the District to train more than 1,185 District residents across all eight wards.
 “Apprenticeships are a proven approach to preparing workers for in-demand jobs and meeting the needs of businesses in hiring skilled workers. With Apprenticeship DC, we will be able to create more apprenticeships that meet the specific training and hiring needs that District businesses want and expect.”Mayor Bowser

Thursday Sept 7 th : DOES Stakeholder Recognition Ceremony

Business partners are critical to the work of DOES as the agency connects DC residents with high-quality training and good-paying jobs. On September 8 th, DOES hosted a recognition ceremony honoring key employers, service providers, and employees.

“Thank you to all of the CBOs, training partners and program participants who help make our workforce system run! We salute you!” – Deputy Mayor Courtney R. Snowden

Friday Sept 8th: Workforce Signing Day

Mayor Bowser, DMGEO, and DOES were thrilled to celebrate Workforce Signing Day, an event that showcased DC residents who participated in a program and subsequently secured unsubsidized, full-time employment. Starbucks, Hyatt Place, and Donohoe Hospitality Services were all represented at Workforce Signing Day, and eight residents signed offer letters from employers.
100k Opportunities Hiring Fair
Pictured Above: DOES Director Odie Donald with Starbucks CEO Howard Schultz.

The Bowser Administration co-hosted the 100,000 Opportunities hiring fair on September 20th, a day-long event that included sessions on resume building, assistance in creating a LinkedIn profile, and workplace styling tips. Top companies also provided young Washingtonians with on-the-spot interviews and more than 1000 youth received job offers.
A Look Back at Other Recent Events
  • DMGEO provided support to the Ward 8 Farmer’s Market in an effort to help bring quality fresh food options to the Ward 8 community. The market is open every Saturday from 10am to 2pm behind Martin Luther King Elementary School (3200 6th Street SE, at the corner of Alabama Avenue).
  • This summer, DMGEO partnered with Events DC, Smith Golden Rule, RCN, and others to host four free movie nights east of the river. Hundreds of Washingtonians came out week after week to celebrate summer and enjoy the family-friendly event.
  • DMGEO was proud to launch and support the Ward 7 Homebuyers Club. With funding from the DC Department of Housing and Community Development, University Legal Services Inc. held five sessions covering various topics that will help make homeownership a more attainable dream for Ward 7 residents.
  • DMGEO is excited to spread the word about one of the great new businesses operating east of the river. From July 30th to September 10th, Market 7 Flea hosted an outdoor community market in Ward 7 featuring black-owned businesses. Congratulations to Market 7 Flea for a successful run!
DMGEO In the News
  • Washington Post: District gets a vote of approval from Labor Dept. for improved job training
  • NBC Washington: Starbucks to Open in Historic Anacostia
  • WTOP: DC sheds ‘high-risk’ Labor Department designation
  • Washington Post: Uber announces new driver-support hub in Northeast Washington
  • Walker’s Legacy: Walker’s Legacy Announces Recipients of Women in Economic Development and Civic Engagement Awards
  • NBC Washington: New Academy Aims to Give DC Residents More Training for Infrastructure Jobs
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