initiatives

The action framework identifies five broad types of action where we will focus efforts to achieve our vision. Specific initiatives fall into this framework, supporting at least one, but often multiple, pillars of the framework. Use the filters below to find initiatives that relate to each area of the action framework, the opportunity areas, and core sectors.

Permitting and Licensing Systems Redesign

Redesign permitting and licensing systems

Timeline: FY17-19

Permitting and Licensing Systems Redesign

Redesign DC’s permitting and licensing system using customer-centered design processes, interactive user engagement, and design thinking methodology.

Progress Updates:

July 2017: At Form-a-Palooza residents and design & behavioral science experts reworked the following forms using design thinking: 1) DC Driver License and Identification Card Application 2) Basic Business License EZ 3) TANF Job Search Logs 4) Disability Services Intake Application 5) Lead Disclosure Form.  This initiative was led by The Lab @ DC. Read more here.

  • Timeline: FY17-19
  • Lead and key partners: Office of the Deputy Mayor for Planning and Economic Development (DMPED), Dept. of Consumer and Regulatory Affairs (DCRA), Dept. of Small and Local Business Development (DSLBD)
  • Related core sectors: all
  • Related opportunity areas: all
  • Related action areas: business environment

Business Supports Navigator

Create a business supports navigator

Timeline: FY17-18

Business Supports Navigator

Create a one-stop, user-oriented (industry/business-type conscious), web-based tool that provides clear and simple guidance about resources and requirements for businesses in DC, leveraging existing resources. Begin by launching a searchable database of all existing incentives and District-funded supports. Establish an intra-government working group and user group to inform the design process.

Progress Updates:

February 2017: Launched incentives.dc.gov – a searchable database of all incentives available to businesses, as well as other resources – to make it easier for businesses to find and access these resources

  • Timeline: FY17-18
  • Lead and key partners: Office of the Deputy Mayor for Planning and Economic Development (DMPED), Dept. of Small and Local Business Development (DSLBD), Washington DC Economic Partnership (WDCEP)
  • Related core sectors: all
  • Related opportunity areas: all
  • Related action areas: business environment, funding

Retention, Expansion and Attraction Coordinating Committee

Coordinate business retention, expansion and attraction efforts through a data-driven, public-private committee

Timeline: FY17-18

Retention, Expansion and Attraction Coordinating Committee

Develop a systematized approach to business retention, expansion and attraction that leverages intelligence from DC data, news, the brokerage community, and stakeholder engagement (including digital communication) to prioritize and target business outreach. Create a coordinating committee of DMPED, WDCEP, DSLBD, BIDs, Chamber and possibly others through which intelligence can be shared.

Progress Updates:

April 2017: The coordination group convened for the first time in April.

  • Timeline: FY17-18
  • Lead and key partners: Office of the Deputy Mayor for Planning and Economic Development (DMPED), Washington DC Economic Partnership (WDCEP), Dept. of Small and Local Business Development (DSLBD), Business Improvement District (BID) Council, DC Chamber of Commerce, Hispanic Chamber of Commerce
  • Related core sectors: all
  • Related opportunity areas: all
  • Related action areas: business environment

 

Procurement to Power the Local Economy

Pilot challenge-based procurement and support institutions with local procurement

Timeline: FY17-19

Procurement to Power the Local Economy

Use procurement to power local businesses and innovation by 1) piloting a challenge-based procurement process focused on addressing challenges facing DC (e.g. traffic congestion, access to transit, affordable housing) modeled on Philadelphia’s FastFWD urban innovation accelerator; and 2) supporting development of a collaborative (spearheaded by CNHED) of vanguard anchor institutions interested in learning best practices for maximizing the local impact of their purchasing power.

Progress Updates: 

August 2017: Received commitments from 4 local anchor institutions to increase their procurement with DC-based minority-owned business enterprises.

  • Timeline: FY17-19
  • Leads and key partners:
    • Challenge-based procurement – Office of the Deputy Mayor for Planning and Economic Development (DMPED), Dept. of Small and Local Business Development (DSLBD), Office of Contracts and Procurement (OCP)
    • Anchors collaborative – Center for Neighborhoods, Housing and Economic Development (CNHED), DMPED, DLSBD
  • Related core sectors: all
  • Related opportunity areas: all
  • Related action areas: funding, business environment, DC identity and promotion

Green Book and Procurement App

Produce the Green Book, a forecast of spending needs to help SBEs find procurement opportunities, and IT procurement app

Timeline: In-progress

Green Book and Procurement App

Publish annually an agency-by-agency overview of SBE spending availability and website (CBEconnect.dc.gov) that provides an online platform for SBEs to search for opportunities and expand use of a new mobile application that enables companies to identify IT procurement opportunities.

https://business.dc.gov/cbe-connect

  • Timeline: in-progress
  • Lead and key partners: Dept. of Small and Local Business Development (DSLBD), Office of the Chief Technology Officer (OCTO)
  • Related core sectors: all
  • Related opportunity areas: smart cities and civic solutions, impact economy
  • Related action areas: funding, business environment, DC identity and promotion

Inclusive Innovation Fund

Create an inclusive innovation fund

Timeline: FY17-20

Inclusive Innovation Fund

Establish a fund or fund(s) aimed at growing business activity in DC’s opportunity areas (i.e. impact economy, urban innovation/smart cities, hospitality & professional services innovation, data, security tech) and enabling access to capital by underrepresented entrepreneurs. Awards could be made via pitch competition and/or matching fund over the course of several months and would require applicants to have an inclusive growth plan. Explore opportunities for public-private partnership and, over time, ways to maximize the impact of District investments via alternative fund structures.

  • Timeline: FY17-20
  • Lead and key partners: Office of the Deputy Mayor for Planning and Economic Development (DMPED), Dept. of Insurance, Securities and Banking (DISB)
  • Related core sectors: any tied to an opportunity area
  • Related opportunity areas: impact economy, smart cities and civic solutions, hospitality innovation, professional services innovation, security technology, data science and analytics
  • Related action areas: funding, DC identity and promotion, talent

One Square Mile

Pilot “One Square Mile,” an approach to catalyzing economic development in underserved communities

Timeline: FY18

One Square Mile

Pilot an approach to catalyzing development in underserved areas of the District by that involves integrating services, supports and investments in a targeted one square mile and building partnerships with community and institutions to leverage existing assets and connect the area to new opportunities.

  • Timeline: FY18
  • Lead and key partners: Office of the Deputy Mayor for Greater Economic Opportunity (DMGEO)
  • Related core sectors: n/a
  • Related opportunity areas: n/a
  • Related action areas: space and supports, talent, funding

CEO Thought Leaders Series

Convene tech CEOs and thought leaders

Timeline: FY17-18

CEO Thought Leaders Series

Convene dinners/breakfasts with the Mayor/Deputy Mayor, business owners, investors and thought leaders aimed at strengthening peer-to-peer relationships, fostering loyalty to DC, and building stronger connections within the city and to investors.

  • Timeline: FY17-18
  • Lead and key partners: Office of the Deputy Mayor for Planning and Economic Development (DMPED), Washington DC Economic Partnership (WDCEP)
  • Related core sectors: technology
  • Related opportunity areas: all
  • Related action areas: funding, talent, DC identity and promotion

Mentoring for Mature Businesses

Enhance mentoring available to mature businesses

Timeline: FY17-18

Mentoring for Mature Businesses

Enhance mentoring opportunities available to mature DC businesses, building on existing programs such as Project 500, Great Streets, Main Streets, and others, and partnering with new programs, such as Catholic University’s new program to support 100 established DC businesses with accessing to capital.

Progress Updates:

August 2017: In 3Q FY17, Main Streets programs have provided counseling to 218 businesses located within the 12 Main Street corridors.

May 2017: The Deputy Mayor’s Office for Great Economic Opportunity partnered with Project 500, Washington Area Community Investment Fund (Wacif), and Latino Economic Development Center (LEDC) and JPMorgan Chase & Co. to launch Ascend 2020 DC.  Ascend 2020 DC is an initiative to accelerate the growth of minority-, women- and veteran-owned small businesses by extending entrepreneurial support systems to underserved entrepreneurs and neighborhoods in DC.

May 2017: Project 500 completed its first year of operation, marking more than 260 enrolled businesses that on average increased revenue by 15%.

  • Timeline: Fy17-18
  • Lead and key partners: Office of the Deputy Mayor for Planning and Economic Development (DMPED, Great Streets), Office of the Deputy Mayor for Greater Economic Opportunity (DMGEO), Dept. of Small and Local Business Development
  • Related core sectors: any but with a focus on retail, hospitalty and tourism
  • Related opportunity areas: n/a
  • Related action areas: funding, talent, DC identity and promotion

 

DC Procurement Technical Assistance Center

Help businesses pursue government contracts through Procurement Technical Assistance Program (P-TAC)

Timeline: In-progress

DC Procurement Technical Assistance Center

DSLBD Procurement Technical Assistance Center offers personalized business counseling and competitive insights for navigating the government contracting process successfully.

Progress Updates:

August 2017: From October 2016 – June 2017, the DC PTAC center held 76 events, served 1,313 participants, and provided 476 counseling hours- ultimately helping DC businesses land over $17.8 million in local and federal government contracts.

June 2017: DC Procurement Technical Assistance Center hosted the 2017 DC PTAC Small Business Summit .  The summit connected local small businesses with the resources and contracts needed to successfully navigate procurement opportunities.

  • Timeline: in-progress
  • Lead and key partners: Dept. of Small and Local Business Development (DSLBD)
  • Related core sectors: various
  • Related opportunity areas: security technology
  • Related action areas: funding, talent

Great Streets

Enhance Great Streets grant program

Timeline: In-progress

Great Streets

Enhance Great Streets — a grant program that supports businesses in the District’s key commercial corridors with capital upgrades and strategic support — by expanding eligibility criteria to include longtime businesses that have made significant contributions to DC’s identity and culture, irrespective of location.

Progress Updates:

October 2017: Mayor Bowser announced the awardees for the Neighborhood Prosperity Fund, a pilot program that provides financial support for non-residential components of mixed-use projects in underserved neighborhoods in Washington, DC. Through the Neighborhood Prosperity Fund, LDP Holdings LLC was awarded $2.1 million for its Penn Hill project located at 3200 Pennsylvania Avenue, SE and South Capitol Improvement LLC was awarded $880,000 for its South Capitol Affordable Housing project located at the intersection of Atlantic and South Capitol Streets, SW. Click here for the full press release.

May 2017: Launched the Neighborhood Prosperity Fund, a pilot program that provides funding for non-residential components of mixed-use projects in underserved neighborhoods in the District — specifically, census tracts where unemployment rates are 10% or greater.

Timeline: in-progress

  • Lead and key partners: Office of the Deputy Mayor for Planning and Economic Development (DMPED)
  • Related core sectors: retail
  • Related opportunity areas: n/a
  • Related action areas: space and supports, funding

Coordinated Marketing Campaign

Coordinate DC marketing campaigns

Timeline: FY17-18

Coordinated Marketing Campaign

Coordinate marketing efforts aimed at promoting the real DC — a diverse and innovative city full of creative and entrepreneurial people, vibrant neighborhoods, and exciting destinations — and focus on major visitor entry points (such as airports, Union Station, DC taxis, hotels, and events, e.g. Cherry Blossom Festival, H St. Festival) and at events around the country and world that draw entrepreneurs and investors. Leverage existing initiatives (e.g. DC Cool, We DC.)

  • Timeline: FY17-18
  • Lead and key partners: Office of the Deputy Mayor for Planning and Economic Development (DMPED), Washington DC Economic Partnership (WDCEP), DestinationDC
  • Related core sectors: all
  • Related opportunity areas: all
  • Related action areas: DC identity and promotion

DC West Coast Engagement

Engage West Coast investors and entrepreneurs

Timeline: FY17-19

DC West Coast Engagement

Develop and execute a DC West Coast promotion strategy focused on building relationships with investors, recruiting entrepreneurs to DC, and providing intelligence to DC-based businesses. This will include attending select conferences to promote DC and assessing the possibility of opening a DC West Coast office.

  • Timeline: FY17-19
  • Lead and key partners: Office of the Deputy Mayor for Planning and Economic Development (DMPED), Washington DC Economic Partnership (WDCEP)
  • Related core sectors: technology
  • Related opportunity areas: social impact, smart cities and civic solutions, hospitality innovation, professional services innovation, security technology, data science and analytics
  • Related action areas: DC identity and promotion, funding

Exports and Middle East Investment

Expand trade with and investment from the Middle East

Timeline: FY17-18

Exports and Middle East Investment

Enhance trade and exporting between DC and Middle East markets (particularly exporting of professional services related to international law, urban design and development, international development, and smart cities) by making an inaugural mission in 2017, exploring the possibility of opening an international business office (ideally in collaboration with a neighboring municipality(ies)), and working with the Global Cities Initiative to develop a regional export support system.

Progress Updates:

April 2017: Deputy Mayor Kenner led the District’s first trade mission to the Middle East, covering Abu Dhabi, Dubai and Doha.

  • Timeline: FY17-18
  • Lead and key partners: Office of the Deputy Mayor for Planning and Economic Development (DMPED), Dept. of Small and Local Business Development (DSLBD)
  • Related core sectors: professional services, real estate and construction
  • Related opportunity areas: professional services innovation, smart cities and civic solutions, security technnology, impact economy
  • Related action areas: DC identity and promotion, business environment

International tourism catalysts

Catalyze international tourism

Timeline: FY17

International tourism catalysts

Catalyze international tourism by hosting IPW, the world’s largest convention of tour operators, and securing a direct India-Dulles flight

Progress Updates:

July 2017: Air India’s nonstop flight from Delhi to Dulles begins.  Read more here.

June 2017: DC hosted IPW, the largest international travel show, for the first time.  The event attracted more than 6,400 attendees from 70 countries, including more than 1,300 international and domestic travel buyers, and a record 530 journalists from the US and abroad.  According to US Travel, IPW is expected to generate $1.7 billion in economic impact to the District and attract more than 1 million visitors to the region during that time.

February 2017: Nonstop service between Delhi and Dulles was announced.  The new route, which will offer three nonstop flights per week starting in July 2017, is estimated to bring $10 million to the District in total economic impact and $30 million annually to the region. Click here for the full press release.

  • Timeline: FY17 (IPW – June 2017, Dulles-Delhi begins summer 2017)
  • Lead and key partners: Destination DC, Office of the Deputy Mayor for Planning and Economic Development (DMPED)
  • Related core sectors: hospitality and tourism, retail
  • Related opportunity areas: n/a
  • Related action areas: DC identity and promotion

Major conventions

Secure major conventions on topics that leverage DC’s comparative convention advantages: education, medical, bio/pharmaceuticals and technology

Timeline: FY17-19

Major conventions

Secure major conferences and meetings focused on health/medicine, education, and technology

Progress Updates:

April 2017: TechWeek, the nation’s leading technology conference and festival, announced that it is coming to DC for the first time.

  • Timeline: FY17-19
  • Lead and key partners: Destination DC
  • Related core sectors: health and life sciences, higher education, technology, hospitality and tourism
  • Related opportunity areas: security technology, hospitality innovation, professional services innovation, data science and analytics, impact economy
  • Related action areas: DC identity and promotion

InnoMAYtion

Showcase innovation in DC via InnoMAYtion

Timeline: In-progress

InnoMAYtion

innoMAYtion is a month-long initiative showcasing DC’s innovation ecosystem and how ideas from local entrepreneurs are reshaping the District.

Progress Updates:

May 2017: Engaged hundreds of residents in over 50 innoMAYtion events throughout the city and notched 12 million social media impressions in May, a 4.5 million increase from 2016.

  • Timeline: in-progress (occurs in May)
  • Lead and key partners: Office of the Deputy Mayor for Planning and Economic Development (DMPED)
  • Related core sectors: all
  • Related opportunity areas: all
  • Related action areas: DC identity and promotion

 

Made in DC

Promote businesses that design, produce or assemble in DC via Made in DC

Timeline: In-progress

Made in DC

The Made in DC program promotes and supports businesses that design, make/produce, and/or assemble products in DC. The Made in DC program will function as a citywide campaign and platform, creating opportunity for Makers to come together for resource and experience sharing, as well as function as a conduit and messenger between Makers and local government. Made in DC pop-ups will take place throughout 2017.

Progress Updates:

October 2017: Mayor Bowser opens Shop Made in DC – a new brick and mortar retail and cafe space stocked exclusively with DC-based brands. Shop Made in DC will create a low-entry to marketplace opportunity for creative entrepreneurs to sell their goods and increase visibility of brands while stimulating the local economy.  Click here for the full press release.

  • Timeline: in-progress
  • Lead and key partners: Dept. of Small and Local Business Development (DSLBD)
  • Related core sectors: creative economy (which draws from arts and culture, media and communications, professional services, hospitality, and others), retail
  • Related opportunity areas: n/a
  • Related action areas: DC identity and promotion

202Creates

Showcase and support DC’s creative economy via 202Creates.

 

Timeline: In-progress

202Creates

202Creates showcases the artists, makers and entrepreneurs who contribute to the District’s creative industries and engages residents to build community in all 8 wards.

Progress Updates:

August 2017: Mayor Bowswer kicked off the District’s second annual 202Creates, a month-long showcase of the District’s diverse and vibrant creative community. Throughout September, 202Creates will highlight the artists, makers, and entrepreneurs who contribute to Washington, DC’s creative economy.  To date, 202Creates has supported more than 4,000 events. Click here for the full press release.

  • Timeline: In-progress (launched in September 2016)
  • Lead and key partners: Office of Cable Television, Film, Music and Entertainment (OCTFME)
  • Related core sectors: creative economy, media and communications, professional services, hospitality and tourism
  • Related opportunity areas: hospitality innovation, professional services innovation
  • Related action areas: DC identity and promotion

DC FedTech

Connect entrepreneurs, inventors from federal labs, and support providers to advance research commercialization

Timeline: FY17-18

DC FedTech

Launch the DC FedTech initiative — a program aimed at connecting DC entrepreneurs and inventors from federal research labs to foster innovation through research commercialization and tech transfer. Activities will include regular inventor/entrepreneur pitch sessions preceded by seminars aimed at familiarizing businesses with intellectual property procedures and working with federal labs; trainings and student engagement; and pursuing legislative changes to remove constraints on UDC faculty IP ownership. Explore interest in establishing fed tech courses at university MBA programs and feasibility/value of developing a patent pool (DSLBD).

Progress Updates:

May 2017: Completed the first cohort of DC FedTech, a pilot to connect DC entrepreneurs with inventors from federal labs to advance tech transfer – a major driver of innovation.

  • Timeline: FY17-18
  • Lead and key partners: Dept. of Small and Local Business Development (DSLBD), Office of the Deputy Mayor for Planning and Economic Development (DMPED), Washington DC Economic Partnership (WDCEP)
  • Related core sectors: higher education, technology, government
  • Related opportunity areas: security technology
  • Related action areas: talent, business environment

Tech Career Pathways Pledge

Expand on-ramps into technology career pathways through coordinated internships

Timeline: FY17-18

Tech Career Pathways Pledge

Expand on-ramps into tech career pathways by securing commitments from 100 tech companies to host an intern and volunteer 4 staff hours monthly for DC student engagement (totaling 100 internships and 4800 student engagement hours). Leverage Summer Youth Employment Program (SYEP) and other existing programs and create a bootcamp run by an external party to prepare students for tech-related internships.

  • Timeline: FY17-18
  • Lead and key partners: Office of the Deputy Mayor for Planning and Economic Development (DMPED), Dept. of Employment Services (DOES)
  • Related core sectors: technology, professional services, media and communication
  • Related opportunity areas: professional services innovation, hospitality innovation, security technology, data science and analytics, smart cities and civic solutions, impact economy
  • Related action areas: talent

SolarWorksDC

Create an industry-advised solar installation and job training program

Timeline: FY17-20

SolarWorksDC

Create SolarWorks DC, a comprehensive, year-round solar installation and job training program that includes an industry-advised career pathway component.

Progress Updates:

August 2017: DC was recognized with a 2017 Innovation Award by the Environmental Council of the States (ECOS) for the District’s green workforce development programs such as SolarWorks, the Green Zone Environmental Program, and River Corps. Click here for the full press release.

July 2017: Mayor Bowser launched Solar Works DC, an eco-friendly program to install solar panels in the homes of nearly 300 low-income residents, reducing expenses to nearly $600 annually.  Solar Works DC will also provide job training for more than 200 Marion S. Barry Summer Youth Employment Program (MBSYEP) participants.  Click here for the full press release.

May 2017: GRID Alternatives Mid-Atlantic was awarded a $950,000 grant to train 75 District residents for solar careers and install solar systems for up to 100 low-income households in year one. Click here for the full press release.

  • Timeline: FY17-20
  • Leads/partners: Dept. of Employment Services (DOES), Dept. of Energy and Environment (DOEE)
  • Related core sectors: real estate and construction, higher education
  • Related opportunity areas: smart cities and civic solutions
  • Related action areas: talent

 

Beacon, Women Entrepreneurs Network

Support Beacon, a campaign to empower DC’s female entrepreneurs

Timeline: In-progress (launched November 2016)

Beacon, Women Entrepreneurs Network

Support the development of BEACON, a campaign to connect DC’s female entrepreneurs and make Washington DC the most influential and supportive city for women entrepreneurs.

Progress Updates:

September 2017: Mayor Bowser and BEACON: The DC Women Founders Initiative awarded 19 grants totaling $50,000 to support women entrepreneurs in Washington, DC.  More than 85 organizations and companies applied for the program and 67 advanced to a community voting round that saw over 5,000 votes cast by members of the public.  Click here for the full press release.

  • Timeline: in-progress (launched November 2016)
  • Lead and key partners: external
  • Related core sectors: n/a
  • Related opportunity areas: n/a
  • Related action areas: talent, business environment

Worker and Business Co-ops

Build a business/worker cooperative learning community

Timeline: In-progress (began December 2016)

Worker and Business Co-ops

Develop a community of learning and practice around worker and business co-ops via open stakeholder groups. Raise awareness about cooperative models through education of procurement offices and financial institutions.

Progress Updates:

August 2017: DSLBD is holding monthly stakeholder meetings to support the development of a speaker’s list, speaking opportunities, and a community-developed mission for a peer-to-peer network.  Stakeholders have held public workshops and made radio appearances.

  • Timeline: FY17-18
  • Lead and key partners: Dept. of Small and Local Business Development (DSLBD)
  • Related core sectors: any
  • Related opportunity areas: any
  • Related action areas: talent, business environment

Aspire for Entrepreneurship

Pilot the Aspire for Entrepreneurship program.

 

Timeline: In-progress

Aspire for Entrepreneurship

Pilot program for up to 25 justice-involved individuals with a conviction for a misdemeanor or a felony as an adult. There will be a training phase and a business phase. Modules will cover life and business skill topics such as computer training and entrepreneurship. CAAB will match savings in an escrow account, savers agree to complete financial education & use their savings for asset-building purposes. See here for details.

Progress Updates:

June 2017: The second Aspire cohort graduated.

March 2017: Launched second cohort and received a $10,000 US Conference of Mayors (USCM) DollarWise innovation grant to help expand the program.  Click here for more information.

  • Timeline: in-progress
  • Lead and key partners: Dept. of Small and Local Business Development (DSLBD)
  • Related core sectors: n/a
  • Related opportunity areas: n/a
  • Related action areas: talent, funding

Learn Earn Advance and Prosper

Train DC residents for DC government jobs through LEAP

Timeline: In-progress

Learn Earn Advance and Prosper

Learn Earn Advance and Prosper is a program designed to train DC residents for DC government jobs. Residents are trained on the job for entry level positions during a 12-month period while working toward a degree or industry certification. Click here for details.

  • Timeline: in-progress
  • Lead and key partners: DOES
  • Related core sectors: government
  • Related opportunity areas: security technology
  • Related action areas: talent

Summer Youth Employment Program

Provide constructive, skill-building work for DC youth for Summer Youth Employment Program (SYEP)

Timeline: In-progress

Summer Youth Employment Program

Locally funded initiative that provides District youth ages 14 to 24 with enriching and constructive summer work experiences through subsidized placements in the private and government sectors. Click here for details.

  • Timeline: in-progress
  • Lead and key partners: Dept. of Employment Services (DOES)
  • Related core sectors: all
  • Related opportunity areas: all
  • Related action areas: talent

Inclusive Innovation Incubator (In3) Grand Opening

Open the Inclusive Innovation Incubator (In3)

Timeline: FY17

Inclusive Innovation Incubator (In3) Grand Opening

Open the Inclusive Innovation Incubator (In3), an incubator and community space located at Howard University for underrepresented entrepreneurs and entrepreneurs addressing innovation that support underserved communities (seeded by DMPED investment).

Progress Updates:

April 2017: In3 celebrated its grand opening on April 20th.

  • Timeline: FY17
  • Lead and key partners: Luma Labs, Office of the Deputy Mayor for Planning and Economic Development (DMPED)
  • Related core sectors: all
  • Related opportunity areas: all
  • Related action areas: space and supports, talent

 

Commercial Space and Capital Support

Help longtime businesses address high-cost commercial space

Timeline: FY18-20

Commercial Space and Capital Support

Support longtime DC businesses developing one or more pilot programs to incentivize affordable commercial space for small businesses and CBEs, including opportunities for businesses to purchase their real estate. The programs could employ CBE requirements flexibility, entitlements flexibility, funding or tax incentives to support the costs.

  • Timeline: FY18-20
  • Lead and key partners: Office of the Deputy Mayor for Greater Economic Opportunity (DMGEO), Office of the Deputy Mayor for Planning and Economic Development (DMPED), Dept. of Small and Local Business Development (DSLBD)
  • Related core sectors: retail, hospitality and tourism, real estate and construction, media and communications, creative economy, professional services, health and life sciences
  • Related opportunity areas: n/a
  • Related action areas: space and supports, funding, DC identity and promotion

MLK Gateway

Create real estate career academy and incubator via MLK Gateway project

Timeline: FY18-19 (announced December 2016)

MLK Gateway

Development project to bring a tech incubator, more than 200 jobs, and needed retail to Ward 8. The development will include a Real Estate Entrepreneurship Career Academy and an incubator to support the creation of local technology firms. Specifically, the incubator will provide mentorship, training and development for the creation of local CBE technology firms while the Real Estate Academy will give Ward 7 and 8 residents the tools to enter the real estate profession and to participate in the development of their neighborhoods.

https://dmped.dc.gov/page/mlk-gateway-community

  • Timeline: FY18-19 (announced December 2016)
  • Lead and key partners: Office of the Deputy Mayor for Planning and Economic Development (DMPED), Dept. of Housing and Community Development (DHCD)
  • Related core sectors: real estate, retail, technology
  • Related opportunity areas: impact economy, smart cities and civic solutions, security technology
  • Related action areas: talent, space and supports, funding

Maker space

Assess how to best support maker space(s)

Timeline: FY17-20

Maker space

Assess how to support one or more Innovation Spaces and Marketplaces that incubate the local maker community and Made in DC businesses by providing space for work and sales as well as programming, drawing from best practices in other cities.

Progress Updates:

July 2017: Published “Innovation Space and Marketplace Report: Developing a Makerspace in the District” report.  This report is one of the first steps necessary to plan and develop the Innovation Space and Marketplace.  The analysis in the report will help DMPED and other DC agencies develop a makerspace that will best meet the District’s goals and stakeholder needs.  Read the full report here.

  • Timeline: FY17-20
  • Lead and key partners: Office of the Deputy Mayor for Planning and Economic Development (DMPED), Dept. of Small and Local Business Development (DSLBD), Office of Cable Television, Film, Music and Entertainment (OCTFME)
  • Related core sectors: creative economy, retail
  • Related opportunity areas: n/a
  • Related action areas: space and supports, DC identity and promotion

Inclusive prosperity indicators

Develop an inclusive prosperity dashboard.

Timeline: FY17-18

Inclusive prosperity indicators

DMPED is creating an inclusive prosperity dashboard — a manageable set of metrics that collectively define and help monitor inclusive prosperity in DC. The indicators were developed with input from DC residents, businesses, government data managers, and community organizations with the guidance of researchers from the Urban Institute. Over the next six months, DMPED will acquire the data necessary to build out the dashboard and continue to collect input on the indicators.

  • Timeline: FY17-18
  • Lead and key partners: Office of the Deputy Mayor for Planning and Economic Development (DMPED)
  • Related core sectors: n/a
  • Related opportunity areas: n/a
  • Related action areas: space and supports

Major District-owned real estate developments

Develop major District-owned parcels to increase affordable housing supply, create jobs for District residents, and strategically catalyze business activity and achieve a community-shaped development vision

Timeline: FY17-20

Major District-owned real estate developments

Develop major District-owned parcels to increase affordable housing supply, create jobs for District residents, and strategically catalyze business activity and achieve a community-shaped development vision. Plans for District-owned parcels (including Walter Reed, St. Elizabeth’s, McMillan, Hill East, Poplar Point and Skyland) will be developed with community input via the OurRFP process, and all will strive to increase affordable housing supply, create quality jobs for DC residents, and catalyze business activity in key sectors. Click here for more information.

Progress Updates:

Skyland – August 2017: Site work on the Skyland project is under construction.  The Skyland Town Center redevelopment will ultimately include approximately 480 residential units and approximately 246,000 square-feet of commercial space.  Skyland will be a combination of high-quality national-brand retailers and neighborhood serving shops and restaurants and residential housing.

St. Elizabeth’s – August 2017: The St. Elizabeth’s East Campus development is bringing life back to a long vacant historic part of Ward 8.  The development will bring new jobs and visitors to East of the River and will include an Entertainment & Sports Arena and 252 units of affordable housing, market rate townhomes, and commercial, office, and retail space which will provide new amenities to residents.  Phase 1 infrastructure work and construction of the Entertainment & Sports Arena is scheduled for completion in fall 2018.

Hill East – August 2017: Since March, the development team has finalized building and infrastructure designs, secured zoning approvals and applied for building permits.  Construction of both buildings and infrastructure is expected to begin in spring of 2018.  The mixed-use project includes 32,000 sq-ft of ground floor retail and 354 residential units, 30% of which are affordable (approximately half at or below 30 AMI, the other half at or below 50 AMI).  It is projected to produce 60 construction jobs, 60 permanent jobs, and approximately $1.1 million in new annual tax revenue.

McMillan- August 2017: In FY17 Q3 there were remand hearings before the Zoning Commission and the Mayor’s Agent for Historic Preservation.  In FY17 Q4 we expect additional hearings before the Zoning Commission and the Mayor’s Agent for Historic Preservation.  In FY17 Q4 we also expect that DGS will commence preservation and stabilization work on many of the above grade historic resources within McMillan.

  • Timeline: FY17-20
  • Lead and key partners: Office of the Deputy Mayor for Planning and Economic Development (DMPED), Office of the Deputy Mayor for Greater Economic Opportunity (DMGEO)
  • Related core sectors: real estate and construction, professional services
  • Related opportunity areas: n/a
  • Related action areas: space and supports

 

Resilient DC

Create a resilience roadmap for DC

Timeline: FY17-18

Resilient DC

With the support of 100 Resilient Cities, create a resilience roadmap for the city that ensures longterm environmental and economic resilience.

https://oca.dc.gov/page/resilient-dc

Progress Updates:

July 2017: Mayor Bowser appointed longtime US Housing and Urban Development (HUD) policy strategist Kevin Bush as DC’s first Chief Resilience Officer (CRO).  Read more here.

May 2017: Resilient DC created and convened a Resilience Cabinet, identified resilience priorities based on stakeholder input, and launched the search for a chief resilience officer.

February 2017: Mayor Bowser launched DC’s resilience effort with 100 Resilient Cities.

  • Timeline: FY17-18
  • Lead and key partners: Office of the City Administrator (OCA), Office of Planning (OP), Dept. of Energy and Environment (DOEE), Office of the Deputy Mayor for Greater Economic Opportunity (DMGEO), Office of the Deputy Mayor for Planning and Economic Development (DMPED)
  • Related core sectors: real estate
  • Related opportunity areas: smart cities and civic solutions
  • Related action areas: space and supports

Greater Washington Partnership

Engage with the Greater Washington Partnership and other regional bodies

Timeline: In-progress (announced December 2016)

Greater Washington Partnership

Support and engage with the Greater Washington Partnership, a new super-regional partnership of CEOs. http://www.greaterwashingtonpartnership.com/

  • Timeline: FY17-20
  • Lead and key partners: external
  • Related core sectors: n/a
  • Related opportunity areas: n/a
  • Related action areas: space and supports, DC identity and promotion

District Open Data Policy

Implement the District’s open data policy and build data inventory

Timeline: In-progress (established January 2017)

District Open Data Policy

Implement open data policy (Jan 2017) to ensure robust public access to DC government data along with a new position, “Chief Data Officer” for DC (hired in 2016). Develop District data inventory/integrated data assets directory and use it to help advance entrepreneurship in the smart cities and government technology field.

Progress Updates:

May 2017: Mayor Bowser announced DC Government’s new Data Policy.  Under the new Data Policy, District agency data will be open to the public by default to the fullest extent consistent with safety, privacy, and security.  Check out hundreds of DC government datasets at Open Data DC.

  • Timeline: in-progress
  • Lead and key partners: Office of the Chief Technology Officer (OCTO)
  • Related core sectors: higher education, technology
  • Related opportunity areas: smart cities and civic solutions, data science and analytics
  • Related action areas: space and supports

Global Center of Mobility Tech + Policy

Make DC the global center of mobility technology and policy

Timeline: FY17-20

Global Center of Mobility Tech + Policy

Make DC the global center of policy discussion and technology development pertaining to mobility, including autonomous vehicles and the future of work, and other emerging ‘smart’ transportation technologies and software subject to significant regulations in an urban environment. Approach: 1) support the annual MobilityTalks International conference; 2) review regulatory environment and adjust accordingly; 3) identify existing activity happening in DC and create more opportunities to showcase related innovation, possibly in coordination with neighboring jurisdictions that have more available land for testing space.

Progress Updates:

June 2017: DC was chosen as one of 5 global cities by Bloomberg Philanthropies and the Aspen Institute to prepare for the future of driverless or AV technologies in a pilot program.  They recently launched this portal where you can share your thoughts on how autonomous vehicles can improve how we serve our communities.

January 2017: DC hosted the first MobilityTalks International conference, a forum designed for governments from around the world to exchange ideas on best practices related to the emerging trends in transportation surrounding connected and autonomous vehicles. Deputy Mayor Kenner served as a panelist.

  • Timeline: FY17-20
  • Lead and key partners: Office of the Deputy Mayor for Planning and Economic Development (DMPED), Dept. of Transportation (DDOT), Dept. of Motor Vehicles (DMV), Dept. of For-Hire Vehicles (DFHV), Office of the Chief Technology Officer (OCTO)
  • Related core sectors: technology, higher education, professional services
  • Related opportunity areas: smart cities and civic solutions
  • Related action areas: DC identity and promotion, business environment, space and supports

Social Enterprise and Impact Economy Development

Strengthen the social enterprise and impact economy ecosystem

Timeline: FY17-19

Social Enterprise and Impact Economy Development

Advance the development of the impact economy by supporting external efforts to strengthen the local social enterprise and civic innovation ecosystem, hosting related conferences, and promoting DC as a hub of social enterprise beyond the Beltway (e.g. SOCAP).

Timeline: FY17-19

Lead and key partners: Office of the Deputy Mayor for Planning and Economic Development (DMPED), Washington DC Economic Partnership (WDCEP), external partners

Related core sectors: media and communications, professional services, technology and segments of others, such as health and life sciences and higher education

Related opportunity areas: impact economy

Related action areas: DC identity and promotion, business environment

Data-centric Art + Policy Summit

Showcase DC’s data expertise through an art show featuring data visualizations and data-centric art and related data policy summit

Timeline: FY18-19

Data-centric Art + Policy Summit

Showcase DC’s data expertise to the world by hosting an international “data as art” show featuring beautiful data visualizations, possibly focused on DC’s core competencies and competitive advantages (transportation, impact, health analytics, government). Follow the art show with a policy summit that addresses emerging data policy issues, e.g. big data, data security.

  • Timeline: FY18-19
  • Lead and key partners: Commission on the Arts and Humanities (CAH), Office of the Chief Technology Officer (OCTO), Office of the Deputy Mayor for Planning and Economic Development (DMPED) and external partners
  • Related core sectors: higher education, professional services, government, creative economy, media and communications
  • Related opportunity areas: data science and analytics
  • Related action areas: DC identity and promotion

Council of Global City CIOs

Become a global leader of smart city innovation through the Council of Global City CIOs, Smart Gigabit Communities and Global Team Challenge (NIST)

Timeline: In-progress (announced January 2017)

Council of Global City CIOs

In September 2016, the Council of Global City CIOs (CGCC) was formed, a collective and governing body to bring together CIOs from major cities to share data and use technology to transform cities. The CGCC will focus on 1) Developing a smart cities model 2) Bringing broadband connectivity to everyone and 3) Accelerating the digitization of government through open source code-sharing. DC has also joined the US Ignite network of Smart Gigabit Communities, a partnership with NSF, to develop six gigabit applications that serve community needs, and lead public safety cluster collaborations via NIST’s Global City Team Challenge.

https://octo.dc.gov/page/council-global-city-cios

  • Timeline: in-progress
  • Lead and key partners: Office of the Chief Technology Officer (OCTO)
  • Related core sectors: technology
  • Related opportunity areas: smart cities and civic solutions
  • Related action areas: space and supports, DC identity and promotion

Lighthouse City

Make DC the nation’s first “Lighthouse City” by pioneering Internet of Things solutions and opening coding academies

Timeline: In-progress (launched in 2016)

Lighthouse City

Partnership with Cisco to make DC the US’s first “Lighthouse City”. As part of the partnership, Cisco will open 2 new coding academies at DC public schools in FY17 and work with DC to pioneer Internet of Things and smart city solutions.

http://mocrs.dc.gov/release/mayor-bowser-chief-technology-officer-archana-vemulapalli-and-cisco-ceo

  • Timeline: in-progress
  • Lead and key partners: Office of the Chief Technology Officer (OCTO)
  • Related core sectors: technology
  • Related opportunity areas: smart cities and civic solutions
  • Related action areas: space and supports, talent

Pennsylvania 2040 Project

Create a smart city proof of concept on Pennsylvania Avenue

Timeline: In-progress

Pennsylvania 2040 Project

This initiative utilizes wireless service to improve maintenance and transportation management and user experience to Pennsylvania Ave corridor. Smart streetlights will be installed that serve as wifi hotspots as well as traffic monitors. Other smart city infrastructure will be installed as well such as water sensors and soil monitors to reduce unnecessary water usage and 5 trash cans that can sense and report fill levels to optimize trash collection.

https://octo.dc.gov/page/pa2040-project

  • Timeline: in-progress
  • Lead and key partners: Office of the Chief Technology Officer (OCTO), Golden Triangle Business Improvement District (BID)
  • Related core sectors: n/a
  • Related opportunity areas: smart cities and civic solutions, data science and management
  • Related action areas: space and supports

Health innovation

Promote and advance health innovation

Timeline: In-progress

Health innovation

Bolster health innovation by advancing a shared regional brand for biotech and life sciences (BioHealth Capital Region) and securing major health conferences, strengthening the ecosystem through coordinated programming with hospitals, universities,and entrepreneurs, and strengthening industry involvement in health career pathway development.