News from Mayor Muriel Bowser

Muriel Bowser Ward 4

John A. Wilson Building

1350 Pennsylvania Avenue NW, Washington, DC 20004

Phone: (202) 727-2643

Chief of Staff:
John Falcicchio

City Administrator:
Rashad Young

Director of the Mayor's Office of Legal Counsel:
Mark Tuohey

Senior Advisor:
Beverly Perry
Director of Mayor's Office of Community Affairs:
Charon Hines

Director of Mayor's Office of Community Relations and Services:
Gregory Jackson
Scheduling Requests:

May 5, 2016 | Volume 2, Issue 17

Letter from the Mayor

Dear Washingtonians,

On Tuesday, I proclaimed the first week of May as "DC Small Business Week." And to kick it off, I signed into law Made in DC – which will make it easier for DC producers and manufacturers to grow and thrive in the District. 

As a city, we support our own.  Small businesses are the engine of our economy – putting our residents to work, and providing critical services that we all rely on.

Our Made in DC legislation will bring greater attention to those homegrown enterprises that residents are making and creating right here in our backyard.  Any small business owner that makes a local product is eligible, just visit to sign up.

And residents can do their part by buying local.

So let's do it, DC.  Let's show the world what the District is made of.  

Muriel Bowser

Join the Fight for Statehood


Tomorrow, at President Lincoln's Cottage, the New Columbia Statehood Commission will release their draft Constitution that will help us take the next step toward statehood. Join Mayor Bowser and members of the commission for this historic event.

For more information and to RSVP, click HERE

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Yesterday, Mayor Bowser kicked off #InnoMAYtion at the Anacostia Arts Center. #InnoMAYtion is a month-long initiative that showcases DC's creative economy, and all the good ideas that keep bubbling up across all 8 WardsIt's also about you, District residents - hearing your voice and thoughts on what new approaches we can take to solve our city’s challenges. Throughout May, there will be events around the District to highlight DC as one of the most innovative and inclusive cities in the nation, and to get people involved. More information about #InnoMAYtion can be found at

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A Month of Celebration and Commemoration



May is a time for new beginnings and celebrations. Here are a few things we're commemorating:

Asian American & Pacific Islander Heritage Month. Every May, the Mayor's Office on Asian and Pacific Islander Affairs celebrates Asian American and Pacific Islander Heritage Month to commemorate the contributions of people of Asian and Pacific Islander descent in the United States. This year, Mayor Bowser kicked off the celebration at Howard Theatre. View photos from the event on Facebook, HERE

National Mental Health Awareness Month. In recognition of National Mental Health Awareness Month, the Department of Behavioral Health (DBH) will coordinate the District's Children's Mental Health Awareness 5K Walk and Rally. The walk will begin at 10 a.m. at  the Eastern Senior High School football field, 1700 East Capitol Street, NE. The carnival-style rally will start at noon. Residents can register now at During the rally, DBH will kick off the It’s Time to Let Help In campaign to empower youth to lead the conversation about mental health. 



Older Americans Month. This month we acknowledge the many contributions of older adults to our nation, and we raise awareness about important issues facing the older members of our community. The District of Columbia Office on Aging will be hosting and participating in events all month-long. Click HERE for more information on upcoming events that celebrate our older Americans.

National Foster Care Month. This month, and every month, DC's Child and Family Services Agency thanks foster parents who do so much to help our next generation. District residents can make a real difference by opening their hearts and homes to children and youth in need of foster care. Future foster parents can learn more by calling 202-671-LOVE. 

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Staying Fit Past January



Last Saturday, Mayor Bowser joined Janney Elementary School PTA for their 5th Annual Janney 5K and Kids' Fun Run. If you missed this 5K, there's another this weekend! Teens Run DC is hosting their first annual Mentoring Matters 5K run/walk on Saturday at 9 a.m. in Anacostia Park. The event is open to the whole community and will serve as a celebration of mentorship in the District. For more information and to sign-up or volunteer, visit

Making regular exercise a part of your routine is essential to keeping a healthy lifestyle. If working out in a gym or fitness center is a better fit for you, there is good news! Since January 1st of this year, Mayor Bowser began waiving resident fees at all DC Department of Parks and Recreation (DPR) Fitness Centers to ensure that every resident had a place to work out. Visit to find a DPR Fitness Center near you. 

A Weekend of Parades


This Saturday, Mayor Bowser will be walking in the Congress Heights Day Parade and the DC Funk Parade. Join her! Line up for the Congress Heights Day parade begins at 10:30 a.m. at 4th & Martin Luther King Jr. Avenue, SE (in front of the fire station). Residents interested in walking can RSVP HERE. Line up for the DC Funk Parade begins at 3 p.m. at the Howard Theater located at 620 T Street, NW. Residents can RSVP HERE.

Come on out to join Mayor Bowser and Team Muriel for either parade (or both) and strut your stuff! Let's get fit and have a great time doing it.

The Department on Disability Services is Moving!


The Department on Disability Services (DDS) is relocating to the Independence Square Office Complex at 250 E Street, SW. The new DDS office space offers residents with disabilities a bright and welcoming environment where they can learn and receive the support needed to achieve vibrant and productive lives.

The building is easily accessible by car, bus, and metro. For more information, call (202) 730-1700 or visit the website at

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Pathways to the Middle Class: District of Columbia Office on Aging, Public Information Officer

job of the week

The District of Columbia Office on Aging (DCOA) develops and carries out a comprehensive and coordinated system of health, education, employment, and social services for the District's older adults (60 years and older), persons living with disabilities (18 to 59 years old), and their caregivers. The DCOA has an opening for a Public Information Officer. The Public Information Officer position manages and supervises the External Affairs/Communications Unit. This position functions as the chief communications, information, and outreach officer and primary media spokesperson for DCOA. Additional details regarding this vacancy, including qualifications, can be found by visiting the job announcement.  

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