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Muriel Bowser Ward 4

John A. Wilson Building

1350 Pennsylvania Avenue, NW, Washington, DC 20004

Phone: (202) 727-2643
Email: muriel.bowser@dc.gov

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:
Tommie Jones
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September 7, 2017 | Vol. 3, Issue 36

Letter from the Mayor

Dear Washingtonians,

We have a lot to be proud of in Washington, DC - crime and unemployment are down, academic achievement is up, and neighborhoods in all eight wards are thriving. But as our city grows and prospers, we must continue to work deliberately and intentionally to ensure more residents are able to participate in DC’s prosperity. 

Over the past two and a half years, my team has focused on building workforce development programs that match the needs of both residents and District businesses. In 2015, we launched the L.E.A.P. Academy and expanded the Mayor Marion S. Barry Summer Youth Employment Program to include young people ages 22 to 24. In April, we launched the DC Quick Path to Energy Program, a workforce development training program that connects residents to employment in the utilities industry. And this summer, we kicked off the first cohort of Solar Works DC, a job training program that installs cost-saving solar energy systems on the homes of low-income residents.

This week, in celebration of Labor Day and #DCWorks Week, I announced two new ways we will continue to get DC residents on pathways to the middle class. On Tuesday, we launched the DC Infrastructure Academy, a partnership between DC Government and utility, union, university, and private sector partners that will create a pipeline to in-demand infrastructure jobs for District residents. Yesterday, we launched Apprenticeship DC, an expansion of the already successful Department of Employment Services Apprenticeship Program. Through Apprenticeship DC, grants will be awarded to organizations that offer apprenticeship or pre-apprenticeship opportunities in one of the city’s six high-demand industries: construction, infrastructure, hospitality, law enforcement, health care, and information technology. Tomorrow, we will celebrate the District's first Workforce Signing Day, an opportunity to highlight the workforce programs that are changing the way residents learn and get hired and celebrate the program participants who have secured full-time, permanent employment in the public and private sector industries. 

By staying committed to these efforts, we can give more DC residents a fair shot and a pathway to the middle class. 


Muriel Bowser

ICYMI: On Tuesday, Mayor Bowser released a statement on the President's decision to end DACA. Read the statement HERE and read the Mayor's post about standing with DREAMers HERE

In This Week's Newsletter:

Celebrate Hispanic Heritage Month

Kickoff Celebration

Tonight, the Bowser Administration will kick off Hispanic Heritage Month at the Columbia Heights Civic Plaza at the corner of 14th and Kenyon Streets, NW. The event will feature musicians and performers from across Latin America and the Caribbean, including a mariachi band and the Maru Montero Dance Company.

Learn more and RSVP HERE.

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DCPS Back to School Block Party

DCPS Block Party

This Saturday, join Mayor Bowser, DC Public Schools (DCPS) Chancellor Antwan Wilson, and special guest Magic Johnson to celebrate the new school year and the launch of the new DCPS Five-Year Strategic Plan.

All DCPS staff, students, families, friends, and community members are invited to celebrate and learn about the future of DCPS. 

Learn more and help spread the word HERE.

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Free Microsoft Office Specialist Certification

Library Computers

The DC Public Library, in partnership with the Office of the State Superintendent of Education for the District of Columbia and CCI Learning™, is offering free Microsoft Office Specialist Certification exams.

The skills tests and the certification exams are proctored and offered in the Computer Lab located at Library Express, 1990 K Street, NW. The Library also offers free online training for residents interested in learning more about Microsoft Office. To learn more and to register, visit https://www.dclibrary.org/mos.

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Upcoming #202Creates Events


Last week, Mayor Bowser kicked off DC's second annual 202Creates, a month-long showcase of the District’s diverse and vibrant creative community.

Upcoming Events:

September 8: Economic Intelligence Roundtable:  A Focus on Creative Economy, Market Southwest, Termini, TANK at Howard Theater 

September 9: 202 Arts & Music FestivalDeep Sugar 14th Anniversary, BPW Lending Library Opening Reception, Honey Groove Fest 2017, Hamilton's DC: Walking Tour, Saturday Afternoon with the Ambassador, Curator Tour: "Scraps: Fashion, Textiles, and Creative Reuse," DC Wine Fest, Warehouse 2017: Marketplace x Music x Mixology, Dance Place Family Day, Celebrate Petworth, DC Shorts: Breaking Into Film, Producers Guild of America Safety Task Force

September 10:  Adams Morgan Day 2017, The Rumpus Room: A Family Dance Party, 12th Annual Nation's Triathlon, Audition: What's Going on at Dance Place 

Find a full list of all 202Creates events at 202Creates.com

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A District Minute


This week's District Minute features stories about the kickoff of the second annual 202Creates, Washington, DC being named the world's first LEED Platinum City, and the launch of the new DC Infrastructure Academy. 

Pathways to the Middle Class: Department of Behavioral Health, Training Support Assistant

Job Posting

The mission of the Department of Behavioral Health (DBH) is to develop, manage, and oversee a public behavioral health system for DC residents that is consumer-driven, community-based, culturally competent, and supports prevention, resiliency, and recovery.

DBH has an opening for a Training Support Assistant. This position is responsible for assisting the Training Program Coordinator and office staff in performing a wide variety of clerical, data entry, and analytical support duties to ensure the daily administrative functions of the Training Institute run smoothly. All details regarding this vacancy, including qualifications, can be found by visiting the job announcement

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