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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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November 24, 2017 | Vol. 3, Issue 47

Letter from the Mayor


Dear Washingtonians,

In recent years, local creatives, makers, and entrepreneurs across all eight wards have helped bring District-made retail back to Washington, DC. Our small and local businesses continue to drive economic development, employ DC residents, and invest in our communities.Today, people are happy and proud to shop in Washington, DC. 

When Washingtonians share their talents and creativity with our city, we want to do all we can to support them. Last month, we celebrated the opening of Shop Made in DC, a new brick and mortar store and café stocked exclusively with DC brands and concepts. Tomorrow, I will celebrate Small Business Saturday on Minnesota Avenue, DC's newest Main Streets designee. And next week, the Council and I will host a variety of District-based entrepreneurs at the Wilson Building for a pop-up Made in DC: Holiday Bazaar.

Small businesses are the backbone of our economy - the reason our private sector job growth continues to outpace public sector growth. It is my great pleasure to celebrate our local makers. Tomorrow, next week, and throughout the year, I hope you will join me in supporting the local entrepreneurs, risk-takers, and go-getters who support our city.



Muriel Bowser
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ICYMI: In the spirit of giving thanks, it is once again time to recognize the people who provide outstanding public service in our community. Nominate an outstanding DC Government employee or an innovative team for the 17th Annual Morris & Gwendolyn Cafritz Foundation Awards. The nomination deadline is November 30, 2017. Visit cafritzawards.org to learn more.

In This Week's Newsletter:

Home for the Holidays

Lease Up


On Monday, Mayor Bowser launched Home for the Holidays, a citywide campaign to place 400 of the District’s most vulnerable households into permanent housing during the holiday season. The Mayor made the announcement at the 72nd lease-agreement signing of the campaign, standing alongside a District resident as she signed the lease for her family’s new home.

In addition to working with landlords throughout the city to move families and individuals into permanent housing, the Administration has also called on residents to donate housewares and other items to help furnish the new housing. Donations of new or gently used kitchenware, toys, housewares, and professional clothing will be collected from the community and disseminated throughout the campaign. Residents can drop off donations at the Adams Place Day Center (2210 Adams Place, NE) or email homefortheholidays@dc.gov for more information.

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Mayor Bowser & Born This Way Foundation Join the Joyful Food Market at Hendley Elementary

Joyful Food


Last week, Mayor Bowser and Born This Way Foundation joined Martha’s Table at the Joyful Food Markets program at Hendley Elementary School to assist with loading and distributing bags of groceries for students and families. Throughout the year, the Joyful Food Markets program hosts pop-up grocery stores at elementary schools and other locations to bring healthy, non-perishable groceries and fresh produce to families in Wards 7 and 8. Martha’s Table launched the program in 2015, in partnership with the Capital Area Food Bank, to increase access to and encourage consumption of fresh fruits and vegetables east of the Anacostia River. 

Born This Way Foundation was launched by Lady Gaga and her mother Cynthia Germanotta in 2012 with the goal of creating a kinder and braver world. The foundation works to connect young people to the services they need to thrive and provide them with opportunities, resources, and platforms to have their voices heard. 

Learn more about supporting Martha's Table HERE. 

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Join Mayor Bowser at the Fit DC Fresh Start 5K Run/Walk


Take a step toward better health in the New Year! On January 1, 2018, join us at Mayor Bowser's 4th Annual Fit DC Fresh Start 5K Walk/Run.

Register HERE.

A District Minute

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This week’s District Minute features stories about the Archer Park ribbon-cutting, Washington, DC's Age-Friendly recognition, the Home for the Holidays campaign, and the Mayor's volunteer efforts with Born This Way Foundation and Martha's Table. 

Pathways to the Middle Class: Department of Employment Services, Workforce Development Specialist

Pathways to the Middle Class

The Department of Employment Services (DOES) provides comprehensive employment services to ensure a competitive workforce, full employment, life-long learning, economic stability, and the highest quality of life for all District residents.

DOES has an opening for a Workforce Development Specialist. This position is located in the American Job Center and will play a vital role in the delivery of services for residents receiving unemployment benefits. All details regarding this vacancy, including qualifications, can be found by visiting the job announcement.  

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