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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:
Tommie Jones
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February 22, 2018 | Vol. 4, Issue 8

Letter from the Mayor

Dear Washingtonians,

Earlier this month, my Administration launched A Fair Shot: A Toolkit for African American Prosperitya first-of-its-kind resource for District residents. The toolkit provides an overview of the many District-funded programs and services that support Washingtonians in reaching pathways to the middle class. 

Washington, DC is known for being an inclusive city, a city with a rich local history where people and cultures from across the country and around the world are represented. And as we grow and change, we want to keep our city this way. To do this, we must be intentional about preserving our history and culture. We must ensure that we are doing all we can, as a government and a community, to break down barriers, close opportunity gaps, and create new pathways to the middle class for Washingtonians. In that regard, A Fair Shot: A Toolkit for African American Prosperity is more than an overview of programs - it is a road map for how to thrive and prosper in our city.

This Saturday, February 24, we are hosting A Fair Shot: African American Job and Prosperity Fair, a live showcase of the programs and tools featured in the toolkit. The fair will feature breakout sessions on jobs, entrepreneurship, homeownership, and financial wellness, and attendees will have the opportunity to speak to representatives from DC Government about the programs and resources in the toolkit. 

Together, we can ensure that more Washingtonians have the opportunity to participate in our city's prosperity. 


Muriel Bowser
Fair Shot Fair

In This Week's Newsletter:

Happening Now: Budget Engagement Forums

Budget Engagement Forums

While budget season never truly ends, right now, the Bowser Administration is in the midst of one of the most critical and exciting stages - adjusting the budget to most accurately reflect our city's values and priorities. And the Budget Engagement Forums are one more opportunity for Mayor Bowser to hear directly from residents - before the budget is finalized - about how you want to see DC's money spent. 

Residents have two more opportunities to attend a Budget Engagement Forum:

  • Thursday, February 22 at Watkins Elementary School (Ward 6)
  • Saturday, February 24 at Kramer Middle School (Ward 8)

RSVP for a forum and learn more HERE, and go to to learn more about how to get involved in the budget process and to play the DC Budget Challenge.

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ICYMI: Sign the #SaveDCTAG Petition


On February 12, the Trump Administration released its 2019 budget proposal. Among the many problematic cuts in the budget is the elimination of funding for the DC Tuition Assistance Grant (DCTAG) program. 

For nearly two decades, both Democrats and Republicans in Congress have supported this one-of-a-kind program that expands educational opportunities for college-bound Washingtonians by providing grants of up to $10,000 toward tuition. Over the years, more than 26,000 young people have benefitted from DCTAG, with the vast majority of those students coming from families with annual incomes of less than $30,000. 

Tell Congress to preserve funding for this critical program by signing the petition at Then, share the petition with your friends and family across the country.

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Upcoming Deadline for the My School DC Lottery

My School DC


The My School DC application for school year 2018-2019 is open for grades PK3-8 until 11:59 p.m. on March 1, 2018. Families can submit a lottery application at MySchoolDC.orgLottery results will be announced on March 31, 2018 and families will have until May 1, 2018 to accept a space at a school at which they are matched.

Learn more about the lottery application HERE

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A District Minute

district minute video

This week’s District Minute features stories about the unveiling of the recently restored portrait of Frederick Douglass in the John A. Wilson Building, the groundbreaking of the new Frederick Douglass Memorial Bridge, the Frederick Douglass 5K and Oxon Run Trail ribbon-cutting, and the grand opening of the new Engine Company 22 at The Parks at Walter Reed.

Pathways to the Middle Class: Department of Employment Services, Technical Writer

Job Search

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 Technical Writer. This position is responsible for planning, developing, organizing, writing, and editing procedures, policies, and manuals. All details regarding this vacancy, including qualifications, can be found by visiting the job announcement.

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