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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:
Ronald R. Ross

Senior Advisor:
Beverly Perry
Director of Mayor's Office of Community Affairs:
Lamont Akins

Director of Mayor's Office of Community Relations and Services:
Julia Irving

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October 25, 2018 | Vol. 4, Issue 43

Letter from the Mayor

Dear Washingtonians,

Earlier this week, I joined students, community members, and District leaders at Garfield Elementary for a slow down campaign. The Garfield community has worked diligently with DC Government to improve traffic safety near their school, and on Tuesday, we came together to celebrate their commitment and to draw attention to our ongoing, District-wide Vision Zero efforts. 

After the event, Principal Branch noted:

I know today’s event was one of many ongoing steps in the right direction for School Safety and Vision Zero, but if only for a moment, it felt we won the battle in our commitment to eliminate transportation-related accidents and fatalities.  

Standing together as a community to call attention to such an important issue was truly an inspiring and remarkable way to spend a Tuesday afternoon—a reminder that when we work together, we can build safer roads and communities.

This week, we announced that the District Department of Transportation is in the midst of rolling out new road features that will help us build safer roads and sidewalks across the city. Later today, I will join our new DPW Bike Force to kick off a multi-day ticket blitz. As our city and transportation options have changed over the years, so have the conditions on our roadways. We need everybody to be paying attention, understand that we all have to share the roadway, and recognize that speed and inattention kill. 

Together, we can - in the words of Principal Branch - win the battle against transportation-related accidents and fatalities.  


Muriel Bowser

In This Week's Newsletter:

Mayor Bowser Announces Job Training Partnership with Ford Motor Company’s Autonomous Vehicle Program

Ford Partnership

This week, Mayor Bowser and Sherif Marakby, CEO of Ford Autonomous Vehicles LLC, announced a new partnership between Ford and the DC Infrastructure Academy to train DC residents for jobs and careers in the autonomous vehicle (AV) industry. In February, the Bowser Administration announced efforts to explore an AV program by establishing the Interagency AV Working Group, proactively preparing the District for AV technologies and working to ensure that advances benefit District residents and visitors. In announcing that they had chosen Washington, DC as their second city to set up a self-driving business, Ford highlighted the District’s commitment to safety and equity.

Through the partnership with the DC Infrastructure Academy, Ford and Argo AI, an artificial intelligence company, will train District residents for jobs in testing and operating autonomous vehicles. Vehicle operators will learn about the underlying technology and provide detailed feedback to engineering teams on vehicle performance. Additionally, Ford will work with area dealerships, the DC Infrastructure Academy, and Excel Automotive to prepare DC residents for in-demand auto technician jobs.

Learn more HERE.

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DCPS Now Accepting Summer 2019 Study Abroad Applications


DC Public Schools (DCPS) is now accepting Summer 2019 Study Abroad applications. Study abroad programs will occur throughout the summer, with trips departing between June 22 and July 6, 2019.

DCPS Study Abroad programs are between 8-12 days long, and focus on language learning, community service, and/or global leadership. Middle and high school students who are selected for DCPS Study Abroad are assigned a trip based on their world language course history and interests. All eligible students are encouraged to consider applying for DCPS Study Abroad.

Applications will be accepted through November 2, 2018 at 11:59 p.m. Find more information on DCPS study abroad programs HERE.

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DC’s First Office of Nightlife and Culture

Nightlife and Culture

On Thursday, October 18, Mayor Bowser signed the “Office and Commission of Nightlife Establishment Act of 2017,” establishing the District’s first Office of Nightlife and Culture. The new office will promote efficiencies for the District's after-hours economy by serving as a central point of contact between DC Government, the nightlife industry, and District residents.

Washington, DC has one of the strongest local economies in the nation, and the city’s nightlife industry is a key component of the overall economy. With the creation of the Office of Nightlife and Culture, Washington, DC joins more than 30 major cities in the United States and around the world – including New York City, Berlin, Paris, London, and Amsterdam – that have established similar entities to manage their after-hours industries.

Learn more about the Mayor's Office of Nightlife and Culture HERE.

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A District Minute

district minute video

This week’s District Minute features stories about the Mayor's Office of Nightlife and Culture, the District's new partnership with Ford, and the Fall 2018 Resume Raiser.

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Pathways to the Middle Class: District Department of Transportation, Transportation Planner

Pathways to the Middle Class

The District Department of Transportation (DDOT) is the District agency that manages and maintains transportation infrastructure in Washington, DC. DDOT's mission is to enhance the quality of life for District residents and visitors by ensuring that people, goods, and information move efficiently and safely with minimal adverse impact on residents and the environment.

DDOT has an opening for a Transportation Planner. This position is responsible for assisting with the prioritization of transportation projects and analyzing the operational effectiveness of District-wide transportation systems. All details regarding this vacancy, including qualifications, can be found by visiting the job announcement.

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