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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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March 21, 2019 | Vol. 5, Issue 12

Letter from the Mayor

Dear Washingtonians,

This week, after engaging residents from all eight wards, I released my Fiscal Year 2020 Budget. These have been and continue to be very good times in DC. With this budget, we’re asking our commercial property owners to share some of the upside. By capturing more from commercial real estate transactions, we will be able to invest more in affordable housing.

Coming into office, I committed to doubling the District's investment in our Housing Production Trust Fund (HPTF) to $100 million; and for the past four years, I've made good on that commitment. With this budget, we're increasing our HPTF investment by 30 percent to $130 million. We're also increasing our investment in the Housing Preservation Fund from $10 million to $15 million.

And we created a new housing tool this year: the Workforce Housing Fund. With an initial investment of $20 million, which will leverage another $180 million in private investment, we're going to be able to create more housing that middle-income workers in our city can afford. The Workforce Housing Fund will support teachers, first responders, social workers, and more—workers who have a good-paying job, but also need a good, affordable home. 

By making the DC Circulator free, raising the pay for SYEP participants, making our child care tax credit permanent, and eliminating the sales tax on diapers, this budget also finds new ways to put more money back in the pockets of Washingtonians. 

The Fiscal Year 2020 Budget is one that our entire community can be proud of. This is a budget that will advance our DC values, ensure more residents are able to participate in our city's prosperity, and allow us to tackle our most pressing challenges.

Learn more about the budget at


Muriel Bowser

In This Week's Newsletter:

ICYMI: 2019 State of the District Address


On Monday, Mayor Bowser delivered her first State of the District address of her second term. Read the full text of the Mayor's speech HERE and view video of the entire event HERE

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RSVP for DC's March Madness

March Madness

On Tuesday, March 26, join Mayor Bowser and Deputy Mayor for Planning and Economic Development Brian Kenner at the fifth annual  “March Madness" for a special preview of projects soon to be available to the District’s development community. The event will feature special guest speaker Senator Tim Scott, a champion of the federal Opportunity Zones legislation. Attendees will learn about the District's Opportunity Zones as well as upcoming solicitation opportunities.

March Madness is a fantastic networking event and small businesses and entrepreneurs who work in the following fields are encouraged to attend: real estate, housing, capital sources, contractors, design and engineering, and architecture. Learn more about and RSVP for March Madness HERE

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Register for Spring Break Camps


Registration is now open for the 2019 Spring Break Camps. The Department of Parks and Recreation offers full-day Spring Break Camp for children ages 3 to 13 during DC Public Schools' spring break. 

This year, camp will be held from Wednesday, April 17 to Friday, April 19. Learn more and register HERE

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District Sustainability Awards: The People's Choice Award

People's Choice Award

The annual Sustainability Awards recognize outstanding businesses and organizations for their environmental stewardship, innovative best practices, pollution prevention, and resource conservation. 

Every year, the Bowser Administration recognizes businesses and organizations for their outstanding work to make the District the greenest, healthiest, and most livable city in the country. Until March 25, you can help decide the winner of the People's Choice Award. Learn more and vote HERE

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A District Minute

district minute video

This week’s District Minute features stories about the Ward 4 Mini Commission on Aging monthly meeting where the Mayor celebrated Virginia McLaurin's 110th birthday, the grand opening of The Beacon Center, and they Mayor's 2019 State of the District Address.

Pathways to the Middle Class: Metropolitan Police Department, Aircraft Technician

Pathways to the Middle Class

The Metropolitan Police Department (MPD) is the primary law enforcement agency for Washington, DC. MPD's mission is to protect DC's residents and visitors through high-quality community policing, state-of the-art information technology, and a commitment to innovation.

MPD has an opening for an Aircraft Technician. This position is responsible for performing a wide variety of work involving aviation maintenance and repair tasks. All details regarding this vacancy, including qualifications, can be found by visiting the job announcement.

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