Washington, DC Marketing Center Announces Annual Meeting & Development Showcase

Contact: Raguel Broy Turner
Manager, PR & Communications

October 20, 2004

Washington, D.C.—The Washington, DC Marketing Center will hold its Annual Meeting and DC Development Showcase on Tuesday, November 2, 2004, 11 a.m.-2 p.m. at the Mandarin Oriental Hotel, Washington, DC.

This year’s event is expected to draw a crowd of 600 and will feature J.W. Marriott, Jr., Chairman & CEO of Marriott International, Inc. as keynote speaker.

Each year the Annual Meeting celebrates the District’s economic revitalization and development dynamic and focuses on one industry and its development projects. This year’s spotlight is on the District’s vibrant hospitality and tourism industry.

As part of the Annual Meeting luncheon, the Marketing Center will present awards to winners of DC’s development/renovation projects in the hospitality and tourism industry.

Awards will recognize the following categories:

  • Most Catalytic Hospitality/Tourism Project
  • Best New Museum
  • Best New Hotel
  • Best Event/Special Exhibit
  • Best New Restaurant

The Development Showcase will feature an exhibit of development activity in all market segments throughout the District.

Also debuting at the event is the Marketing Center’s improved website. The redesigned site provides users easy access to a wide variety of information and economic development news in the District, including development activity, demographics, neighborhood statistics, a link to the Center’s DC Business Connections program, recent and past issues of the Capital Columns newsletter, tools for business, a vast range of publications such as Starting Your Business in DC and Washington, DC by the Numbers and much more.

Two of the most exciting features of the website are the retail property and development search activity database. The interactive retail space search allows visitors to search for available retail space by size, neighborhood, ward, Metro proximity, and other criteria. The results provide general information about the property, including photos and contact information. This feature is an invaluable tool for retail brokers, developers and retailers looking for property in the District.

Another highlight of the Annual Meeting is the release the Marketing Center’s 2004-2005 Development Activity Guide. This publication highlights more than 80 development projects in the District, spanning office, retail, residential, hospitality, and education. With $34.1 billion in development since 2001, the Development Guide exhibits the Districts’ robust economic resurgence.

To learn more about the Annual Meeting and Development Showcase and exhibition opportunities, contact the Washington, DC Marketing Center at (202) 661-8670 or download the invitation.

WHAT: Washington, DC Marketing Center Annual Meeting and Development Showcase
WHO: Washington, DC Marketing Center
WHEN: Tuesday, November 2, 2004 (11 a.m. – 2 p.m.)
WHERE: Mandarin Oriental Hotel, Washington, DC, 1330 Maryland Avenue, SW


The Washington, DC Marketing Center is a 501(c)3 non-profit, public/private partnership dedicated to promoting business opportunities throughout DC and contributing to business retention and attraction activities. For more information visit www.wdcep.com/about.

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