Recognizing the Human Capital in Our Neighborhoods

During the past 6 years, the District of Columbia has experienced a new breed of neighborhood revitalization—one that goes beyond the construction of new buildings. Community activists and business leaders have worked together to preserve, influence and shape the character of their neighborhoods. Across the city, a vibrant spirit is emerging that may be seen and felt in the unique local retail stores, thriving cafes and restaurants, and vibrant street-life, from Adams Morgan to H Street, NE.

This creative spirit, certainly palpable and growing, may be the most valuable rising economic asset in the city. It is the evolution of a sense of place in society, and perhaps the basis for an emerging brand for the District of Columbia that has the potential to lead and sustain economic growth for the foreseeable future.

Our Annual Meeting and DC Development Showcase will feature a Recognition Ceremony to honor the vision, progress and innovation demonstrated by the individuals and institutions of three District of Columbia neighborhoods: the 14th & U Street corridor, Barracks Row and the area comprised of Downtown, Chinatown and Penn Quarter.

A panel of District-based thought leaders representing business, not-for-profit enterprises and community-based groups selected candidates for recognition. The panel initially identified neighborhoods that have successfully addressed the challenges of retaining their historical context and inherent character while welcoming and incorporating new development, retail stores and residents. Following the selection of neighborhoods, the panel nominated those persons and establishments that have demonstrated vision, stood as a legacy, exhibited a pioneering spirit or acted as an agent for change in their respective neighborhoods. All of the nominees were recognized as having embraced the changes that have served to revitalize and transform their neighborhoods and the District of Columbia.

The Washington, DC Economic Partnership proudly acknowledges the role of community in economic development. The life of a city is the sum total of its history, culture, architecture, accomplishments and especially its people. Nowhere is this more evident than through the contributions of individuals and institutions working together to preserve the past and strengthen the future of neighborhoods across the District of Columbia.

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