Winners Announced for Washington, DC Marketing Center’s Annual Development Awards

Contact: Raguel Broy Turner
Manager, PR & Communications

November 11, 2005

Washington, D.C.—The Washington, DC Marketing Center held 2005 Annual Meeting and DC Development Showcase and on Thursday, November 3, 2005, at the Washington Convention Center.

This year’s Annual Meeting Luncheon celebrated the District’s office industry; previous meetings have focused on retail, residential and hospitality/tourism. An office market overview was presented by development expert Mitchell Schear, President of Charles E. Smith Commercial Realty. Ted Leonsis, Vice Chairman of America Online, Inc. and owner of the Washington Capitals served as keynote speaker for the luncheon. Mayor Anthony Williams made remarks on the office industry and helped present Development Awards.

Washington, DC Marketing Center, president and CEO Michael Stevens gave an overview past five years and announced the company’s new name and logo for the organization. The organization has been renamed the Washington, DC Economic Partnership. The name better reflects the company’s mission to facilitate economic development in the District.

The 2005 luncheon brought more than 960 attendees with 67 exhibitors from the District’s development community. Last year we had 730 attendees and approximately 46 exhibitors at the Development Showcase.

Development Awards were presented in the following categories:

Most Catalytic Office Project


  • 901 New York Avenue | 901 New York Avenue, NW | Boston Properties

Honorable Mention:

  • Federal Gateway  | 1100 New Jersey Avenue, SE | William C. Smith & Company and Spaulding & Slye Colliers

Best New Office Building


  • Pepco Corporate Headquarters  | 710 9th Street, NW | Potomac Electric Power Company

Honorable Mention:

  • 901 New York Avenue | 901 New York Avenue, NW | Boston Properties

Best Office Renovation Project


  • Potomac Center  | 500-550 12th Street, SW | The JBG Companies

Honorable Mention:

  • True Reformer Building | 1200 U Street, NW | Public Welfare Foundation

Best Mixed Use Project


  • Gallery Place | 7th & G Streets, NW | Akridge & Western Development

Lifetime Achievement Award in Office Development


  • John E. “Chip” Akridge | Akridge Real Estate Services

The Washington, DC Economic Partnership also released two new publications, the DC Advantage and the 2005/2006 Guide to Development in the District of Columbia. The DC Advantage provides companies seeking to locate to the District with quick facts on what gives DC the advantage over other jurisdictions. The publication is filled with information on arts and cultural activities in DC, the transportation network, DC’s housing market and neighborhoods and its development dynamic.

As with previous editions, the 2005/2006 Guide to Development in the District of Columbia continues this trend of development analysis. The guide showcases more than 50 residential, retail, office, hospitality and education development projects throughout the city. The guide also lists 350 development projects currently under construction, recently completed, planned and proposed. A new section in this year’s guide called “Development Hot Spots,” examines the District’s development activity at a submarket level in various areas.

To learn more about the Washington, DC Economic Partnership contact us at 202.661.8670.


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

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