(WASHINGTON, D.C.) – Deputy Mayor for Planning and Economic Development Victor L. Hoskins today announced that twelve academic entities responded to the Request for Expressions of Interest (RFEI) for an Academic and Research Anchor at the soon to be redeveloped St. Elizabeths East campus in Ward 8. The expressions of interest represent a diverse collective of ideas and programs that can contribute to the site’s redevelopment in the new millennium, ensuring a competitive review and continued solicitation process. These programs range from cybersecurity to “Big Data” and trusted information computing to urban food studies and drug research and development.
“My office appreciates the responses to the initial solicitation for an academic and research anchor to be situated on the St. Elizabeths East campus,” said Deputy Mayor Hoskins. “We are looking forward to catalyzing the university interest in this site into an opportunity for area residents, students and workers to be academically enriched on the City’s East End.”
In April of this year, the Office of the Deputy Mayor for Planning and Economic Development (DMPED) hosted a pre-response conference and site tour at the development site for parties interested in responding to the RFEI. The original RFEI was issued by DMPED on April 4th. Responses were received on or prior to the July 26th deadline.
Submitting responses were The Consortium of Universities of the Washington Metropolitan Area (the Consortium) in partnership with National Institute of Health and Matthews Memorial Baptist Church, Howard University and The Graduate School USA. Included in the Consortium’s response are expressions of interest from the following eleven colleges and universities:
- American University
- Community College of the University of the District of Columbia
- The Catholic University of America
- Gallaudet University
- George Mason University
- The George Washington University
- Georgetown University
- Howard University
- University of the District of Columbia
- University of Maryland, College Park
- Trinity Washington University.
Presently, responses to the RFEI are being reviewed and will be used by DMPED to frame a detailed Request for Proposals (RFP). The respondent institutions will be eligible to respond to the Request for Proposals (RFP) to be issued in the winter. Following this, an academic and research anchor partner will be selected in the summer of 2014.
St. Elizabeths East offers an opportunity for an academic institution or consortia of partnering institutions to serve as the campus’ institutional anchor by working together with local businesses, focusing on development and commercialization of technologies, performing research, and enhancing collaboration with private sector companies and government. Visit the St. Elizabeths East Campus website for updates.
Media Contact: Chanda Washington (DMPED), (202) 727-6365