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DMPED's Closer: January Edition 2018

Thursday, February 1, 2018

New Year, Same Mission: Deliver

2018 started off with fireworks…and a BOOM at DMPED! Just a few weeks into the new year, we found out that the District made the short list for Amazon’s potential second headquarters. After Amazon announced its intentions to build a second headquarters in North America, 238 cities, counties and regions bid to bring “Amazon HQ2” home. That number has now been narrowed down to 20, one of which is Washington, DC.

As Mayor Bowser so aptly said after the announcement, “Making this list reaffirms what we already knew going into the bid process – Washington, DC is no longer a one-company government town, we are a leader in innovation and tech, brimming with top talent and endless opportunity.” In other words, Washington, D.C. is open for business.

Moreover, the District is rapidly becoming a tech hub. Major tech businesses like Yelp and Apple have already expanded to the District. We are #1 for women in tech and #1 for people of color in tech. In short, we are a city that is constantly innovating – and successful, fast-growing businesses are taking notice. In fact, a DMPED team is heading to the West Coast to engage with tech companies and promote the District nationally as a place to open up shop.

We thank each of you for supporting our efforts to make Washington, D.C. a desirable and enjoyable place to live, work and thrive. As we continue our bid for Amazon HQ2, please know that my commitment is to make this a win, first and foremost, for District residents.

Regards,

Deputy Mayor Brian T. Kenner

#ObviouslyDC #DMPEDdelivers #DCisOpen

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