From Mayor Muriel Bowser <[email protected]>
Subject DC Is Leading in Office-to-Housing Conversions
Date March 15, 2024 9:26 PM
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Phone: (202) 727-2643
Email: [email protected]

Chief of Staff:
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City Administrator:
Kevin Donahue <[email protected]>

Director of the Mayor's Office of Legal Counsel:
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March 15, 2024

Letter from the Mayor

Dear Washingtonians,

Just over a year ago, we launched our five-year economic strategy, which we call our Comeback Plan. In 2024, we have good signs that our efforts to change spaces, fill spaces, and bring people back to our city and neighborhoods are working. 

* DC was recently named the top place in the country to pursue a tech career and a top city for women-owned business openings.
* People are moving to DC: Last year, our population increased by 8,000 people [ [link removed] ] and we ranked 7th among all states in terms of population percentage growth.
* We added over 12,000 jobs in 2023, including a strong rebound in the hospitality and leisure industries. That was in part because tourism came back strong too.
* Enrollment in our public schools is up two years in a row. 
* Metro has made its own strong comeback: Last month, Metro’s trains and buses had a 20% ridership increase over February 2023 and weekend ridership has fully recovered. 

These are all good indicators that our interventions are producing results. And earlier this week, we launched another innovative intervention: a Housing in Downtown program [ [link removed] ] that that will help us add 15,000 new residents Downtown through office-to-housing conversions. We currently lead the nation in office-to-housing conversions, and the Housing in Downtown program will drive even more progress. 

Now, we keep pushing — we will continue to put interventions in place that allow us to invest in our people, to increase our prosperity, and to make sure that prosperity is inclusive.


Muriel Bowser

Secure DC

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In This Week's Newsletter:

* Register for DPR Spring Programming [ #link_1 ]
* Apply: DC Futures, DCTAG, & Mayor’s Scholars Undergraduate Program [ #link_4 ]
* RSVP: Washington Women of Excellence Awards [ #link_3 ]
* #BeDowntown: National Cherry Blossom Festival [ #link_2 ]

Register for DPR Spring Programming
Spring Programming DPR

Registration for the Department of Parks and Recreation’s (DPR) 2024 spring programming is now open. DPR is offering new and continuing programs, including:

* *Junior Lifeguard Academy *for young people ages 12-19 who are interested in swimming and lifeguarding but need to sharpen their skills.
* *MLS Go *is a new soccer league based in Wards 7 and 8 in collaboration with Major League Soccer (MLS).
* *Music and Dance* programs, including ballet and hip hop.
* *Tennis, Women's Tennis, and Pickleball.*
* *Spring Break Camps* which take place during DCPS Spring Break.
* *Senior-centered programs,* including cardio, aquatics, slow-pitch softball, and a walking club.

Registration for spring programming is available on a first-come, first-served basis. DPR offers programming at reduced rates to qualifying DC residents. Complete the online reduced rates application here [ [link removed] ]. Residents must be approved for reduced rates by DPR before registering for programs.   

For more information and to view a complete list of DPR programs, visit [ [link removed] ]. 

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Apply: DC Futures, DCTAG, & Mayor’s Scholars Undergraduate Program

Mayor Bowser and the Office of the State Superintendent for Education (OSSE) are encouraging DC residents interested in higher education to apply for three tuition support programs: DC Futures [ [link removed] ], the DC Tuition Assistance Grant (DCTAG) [ [link removed] ] and the Mayor’s Scholars Undergraduate Program [ [link removed]. ].

*Applications for all three programs opened on Monday, March 11 and will close on Friday, September 6.*

Applications for DC Futures, DCTAG, and the Mayor’s Scholars program require information from the Free Application for Federal Student Aid (FAFSA) to determine student eligibility for most applicants. Because the U.S. Department of Education is releasing this year’s FAFSA in mid-March instead of January, as was the case in prior years, OSSE has shifted the timeline for applications to DC Futures, DCTAG, and Mayor’s Scholars to accommodate this change. 

Learn more HERE [ [link removed] ]. 

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RSVP: Washington Women of Excellence Awards
Women of Excellence

On Wednesday, March 27, join Mayor Bowser as she honors outstanding women of DC for their commitment, leadership, and excellence across all eight wards.

* *When: *Wednesday, March 27 @ 6:00 p.m.
* *Where: *Lincoln Theatre (1215 U Street NW)
* Register to attend HERE [ [link removed] ]

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#BeDowntown: National Cherry Blossom Festival
Cherry Blossoms

The National Cherry Blossom Festival kicks off on Wednesday, March 20. As you plan your visit to the cherry blossoms, learn more about the many events planned between March 20 and April 14, including:

* Opening Ceremony [ [link removed] ]: Saturday, March 23 @ 5:00 p.m. | 
* Blossom Kite Festival [ [link removed] ]: Saturday, March 30 @ 10:00 a.m.
* National Cherry Blossom Festival Parade® [ [link removed] ]: Saturday, April 13 @ 10:00 a.m.

Learn more at [ [link removed] ]. 

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Mayor Muriel Bowser

John A. Wilson Building | 1350 Pennsylvania Avenue, NW | Washington DC, 20004

(202) 727-2643

[email protected] | [ [link removed] ] | @mayorbowser



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