Tuesday, January 10, 2017

Columbia Heights Initiative, Councilmember Nadeau launch Columbia Heights/Mt. Pleasant Main Street tomorrow

A few weeks ago, we heard that the city is launching their latest Main Street organization to cover Columbia Heights and Mt. Pleasant, through the Columbia Heights Initiative -- the same folks who put on Columbia Heights Day and a do a lot of other local projects.

The city's Main Street program provides funding for neighborhood projects like supporting businesses, maintaining the character of the area and more. Previously Brianne Dornbush of the Columbia Heights Initiative talked about the plans for the $200,000 that come with the grant:
As for general plans, we will continue to host community events that bring people together, work with local businesses to connect them with resources and support to grow and thrive in the neighborhood, and work to continue to build unique partnership across sectors. We will be working with both Mount Pleasant and Columbia Heights to serve and connect both neighborhoods- while maintaining and celebrating their distinct identities.
Council member Nadeau, Ms. Dornbush and city officials will be doing a press conference tomorrow at 10 a at the Civic Plaza to announce the launch of the group. Here's the details:

District Officials, Community Leaders to Launch DC’s Newest Main Street Organization Covering Columbia Heights and Mount Pleasant

Ward 1 DC Councilmember Brianne K. Nadeau, DSLBD Director Ana Harvey, Columbia Heights Initiative will officially launch new organization to support local businesses and improve the commercial corridors

WASHINGTON – District officials and community leaders will officially launch the District’s newest Main Street organization which will cover Columbia Heights and Mount Pleasant at a ceremony Wednesday, January 11 at 10 a.m. on the Columbia Heights Civic Plaza.

The official designation ceremony will be held by Councilmember Nadeau, Department of Small and Local Business Development Director Ana Harvey, Columbia Heights Initiative Executive Director Brianne Dornbush, and community leaders. After Ward 1 Councilmember Brianne Nadeau worked to secure funding, late last year the District’s Department of Small and Local Business Development awarded the Columbia Heights Initiative a $200,000 grant to establish the Columbia Heights/Mount Pleasant Main Street. The grant will be matched by private funds.

Main Street organizations help major neighborhood corridors thrive by supporting capacity building, business retention, program design and implementation, and commercial-revitalization planning to maintain the traditional and unique character of the distinct neighborhoods.

In addition, Councilmember Nadeau recently secured funding for and supported the expansion of the Ward 1 Clean Team, which will now bring additional resources to keep Columbia Heights and Mount Pleasant cleaner as the neighborhoods continue to grow. 

WHAT: Press conference officially launching the new Columbia Heights/Mount Pleasant Main Street Organization
WHO: Ward 1 DC Councilmember Brianne Nadeau, DSLBD Director Ana Harvey, Columbia Heights Initiative Executive Director Brianne Dornbush, Ward 1 Clean Team
WHERE: Columbia Heights Civic Plaza (14th and Park St. NW)
WHEN: Wednesday, January 11, 2017, 10 a.m. – 10:30 a.m.
RSVP: RSVPs are not required, but are appreciated. RSVP to Tom Fazzini, tfazzini@dccouncil.us, office: (202) 724-8180, mobile: (202) 262-8998

About Ward 1 Councilmember Brianne K. Nadeau

In her many years of service to the community, Councilmember Brianne K. Nadeau (D-Ward 1) has brought perspectives from a career that spans the non-profit, public and private sectors. She is committed to strengthening our schools, increasing affordable housing and promoting government transparency and the highest ethical standards. She serves as the Chair of the Council’s Human Services Committee. Prior to joining the Council, she was a strategic advisor to faith-based, Democratic and environmental non-profits, and is a former ANC. Follow her on Twitter @brianneknadeau or at Facebook.com/brianneknadeau.

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