2012 Ward 8 Community Summit

Office of the Mayor and Office of Planning, Washington, DC
Planning & Growth
Washington, DC
June 2012

Nearly 200 people, including Ward 8 residents, District staff, and volunteers gathered on June 9th, 2012 at Malcolm X Elementary to discuss progress made as a result of input from the Ward 8 Summits in July and September 2011. Mayor Vincent C. Gray presented the progress that has been made on implementing many of the priorities that the community has identified. The Mayor stressed how proud he is of the work done over the last year in Ward 8 and encouraged residents to be just as proud. He also acknowledged the need for much more progress and thus his plan to devote an additional $2.5 million to Ward 8 programs in the coming year. Attendees of this highly interactive 2012 Summit discussed potential investment opportunities and provided guidance on future implementation of programs during the Budget Challenge discussion.

Mayor Gray has included $2.5 million in Fiscal Year 2013 for the Ward 8 Budget Challenge. This program is an opportunity for agencies to propose innovative investment ideas to address issues specifically within Ward 8. Participants reviewed and discussed four investment opportunities that have been suggested by District agencies. The Preliminary report contains the the most popular feedback from table discussions for how to strength each proposed investment opportunity.

Proposed Investment Opportunity:

  • Job Training For Future Construction Work at St. Elizabeth’s: develop a Construction Jobs Training Program for residents with access to jobs working on the St. Elizabeth’s project.
  • Temporary Food Pavilion at St. Elizabeths: link Ward 8 entrepreneurs to opportunities and support to open businesses in a food pavilion on the St. Elizabeth’s campus
  • Improved Retail in our Commercial Corridors: engage business, residents and community groups to develop priorities for developing and recruiting more retail opens for our commercial corridors
  • Public Art and Branding for our Commercial Corridors: develop a branded identity for different neighborhoods and working with local artists to do public art installations

After reviewing all of the above investment opportunities, participants were asked about the importance of each investment, using keypad polling. All of the ideas were considered important by a majority of the participants, but Job Training and the Improved Retail were considered the most important.

Next Steps

The Mayor, the Deputy Mayor of Planning and Economic Development, and the Office of Planning will continue to coordinate several Ward 8 initiatives. They will work with other agencies to refine and select projects for the Ward 8 Budget Challenge.