Leadership Papers

A proposed action agenda on meeting the growing challenge of chronic homelessness in DowntownDC.

Working with the Office of the Deputy Mayor for Public Safety, the D.C. Homeland Security and Emergency Management Agency (HSEMA), the Metropolitan Police Department (MPD) and other public agencies and private property owners, the DowntownDC BID is developing a comprehensive security program known as the DowntownDC BID Security Initiative (DBSI). 

A 2010 EcoDistrict Summit co-hosted by the DowntownDC BID and the Urban Land Institute was the inspiration for the DowntownDC ecoDistrict.

Successfully ending homelessness requires collaborative local, regional and national partnerships because no one entity can tackle this pervasive problem alone. This report shows how homeless individuals and the community at large benefit when all parties work together.

Because transportation plays a pivotal role in Washington and Downtownís economic prosperity and sustainability, this report highlights the need for a broad transportation agenda to guide future investments in the city as federal funds are unleashed to help build new infrastructure. The paper calls for an agenda that includes five steps and addresses plans to manage and re-imagine Downtown streets to alleviate congestion, connect new streetcar lines and 25 million National Mall visitors to Downtown and establish placemaking as a priority in Downtown to enhance the "sense of place."

Despite 12 years of unprecedented transformation and prosperity, it is inevitable that DC will feel the effects of the current global financial and economic crisis. In this paper the Downtown BID recommends six steps that the city should consider to lessen the impact of the crisis on the community, aid in DCís recovery once the dust settles and enable DC to emerge in a strong position, prepared to capture its share of regional growth while growing its tax base for the benefit of all residents.

Washington, DC, is now at the forefront of US cities seeking innovative solutions to homelessness. This report details the Downtown BIDís critical role in helping to provide homeless persons with a ìcontinuum of careî that moves them off the street and into permanent housing using the ìHousing Firstî model, a progressive approach to end chronic homelessness.

This paper highlights efforts by the Downtown BID to make Downtown DC more environmentally sustainable, and thus more competitive and attractive to stakeholders, by focusing on ìthe triple bottom lineî of environmental protection, social responsibility and economic viability.

This report examines future challenges to sustaining the strong commercial office market growth realized in DC over the past 10 years in the context of the importance of office property generated taxes to DC's financial well-being and its ability to fund important social programs such as public school modernization and affordable housing.