We Are Back! Watch the Full State of Downtown Forum Program


We are back!

This was the motivating statement that encompassed the DowntownDC Business Improvement District (BID) State of Downtown Forum, held on Thursday, May 2 at The Hamilton Hotel in downtown, Washington D.C. This annual event hosted by the DowntownDC BID, is held in tandem with the release of the State of Downtown Report. The forum is designed to generate conversation, engagement and interest in the economy, security and development in Downtown D.C.
This year’s panel discussion included a robust line-up of diverse panelists and mirrored to the outline of the report looking at the economic landscape of Downtown D.C. through the lens of strengths, opportunities and potential. Mayor Muriel Bowser rounded out the program with encouragement and hope to Downtown D.C. residents, workers, stakeholders, and visitors.
Watch the full event here and think about how you will be part of the forward trajectory of Downtown D.C.

  • Ebony P. Walton, Director of Marketing and Communications, DowntownDC BID
Opening Remarks
  • Kenyan McDuffie, At-Large Councilmember, Council of the District of Columbia
State of Downtown Report Overview
  • Gerren G. Price, President and CEO, DowntownDC BID
  • Gerren G. Price, President and CEO, DowntownDC BID
PANEL ONE: Strengths and Opportunities
  • Meade Atkeson, Area General Manager, Sonesta Hotels and Resorts
  • David Dochter, Principal and Co-founder, Dochter and Alexander
  • Matt Klein, President, Akridge
  • Pamela Smith, Chief of Police, Metropolitan Police Department
  • Kevin Tien, Owner, Moon Rabbit
PANEL TWO: Potential
  • Nina Albert, Deputy Mayor for Planning and Economic Development, Government of the District of Columbia
  • Monica Dixon, President of External Affairs and Chief Administrative Officer, Monumental Sports and Entertainment
  • McLean Fonvielle, Development Associate, Willowbridge
  • Aileen Fuchs, President and Executive Director, National Building Museum
Featured Speaker: Mayor Muriel Browser