WASHINGTON, D.C.— Change is coming to neighboring DC business improvement districts (BIDs) with Galin Brooks, Vice President of Planning and Economic Development at the NoMa BID, joining the DowntownDC BID as Director of Infrastructure.
The DowntownDC BID announced July 31 the hiring of Brooks to oversee infrastructure and park initiatives as well as support the BID’s sustainability efforts.
“Within our 138-block area, we have many exciting and complex projects that Galin will help aggressively move along,” said DowntownDC BID President and CEO Neil Albert. “We are very fortunate to welcome Galin’s talent and experience to the DowntownDC BID and look forward to setting new, high standards for DowntownDC’s public space realm.”
During her 6+ years at the nearby NoMa BID, Brooks oversaw transformational projects for the neighborhood — including the Metropolitan Branch Trail Safety and Access Study, an update to the NoMa Streetscape Design Guidelines, and the North Capitol Street Needs Assessment. She held primary responsibility for the BID’s role in the POW! WOW! DC international mural festival for the last four years, during which time more than 60 public artworks were created around NoMa.
“Galin has helped to usher in some of NoMa’s best projects since she joined the BID,” said Robin-Eve Jasper, President of the NoMa BID and the NoMa Parks Foundation. “Although we are sad to see her go, we’re looking forward to the great changes she will bring to our neighbors at the DowntownDC BID.”
Brooks also serves as Chair of the Capital Trails Coalition and has served as the NoMa BID’s representative to the Board of DC Sustainable Transportation.
Brooks’ start date with the DowntownDC BID will be Aug. 12.
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The DowntownDC Business Improvement District (BID) was founded in 1997 and is a private non-profit organization that provides capital improvements, resources and research that keep the BID area clean, safe, economically and environmentally strong and accessible. The DowntownDC BID is a catalyst, facilitator and thought leader in diversifying the economy, promoting public/private partnerships and enhancing the DowntownDC experience for all. This special district, where property owners have agreed to tax themselves to fund services, encompasses a 138-block area of approximately 520 properties from Massachusetts Avenue on the north to Constitution Avenue on the south, and from Louisiana Avenue on the east to 16th Street on the west. For more information, visit DowntownDC.org
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NoMa is a vibrant, growing neighborhood in Washington, D.C., nestled among Union Station, Shaw, Union Market, and the H Street NE corridor. Already, NoMa has more than 18 million square feet of commercial and residential space, and each day, more than 100,000 people are out and about in NoMa’s commercial core. Through a public-private partnership with the D.C. government, the neighborhood is receiving great new parks and public spaces. NoMa is also the city’s most connected neighborhood, with a Walk Score of 94, stellar cycling infrastructure, unparalleled rail options, two Metro stops, and vehicular access to major highways. The NoMa BID organizes and sponsors dozens of free community events each year and also maintains a free outdoor WiFi network. For more information, visit nomabid.org
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