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Mayor Bowser Launches Neighborhood Revitalization Programs

Monday, April 11, 2016
Three new DC Main Streets programs designated to support new businesses and create jobs.

(Washington, DC) – Today, Mayor Muriel Bowser announced three new members to the DC Main Streets program: Destination Congress Heights, Tenleytown Main Streets, and Van Ness Main Streets.

“Main Streets helps local business corridors reach their full potential, by fostering smart growth and attracting new customers.” said Mayor Muriel Bowser. “These three communities are prime for future success.  My Administration will continue to invest in our neighborhood businesses because they, in turn, invest in our people.”

The mission of DC Main Streets is to lead sustainable, community-driven revitalization programs that promote economic development, strengthen their neighborhoods and improve the quality of life for residents. A program of the Department of Small and Local Business Development (DSLBD), DC Main Streets serves as the citywide coordinating program that provides services and funding for the 10 Main Streets programs in the District of Columbia. These programs revitalize communities by retaining and recruiting businesses, improving commercial properties and streetscapes, and attracting consumers.

"We are thrilled to welcome these corridors to our DC Main Streets family. The contributions Main Streets programs make to the continued economic growth and prosperity of our city is invaluable. In 2015 alone, they generated more than 1,200 jobs,” said DSLBD Director Ana Harvey.

Last year, the seven existing DC Main Streets programs celebrated the opening of 30 new businesses and the creation of 1,200 new jobs.

DC Main Streets is a nationally recognized program with two of its programs, Barracks Row and H Street NE, receiving the distinguished Great American Main Street Award. A third, Shaw Main Street, is a finalist expected to receive the 2016 honor.