District of Columbia Public Schools to Award Seal of Biliteracy to Students at Graduation


New designation awarded to juniors and seniors who demonstrate proficiency in more than one language

D.C. Presswire, May 11, 2015 – This spring, District of Columbia Public Schools (DCPS) will award the Seal of Biliteracy as a special recognition to students who have demonstrated proficiency in more than one language by high school graduation. The recognition of attaining biliteracy will become part of students’ high school transcript along with an official seal affixed to their diploma.

“Earning the Seal of Biliteracy is a tremendous accomplishment for our students who have demonstrated mastery in multiple languages,” said DCPS Chancellor Kaya Henderson. “We are extremely proud of their hard work and commitment to gaining multilingual and multicultural skills. These abilities are strong assets in today’s global society and will support their success throughout their entire lives.”

The DCPS Seal of Biliteracy is awarded based on guidelines drafted by The American Council on the Teaching of Foreign Languages (ACTFL), the National Association of Bilingual Education (NABE), the National Council of State Supervisors for Languages (NCSSFL), and TESOL International Association. To be eligible to receive the DCPS Seal of Biliteracy, students must submit an application to their guidance counselor with completed course work and test results demonstrating cultural and communicative competency.

Nationwide, nine states and the District of Columbia award a Seal of Biliteracy. DCPS is proud to be the first in the region to recognize the unique skills of our multilingual students with this award. DCPS is committed to providing students opportunities to obtain these skills. For a third year in a row, we have committed funds to provide all DCPS elementary school students access to weekly world-language instruction. Eight DCPS schools also offer dual-language programs. To expand on these offerings, the new Brookland Middle School opening in fall 2015 will provide students with intensive arts and world-language experiences.

“We challenge our schools and communities to invest in our future leaders with opportunities for developing biliteracy or multi-literacy skills,” said Dr. Libia Gil, U.S. Department of Education assistant deputy secretary, director of the Office of English Language Acquisition. “Congratulations to DCPS for taking this challenge and making a commitment to recognize graduates with a Seal of Biliteracy for their achievements in two languages.”

DCPS high school seniors and juniors can apply for the Seal of Biliteracy by obtaining an application from their guidance counselors or by clicking here. For more information on the application process and eligibility requirements, visit the DCPS website.




Industry Continues Rise in Profile as Policy Makers and Prominent Hydrogen Technology Companies Meet to Continue Moving Forward

SANTA BARBARA, CA–(May 12, 2015) – HyperSolar, Inc. (OTCQB: HYSR), the developer of a breakthrough technology to produce renewable hydrogen using sunlight and any source of water, commented today on the recent “2015 Fuel Cell and Hydrogen Energy Policy Forum” co-hosted by the Fuel Cell and Hydrogen Energy Association (FCHEA), in cooperation with the House Hydrogen and Fuel Cell Caucus.

According to the FCHEA, the event was held as part of a continuing effort by FCHEA to raise awareness of the benefits of fuel cell and hydrogen technologies to important policy-making audiences, in Washington, D.C. and around the country. Representatives from prominent hydrogen fuel technology developers including Air Liquide, Plug Power, Toyota Motor North America, and Bloom Energy attended the event, as well as the U.S. Department of Energy.

Politicians bullish on the industry drew attention to the importance of investing in hydrogen and fuel cell technologies, citing potential in both commercial and industrial applications, as well as consumer-use, such as fuel cell vehicles. Congressman Charlie Dent (R-PA) said, Continued research and development will lead to greater efficiencies in production and practical applications,” while Congressman John Larson (D-CT) stated, “Fuel cells represent the best of American ingenuity and manufacturing. Along with the continued collaboration with the Department of Energy, this industry will continue to grow and support American jobs.”

The FCHEA has continues to press companies and policy makers to recognize the potential for hydrogen fuel cell adoption, previously commenting on an Executive Order from President Obama that included multiple references to advancing fuel cell technologies for federal sustainability. The agency also recently reported on the development of hydrogen fuel stations in the US, citing projects on both coasts, as well as funding announcements and hydrogen companies and automotive manufacturers around the world.

“Hydrogen fuel technologies that not too long ago represented the future of energy, are rapidly becoming more prevalent in part due to the collaboration of companies in both the public and private sectors, as well as policy makers from both sides of the aisle,” said Tim Young, CEO of HyperSolar. “As commitment grows for building the infrastructure needed to support such widespread adoption, the need for cost-efficient hydrogen produced at or near the point of distribution becomes paramount. For this reason and others, we are very optimistic regarding our technology as a viable solution to this challenge in all potential applications of use.”

HyperSolar’s technology is based on the concept of developing a low-cost, submersible hydrogen production particle that can split water molecules using sunlight without any other external systems or resources — acting as artificial photosynthesis. A video of an early proof-of-concept prototype can be viewed at http://hypersolar.com/application.php.

About HyperSolar, Inc.
HyperSolar is developing a breakthrough, low cost technology to make renewable hydrogen using sunlight and any source of water, including seawater and wastewater. Unlike hydrocarbon fuels, such as oil, coal and natural gas, where carbon dioxide and other contaminants are released into the atmosphere when used, hydrogen fuel usage produces pure water as the only byproduct. By optimizing the science of water electrolysis at the nano-level, our low cost nanoparticles mimic photosynthesis to efficiently use sunlight to separate hydrogen from water, to produce environmentally friendly renewable hydrogen. Using our low cost method to produce renewable hydrogen, we intend to enable a world of distributed hydrogen production for renewable electricity and hydrogen fuel cell vehicles. To learn more about HyperSolar, please visit our website at www.hypersolar.com.

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Washington D.C. Mayor to Announce Cabinet Members



LaToya Foster (EOM) (202) 727-5011; latoya.foster@dc.gov

(Washington, DC) – Tomorrow, Mayor Muriel Bowser will announce several new cabinet members as she continues her efforts to build pathways to the middle class. Following the announcements, Mayor Bowser will take general questions from members of the press.

Friday at 10 am

Mayor Muriel Bowser

John A. Wilson Building
1350 Pennsylvania Avenue, NW
Room G-9
*Closest Metro: Federal Triangle and Metro Center Metro stations*

Press interested in attending the event are asked to RSVP to latoya.foster@dc.gov.

Social Media:
Mayor Bowser Twitter: @MayorBowser
Mayor Bowser Facebook: facebook.com/MayorMurielBowser
Mayor Bowser Website: mayor.dc.gov


All events take place June 18-19, 2015.

ALBION, CA, May 07, 2015 — For two days in June, wine enthusiasts are invited to join the Rhone Rangers for a variety of tasting events, the largest on the East Coast, focusing on American Rhone wines. More than 400 consumers and members of the trade are expected to attend for the opportunity to taste more than 80 of the best Rhone-style wines made in America. Tickets are now available at: WWW.RHONERANGERS.ORG.

On June 18th the Rhone Rangers will return to Washington DC to showcase American Rhone Wines. “It’s great to be coming back,” said Barbara Smith, president of the Rhone Rangers board of directors. “We look forward to returning to this exciting city of wine and food aficionados. More than 20 producers will be joining us in the nation’s capital.” All events on Thursday, June 18 take place at The Long View Gallery, 1234 9th St NW, Washington DC. On Friday, June 19, there will be an informal winemaker dinner party at Willow Restaurant, 4301 Fairfax Drive, Arlington VA. Ten wineries will participate and each winemaker will have a small plate designed by the co-chefs specifically to pair with their wine.


Thursday, June 18, 10:30 AM, Seminar: “American Rhone Wines for Summer Sipping,” Long View Gallery, Washington DC.

This seminar, open to trade, media and consumers, will highlight Rhone varieties that can quench your thirst during the warm summers in Washington, including Grenache Blanc, Marsanne, Roussanne, Viognier, white blends, and the summertime favorite, rose. The seminar will be moderated by David White, founder and editor of Terroirist (blog) and a freelance writer for The World of Fine Wines, The New York Times, the Los Angeles Times and the Washington Post. Tickets, $35/each, are available online at www.rhonerangers.org.

Thursday, June 18, 1:30-4 PM, Trade & Media Tasting, Long View Gallery, Washington DC.

Twenty wineries will pour more than 80 wines for the wine trade and media. Tickets are complimentary for those who directly influence the purchase of wine including sommeliers and restaurant food & beverage buyers, chef-restaurant owners, wine writers, wine retailers, and wine wholesalers, distributors and brokers. To register, visit www.rhonerangers.org.

Thursday, June 18, 5:30 – 9 PM, Consumer Tasting, Long View Gallery, Washington DC.

Grand Tasting VIP Admission. Wine lovers can secure early entry to the Grand Tasting by purchasing VIP tickets. More than 80 wines will be available to taste as well as a selection of appetizers. VIP tickets are $90 and are only available online at www.rhonerangers.org.

Thursday, June 18, 7 – 9 PM Grand Tasting General Admission. Sample from more than 80 wines poured by Rhone Ranger member wineries during this two hour tasting experience. Tickets are available in advance for $55 at www.rhonerangers.org. Space permitting, tickets may also be available at the door $65.

Friday, June 19, 5:30 – 9:30 PM Winemaker Dinner Party at Willow Restaurant, Arlington VA. Join Tracy O’Grady and Kate Jensen, co-chefs and proprietors of Willow Restaurant, as they create small plates to complement ten wines poured by ten different Rhone Ranger winemakers. Tickets are available in advance for $95 plus tax & gratuity at www.rhonerangers.org.


Tickets are now on sale and can be purchased online.

For more information go to www.rhonerangers.org or call 800 467-0163.

Ticket prices are as follows:

– Seminar, $35

– Trade & Media Tasting, complimentary for invited/credentialed trade

– Consumer Tasting, VIP, $90

– Consumer Tasting, General Admission, $55 advance ($65 on event day)

– Winemaker Dinner, Willow Restaurant, $95 plus tax & gratuity

– Participating Wineries in the Trade & Media and Consumer Tastings include: Blenheim Vineyards, Bonny Doon Vineyard, Caliza Winery, Cornerstone Cellars, Derby Wine Estates, Four Lanterns, Frick Winery, Hearst Ranch, Kenneth Volk Vineyards, Margerum, Pomar Junction, Qupe, Ridge Vineyards, Stinson Vineyards, Sunset Hills, Tablas Creek, Tarara Winery, Two Shepherds, Vina Robles and Zenaida Cellars.

About the Rhone Rangers

The Rhone Rangers are a group of roughly 150 wineries dedicated to making wines from the 22 grape varieties originally made famous in France’s Rhone Valley. These varieties range from the better-known Syrah and Viognier to the up-and-coming Mourvedre, Grenache and Roussanne, to obscure (but delicious) grapes like Counoise and Picpoul.

The Rhone Rangers started from a small gathering of American vintners who began meeting informally in the 1980s. As their numbers expanded, the group organized under the name “Rhone Rangers.” The Rhone Rangers is a non-profit organization focused on promoting the enjoyment of Rhone varietal wines produced in the United States. These grapes include the 22 traditional varieties approved by the French government for the Cotes du Rhone, as well as Durif (Petite Sirah). In order for a winery to join the Rhone Rangers, they must produce at least one wine that contains 75% of any single approved varietal (or combination of these varietals).

Washington D.C.’s EagleBank and George Mason University Enter Into a Multi-Million Dollar Multi-Faceted Support Agreement


Patriot Center to Be Renamed EagleBank Arena

WASHINGTON D.C. May 7, 2015 — EagleBank, one of the leading community banks in the Washington, D.C. area, today announces a multi-million dollar multi-faceted, long-term strategic alliance with George Mason University. As part of the agreement, George Mason University’s Patriot Center will be renamed EagleBank Arena. EagleBank’s alliance with George Mason University spans a broad array of substantial education-related programs including scholarships, internships, lectures and seminar series.

The agreement provides for a minimum $6.6 million commitment by EagleBank to the University over ten years. It also includes the unilateral right of EagleBank to extend the agreement for up to a total of 20 years; in such case EagleBank will have provided $13.7 million in funding to the University over that twenty-year span.

“As a local bank, we are delighted to partner with one of the region’s most prominent universities,” said Ronald D. Paul, Chairman and CEO of EagleBank. “In entering into this array of support, EagleBank underscores not only our commitment to Northern Virginia and the region, but also to the creation of a multi-platform alliance that will support education, job growth and future economic prosperity throughout our community.”

“This is a landmark moment for George Mason University and EagleBank,” said Mason President Ángel Cabrera. “Our shared vision goes beyond the financial contribution that will benefit so many people. This is about a relationship between two great institutions that have a stake in the community and are investing in the future for our region.”

Highlights of the new partnership between EagleBank and George Mason University include EagleBank’s sponsorship of a series of Business Leadership Development programs, all with the emphasis on educating and mentoring Mason students about leadership and entrepreneurship. One such activity will be a lecture series where bank executives will host an educational and business-focused speaker series for Mason students, faculty and alumni. EagleBank and Mason will also create an annual internship/apprentice program, which will allow qualified Mason students to participate each semester in EagleBank operations. Additionally, Mason will provide an opportunity for EagleBank to serve as consultant to the master’s in Real Estate Development program on campus.

“Our relationship with George Mason will flourish because of our shared values—we both have an interest in community service, integrity and continued development of the region,” said Robert Pincus, Vice Chairman of EagleBank. “We are confident that this alignment will carry forward well into the future, as EagleBank’s commitment to area residents is synergistic with that of George Mason University.”

“This incredible commitment from EagleBank will serve as a tremendous catalyst for the continued strengthening of the national and international reputation of George Mason basketball, the Atlantic 10 Conference and the university,” said Assistant Vice President and Athletic Director Brad Edwards.

The Patriot Center, which will be officially renamed EagleBank Arena on July 1, opened on Oct. 4, 1985 and is a 10,000-seat multi-purpose sports and entertainment venue in Fairfax, Va., on the campus of George Mason University. Managed by Monumental Sports & Entertainment, the arena is home to Mason men’s and women’s basketball teams, as well as sporting events, concerts and family shows.

Playing host to more than 3,500 events with more than 12 million in attendance, the arena was ranked third nationwide for top grossing venues with a capacity of 10,001-15,000, according to Billboard and eighth worldwide for top grossing venues with a capacity of 10,001 to15,000 according to Venues Today in 2014.

Bruce Springsteen, Sting, Keith Urban, Marc Anthony, Selena Gomez, Disney on Ice, Ultimate Fighting Championship (UFC), World Wrestling Entertainment (WWE) and the Harlem Globetrotters have all played at the venue during its storied history. The arena will be celebrating its 30-year anniversary in October.

EagleBank is a community business bank headquartered in Bethesda, Maryland. Operating through twenty-two full service branch offices, located in Northern Virginia, Montgomery County, Maryland, and Washington, D.C., the bank focuses on building relationships with businesses, professionals and individuals in its marketplace. EagleBank also offers a complete line of competitive personal banking products and services.

George Mason is Virginia’s largest public research university. Located near Washington, D.C., Mason enrolls nearly 34,000 students from 130 countries and all 50 states. Mason has grown rapidly over the last half-century and is recognized for its innovation and entrepreneurship, remarkable diversity and commitment to accessibility.

CONTACT: Press Contacts
Marina Ein, EIN Communications
202.775.0200, marina@eincomm.com
Renell Wynn, George Mason University
703.993.9511; rwynn3@gmu.edu

King & Spalding Expands Real Estate Practice in New York and Washington, D.C.


WASHINGTON, DC – May 04, 2015 – Broadening its real estate expertise, King & Spalding has recruited Jennifer Morgan to its New York office and Chris Hoffman to its Washington, D.C. office as partners in its real estate practice. They join King & Spalding from Kirkland & Ellis, where both lawyers were partners.

“Jennifer and Chris’ experience will add even greater depth to our team of dedicated professionals in the real estate industry. We are looking forward to drawing on their expertise in real estate acquisition, disposition and joint venture work and their work with non-U.S. investors to expand our platform and continue to help us focus on answers for our clients. We are pleased to welcome them to our New York and D.C. offices,” said Sarah Borders, leader of King & Spalding’s real estate practice group.

Morgan focuses her practice on real estate private equity, advising pension funds and fund sponsors as well as other institutional investors on negotiating and structuring joint ventures and fund formations, including private real estate investment trusts (REITs) and other structured investments. Morgan has been recognized for her real estate expertise by Chambers USA, Legal 500, America’s Leading Lawyers for Business and “Super Lawyers,” as well as in a 2013 Fortune magazine feature on “Women Leaders in the Law.” Morgan is an Adjunct Professor of real estate transactions at Columbia Business School and a Lecturer at Columbia Law School. She received a B.A. from the University of Virginia and a J.D. from Emory University Law School with distinction and Order of the Coif merits. She began her legal career at King & Spalding.

Hoffman’s practice focuses on representing U.S. and non-U.S. clients in forming real estate private equity funds and joint venture arrangements. He also counsels and represents real estate private equity clients on dispositions, acquisitions, development, financings and leasing and management of real estate and real estate-related assets and companies. Hoffman received a B.A. from University of Virginia and a J.D. from University of Pennsylvania Law School.

“Chris and I are looking forward to working with our new colleagues to expand the real estate and transactional capabilities of the firm,” said Jennifer Morgan. “The firm’s work and people, including its significant real estate presence, makes King & Spalding the right place for us.”

About King & Spalding
Celebrating more than 125 years of service, King & Spalding is an international law firm that represents a broad array of clients, including half of the Fortune Global 100, with 800 lawyers in 17 offices in the United States, Europe, the Middle East and Asia. The firm has handled matters in over 160 countries on six continents and is consistently recognized for the results it obtains, uncompromising commitment to quality and dedication to understanding the business and culture of its clients. More information is available at www.kslaw.com.

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Xenia Kobylarz
King & Spalding
+1 212 556 2233

Stretch, Savor, Sip and Stay: Luxury Wellness Retreats Await This Summer in Washington, D.C.


WASHINGTON, DC 05/06/15 — Yogis, fitness enthusiasts and foodies will re-unite this summer for a deliciously invigorating weekend of yoga, delectable cuisine and luxurious pampering with the re-launch of Yoga Brunch and debut of the Summer of Wellness package.

Available every Saturday, Ritz-Carlton guests and locals alike can once again start their weekend on the right note with the critically-acclaimed Yoga Brunch at the luxury hotel’s restaurant, Degrees. Suitable for yogis of all levels, the hour-long outdoor vinyasa yoga class is led by yoga instructor Megan Crouch, and takes place in the hotel’s picturesque Urban Garden at 10 a.m. After yoga, guests will enjoy a gourmet brunch with bottomless Mimosas and Bloody Marys in Degrees, or on the intimate outdoor terrace which overlooks the garden and the charming historic row houses that line Georgetown’s South Street.

Rejuvenate with luxurious spa treatments, such as his and her hot stone massages, in the comfort of the hotel’s chic Boutique Spa.

Saturdays begin on an invigorating note with an hour long yoga class in The Ritz-Carlton Georgetown, Washington, D.C.’s blissful Urban Garden.

Chef Kristy Cleaveland presents a mouth-watering menu of brunch favorites, such as Lemon Ricotta Pancakes and Bottomless Mimosas.

New for 2015, The Ritz-Carlton Georgetown, Washington, D.C. is also inviting guests to extend their blissful retreat with the launch of their Summer of Wellness package. Available May 22, 2015 through September 5, 2015 and starting at $499 USD per night, the Georgetown hotel package includes overnight accommodations in one of the luxury hotel’s recently renovated guest rooms or suites, a “super food” welcome amenity prepared by Chef Kristy Cleaveland, Yoga Brunch, a $100 Spa Credit, and complimentary valet parking.

“Since opening our doors in 2003, the health and well-being of our guests has always been one of our primary focuses,” says Jeff Brower, general manager at The Ritz-Carlton Georgetown, Washington, D.C. “We see these new wellness offerings as a way to offer our guests a sanctuary where they can work towards their health goals while being pampered with world-class spa treatments, nutritious and flavorful cuisine, and unparalleled service.”

Reservations for The Ritz-Carlton Georgetown, Washington, D.C.’s Yoga Brunch are required and can be made by calling Restaurant Reservations at (202) 912-4110.

For more information or reservations for The Ritz-Carlton Georgetown, Washington, D.C., please call the hotel directly at (202) 912-4100 or visit www.ritzcarlton.com/georgetown. Connect with The Ritz-Carlton Georgetown, Washington, D.C. on Facebook — www.facebook.com/RitzCarltonGeorgetown.

About The Ritz-Carlton Hotel Company, LLC
The Ritz-Carlton Hotel Company, L.L.C., of Chevy Chase, Md., currently operates 88 hotels in the Americas, Europe, Asia, the Middle East, Africa, and the Caribbean. More than 30 hotel and residential projects are under development around the globe. For more information or reservations, visit the company web site at www.ritzcarlton.com, and for the latest company updates, visit news.ritzcarlton.com. The Ritz-Carlton Hotel Company, L.L.C. is a wholly-owned subsidiary of Marriott International, Inc. (NASDAQ: MAR).

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The Ritz-Carlton Georgetown, Washington, D.C.
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Phone: (202) 974-4973

Washington, D.C. Mayor’s Public Calendar for Tuesday, May 5, 2015

Mayor Bowser Public Calendar for Tuesday, May 5, 2015

On Monday morning, Mayor Bowser will join Brian Wilson and Larry O’Connor on their morning WMAL radio show, Mornings on the Mall. Following, Mayor Bowser will attend the Safe Kids Worldwide Global Road Safety Week kick-off event at Shepherd Elementary School. This event is part of the 3rd Annual United Nation’s Global Road Safety Week and will highlight the District’s efforts on road safety. After, Mayor Bowser will attend a Teacher AMayorppreciation Week event at Noyes Education Campus to honor five teachers who have gone above and beyond in their classrooms this school year. In the evening, Mayor Bowser will attend the District of Columbia Building Industry Association (DCBIA) Achievement Awards Dinner.

Press Schedule

8 am
WMAL Mornings on the Mall Radio Show
Radio Station: 105.9 FM

9 am
Safe Kids Worldwide Global Road Safety Week Kick-Off Event
Location: Shepherd Elementary School
7800 14th Street, NW
Open Press
*Bus Lines: S2 and S4*

11 am
Teacher Appreciation Week
Location: Noyes Education Campus
2725 10th Street, NE
Open Press
*Closest Metro: Rhode Island Ave-Brentwood Metro Station*

7:30 pm
31st Annual DCBIA Achievement Awards Dinner
Location: Marriott Marquis
901 Massachusetts Avenue, NW
Open Press
*Closest Metro: Mt. Vernon Sq/7th Street-Convention Center Metro Center*

Washington D.C. Mayor Launches Month-Long “innoMAYtion” Initiative

Mayor Bowser Launches Month-Long “innoMAYtion” Initiative

(Washington, DC) – Today, Mayor Muriel Bowser kicked off Small Business Week by announcing innoMAYtion, a month-long initiative to showcase innovative programs that will create jobs, engage residents, and position the District as a hub of innovation. Highlighting public and private sector programs, innoMAYtion will concentrate on innovative ways the city responds to meet the needs of District communities.

“Throughout the month of May, my Administration will showcase how District residents and businesses are creating economic opportunity for residents by taking innovative approaches to complex problems,” said Mayor Muriel Bowser. “In Washington, we are tackling challenges head on and creating good-paying jobs that create pathways to the middle class for District residents.”

Events throughout the month will focus on key priorities for the Bowser Administration, including education, technology, small business, the creative economy, and good government.

To kick-off innoMAYtion, Mayor Bowser and Director of Department of Local and Small Business Development (DSLBD) Ana Harvey officially launched CompeteDC, an innovative capacity building and bonding support initiative that prepares small, emerging enterprises to take advantage of the District’s local procurement power. CompeteDC includes four program components to increase the competitiveness of District firms: bonding, teaming, mentorship, and capacity training. The initiative is a partnership with a number of community-based small business service providers.

Held at the offices of The Menkiti Group, a District-based small real estate company, Mayor Bowser and Surety Fidelity Association of America (SFAA) President Lynn Shubert signed a bonding support agreement. SFAA will provide Surety professionals who will serve as facilitators for a five-week bond readiness program that is available to any qualified District small business. The goal of this innovative, cooperative effort between DSLBD and SFAA is to grow the pool of bondable DC small businesses capable to compete for local contracting opportunities.

Bowser also welcomed the first class of participants in CompeteDC’s CEO Growth Academy an extensive six-month training program for executives of emerging real estate and construction firms. DSLBD is currently accepting applicants for the next class at the CEO Growth Academy.

“We are taking an innovative approach to providing vital resources to small construction and real estate companies in the District. CompeteDC will help further our mission to foster economic growth, development, and retention of DC-based businesses,” said DSLBD Director Harvey.

Later this week, as part of innoMAYtion, the Mayor will join 1776, a DC-based global technology incubator, to announce a pilot program that will provide high-potential, low-income high school graduates with training opportunities for jobs in the digital economy.

This week’s innoMAYtion events will culminate with a Hackathon and Policy Jam on Saturday, a full-day event hosted by the Office of the Deputy Mayor for Planning and Economic Development (DMPED), the District Department of Transportation (DDOT), and Code for DC that will bring together civic hackers, transportation experts, urban planners, academics, entrepreneurs and community members to develop innovative solutions to DC’s transportation challenges.

To view the full calendar of events or to join innoMAYtion by contributing ideas, visit innoMAYtion.dc.gov.