DC Mayor Muriel Bowser announces $3 million investment in wards 7 and 8

ECONOMIC DEVELOPMENT | Last weekend residents, activists and councilmembers from ward 7 and 8 participated in a grocery walk to bring attention to the lack of grocery stores in their community. Yesterday, Mayor Muriel Bowser announced the city would invest $3 million into housing and retail projects in the two wards. (WaPo, 10/19)

Brian Kenner’s [the deputy mayor for planning and economic development] office specified that the $3 million Bowser awarded as part of the Neighborhood Prosperity Fund was an initiative that originated in the mayor’s office.

Bowser said the fund will provide “an opportunity for us to infuse economic support into areas that need it most.”

“Through these grants, we are being strategic about investing in projects that will improve the quality of life for residents — in this case, by bringing new jobs, services, and grocery options to the residents of Wards 7 and 8,” said Bowser, who created a new cabinet post to focus on development in the city’s poorest areas after she took office in 2015.

– The District passed legislation in 2014 to keep employers from asking potential applicants about their criminal history but employers still find ways to discriminate against these individuals. (WCP, 10/19)

– According to a new Kauffman Foundation study, the Greater Washington region has, once again, ranked number one in entrepreneurship growth in the US. (WBJ, 10/19)

HEALTH | Whitman-Walker Health clinic has a mentor program to connect individuals living with HIV to those who are recently diagnosed. One mentor and mentee discussed the benefits of this relationship here. (Atlantic, 10/19)

Related: Four of the Washington AIDS Partnership’s Health Corps program members are currently at Whitman-Walker, and one of them supports the +1 peer-mentor program.

ENVIRONMENTReport: Pollution Kills 3 Times More than AIDS, TB And Malaria Combined (NPR, 10/19)

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