Tag: economic development

Gentrification in the District is leading to widespread displacement of low-income residents

GENTRIFICATION | According to the Institute on Metropolitan Opportunity at the University of Minnesota Law School, low-income residents are being pushed out of DC neighborhoods at some of the highest rates in the country. The newly-released study tracked demographic and economic changes in neighborhoods across the country from 2000 to 2016. (WaPo, 4/26)

“For all the talk of gentrification happening in cities all over the country, what we found is that it really isn’t,” said Myron Orfield, director of the Institute on Metropolitan Opportunity … “Washington is one of the few places in the country where real displacement is actually occurring. It’s quite rare.” More than 38 percent of District residents, including about 35 percent of low-income residents, live in census tracts that are growing economically … but low-income people who live in those areas are at the greatest risk of displacement … the study comes as gentrification and its consequences are being discussed with renewed urgency in the nation’s capital.

Related: This study complements the recent National Community Reinvestment Coalition report that found that DC had the “highest intensity” gentrification in the country, with 20,000 African-American residents displaced from their neighborhoods between 2000 and 2013. (WaPo, 3/19)

DISABILITY RIGHTS/PHILANTHROPY | According to a just-released report by the disability-rights group RespectAbility, nonprofits and foundations must do a better job of hiring, accommodating, and including people with disabilities. The report finds that only 24 percent of nonprofits and foundations have at least one board member with a disability. (Chronicle, 4/25 – Subscription)

Opinion: Public schools in Montgomery County are growing in the amount of students, and they are also growing more segregated by race and class. (GGWash, 4/24)

–  The District leads the region, and nation, in universal preschool enrollment. (WAMU, 4/17)

RACIAL EQUITY | The Arlington County Board has voted to formally request Jefferson Davis Highway be changed to Richmond Highway, which if approved, will be changed in October. (WAMU, 4/26)

With new regulations in hand, DC businesses and developers ready to embrace ‘opportunity zones’ (WBJ, 4/24)

How Philanthropy Can Ensure Opportunity Zones Ensure Widespread Economic Renewal (Chronicle, 4/25 – Subscription)

– Some DC Residents Can Exchange Prescriptions for Produce (CP, 4/22)

– The Washington-Baltimore region has just been ranked as the 16th most ozone-polluted city in the US according to the annual State of the Air report, by the American Lung Association. (WTOP, 4/24)

INEQUALITY | A thought-provoking article on inequality and the failures of unrestrained capitalism. (WaPo, 4/20)

COMMUNITY | Bainum Family Foundation Appoints Jacquelyn Davis as New CEO and President

ENVIRONMENT/ART | It’s Not Just Trash, It’s Art: Maryland Park Installation Highlights Pollution Crisis (WAMU, 4/25)

Social Sector Job Openings 

Grants and Communications Associate | Neighborhood Health – New!
Development Operations Manager | World Central Kitchen – New!
Senior Manager of Member Engagement and Partnerships | United Philanthropy Forum
Director of Institutional Writing and Strategy​ | ​League of Conservation Voters Education Fund
Director of Development​ | ​Washington Tennis & Education Foundation
Director of Operations​ | ​Washington Tennis & Education Foundation
Development Director​ | ​Greater DC Diaper Bank
Director, Flamboyan Arts Fund​ | ​Flamboyan Foundation
Membership Director​ | ​Council on Foundations
Development Director​ | ​Council on Foundations
Communications Director​ |​ Council on Foundations
Learning Engagement Manager​ | ​ Council on Foundations
Racial Justice Program Officer​ | ​Wellspring Philanthropic Fund
Program Officer​ | ​The Morris & Gwendolyn Cafritz Foundation
Program Coordinator | TGR Foundation – A Tiger Woods Charity
Individual Giving Manager | Woolly Mammoth Theatre Company
President and CEO | Grantmakers for Effective Organizations
Senior Program Officer | Potomac Health Foundation
Program Manager | DC127
Development Manager  | DC127
Corporate Responsibility- Mid-Atlantic Region, Vice President | JPMorgan Chase

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DC has the highest Black unemployment rate in the country

WORKFORCE | The Economic Policy Institute has released its quarterly report analyzing unemployment rates in the US. It found that DC has the highest Black unemployment rate — 12.9 percent. The report also found an unemployment rate gap between Black and white workers in the region. (WAMU, 5/18)

“White workers in D.C. are having great economic outcomes. It is a great place to be a white worker,” says Janelle Jones, EPI’s lead analyst for the quarterly report. “But if you are a black worker in D.C., you’re facing recession levels of unemployment.”

In Maryland, the black unemployment rate is three times the white unemployment rate, and in Virginia, blacks are twice as likely as whites to be unemployed. “It really makes you think about the policies that are taking place inside the District that don’t cross state lines,” Jones says. “What is it about the makeup of D.C.’s economy, the way it hires, and how is that different from Virginia and Maryland that we’re seeing such discrepancies in unemployment rate?”

– On June 19, 1865, almost two and a half years after President Lincoln issued the Emancipation Proclamation, enslaved blacks in Texas finally learned that slavery had ended. The anniversary of this day became known as Juneteenth. In a blog post, Tamara Lucas Copeland, WRAG’s president, asks if our readers would be willing to take action to acknowledge this important day in American history. (Daily, 5/21)

– In the fourth session of WRAG and Leadership Greater Washington’s Putting Racism on the Table: Expanding the Table for Racial Equity series, Dr. Patricia Devine and Dr. Will Cox, two scientific leaders in the study of implicit bias, share the strategies they have developed and empirically tested to break the “prejudice habit.”  Click here to watch the video and download the accompanying discussion and viewing guides.

HOUSING | Kaiser Permanente has created a $200 million impact-investing fund to reduce homelessness and assist individuals unable to afford housing. (Chronicle, 5/18 – Subscription needed)

ECONOMIC DEVELOPMENT | Is the Greater Washington region big enough for both Amazon and Apple? (Citylab, 5/18)

PHILANTHROPY | Kimberly Casey, director of member networks at Forefront, discusses the role regional associations can play in engaging philanthropy around equity and  shifting power back to communities. (NCRP, 5/15)

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Is the Greater Washington region prepared for Amazon’s new headquarters?

ECONOMIC DEVELOPMENT | Officials in the Greater Washington region are excited that we are the only region listed as a possible place for Amazon to locate its newest headquarters, but residents are concerned about the potential impact on traffic, an already stressed housing market and others. (WaPo, 5/12)

…many residents fear that winning the prize would actually exacerbate all the things they hate about living in the region: horrendous traffic, expensive housing, crowded schools and gentrification. The area consistently ranks near the top in surveys of the nation’s worst traffic congestion. It has failed to keep up with demand for low- and moderate-priced housing — a challenge that also concerns Amazon, according to local development officials who have spoken with the company’s representatives.

ARTS & HUMANITIES | Senior positions in museums that are normally filled by white males are now going to women, but these institutions are still struggling with racial and ethnic diversity. (Guardian, 5/7)

FOOD INSECURITY | Schools and organizations in Northern Virginia are working to help feed students that are experiencing food insecurity. (WaPo, 5/13)

HOUSINGPrivate-Sector Solution to Affordable Housing Gets Off the Ground (WSJ, 4/26 – Subscription needed)

– A police panel has ruled that the DC police officer who fatally shot a Black motorist should be fired. (WTOP, 5/11)

– This Virginia organization helps returning citizens transition into society after they are released. (WTOP, 5/13)

TRANSPORTATION | Fairfax County is switching from diesel-powered school buses to electric, battery-powered ones to improve the health of students and the environment. (WAMU, 5/14)

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Maryland’s governor has proposed a $5 billion offer to entice Amazon’s second headquarters

– Last week Amazon announced that DC, Montgomery County, and Northern Virginia were among the 20 finalists for its second headquarters. Now Maryland has revealed some of its offer, which includes $3 billion in tax breaks and grants and $2 billion in transportation upgrades. (WaPo, 1/22)

Maryland used creative capitalization in naming the bill, to give it a catchy — and Amazon-specific — acronym: the “Promoting ext-Raordinary Innovation in Maryland’s Economy (PRIME) Act of 2018.”

The bill includes a clawback provision that would allow the state to recover tax credits if the company fails to hire at least 40,000 people with average compensation of $100,000 a year. Larry Hogan’s [Maryland’s governor] proposal also provides $150 million in direct grants to Amazon from the state Sunny Day Fund — $10 million a year for 15 years.

– Yesterday, Rosie Allen-Herring, president & CEO of United Way of The National Capital Area, joined the Kojo Nnamdi Show to discuss what it would mean if Amazon decides to locate its second headquarters to the Greater Washington region. (WAMU, 1/22)

– Advocates, including students and parents, are still pushing for the Loudoun County school board to adopt anti-discrimination protections for LGBTQ students and teachers. (Loudoun Times, 1/22)

– The administration recently announced that it would end temporary protected status for Haitian and Salvadoran immigrants. Among this population is 1,400 Salvadoran teachers that would be forced to leave. (EdWeek, 1/19)

IMMIGRATION | DACA recipients and other immigrant activists react to the approval of a short-term bill to end the government shutdown that doesn’t include concrete protections for immigrants. (Atlantic, 1/22)

ARTS & HUMANITIES | The DC Office of Planning, in collaboration with the DC Commission on the Arts and Humanities and the Office of Cable Television, Film, Music and Entertainment, has released a new cultural plan on how to better support artists and cultivate arts spaces in the city. (Urban Turf, 1/22)

HEALTH CARE/CHILDRENCHIP Renewed For Six Years As Congress Votes To Reopen Federal Government (KHN, 1/22)

WORKFORCE | Although Congress was able to end the government shutdown yesterday, there could be another one in just a few weeks. Read a new report by the Stephen S. Fuller Institute and GMU on what a shutdown means for the Greater Washington region’s economy. (S. Fuller Institute, 1/22)

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How philanthropy is responding to the administration’s targeting of immigrants

– With the help of Grantmakers Concerned With Immigrants and Refugees and others, these California foundations have changed their grantmaking strategies in order to quickly invest more money into immigrant rights issues. (Chronicle, 1/18)

Even before the most recent legal battles, beginning shortly after the Obama administration crafted the DACA policy, many grant makers nationally began to focus their support on groups that conduct “know your rights” education for Dreamers, provide legal services, and engage in community organizing and policy advocacy.

For instance, more than 100 regional and national grant makers (including the Ford, JPB, and Open Society foundations) joined the “Delivering on the Dream” network and contributed more than $40 million to immigrants and their families over the past six years. And this week, Amazon founder Jeff Bezos announced a $33 million scholarship fund for undocumented students.

– A undocumented immigrant activist tells her story of being targeted by ICE because of her advocacy. (YES! Magazine, 1/17)

PHILANTHROPY | Darren Walker, president of the Ford Foundation, discusses his foundation’s renewed commitment to its programs aimed at achieving justice and how they are trying to create a “just” America, instead of a “great” America. (Ford Foundation, 1/17)

ECONOMIC DEVELOPMENTDC Needs a Budget that Invests in District Residents (DCFPI, 1/18)

– This is how changes to Facebook’s News Feed, intended to show users more posts from their friends, will impact nonprofits’ communications efforts. (Buzzfeed News, 1/17)

– What Nonprofits Do — Good and Bad — When a Shutdown Looms (Chronicle, 1/18)

PUBLIC SAFETY | DC’s new gun rules allow people to carry concealed guns. Over 700 people have registered for permits and more than half of them are Maryland and Virginia residents. (WaPo, 1/19)

Social Sector Job Openings 

Knowledge Services Specialist | United Philanthropy Forum – New!
Associate Director of Policy | United Philanthropy Forum – New!
Finance and Operations Associate | Eugene & Agnes E. Meyer Foundation
Development Manager | Grantmakers for Effective Organizations
Development Associate | New Endeavors by Women
Executive Director | My Sister’s Place
Philanthropy Officer | Community Foundation for Northern Virginia
Director of Grants Management | Democracy Fund
Officer, Communications | The Pew Charitable Trusts
Events Assistant | Grantmakers for Effective Organizations
Member Engagement Manager | United Philanthropy Forum
Finance Manager (Part-Time) | United Philanthropy Forum
Communications Manager | United Philanthropy Forum

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*There was typo in the headline of yesterday’s Daily: “According to a new report, Greater Washington region’s economy is approving,” instead of the correct term – improving.

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– Kendra

According to a new report, Greater Washington region’s economy is improving

–  Stephen Fuller, an economist and director of George Mason University’s Stephen S. Fuller Institute, has released a new report about the Greater Washington region’s economy for the 26th annual Economic Conference today. According to the report, the region’s economy is improving but not as fast as the national average. (WBJ, 1/18)

Professional and business services accounted for 16,600 new jobs in the region with leisure and hospitality jobs a close second with 13,500 jobs added from 2016 to 2017. Education and health services, which saw an increase of 12,600, rounds out the top three sectors, which accounted for nearly 76 percent of job creation from 2016 to 2016.

Most of the future job growth will accrue in Northern Virginia. While suburban Maryland added 23,200 jobs compared to Northern Virginia’s 21,600 and D.C.’s 9,600 in 2017, Northern Virginia will add 25,900 jobs in 2018 compared to 11,000 in Maryland and 4,600 in 2019 — a trend that will only get worse over time.

– We finally know some of the details of the District’s bid for Amazon’s second headquarters. One of the incentives is “Amazon University”, which will be a workforce training center. (WAMU, 1/17) Also, Amazon has announced that DC, Montgomery County, MD and Northern Virginia are among the 20 finalists it is considering for its second headquarters. (WaPo, 1/18)

HEALTH CARE | The new administration is creating a new division in the Health and Human Services Department aimed at protecting healthcare workers who refuse to treat transgender patients or participate in any treatment they believe is against their moral or religious beliefs. (WaPo, 1/17)

ARTS EDUCATION | As you know, WRAG likes to underscore its messages with art and so we were delighted to see a Montgomery County teacher using this method to ask for more funding for arts education for the 2018-19 school year. Watch her perform a Hamilton-inspired rap here.

NONPROFITS | Opinion: Distrust of Nonprofits is High. Here’s an Example to Show Why. (Chronicle, 1/17 – Subscription needed)

TRANSIT | A proposed Maryland bill would make it a second-degree felony, which would be punishable by up to 15 years in prison and a $5,000 fine, to assault a transit operator. (WaPo, 1/17)

WORKFORCE | With the threat of a federal shutdown tomorrow, DC officials discuss what that means for residents. (WUSA 9, 1/17)

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– Kendra

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)

Social Sector Job Openings 

Controller | Eugene & Agnes E. Meyer Foundation
Program Officer, Young Women’s Initiative | Washington Area Women’s Foundation
Program Director | Grantmakers In Health
Prevention Coordinator | Montgomery County Collaboration Council
Sr. Manager, Corporate Relations | Exelon
Program Coordinator | Exponent Philanthropy
Content Manager | Exponent Philanthropy
Director of Development | The Literacy Lab
Communications Manager | United Philanthropy Forum

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This nonprofit is bringing jobs and solar panels to the District

– When the District set its goal of having 50% of its energy supply come from renewable sources by 2032, officials knew that installing solar panels would be expensive for some. Through a partnership with the city, a nonprofit is installing solar panels for low-income homeowners and training DC residents for a career in the solar industry. (WaPo, 8/6)

The trainees are part of the summer cohort of the newly launched Solar Works DC, a low-income solar installation and job-training program jointly developed by the District’s Department of Energy and Environment and the Department of Employment Services. The program will train more than 200 D.C. residents over three years, and GRID Alternatives Mid-Atlantic was awarded a grant to implement the first year of the program. The organization will train about 75 program participants in skills needed for careers in solar and related fields, and install solar panels for 60 to 100 income-qualified District homeowners.

– Maryland activists are protesting a plan to create a new pipeline for natural gas under the Potomac River. (WaPo, 8/6)

– This Maryland summer camp is educating youth with asthma about their condition and how to manage it. (WAMU, 8/7)

– There’s a national initiative to train more doctors to do house calls to help increase primary care for those who are unable to travel to the hospital. (Baltimore Sun, 8/5)

ECONOMIC DEVELOPMENT | An update on the progress of the economic development planned for wards 7 and 8 in the District. (WBJ, 8/4)

IMMIGRATIONAmid immigration battles, College Park considers giving noncitizens voting rights (Baltimore Sun, 8/6)

PUBLIC SAFETY | A District gun case has been dismissed as a result of the arresting police officer’s possible connection to an investigation involving police officers wearing a shirt that many believe promotes white supremacy. (WaPo, 8/5)

EDUCATIONUniversities in Va. hit students with whopping collection fees for unpaid tuition (WaPo, 8/5)

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The making of the District’s NoMa neighborhood

ECONOMIC DEVELOPMENT | The area around New York Avenue has a tumultuous history in the District. Its recent history tells what happens when economic development leads to gentrification and what happens when some residents are left out. (Medium, 3/9)

NoMa BID was formed in 2007 and wasted little time ushering in development and breaking ground on new projects every few months. In the last nine years, NoMa BID helped attract notable tenants to the neighborhood, such as NPR, Google, and the Department of Homeland Security. Since the Metro station opened, the amount of office and retail space has doubled within NoMa BID’s borders. In addition to the 3,836 existing apartments, about 1,000 units — many of them luxury dwellings — are nearing completion.

Today, development continues at a fast clip, with gleaming high-rises towering over construction sites where eager developers scramble to break ground. But along certain borders of the BID, the development and economic activity abruptly halts — most notably along its North Capitol Street border with Truxton Circle.

– Polly Donaldson, director of DC’s Department of Housing and Community Development, discusses the state of affordable housing in the District. (Curbed, 3/21)

– Airbnbs’ rental practices could be driving up rent in DC (GGW, 3/21)

RACIAL EQUITY  | Why Black Families Struggle to Build Wealth (Atlantic, 3/20)

IMMIGRATIONMore Than 60 D.C. Area Congregations Launch Network to Protect Immigrants (WCP, 3/22)

– The DC Council has proposed a bill that would require employers who provide their employees with free or subsidized parking to give them an option of receiving the money instead. (WaPo, 3/17)

– Opinion: Employee-owned Businesses Can Boost Local Economies (NPQ, 3/21)

ECONOMY | Virginia Economic Department Partnership CEO shares his priorities for the state and how Loudoun County can help. (LoudounNow, 3/20)

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– Kendra