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Volume 2, Number 2

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  Volume 2 No. 2                                                                                                           January 20, 2012

One City Summit



MLK Parade

Mayor Gray joined Martin Luther King, Jr. Day Parade Grand Marshals and DC Boxing Legends the Peterson Brothers, and a variety of parade participants during the annual parade on January 16.

Ivy City Ribbon Cutting

Mayor Vincent C. Gray cuts the ribbon on a new affordable housing unit in the Department of Housing and Community Development’s Ivy City Special Demonstration Project January 10.

Reminder: DMV Ticket Amnesty  Ending January 27, 2012

All open parking, moving violation and photo-enforcement tickets issued prior to January 1, 2010 qualify for amnesty. During the amnesty period, all late penalties on eligible tickets are waived. Amnesty tickets can be paid online at, over the phone (866-893-5023) or in person at DMV Adjudication Services, 301 C Street, NW, 8:15 a.m. - 4:00 p.m,. Monday—Friday. The program ends on January 27, 2012. Read more. 


It’s mid-January and we’ve been enjoying the mild weather, but the likelihood of escaping this winter without a snow storm is dwindling   rapidly.  Don’t get caught without a plan and the supplies necessary to weather a snow storm.  Do you have a shovel, salt or other abrasives for your sidewalk?  Do you have a scraper to remove snow from your car and a shovel to dig out your car if you get stuck?  For more extensive lists of tips to prepare your family, home and car for winter weather go to  

Here are some highlights:

· Check with your child's school for closures.

· Plan your transportation ahead of time.

· Check weather forecasts weekly.

Form a neighborhood shoveling team before it begins snowing.

Learn more about snow operations based on the severity of storms.

Make sure your car is winter-ready.

Go to for winter safety tips for pedestrians, cyclists, and motorists as well as tips for safe cooking and heating your home. We want you to plan today just in case we have to plow  tomorrow. 

2012 Mayor’s Sustainability Awards

Is there anyone -- business, school, organization or individual -- building a greener, more sustainable District?

Then tell them about the 2012 Mayor’s Sustainability Awards!

Application Deadline:  April 13, 2012

Awards Ceremony:  May 31, 2012

The Mayor’s 2012 Sustainability Awards will recognize outstanding individuals, businesses, schools, institutions, and organizations for their environmental leadership and contributions to the Mayor’s vision that the District becomes the greenest, healthiest, and most livable city in the nation.  Application deadline is April 13, 2012.  The award instructions are available at

Mayor On The Move



DC Hosts US Conference of Mayor’s 80th Winter Meeting

USCM’s 80th Winter Meeting took place in the District January 18-20, 2012 and began with a special pre-meeting on job creation and workforce development. Mayor Gray gave a  presentation on the “One City One Hire” initiative and hosted a plenary on workforce development. The Winter Meeting is the premier forum for mayors and Washington leaders to come together and discuss pressing issues impacting cities and metro areas. Read more. Receives DC Tech Incubator Grant

The District is providing a $100,000 grant to the venture-capital firm, a recent and very active arrival to the District’s early-stage-startup investment scene. will relocate its headquarters from Sterling, Va. to the District and open a technology-startup accelerator to fast-track the growth of companies in which the firm has invested. Read more.




DC Youth Advisory Council (DCYAC) Swearing In Ceremony

On Tuesday, January 17, the Mayor administered the oath of office to officers of the D.C. Youth Advisory Council (DCYAC) and the Mayor’s Youth Leadership Institute (MYLI) at a formal swearing-in ceremony at The Charles Sumner School Museum & Archives. DCYAC provides leadership experience to young people from across the District of Columbia who are selected to serve as youth representatives and provide input to the Mayor on issues affecting young people and the city as a whole. MYLI is a year-round program that trains District youth in leadership and self-development. Both programs provide young people an opportunity to be a part of the civic process. For more information on DCYAC, click here.



Upcoming Events



DC FEMS & Safeway Community Wellness/Safety Fair



The District of Columbia’s Department of Fire and Emergency Medical Services has teamed up with Safeway to present a series of Community Wellness and Safety Fairs at Safeway stores across the District. The first   fair will be at the Georgetown “Social” Safeway on 1855 Wisconsin Avenue, NW, Saturday, January 28. The fair will begin at 10 am, and feature a brief program with Kenneth Ellerbe, District Fire and EMS Chief; Greg TenEyck, Director of Public Affairs and Government Relations for Safeway’s Eastern Division, along with other Safeway officials; and City officials, to be named, at 11 am.