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August 24, 2011

Mayor Vincent C. Gray Names Leaders of St. Elizabeths East Campus Development Advisory Council 

Group to Advise Officials on Development Associated With Future DHS Headquarters

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(WASHINGTON, DC) – Mayor Vincent C. Gray today announced the formation and leadership of an advisory board to help guide the development of the St. Elizabeths East Campus area.

“The goal of the St. Elizabeths East Campus redevelopment mirrors my overall agenda for the city,” said Mayor Gray. “The prospect of bringing the federal government, the District government, the best and the brightest of the business community, our residents and our educators together to work toward the mutual goal of creating jobs for residents in Wards 7 and 8 as well as increasing the overall prosperity and economic diversity of our city is a once-in-a-lifetime opportunity.”

Mayor Gray named George Vradenburg, Herb Miller and Telaekah Brooks to lead the board, with each chairing a committee.

George Vradenburg is a former AOL/Time Warner Executive Vice President and co-founder of the Chesapeake Crescent Initiative. He will chair the board’s Innovation Committee. Mr. Vradenburg is a graduate of Oberlin College and Harvard Law School and a former Vice President and General Counsel for CBS, Inc. and Fox, Inc. He lives in Ward 3.

Herb Miller, Founder and Chairman of the Board of the Western Development Corporation, is a Washington native and a graduate of George Washington University with a degree in urban and regional development. Mr. Miller has developed over 20 million square feet of projects, including the landmark District projects of Georgetown Park, Washington Harbour, Market Square and Gallery Place. He will chair the board’s Real Estate Committee, and resides in Ward 2.

Telaekah Brooks, Dean of the School of Professional Studies at Trinity Washington University and a small business advocate, will chair the Education Committee. She received a B.A. in sociology from the University of Michigan and a J.D. from Howard University Law School. She lives in Ward 5.

The remaining Advisory Board members will be announced in September.

The St. Elizabeths Development Opportunity

The consolidation of the U.S. Department of Homeland Security (DHS) headquarters on the St. Elizabeths site is a chance for the District to generate jobs, provide education and training for expanded employment opportunities, create innovation-driven development on the West Campus and diversify the city’s financial base. The 183-acre site offers the District a major economic and community-building opportunity.

Earlier this summer Mayor Gray named Deputy Mayor for Planning and Economic Development Victor Hoskins to head the development effort. In June, the Mayor and his team established the priorities for this public/private effort to provide jobs, increase the tax base, increase the number of innovative businesses in Washington and provide an education strategy that will train and prepare residents in areas of technology and other sciences, with a particular focus on helping residents of the immediate St. Elizabeths neighborhood – Wards 7 and 8 – compete for jobs there.

The Advisory Board will provide expert counsel in their professional areas on a pro bono, non-fiduciary basis. No Advisory Board member will benefit financially from the redevelopment of the East Campus.

The Advisory Board will work directly with Mayor Gray and Deputy Mayor Hoskins to help finalize the D.C. Innovation Strategic Plan, an effort funded by a Department of Commerce EDA grant. The Board will leverage their combined expertise and experience to help make the Mayor’s vision for the St. Elizabeths East Campus a reality.

DHS will anchor the site. The project and related developments are expected to bring thousands of new jobs to the District.