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Mayor Vincent C. Gray Highlights His Agenda to Get District Residents Back to Work

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WHO/WHAT: Mayor Vincent C. Gray, federal and private partners and members of his economic-development team are highlighting the Gray Administration’s efforts to reduce unemployment in the District of Columbia by encouraging continued job growth and economic development in the city as well as connecting more DC residents with the skills they need to compete for good jobs that are already here or are on their way.


The unemployment rate in the District of Columbia is just under 11 percent, and in some parts of the city – particularly in Wards 7 and 8 – it is much higher. Job growth, workforce training and economic development make up one of Mayor Gray’s major priorities for his administration. During his September 7 City Hall Media Availability and over the next week, Mayor Gray is highlighting four aspects of his jobs-and-economic-development agenda: the launch of the new One City • One Hire initiative; the jobs created through spending by federal partners in the transportation sector; the newly established AT&T Nation’s Football Classic, an annual college football game that highlights the gridiron tradition of historically black colleges and universities (HBCU’s); and the Gray Administration’s ongoing efforts to reform the District’s Temporary Assistance for Needy Families (TANF) program.


Thursday, September 8

10:00 a.m.: Mayor Gray Launches One City • One Hire initiative

Location: DC Chamber of Commerce Atrium
506 9th Street NW
Washington, DC 20004

Description: With this new initiative, the DC Department of Employment Services (DOES) will partner with employers in the District and the metropolitan area by offering an incentive for them to commit to hiring at least one unemployed District resident this year. The program is modeled after a successful program involving business partners in Atlanta ( In the first six months of that program’s launch, 13,000 people found jobs through it. The One City • One Hire initiative is a public/private partnership effort between the District government (facilitated by DOES) and the DC area business community (led by the DC Chamber of Commerce). Several partners have committed to the program already -- including the Chamber, the Federal City Council and the Washington Board of Trade.

Friday, September 9

2:30 p.m.: Mayor Gray, U.S. Secretary of Transportation Ray LaHood and District Department of Transportation (DDOT) Director Terry Bellamy highlight how federal transportation spending creates jobs for states and municipalities.

Location: 11th Street Bridge
Southbound 295 Flyover Ramp South of Pennsylvania Avenue SE

Description: President Obama is giving a major speech on jobs on Thursday, September 8, and Secretary LaHood will be using DDOT’s 11th Street Bridge Project – which uses federal funding – as a backdrop for an event to highlight how transportation spending creates jobs.

Saturday, September 5

3:30 p.m.: Mayor Gray attends the First Annual AT&T Nation’s Football Classic

Location: RFK Stadium
2400 East Capitol Street NE
Washington, DC 20003

Description: The AT&T Nation’s Football Classic™ was founded by Events DC earlier this year. The inaugural game features Howard University and Morehouse College. The two schools are committed through 2013. The Classic is more than a game; it’s a celebration of the culture, tradition and unity of Historically Black Colleges and Universities (HBCUs). Ticket prices will range from $15 to $60, making it an inexpensive family or group outing. All other official events during the weekend are free and open to the general public. Events surrounding the Classic include a diverse list of educational experiences, networking opportunities and entertaining events for fans of all ages and interests. Through social and educational events, the AT&T Nation’s Football Classic™ offers a full breath of experiences for a variety of audiences.