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The Future of Development is East of the River

Mayor Vincent C. Gray | 7/9/2011, 12:16 p.m.
When I view the future of our city, I see sustainable jobs and smart economic...
A newly-released report by Mayor Vincent Gray's administration details his accomplishments surrounding the first 200 days in office.

That's why my administration has implemented a number of efforts aimed at workforce development and connecting job seekers with employers.

For instance, we are reforming the Department of Employment Services (DOES). I've hired Lisa Mallory, who has extensive experience in organizational transformation, to direct DOES, and she has recruited a talented new leadership team. Ms. Mallory has developed a blueprint for improving and expanding services and operations focused on fiscal stability, job creation, and sustainability through employee training and development.

I charged DOES with implementing a reformed Summer Youth Employment Program aimed not only at providing a summer job and pay to young people, but also providing them with a true work experience.

We've implemented the new One-Stop Centers for employment services in conjunction with our Community College of the District of Columbia - because education is an integral part of workforce development.

We've revitalized the District's First Source program and bolstered enforcement of the First Source Law, which requires those contracting with the District government to hire more District residents.

And we are reinvigorating our Workforce Investment Council.

East-of-the-River communities will benefit greatly from these steps. I pray that, 10 years hence, we'll be citing places like Historic Anacostia and Skyland as development success stories the same way we cite U Street and Columbia Heights today. And everyone in our great city will benefit as we become "One City."