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Uber Makes D.C. Its East Coast Home

Uber’s new D.C. headquarters that will serve as a hub for the company’s East Coast operations is the latest addition to city’s business community.

The ride-sharing service’s office in Northwest was part of Mayor Muriel Bowser’s kickoff of “Scissors & Shovels Day” on Friday, with ribbon-cuttings for the groundbreaking of seven new developments throughout the city.

“Uber’s growth in the city and move into a larger office is great for the District and its tech community,” Bowser said. “Our residents have embraced the sharing economy, our tech scene is on the rise, and the District is a good place to do business.”

Uber’s new space will become one of its largest offices outside of its San Francisco headquarters, and will be able to accommodate over 500 employees in the 55,000-square-foot office.

“Uber is honored to call the District home and extremely proud to help expand transportation options and economic development throughout our communities,” said Rachel Holt, Uber’s East Coast regional general manager. “Mayor Bowser’s leadership and continued support of innovation has tremendously contributed to our local success and helped solidify D.C. as Uber’s East Coast regional hub.”

The Scissors & Shovels event aims to showcase the city’s progress in expanding economic opportunity through a series of ribbon-cuttings and groundbreakings for new developments, businesses and affordable housing units.

“We are thrilled that Uber has planted it roots in D.C., and we welcome them into their newly constructed office,” Bowser said.

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Sarafina Wright –Washington Informer Staff Writer

Sarafina Wright is a staff writer at the Washington Informer where she covers business, community events, education, health and politics. She also serves as the editor-in-chief of the WI Bridge, the Informer’s millennial publication. A native of Charlotte, North Carolina, she attended Howard University, receiving a Bachelor of Arts in Journalism. A proud southern girl, her lineage can be traced to the Gullah people inhabiting the low-country of South Carolina. The history of the Gullah people and the Geechee Dialect can be found on the top floor of the National Museum of African American History and Culture. In her spare time she enjoys watching either college football or the Food Channel and experimenting with make-up. When she’s not writing professionally she can be found blogging at www.sarafinasaid.com. E-mail: Swright@washingtoninformer.com Social Media Handles: Twitter: @dreamersexpress, Instagram: @Sarafinasaid, Snapchat: @Sarafinasaid

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