Councilmember Kenyan R. McDuffie Statement on Groundbreaking of DC PLUG Program

Councilmember Kenyan R. McDuffie Statement on Groundbreaking of DC PLUG Program

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Councilmember McDuffie Statement on Groundbreaking of DC PLUG Program The program, which is the result of legislation revised and approved by Councilmember McDuffie’s Committee on Business and Economic Development, will make the power grid more resilient while achieving a notable rate of 100% participation of Certified Business Enterprise (CBE) or Certified Joint Venture among subcontractors Washington, D.C. -- Today, Councilmember Kenyan R. McDuffie, Chair of the Committee on Business and Economic Development will join other leaders to break ground on the DC Power Line Undergrounding Project (DC PLUG). The program is in response to persistent related power outages and is the result of multiple pieces of legislation, which fall under the purview of the Committee on Business and Economic Development. “As a champion for District-based businesses, I am proud to…
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Committee on Business and Economic Development Passes Budget Report Featuring Investments in District Small Businesses and Communities

Committee on Business and Economic Development Passes Budget Report Featuring Investments in District Small Businesses and Communities

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Committee on Business and Economic Development Passes Budget Report Featuring Investments in District Small Businesses and Communities Investments for the upcoming fiscal year include support for District businesses and commercial infrastructure with funds that support Certified Business Enterprise (CBE) capacity building, Main Street revitalization and expansion, financial stability, workforce investment, small business lending, and significant capital project financing. On Wednesday, May 1, 2019, the Committee on Business and Economic Development, led by Chair Kenyan R. McDuffie, passed its budget report for Fiscal Year 2020. The budget is the culmination of months of work including public hearings, meetings with advocates and stakeholders, and a budget engagement forum in Ward 5. With today’s vote in support of the budget report, Councilmember McDuffie said: “Developed through the lens of racial equity, the Committee’s…
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McDuffie Introduces Bill to Support Small Businesses Suffering Financial Distress from District Infrastructure Projects

McDuffie Introduces Bill to Support Small Businesses Suffering Financial Distress from District Infrastructure Projects

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McDuffie Introduces Bill to Support Small Businesses Suffering Financial Distress from District Infrastructure Projects The bill would provide immediate relief for qualifying small businesses including those impacted by the DC Water Northeast Boundary Tunnel construction at 4th Street NE and Rhode Island Avenue NE; as well as businesses impacted by Monroe Street NE bridge reconstruction Washington, DC – Today, Councilmember Kenyan R. McDuffie, Chair Pro Tempore and Chair of the Committee on Business and Economic Development, introduced The Small and Certified Business Enterprise Development and Assistance Emergency Amendment Act of 2019. These pieces of legislation would provide emergency financial assistance to eligible small businesses within 500 feet of construction on District-owned or financed infrastructure. Small business owners would have to be able to demonstrate loss of revenue that leads to…
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McDuffie Supports Council Action on Landmark Legislation to Require 100% Sustainable Energy by 2032

McDuffie Supports Council Action on Landmark Legislation to Require 100% Sustainable Energy by 2032

Press Release
Council Passes Landmark Legislation to Require 100% Sustainable Energy by 2032 Legislation Includes Committee on Business and Economic Development Provisions to Support Workforce Development and Certified Business Enterprises (CBEs) Washington, DC – On Tuesday, the Council of the District of Columbia passed the CleanEnergy DC Omnibus Amendment Act of 2018 [B22-0904], having been referred to both the Committee on Transportation and the Environment as well as the Committee on Business and Economic Development, Chaired by Councilmember Kenyan R. McDuffie. This legislation places the District of Columbia as a national leader in the fight against climate change by supporting increased investment in solar energy, higher energy efficiency standards for DC’s office buildings, and expansion of the Sustainable Energy Trust Fund, of which a percentage must be used to benefit low-income residents,…
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McDuffie Champions Amendment to Ensure Minority-Owned Small Businesses are a Part of New Sports Wagering Industry

McDuffie Champions Amendment to Ensure Minority-Owned Small Businesses are a Part of New Sports Wagering Industry

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Councilmember Kenyan R. McDuffie Champions Amendment to Ensure Minority-Owned Small Businesses are a Part of New Sports Wagering Industry Amendment Prioritizes Certified Business Enterprises (CBEs) and Small Business Enterprises (SBEs) and Establishes Capacity Building and Pipeline Program The Underlying Bill, Sports Wagering Lottery Amendment Act of 2018, Already Included McDuffie Proposal that Revenue be Directed Toward Public Safety in the form of Violence Interruption Efforts Washington, DC – Yesterday, the Council of the District of Columbia passed the Sports Wagering Lottery Amendment Act of 2018 [B22-0944] incorporating Councilmember Kenyan R. McDuffie’s amendment to ensure this new industry includes a robust program to include women- and minority-owned small local businesses. As Chair of Committee of Business and Economic Development, Councilmember McDuffie crafted the amendment to incentivize firms already in the industry,…
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McDuffie Introduces Bill to Create Small Business Bonding Program

McDuffie Introduces Bill to Create Small Business Bonding Program

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Councilmember Kenyan R. McDuffie Introduces Bill to Create Small Business Bonding Program to Help Business Enterprises Compete for Contracts Program would assist eligible small business owners who have historically been unable to qualify for bonding by providing training and technical assistance to increase their bonding capacity Washington, DC – Today, Councilmember Kenyan R. McDuffie, Chair of the Committee on Business and Economic Development introduced the Small Business Bonding Program Establishment Amendment Act of 2018. District of Columbia law requires contractors to obtain a performance and payment bond for certain contracts. Contractors work with sureties to ensure they are qualified to enter into the contract, often having their credit, capacity, financial standing, and character reviewed through a rigorous underwriting process. This legislation establishes a program within the Department of Small and…
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D.C. Council Passes Councilmember Kenyan R. McDuffie’s Legislation to Make it Easier for Vendors to Work with District Government

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  D.C. Council Passes Councilmember Kenyan R. McDuffie’s Legislation to Make it Easier for Vendors to Work with District Government   The Legislation Will Create a Single Web Page to Link All D.C. Government Contracting Opportunities; Bring Vendor Invoicing and Payments Online; and Ease Dispute Resolution between Prime and Subcontractors   For Immediate Release: Tuesday, April 10, 2018 Contact: Nolan Treadway, (202) 445-0361, ntreadway@dccouncil.us Washington, DC – Today, the District of Columbia Council passed legislation introduced by Councilmember Kenyan R. McDuffie, Chair of the Committee on Business and Economic Development. The legislation, the Accessible and Transparent Procurement Amendment Act of 2018 [B22-395], incorporates parts of two other bills also introduced by Councilmember McDuffie in 2017, the Quick Payment Amendment Act of 2017 and the Government Contractor-Subcontractor Dispute Resolution Amendment Act…
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PRESS RELEASE: McDuffie Introduces Bill to Create a Single Website for all D.C. Government Contracting Opportunities

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Bill would streamline the procurement process, increase transparency, and increase competitiveness in contracting by increasing the number of bids received For Immediate Release: Tuesday, July 11, 2017 Contact: Nolan Treadway, 202-445-0361, ntreadway@dccouncil.us Washington, DC – Today, Councilmember Kenyan R. McDuffie, Chair of the Committee on Business and Economic Development introduced the “Accessible and Transparent Procurement Amendment Act of 2017” [B22-0395] along with the following co-introducers: Councilmembers Charles Allen, Anita Bonds, Mary Cheh, David Grosso, Brianne Nadeau, Elissa Silverman, Robert White, and Trayon White. This measure would require the District government to place all District government solicitations over $25,000 on a single website that provides machine-readable and searchable information. Additionally, the bill also requires the Executive to post a list of all contracts in the preceding year that had a closing…
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PRESS RELEASE: Kenyan R. McDuffie Introduces Bills to Expand Opportunities for CBEs and Help D.C. Police Officers and Firefighters to Live in D.C.

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For Immediate Release: Wednesday, January 11, 2017 Washington, DC – On Tuesday, January 10, the District of Columbia Council held its first legislative meeting of Council Period 22 at which Councilmember McDuffie, Chair of the Committee on Business and Economic Development, introduced and co-introduced the following legislation. Local and Small Business Equity and Development Participation Amendment Act of 2017 This legislation will help businesses in the Certified Business Enterprise (CBE) Program profit from contracts awarded from the Housing Production Trust Fund. Currently, the Department of Housing and Community Development does not give priority to developers who contract with CBEs for equity and development participation. As a result, many contracts awarded from the Housing Production Trust Fund go to out of town developers and large companies who do not contract with…
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