McDuffie Introduces Bill to Help Long-Term Businesses Stay in DC.

McDuffie Introduces Bill to Help Long-Term Businesses Stay in DC.

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Councilmember Kenyan R. McDuffie Introduces Bill to Help Long-Term Businesses Stay in DC The ‘Affordable PLACE Act’ seeks to address the problem of long-term local businesses – many owned and operated by people of color – from being priced out of DC. The legislation would create a ‘Legacy Business’ certification, provide for grants and tax abatements to legacy businesses and/or landlords Washington, DC – Today, Councilmember Kenyan R. McDuffie, Chair of the Committee on Business and Economic Development introduced the Protecting Local Area Commercial Enterprises (P.L.A.C.E.) Amendment Act of 2019 or the ‘Affordable PLACE Act’ [B23-432]. The bill supports both legacy and small local businesses by providing technical and financial assistance, incentivizing landlords to enter into or renew leases with legacy businesses, and creating protections to commercial tenants as they…
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McDuffie Introduces Certified Business Enterprise (CBE) and First Source Bill to Address Transparency, Accountability, and Compliance

McDuffie Introduces Certified Business Enterprise (CBE) and First Source Bill to Address Transparency, Accountability, and Compliance

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Councilmember Kenyan R. McDuffie Introduces Certified Business Enterprise (CBE) and First Source Bill to Address Transparency, Accountability, and Compliance Legislation would create an independent Chief Compliance Officer Councilmember McDuffie: “When it comes to compliance, the CBE program is broken.” Washington, DC – Today, Councilmember Kenyan R. McDuffie, Chair of the Committee on Business and Economic Development, introduced the Independent Compliance Office Establishment Act of 2019 [B23-471]. The legislation would create a new independent Office of the Chief Compliance Officer which would have purview of certification and enforcement over the Certified Business Enterprise (CBE) program and First Source employment program. Those programs are currently located within the Department of Small and Local Business Development (DLSBD) and the Department of Employment Services (DOES), respectively. The new Chief Compliance Officer will serve a…
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McDuffie Leads Council in Passing Emergency Legislation to Ensure Financial Feasibility of MLK Gateway Development

McDuffie Leads Council in Passing Emergency Legislation to Ensure Financial Feasibility of MLK Gateway Development

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Councilmember Kenyan R. McDuffie Leads Council in Passing Emergency Legislation to Ensure Financial Feasibility of MLK Gateway Development The proposed legislation ensures the financial feasibility of the development by providing an emergency tax abatement and amending the term sheets to allow 1909-1913 Martin Luther King, Jr Avenue, SE to be transferred to a fee simple sale Washington, DC -- Today, Councilmember Kenyan R. McDuffie, Chair of the Committee on Business and Economic Development, led the Council in passing emergency legislation to ensure financial feasibility of the MLK Gateway Development. The MLK Gateway Development team is utilizing new market tax credits as a part of its capital stack, however due to the 35-day federal government shutdown during the end of 2018 the issuance of those credits has been delayed. The delay…
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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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Statement on Securing Funds for Violence Prevention in the Upcoming Budget

Statement on Securing Funds for Violence Prevention in the Upcoming Budget

Statement
Councilmember Kenyan R. McDuffie has released the following statement on securing funds for violence prevention in the Council budget process: "We are in a state of emergency with regard to gun violence in the District of Columbia and, unfortunately, the Mayor’s proposed budget does not reflect the urgency I hear from residents who are sick of hearing gunshots in their communities and families who are heartbroken from burying family members.As the author of the NEAR Act and a champion for small business in the District of Columbia, I am proud that the Committee on Business and Economic Development’s Budget Report supports both of these priorities. The Neighborhood Prosperity Fund and Great Streets programs remain intact, funded at $10.1 million. I am proud I was able to identify $2.1 million from…
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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

Legislation Information
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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Committee on Business and Economic Development Performance and FY20 Budget Oversight Hearings

Committee on Business and Economic Development Performance and FY20 Budget Oversight Hearings

Legislation Information
The Committee on Business and Economic Development will hold the following performance oversight and budget oversight hearings. Date, Time, Room #Agencies on the AgendaMeeting TypeDate: Feb 13Room: 123Time: 10:00 AM* Department of Small and Local Business Development* Department of Insurance, Securities and Banking* Department of For-Hire Vehicles* For-Hire Vehicle Advisory CouncilPerformance Oversight HearingDate: Feb 26Room: 120Time: 2:00 PM* Public Service Commission* Office of the People’s Counsel* Office of Cable Television, Film, Music and Entertainment* Alcoholic Beverage Regulation Administration Performance Oversight HearingDate: Feb 27Room: 500Time: 10:00 AM* Deputy Mayor for Planning and Economic DevelopmentPerformance Oversight HearingDate: April 3Room: 500Time: 10:00 AM* Department of Small and Local Business Development* Department of Insurance, Securities and Banking* Department of For-Hire Vehicles Budget Oversight HearingDate: April 8Room: 120Time: 10:00 AM* Public Service Commission* Office of…
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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 Leads Council Action to Take W Street Trash Transfer Station by Eminent Domain

McDuffie Leads Council Action to Take W Street Trash Transfer Station by Eminent Domain

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Councilmember Kenyan R. McDuffie Leads Council Action to Take W Street Trash Transfer Station by Eminent Domain Represents Next Step in McDuffie’s Multi-Year Fight for Environment Justice in Brentwood Neighborhood Legislation Approves Plan to Transform Site into a District Government Facility Washington, DC – With passage today of the Warehousing and Storage Eminent Domain Authority Emergency Act of 2018, the Council of the District of Columbia took a major step toward closing the W Street Trash Transfer Station, located at the corner of Brentwood Parkway NE and W Street NE. Since taking office in 2012, Councilmember McDuffie has been working toward the day when the W Street Trash Transfer Station will permanently close its doors. To support communities in Ward 5 that are adjacent to heavy industrial sites, Councilmember McDuffie…
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