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The FCC carefully selects a small number of projects of great importance which can only be achieved through the collaborative efforts of the District’s most committed civic leaders. We choose projects that are barely achievable, but not impossible, and that yield great dividends for the District. We adopt projects that require the coordination of multiple stakeholders and we facilitate collaboration among the private sector, the federal government and the District of Columbia. We rely heavily on the support and expertise of our trustees to bring our projects to fruition.

Previous successes include contributions to the creation of Metro, the renovation of Union Station, the building of the Verizon Center, and the redevelopment of Pennsylvania Avenue. Current projects include sustaining public education reform, increasing infrastructure investment, improving transportation mobility in the District, reducing unemployment through job creation and job readiness, ensuring the District’s fiscal stability and integrity, and supporting the growth of the District’s tourism economy.

Some of our current projects

With its rich history, wealth of museums and monuments, and vast array of natural beauty, the District has the potential to be one of the world's great tourist destinations. Unfortunately, the District isn't realizing its potential as a tourist destination. Unlike other cities where the prominent tourism industry promotes itself; here, the federal government doesn't maximize investments to promote the city's attractions.  D.C. ranks seventh out of all U.S. municipalities in dollars spent to attract tourism.

With D.C.’s thriving economy and impressive urban transformation, more and more new residents – especially singles, young couples, and baby boomers – are flocking to the city. Long-term investments to renew and expand economic and social infrastructure will play a critical role in the District’s economic future and livability. The District needs to think about how to promote increased investment to meet the District’s infrastructure needs by deploying new strategies and leveraging untapped resources.

The Workforce Investment Council (WIC) is the vehicle for strategic decisions about how the city invests in workforce development. Members of the WIC include representatives from the private sector, local business representatives, government officials, organized labor, youth community groups, and organizations with workforce investment experience. The WIC is responsible for developing a five-year strategic workforce investment plan for the District.

 

Established more than 30 years ago by the National Academy Foundation (NAF), Career Academies have become a widely used high school reform initiative that aims to keep students engaged in school and prepare them for successful transitions to postsecondary education and employment. Academies are organized as small learning communities, combining academic and technical curricula around a career theme and establishing partnerships with local employers to provide work-based learning opportunities.