Report Calls for New Agency to Take over D.C. Development

February 18, 2011  |  

(Washington Examiner) — D.C. Mayor Vincent Gray’s transition team is recommending a major overhaul of agencies that guide economic development in the District, including establishing an outside organization to take over the city’s major development projects.  Economic development — which includes attracting marquee businesses, building housing and ensuring job growth — has been too muddled by changing political tides and an overly complicated licensing process that has hindered business growth, the transition report said. Recommendations include establishing a “quasi-governmental” agency to oversee major development projects and reorganizing the Deputy Mayor of Planning and Economic Development office to focus on attracting and retaining businesses.

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