The District of Columbia creates an environment for economic development for businesses ranging from home-based sole proprietorships to large publicly traded companies. The growth of the District's employment base and number of residents closely tracks the increase in locally based companies. Several agencies and organizations lead the planning, technical assistance, and revitalization projects necessary to capitalize on potential economic development opportunities.
Office of the Deputy Mayor for Planning and Economic Development
This office oversees and coordinates execution of the District's economic development programs and projects; represents the Mayor to businesses, developers, and other government agencies; and manages
the executive agencies responsible for economic development. The DMPED website describes key initiatives and provides information about doing business in the District of Columbia.
Business Improvement Districts
These are commercial areas of the District that collect a "self tax" from property owners to provide services and programs.
Community Development Corporations
Community Development Corporations (CDCs) and other community-based organizations work to revitalize distressed neighborhoods throughout the District of Columbia.
Department of Housing and Community Development
This agency facilitates the production and preservation of housing, community, and economic development opportunities. DHCD fosters partnerships with for-profit and nonprofit organizations to create and maintain stable neighborhoods; retain and expand the city's tax base; promote economic opportunities through community empowerment; and retain and create job and business opportunities for the benefit of DC residents.
Office of Planning
This office develops revitalization plans, works with neighborhoods to set priorities, and incorporates historic preservation into city planning. The Office of Planning also serves as the state data center for the US Census.