The District of Columbia promotes an attractive business environment by providing traditional city services including trash and recycling removal, sanitation enforcement, road and bridge maintenance, coordination of mass transit efforts with other municipalities, and emergency preparedness.
Department of Small and Local Business Development
The Department of Small and Local Business Development is charged with fostering economic growth and the development of emerging District-based business enterprises. DSLBD focuses on the following programmatic areas that work in conjunction to sustain and grow small and local businesses: Certification; Business Opportunities and Access to Capital; Training and Education; and Commercial Revitalization.
Department of Public Works
The Department of Public Works (DPW) provides environmental services, including trash removal, recycling, and street and alley cleaning in the District of Columbia. DPW also educates the public about sanitation regulations and enforces those regulations.
Clean City Initiative
This initiative's objective is to achieve and maintain a clean District of Columbia. Clean City Initiative works with the DC department heads who have operational responsibility to develop and coordinate clean city program activities and to deliver clean city services. The initiative has established standards for assessing the cleanliness of the entire city and evaluates it using citizen volunteer rating teams.
District Department of Transportation
The District Department of Transportation (DDOT) manages and maintains transportation infrastructure. DDOT plans, designs, constructs, and maintains streets, alleys, sidewalks, bridges, traffic signals, and street lights; manages and makes improvements to the street system to facilitate traffic flow; assists with the removal of snow and ice from the streets and coordinates activities during snow emergencies; and coordinates mass transit services, including the reduced-fare program for students using MetroBus and MetroRail.
Homeland Security and Emergency Management Agency
The Homeland Security and Emergency Management Agency (HSEMA) monitors all activity in the city including weather conditions, fires and other emergencies, and special events including the many marches, rallies, and demonstrations that occur each year in the District. HSEMA coordinates the city's response to disasters, emergencies, severe weather conditions, and other catastrophic events. HSEMA also has primary responsibility for ensuring that the city is safe from hazards of all types. The agency provides disaster preparedness training for city employees and other interested persons.
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DC Business Newsletter
The BRC Bulletin, a monthly email newsletter, provides a wealth of information on business-oriented programs and services in a timely, easy-to-read format. The alerts highlight valuable tools and resources to help you successfully launch and operate your business or nonprofit in the District.
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