02 Dec 2018

IPS superintendent among finalists to lead DC schools, Washington Post reports

(WISH) — The Washington Post on Saturday night reported Indianapolis Public Schools Superintendent Lewis D. Ferebee was a finalist in the search for a chancellor to lead Washington D.C. schools.

The other finalist, Amanda Alexander, serves as the interim chancellor for Washington D.C. schools, the Post reported.

In April, News 8 reported that Ferebee was chosen as a finalist to lead the Los Angeles Unified School District. He withdrew his name from consideration in that search.

According to the Washington Post report, people with knowledge of the selection process released the names of the finalists after a Saturday meeting of the committee advising the mayor on the selection. The mayor’s office told the Washington Post a panel on Saturday questioned the finalists for about 2.5 hours.

It was not clear Saturday night when a decision would be made regarding the chancellor position.

News 8 has reached out to IPS for comment.

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22 Nov 2018

sshape, Inc. Opens Doors in Washington, DC

sshape, Inc. Opens Doors in Washington, DC

The new architecture and interior design firm is founded on passion and backed by long experience.

WASHINGTON (PRWEB) November 15, 2018

sshape, Inc., has opened its doors as Washington, DC’s newest architecture and interior design firm serving commercial clients in the real estate, business, and non-profit communities. The new venture reflects the desire of partners Roger Sola-Sole and Travis Herret to refocus on the values that drive their passion for design.

Those core values include developing meaningful, client-driven design concepts informed by a deep understanding not only of a client’s brand and business, but of who they are and how they work. For Sola-Sole and Herret, along with partners Preeti Reddy, Stephanie Berry, and Diran Corria, reconnecting with their love of good design meant leaving their previous firm and striking out on their own.

"We founded sshape on the promise that we will listen to our clients and respond with innovative solutions that improve the quality of their work environments. We want to provide the highest level of design and service to the real estate community and our clients," said Sola-Sole, a 25-year veteran of the DC architecture world.

At sshape, that client focus is paramount. As a small, nine-member firm, sshape’s diverse group of architects and interior designers can forge more direct connections with their clients and projects.

"We wanted to get back to being makers, being hands-on with our clients, and creating great workspaces from the bottom up," said Herret, who has practiced in the District for over a decade. "We get to shape the spaces that people live and work in, and how they experience the world. That’s a tremendously positive job."

sshape is a minority-owned business enterprise whose initial client list includes GiveCampus, who provide a digital fundraising platform for schools, Strayer University, a for-profit university with new campuses opening up in Nashville, TN and Austin, TX, and a number of non-profits and trade associations.

sshape’s studio is located on Desales Street in Northwest DC, where its architects and designers can connect with the community they serve daily. For more information about sshape, visit the website at http://www.sshapedc.com, or contact Roger Sola-Sole (sola-sole(at)sshapedc.com) or Travis Herret (therret(at)sshapedc.com).

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03 Nov 2018

Summer Housing in Washington DC

NYU Washington DC

In conjunction with NYU Global Programs, we are excited to offer matriculated NYU students the opportunity to live in Washington, DC this summer at the newly built Constance Milstein & Family Global Academic Center, conveniently located at 1307 L Street, NW in the heart of Washington, DC and only a short walk to the McPherson Square Metro Station.

Summer Housing in Washington, DC is available to matriculated NYU students who will either be enrolled for coursework, participating in an internship or participating in other educationally related activity in the Washington, DC area during their residency.

Space for NYU students is limited and subject to availability.

Non-NYU students are not eligible to apply to live in the Washington, DC facility at this time.

All accommodations are furnished double bedrooms in four-person suites. Each suite includes a full bathroom, kitchenette (no oven), and a living/dining area. NYU wireless service is available throughout the building. Each floor has a lounge with cable TV. All suites are air-conditioned.

A live-on Residential Life Coordinator, as well as residential life staff, oversee community development, crisis response, and other student life initiatives. 24 hour security is provided and all guests must be signed in.

For more information about the accommodations, please click here.

NYU Summer Housing in Washington, DC will follow the same weekly schedule that is offered in NYU Summer Housing in NYC. The earliest check-in date is Sunday, May 20, 2018. The final check-out date is Sunday, August 12, 2018. An eight week minimum stay is required.

The weekly summer housing rate in Washington, DC is:

We are no longer accepting applications for Summer 2018.

To access the application:

Login to your NYUHome with your Net ID and password.
In the search box in the upper-right, search for Housing Forms. When the card comes up, click the "GO" button.
This will bring you to the NYU Housing Portal. Select the NYU-Washington DC summer housing application and click "ACCESS APPLICATION".
Please complete each step of the application carefully and follow all instructions. Applicants will provide affiliation information, reservation dates, and roommate/suitemate requests on the application.

If you have any questions please contact us at summer.housing.dc@nyu.edu

To make any adjustment to your reservation, including cancellation, please send an email to summer.housing.dc@nyu.edu. Your email should include your name and NYU ID and should indicate that you have applied to stay in Washington, DC Summer Housing.

The fee structure for changing your dates and the cancellation of your reservation is consistent with the general Summer Housing date change and cancellation policies on this website.

Summer Course in Washington, DC

The NYU Office of Global Programs is offering a 4 credit summer internship course so that students can receive academic credit for and make meaning out of their summer internship experiences. For more information, to ask questions, and to apply for the course, please visit our website here.

If you have any questions, please contact us at summer.housing.dc@nyu.edu

Please note, unless specifically linked from this page, policies and procedures on the Summer Housing website apply to NYU/NY Summer Housing only.

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01 Jun 2018

Property Details for 1803 Bay St SE

1803 Bay St Se, Washington, DC 20003
1803 Bay St Se, Washington, DC 20003

Quintessential residence in the heart of the Nations Capitol. Boasting hardwood floors & upgraded finishes this residence captures traditional District elegance combined with the finest contemporary finishes. Three levels include a fully finished English basement with a kitchen and full bath. Contact Joseph Olatunde Seriki or Deven Lee directly w/ inquiries or to arrange a private property tour.

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22 May 2018

JBG Smith Launches Affordable Housing Initiative To Preserve And Build Over 2,000 Units

D.C.’s largest developer and real estate owner is preparing to take on one of the city’s biggest issues: affordable housing.

JBG Smith, in partnership with the Federal City Council, is launching the Washington Housing Initiative with the goal of preserving or building between 2,000 and 3,000 units of affordable workforce housing.

The initiative comes as JBG Smith is courting Amazon with its Crystal City office portfolio; the tech giant has told local officials that affordable housing is one of its top priorities for an HQ2 landing spot.

Along with the launch, JBG Smith announced it has hired AJ Jackson as executive vice president of social impact investments to lead the developer’s work on the initiative. Jackson was previously a partner with developer EYA.

The Washington Housing Initiative will be split into two components. The partnership is creating a nonprofit entity, the Washington Housing Conservancy, to acquire, develop and operate workforce housing. JBG Smith will manage The Impact Pool, an investment vehicle created to provide capital for the acquisition and development of affordable workforce housing. The group will focus on what it calls "high-impact locations," fast-growing areas where housing prices are expected to rise over the next decade.

"This initiative takes advantage of our existing operations and scale to help address a critical need in the community," JBG Smith CEO Matt Kelly said in a statement. "We are deeply committed to the success of this effort and to helping strengthen communities throughout our region by addressing this urgent and growing housing need.”

JBG Smith is not the only large D.C. developer to turn its attention to affordable housing. MRP Realty, typically a market-rate builder, has recently filled its development pipeline with a large concentration of affordable units, including a fully affordable, 137-unit Ward 7 project and NoMa’s 806-unit Northwest One development, which will set aside 67% of its units as affordable.

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12 May 2018

Royal wedding pub brings taste of fairytale Britain to Washington DC

The Beatles are being blasted over the pub’s loudspeaker, and the boisterous bar crowd are enjoying “Markle Sparkle” cocktails.

The walls are adorned with pink and white floral arrangements – and the kitchen is being guarded by a statue of a Beefeater, the ceremonial guards more often spotted protecting the Tower of London.

This is the Royal Wedding Pub, a pop-up bar in Washington DC that has been created to capture excitement about the wedding of Prince Harry and Meghan Markle, an American actor, on 19 May.

“I hate to use cliches, but it’s like that fairytale thing where the commoner girl meets the prince,” says Megan Biggins, a local resident who along with three of her friends has donned a fascinator hat for the outing to the pub.

It has already drawn hundreds of patrons each evening since its official launch earlier this month, with the most devoted willing to queue up, sometimes for hours. The temporary venue has a fan-vaulted ceiling and stained glass, modeled after St George’s Chapel in Windsor Castle where Prince Harry was christened and will marry his bride.

The Royal Wedding Pub is the latest creation by Drink Company, a group behind other viral pop-ups that included pubs inspired by Game of Thrones and Washington’s annual cherry blossom festival. The “Markle Sparkle” is one of the most popular drinks – a twist on an Aperol spritz with rose cider and edible glitter. Twiglets are among the snacks.

“She’s the first American princess. We’ve got to pay homage to her,” says Matt Fox, the special projects director at Drink Company.

Pamela Boundy and her daughter Morgan Boundy pose for selfies in the throne room at the Royal Wedding Pub.Photograph: Evelyn Hockstein for the Guardian

Paul Taylor, the company’s head of bar concepts, says the team dove “down the rabbit hole” to get every detail right. “The names of the cocktails are important, the ingredients are important, the glassware is important,” he says.

The “When Harry Met Meghan” cocktail is served in a royal wedding collector’s mug. The scotch-based drink is made with ginger, a cheeky reference to Prince Harry’s hair, and banana. The latter, Taylor says, is a favorite of the couple’s.

With drink in hand, visitors congregate inside a recreation of the Buckingham Palace throne room, replete with red and gold curtains. Pub-goers wrap themselves in a red velvet robe and pose for pictures with a stuffed corgi, as cardboard cutouts of Prince William and Kate, the Duchess of Cambridge, and Queen Elizabeth herself flank the two thrones.

The Royal Wedding Pub has drawn a range of patrons, most of them young women, from self-confessed anglophiles to fans of the Netflix series The Crown. Some simply want to see what all the fuss is about.

Pamela Boundy is the embodiment of an American aficionado of the royal family, holding court at the corner of the bar in a gold paper crown that comes as a keepsake with a cocktail aptly named God Save the Queen.

A list of royal wedding-inspired cocktails.Photograph: Evelyn Hockstein for the Guardian

A resident of Midland, Michigan, she is visiting her daughter in Washington and is planning a watch party at her home for the royal nuptials at 4.30am local time in DC.

“We have a red carpet and everybody dresses up for the occasion,” says Boundy. “My husband dresses up in a tuxedo and plays the butler. We serve an English breakfast and clotted cream.”

The family hosted a similar affair when Prince William wed Kate Middleton, but the idea of an American princess has ramped up their excitement.

“It’s about time,” Boundy says.

On the big day itself, when Prince Harry and Markle are to officially wed, the Royal Wedding Pub plans to open doors first thing in the morning for a watch party. All of the day’s proceeds will go to the Invictus Games Foundation, the international sporting event founded by Prince Harry for wounded, injured and sick servicemen and women.

One thing US TV viewers of the wedding apparently won’t see, though, is Donald Trump or Barack Obama – who is friends with Prince Harry – attending the event, after it emerged there would be no official political invitations.

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02 May 2018

Menlo Group Senior VP Becomes Member of Elite Commercial Real Estate Society

Grafton Milne of Menlo Group Commercial Real Estate has achieved the SIOR office designation awarded by the Society of Industrial and Office REALTORS®. SIOR is a Washington, DC-based international professional organization of more than 3,100 commercial real estate professionals, 2,900 of whom have earned the coveted SIOR designation. “I have always tried to apply Covey’s Principle of ‘Sharpening the Saw’. I am always looking for ways to become better in all aspects of my life. Obtaining the SIOR designation was a perfect way to push myself professionally,” Milne said.SIOR, which boasts of having just 3,100 members across the globe, is the pinnacle of achievement for anyone desiring to become one of the top brokers in their city. The exclusiveness means that these brokers are considered the most ethical and trustworthy professionals in the field.“I have always looked at local SIOR’s as being the ‘cream of the crop’ in our market,” said Milne.Milne started his real estate career working alongside his brother Tanner. In the summer of 2007 they worked together for a commercial developer and as the Phoenix market began to decline that year, Grafton took a gamble and followed his entrepreneurial-minded brother and they started Menlo Group Commercial Real Estate in October 2008. Since then, Grafton has been involved in hundreds of real estate sale and lease transactions. One notable transaction was the sale of the former Phoenix Memorial Hospital in downtown Phoenix.“It is an absolute honor to be welcomed into such an elite group of professionals. Not only are SIOR designees known for being the top producers in their markets but they are market-tested, ethically driven, and respected in the industry,” Milne added.Since the organization began, SIOR members have completed over 78,000 transactions. The average SIOR member has sold a million square feet of space for a total dollar volume of 31 million spread across 30 transactions. Members can hold specialty designations in industrial, office, sales manager, executive manager or advisory service.Grafton is not the first member of the Menlo Group team to obtain the SIOR designation. His brother Tanner achieved the coveted SIOR office designation roughly one year ago. He believes more will follow. Many of the brokers at Menlo Group already hold the Certified Commercial Investment Member (CCIM) designation and are encouraged to take the next steps in progressing toward their SIOR designation.In their new corporate office completed last year, Menlo Group has the following quote from Thomas Edison posted on the wall for the entire office to see, “Opportunity is missed by most people because it is dressed in overalls and looks like work.” Hard work is required to become an SIOR with its stringent qualifications and certifying expertise. This aligns perfectly with the core values at Menlo Group.SIOR, founded by industrial brokers Frank Binswanger and David Houston in 1939, started life in Philadelphia where it was vital in helping find land for building plants to help in the World War II effort. It slowly grew from those beginnings to spread across America as well as around the rest of the World. SIOR is affiliated with the National Association of REALTORS®.Menlo Group Commercial Real Estate is a full-service commercial real estate brokerage that services the industrial, retail, child care and general, medical and dental office markets in the Metropolitan Phoenix area. We exist to illuminate the path to success for our clients, brokers and employees. Yes, we’re a commercial real estate firm. But really, that’s just the vehicle we’ve chosen to help people find their own definition of success. Finding just the right location and structure for a client, the right tenants for a building, the right fit for brokers and employees. Those are the things we strive for every day.

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22 Apr 2018

Washington state’s economy ranked highest in the nation despite relatively low investment per capita

Aerial view of Seattle, Lake Washington, and Bellevue. (Flickr Photo / Joe Wolf)

Washington state’s technology industry isn’t always considered in the same league as California’s. But a 2017 study getting renewed attention this week suggests that Washington is actually punching well above its weight.

Credit reporting site WalletHub compared all 50 states and the District of Columbia across 27 metrics for economic health and opportunity in the report. The study resurfaced this week when Visual Capitalist, a digital media brand, compiled the data in the infographic below.

Washington ranked No. 1, driven by factors like strong gross domestic product growth, exports per capita, and percentage of high-tech jobs.

Booming Silicon Valley helped California land second place but the state’s high housing costs — 92.7 percent above the national average — weighed it down in the economic health rankings.

(Visual Capitalist graphic. Click to enlarge)

Washington’s first place spot is particularly notable because the state has relatively low investment per capita, according to the report. Washington’s per capita investment is $154 while California’s is $800 and New York’s $378. Washington’s lack of venture capital is often cited as a reason the state doesn’t have more startup activity.

The top three states — Washington, California, and Utah all have relatively similar tax burdens, according to the report. That led venture capitalist and progressive rabble-rouser Nick Hanauer to tweet this:

Socialist hell hole Washington State ranks #1 economy. At what point do conservatives begin to clue in to the fact that it is conservatism that makes them poor? https://t.co/fKMPGDu3SI

— Nick Hanauer (@NickHanauer) April 20, 2018

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12 Apr 2018

local student headed to Washington DC–Needs your help!

This summer, Jadan Quintero from New Port Richey will join outstanding middle school students from across the nation to take part in a unique academic and career-oriented development experience, Junior National Young Leaders Conference in Washington, D.C. Junior National Young Leaders Conference is a great opportunity for high-achieving scholars to get outside the classroom and see, through hands-on interactive learning, how to innovate and think creatively

Jadan was nominated by his teacher at Gulf Middle School. In addition to participating in the AVID program, Jadan also serves on the National Junior Honor Society and the Pasco Sheriff Junior Explorers Program. He also actively attends church and loves to play basketball. Jadan plans to pursue his dream of having a career in law enforcement and is looking forward to learning what it takes to be a leader and much more this summer at the conference.

The cost of tuition and travel is an estimated $3,000. We are actively running a Go Fund Me Page and we are asking for the community’s support in making this trip a reality! Please see more on www.gofundme.com/JadanQ. Please share and if you can, donate. Thank you for reading!

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02 Apr 2018

Russian News Network RT On Washington DC Airwaves? Nyet!

Russian broadcaster RT is being taken off the air in Washington, DC as of midnight on Sunday.

The English-language channel, formerly known as Russia Today, has been described by US intelligence agencies as “state-run propaganda.” RT counters that it is a news operation that provides alternative information under the slogan, “Question More.”

RT is carried by digital stations WNVT and WNVC in the Northern Virginia area, and the stations’ owner auctioned off its share of the digital airwaves for use by wireless developer applications. That will eliminate the ability to carry programming from RT and others. Because of that, RT also will vanish from local cable providers, which are required to carry all broadcasters in their area.

The Kremlin said on Friday that taking RT off the air in Washington looked illegal and discriminatory.

The US Department of Justice forced RT to register as “a foreign agent” in November of last year. That move requires it to disclose financial information, something the station claims is burdensome as it tries to expand its distribution.

“These cable providers announced that they won’t provide their services to RT,” said Kremlin spokesman Dmitry Peskov. “Lawyers are examining the details, but as of now and at first glance it looks like a groundless decision.”

Peskov also said discrimination against Russia media concerned the Kremlin. “It’s a very worrying tendency,” he said. “They are demonstrating a discriminatory policy towards the media in the US, which probably breaks the law and contradicts all these statements about freedom of speech.”

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