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What is Georgetown 2028?
Georgetown 2028 is the collaborative planning process that led to the development of a 15-year strategic vision and formal plan to ensure Georgetown remains a world-class commercial district – economically, physically, environmentally – and the actions that must be taken through the next 15 years, until 2028, to see this vision realized.
Why do we need a plan?
Many Georgetown merchants, residents and property owners say they would like to improve this historic neighborhood. They recognize that in recent years the world around Georgetown has changed. Once, Georgetown was the primary shopping, dining and entertainment district not only for those in D.C., but for many living in the suburbs. Area residents now have more options where they can shop and dine, including new and emerging neighborhoods such as 14th Street, U Street, Downtown D.C. or H Street. They can also go to nearby Clarendon, Va. and Bethesda, Md. All of these neighborhoods have undergone major revitalization and development in the past 15 years. The Georgetown 2028 Plan addresses the issues and opportunities identified by Georgetowners to keep our neighborhood strong. The Georgetown 2028 Plan also recommends a 75-item Action Agenda to help us stay competitive in the rapidly changing marketplace.
Why 15 years?
A 15-year plan gives Georgetown sufficient time to strategically prepare for major investments. It is a short enough timeline to keep us focused on the neighborhood's priorities.
Who started Georgetown 2028 and who is involved?
The Georgetown Business Improvement District (BID) launched Georgetown 2028 in January 2013, engaging a broad spectrum of community residents and stakeholders. A 21-member Task Force, comprised of merchants, property owners, community leaders, ANC members, restaurateurs, Georgetown office tenants, architects, BID Board members and concerned citizens, anchored this effort. The Task Force, which held its first meeting May 14, was advised by three working groups with more than 40 members who tackled economic development, public space and transportation issues. Two rounds of community engagement sessions were held in June and October. The June meeting focused on generating ideas and addressing concerns to ensure that work reflected the best thinking. In October, preliminary ideas were shared and the community provided feedback. The planning process was completed in December 2013 and the formal Georgetown 2028 Plan was launched in January 2014.
What is the Georgetown BID?
The Georgetown Business Improvement District (BID) is a nonprofit organization dedicated to protecting and enhancing the accessibility, attractiveness and overall appeal of Georgetown. Established in 1999 by its property owners and merchants, the Georgetown BID has more than 1,000 members. The organization is located in the heart of Georgetown in Washington, D.C. and sets a standard of excellence in preserving historic charm while meeting contemporary needs. From marketing and special events, to transportation, economic development, destination management and streetscape, the Georgetown BID contributes to the vitality and quality of life in Georgetown.
Who is paying for Georgetown 2028?
Georgetown 2028 is funded by the Georgetown BID. It is also supported through countless volunteer hours by Task Force members and working group participants. Significant new investment will be required to advance many recommendations, particularly for transportation infrastructure. Only some recommendations will require new funding, and certain projects will be funded under existing government programs. Others will be funded through a combination of new government appropriations, private partnerships and the BID’s annual and capital budgets.