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NoMa Fall Festival and Market
The NoMa Farmers Market has been re-invented as the NoMa Fall Festival and Market! Join us on Wednesdays, October 17 and 24 for a fall festival and harvest farmers market. We'll have pumpkin carving and face painting for children, plus workshops and specialty food vendors for the adults. Dip your apple in caramel and join us at Second and N Streets, NE, at the NoMa-Gallaudet U Metro entrance. Mark your calendars for October 17 and 24 from 3 p.m. to 7 p.m. Stay tuned on Twitter and Facebook for more information and giveaways!
 
Please note that there will be NO FARMERS MARKET held Sept. 26, Oct. 3, Oct. 10, or Oct. 31. Find more information here
NoMa BID Wins Branding Award!
Get Connected in NoMa! The NoMa Business Improvement District just received a prestigious Pinnacle Award for our branding campaign from the International Downtown Association, an association of downtown redevelopment organizations from all over the world.
 
NoMa: Connected uses a sophisticated logo and messaging to focus on the ways NoMa connects you like no other place in DC:
  • NoMa is connected to the seat of power – just four blocks from the U.S. Capitol.
  • NoMa connects you to the city and the region with 14 modes of transportation, including Union Station, two Red Line metro stops,eight Capital Bikeshare stations and the 8-mile Metropolitan Branch biking/walking trail.
  • 20+ new retailers, including DC’s largest Harris Teeter, connect you to convenience and dining.
  • With brand-new, green buildings, NoMa connects you to value, a lower price per square foot than other downtown neighborhoods.
  • Panoramic vistas, rooftop pools, and stylish, new residences connect you to luxury.
  • Over 100 free events organized by the NoMa BID create opportunities to connect with neighbors. 
 
The NoMa brand grew out of dozens of interviews with neighborhood residents, plus months of strategy, visioning, research and design development with The Roan Group and design firm DOXA. We launched our new logo and NoMa colors in spring 2011, and have spent the 18 months since implementing place branding, street banners, construction fence banners and other projects and events to beautify NoMa.  Since today’s NoMa was first-envisioned in planning efforts dating from the 1990s, NoMa has grown from theoretical ideas of “what could be” to a real-life, green, highly desirable neighborhood that checks the boxes on sustainability, transit-oriented development, mixed-use and great design.  The importance of NoMa as one of the District’s new, recognizable neighborhoods was acknowledged by WMATA in the re-naming of the Metro Station to NoMa Gallaudet.  Recent focus by Mayor Gray and the Council on the funding and development of NoMa parks will help magnify the success of this great 21st century neighborhood.
Capitol Plaza Receives LEED Platinum Certification

Capitol Plaza at 1200 First Street, NE, received LEED Platinum Certification for the operation of the building; platinum is the highest possible rating given by the U.S. Green Building Council.  In order to receive this rating, existing buildings must meet certain environmentally friendly criteria, such as daylighting, sustainable water recycling practices, proper ventilation, and energy-saving systems. The building recently had a green roof installed, as well as two bioretention projects outside the building to alleviate stormwater runoff that pollutes the Anacostia and Potomac rivers. (see more information in the lobby). 1200 First Street is the third building in NoMa to earn this certification, continuing our trend as the greenest neighborhood in Washington, D.C. Major tenants of the building include DC Public Schools, the District Department of the Environment, the Department of Homeland Security, and, of course, the NoMa BID.
 
Congratulations to Principal Group, the owners of the building and Polinger, Shannon, & Luchs the management company! 
Central Union Mission Receives Building Permit
 
The Central Union Mission has received a building permit to start construction on their new site at the former Gales School at 65 Massachusetts Ave., NW. According to Deborah Chambers, the Director of Communications and Outreach at Central Union Mission, Forrester Construction will start in October. The project is scheduled to deliver by the end of May 2013. The Central Union Mission provides emergency shelter for men, spiritual recovery programs for men and women, food, ESL classes, and summer camp for inner-city kids.
Friday Happy Hours at Union Market
Looking for a way to relax and wind down from the week? Visit Primetime Libations at the Union Market each Friday afternoon! Each week, Chef RJ Cooper and the team from Rappahannock Oyster Co. are featured, along with craft beer and unique cocktail specials. Click here to get more information about this and upcoming market events.
"Taste of H Street" Festival October 14
Join the Friends of J.O. Wilson Elementary School for the “Taste of H” festival to be held on Sunday, October 14 from 6 p.m. to 9 p.m. at the ATLAS Performing Arts Center. The festival, sponsored in part by the NoMa BID, will include music, food, and libations from neighborhood vendors. The festival will also feature an auction to benefit Wilson Elementary, featuring Ward 6 Councilmember Tommy Wells as auctioneer. For more information and to purchase tickets, visit the Taste of H website.
Greyhound Terminal Moves to Union Station

 
The Greyhound bus terminal at First and L Streets closed yesterday and moved to Union Station. A ribbon-cutting ceremony, attended by Congresswoman Eleanor Holmes Norton, was held yesterday. The ceremony celebrated the move of the nation’s largest provider of intercity transportation to a newly-constructed teminal on deck three in the Union Station garage. Perseus and First Potomac Realty purchased the building in May 2011 for almost $47 million dollars, which will be converted to a mixed-use residential and office development. In addition, the development designs include a proposed park on L Street, as outlined in the NoMa Public Realm Design Plan.
Small Business Clinic
The DC Bar Pro Bono Program, the DC Small Business Development Center Network and the Department of Small and Local Business Development are proud to present the Business Law Training Series for Small Business Owners. This is an eight-part course for existing small business owners, including sole proprietors, business partnerships, general managers and owners of LLCs.  Participants will learn the basics of employment law, risk management, contracts, joint ventures and accounting from experienced business attorneys of D.C.'s most prestigious law firms.  The course will begin on Wednesday, September 26th and continue for 8 consecutive Wednesday evenings.  This program will take place at the Winston & Strawn, 1700 K Street, N.W. (Farragut North or West Metro Station). There is no cost for the course.  There is a one-time payment of $50 for materials. For more information, please contact Darryl Maxwell at the DC Bar Pro Bono Program.
Metro Weekend Track Work
This weekend, September 28-30, Metro will be conducting track work on the Red Line to allow for platform reconstruction and to install rail fastener ties. Trains will be single-tracking between NoMa-Gallaudet U and Fort Totten stations. Passengers should add at least 20 minutes to their travel time. For more information, please visit the WMATA website.
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