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WPA SELECT Exhibition Opens
20 & 27
WPA Curator Talk
The Relationship Between Nutrition & Cancer @ Union Market
To Have & Have Another @ Union Market
Cooking Matters Demos & Tips @ Union Market
Gospel Choir Brunch @ Union Market
NoMa Public Safety Meeting
NoMa BID Annual Showcase
Happy hour at Thaaja Indian Food and Wine Bar
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Mayor Gray Announces Incubator Partnership with Union Kitchen

Earlier this week Mayor Gray unveiled a partnership with NoMa's culinary food incubator, Union Kitchen, that will serve to bring new jobs to District residents. This partnership entails a program to train D.C. residents with the entrepreneurial know-how to open their own businesses and to develop kitchen and facilities-management skills.  Located on Congress Street, NE one block behind Uline Arena, Union Kitchen is the city’s first food incubator and helps small businesses become established by providing their members with a low-cost, full-service commercial kitchen.

Over the course of the next few months, District residents in DOES’ Project Empowerment program will work and train at Union Kitchen. “This unique partnership will create not only jobs, but also job creators in the District of Columbia by providing residents with the skills they need not only to work in the food-service industry, but also to start their own restaurants and catering businesses,” said Mayor Gray. At full capacity, Union Kitchen expects to have 30 businesses operating out of their facility; Union Kitchen’s current members include food truck powerhouses Curbside Cupcakes and TaKorean, among others.

Mayor Gray's Five-Year Economic Development Strategy highlighted food incubators as a targeted initiative, and this partnership is a big step towards increasing business development and job growth for D.C. residents. 
Washington Project for the Arts Show Opens Saturday!
This month, participate in an amazing art event in NoMa! Washington Project for the Arts kicks off its month-long annual art show this Saturday, February 16 at 64 New York Avenue, NE. The opening reception this Saturday from 6-8 p.m. is free and open to the public. The artwork on view represents a cross-section of media and disciplines, providing a remarkable collection of contemporary artistic practice from local artists. View the art this weekend, or at two curator talks from 6:30-8 p.m. February 20 and 27. The NoMa BID will be helping to make the curator talks a lovely evening by providing complimentary wine and hors d'oeuvres from NoMa’s Toscana Cafe.

The works will be on view to the public from February 20 through March 15, Wednesday through Saturdays, from noon to 6 p.m. These events are free and open to the public. The works will be available for purchase on March 16, 2013 at SELECT: WPA 2013 Art Auction Gala, an event that, for the last 31 years, has helped WPA raise funds and awareness to support contemporary artists in our region. View the works online. Purchase gala tickets.
Gallaudet University Launches $450 Million Campus Plan
Gallaudet University, the world’s most distinguished university for the deaf and hard of hearing, announced last week that they plan to launch the first phase of a 10-year, $450 million campus plan, later this year. This project will feature improvements such as a $85.2 million mixed-use center at Florida Avenue, NE and Sixth Street, NE that will become the new campus gateway, and will renovate academic and residential buildings including Fay and Ballard houses.

A primary objective of this large-scale project is to connect the 150-year old institution with the dynamic NoMa community. Gallaudet’s 99-acre campus is currently separated from the vibrant city life by wrought-iron fences and high-traffic streets. Gallaudet’s initiative to reconnect with its neighbors and community members marks a transformative shift towards community connectivity, which will undoubtedly have a lasting impact on the university and the city.
NoMa Pays Tribute to Mark Dixon

Photo: Mark Dixon at the NoMa Annual Meeting in 2010 with a few other NoMa supporters and cheerleaders. From left: Anne Phelps, Bruce Baschuk, Mark Dixon, Ryan Velasco and Tony Goodman

Neighbor, friend, advocate and ANC Commissioner Mark Dixon died on January 23. He served for many years as ANC Commissioner for the area including Sursum Corda, Temple Courts and the west side of NoMa. The staff and board of the NoMa Business Improvement District express our sympathies to Mr. Dixon’s family.

Bruce Baschuk, co-founder and former Chairman of the NoMa Business Improvement District, relayed this message to Mr. Dixon’s family:
“If ANC 6C had a Mayor, it was Mark. His unselfish devotion to the people was obvious from the moment we met. He would contact me from time to time to seek advice or support for someone or something who needed it, especially for the kids; but never for himself. He will be sorely missed by all of us who were lucky to know him and his presence in the community will be felt for many years.”

Robin-Eve Jasper, President of the NoMa Business Improvement District, wrote these words:
“Mark was a terrific advocate for the community. He was level-headed and had great common sense... [He] always brought lots of positive energy to his many undertakings. My sympathies go out to his family. I also want to express to them my gratitude for Mark’s work to making our corner of the world a better place.”
Streetcar Update
DDOT is gearing up to start the final phase of construction for new power poles and other mechanical activities needed to start service of the D.C. streetcar system. Mayor Gray said last week that he anticipates the cars to be running by the end of 2013. The proposed streetcar network will have eight lines, cover over 37 miles of the city, and travel through all eight wards. The first operational line will run along H Street/Benning Road. If you are interested in attending a meeting regarding the progress of the streetcar system, please attend DDOT’s next neighborhood meeting on Tuesday February 26th, 6:30-8:00 at Miner Elementary School (601 15th NE). 
Bisnow Recap: The "Future of NoMa"
Over 500 people registered for Bisnow’s "The Future of NoMa" event at the end of January, with two insightful panels of NoMa stakeholders and developers. The panelists all agreed that the level of cooperation among developers in NoMa is unique, and noted the NoMa BID's role in promoting that collaborative approach. Developers harkened back to the joint effort that resulted in the creation of the NoMa-Gallaudet U Metro Station and recognized that success for one equates to success for all, or as SKANSKA’s Rob Ward said, "The rising tide floats all boats here." The redevelopment and growth of Union Station, the neighborhood's transit anchor, along with the Burnham Place project, will be of critical importance to the neighborhood, said Perseus Realty's Bob Cohen, who is proceeding on the Storey Park development, a mixed-use project on L Street, NE, with ground-floor retail and 300,000 SF of office and 300 apartments. "People will want to be in an area they can call home," Cohen said. When discussing the neighborhood's push for parks and gathering spaces, Robin-Eve Jasper said, "what's been a deficit for us will be an advantage for NoMa - we'll have the coolest urban parks in the nation.” Read Bisnow's take on the event, and stay tuned for more exciting news from NoMa!

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