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Columbia Heights Group Gets $200K to Boost Local Commerce

by Andrew Ramonas November 16, 2016 at 11:05 am 2 Comments

Columbia HeightsA community group is set to receive a $200,000 D.C. government grant to help encourage the growth of commercial corridors in Columbia Heights and Mount Pleasant, the organization announced yesterday.

The Columbia Heights Initiative secured the money through its new designation as one of a dozen D.C. Main Streets organizations, which focus on developing thriving areas for local businesses. In addition to the Columbia Heights Initiative, other Main Streets organizations include Shaw Main Streets and H Street Main Street.

The grant, along with matching funds from the private sector, will “provide technical assistance to support capacity building, business retention, program design and implementation, and commercial-revitalization planning to maintain the traditional and unique character of” Columbia Heights and Mount Pleasant, according to a Columbia Heights Initiative news release.

“We are grateful for the opportunity to continue to serve our community,” Columbia Heights Initiative executive director Brianne Dornbush said in a statement.

Founded in 2007, the group is best known for organizing the annual Columbia Heights Day and holiday tree lighting at the Columbia Heights Civic Plaza. It also hosts neighborhood cleanups and outdoor movie nights throughout the year.

On Friday, Dec. 2, the Columbia Heights Initiative will throw its inaugural Columbia Heights Night gala fundraiser, which will have live music, giveaways and food from local restaurants. Tickets are $75 online.

“We invite all our neighbors from across DC to join us as we celebrate this tremendous achievement,” Dornbush said.

  • W

    Is there a mechanism by which local residents can communicate suggestions and ideas to the Columbia Heights Initiative? I know myself and my fellow Mt. Pleasant residents are excited to see our main street improve while also keeping its unique character.

    • Meghan

      Yes! We are always open to any ideas and suggestions about improving our community and look forward to getting as many people involved as we can! We don’t have a formal system in place for receiving suggestions but for now you can e-mail Executive Director Brianne Dornbush: [email protected]


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