USDOT: Summer Transportation Internship Program for Diverse Groups (STIPDG) is now accepting applications


This notice is to announce that the U.S. Department of Transportation’s Summer Transportation Internship Program for Diverse Groups (STIPDG)  program is now accepting applications for the Summer Session of 2014. Please share with your constituents/students who  would be interested in summer internship opportunities. For more information, visit the website: If you have additional questions,  contact: Mr. Angel Correa, Program Chief, at 202 366 2535 or via email at


DISB: Free Financial Planning Day for Metro Washington Residents | November 2, 2013 @ 11AM

We’ve all heard that there’s no free lunch, but in these challenging economic times, D.C. area residents will be able to get free financial planning advice and guidance from professional financial planners at the 4th annual Metro Washington Financial Planning Day Nov. 2 at the Columbia Heights Educational Campus.

The D.C. Department of Insurance, Securities and Banking is co-hosting this event with the Financial Planning Association of the National Capital Area and others to provide residents with free advice on budgeting, retirement planning, income taxes, investment strategies and more.

See more information below and get all the details, including registration, at:

WHAT: The Metro Washington Financial Planning Day is an opportunity for residents to meet one-on-one with highly qualified Certified Financial Planner™ professionals and experts from the Financial Planning Association to address important financial issues including: getting out of debt, retirement planning, investment strategies, income taxes, insurance, mortgages and foreclosures and more. The event will also feature a series of classroom-style educational workshops addressing key personal finance topics including financial planning for women, real world retirement planning and how to be a smart investor.

WHEN: Saturday, Nov. 2, 11:00 a.m. to 4:00 p.m.

WHERE: Columbia Heights Educational Campus, 3101 16th St., NW, Washington, D.C.

WHO: The Metro Washington Financial Planning Day is a part of the national Financial Planning Days initiative, a ground-breaking program involving city governments and thousands of financial planners nationwide, in an effort to provide free financial education and programming to people nationwide. The D.C. event is organized by the Government of the District of Columbia, the D.C. Department of Insurance, Securities and Banking and the Financial Planning Association of the National Capital Area, in partnership with four national non-profit organizations – Certified Financial Planner Board of Standards, Financial Planning Association, Foundation for Financial Planning and the U.S. Conference of Mayors.

TO PARTICIPATE: Metro Washington Financial Planning Day is free and open to the public. Registration is available online at or by calling toll free at (877) 861-7826. Walk-ins are welcome. The venue is located just one block from the Columbia Heights Metro Station on the green and yellow lines.

Members of the news media are invited to attend the event and interview the organizers.

For more information contact: Tanya Bryant, D.C. Dept. of Insurance, Securities and Banking, (202) 442-7761 or; Daniel F. Drummond, Certified Financial Planner Board of Standards, Inc., (202) 379-2252 or; Melissa Sotudeh, CFP®, Financial Planning Association of the National Capital Area, (301) 961-9505 or

DDOT: Mayor Gray Kicks off District’s 2013 Tree-Planting Season

Mayor Vincent C. Gray and the officials from the District Department of Transportation’s (DDOT) Urban Forestry Administration (UFA) today officially kicked off the District’s tree-planting season by planting trees along the 2600 block of Birney Place SE in Ward 8. The tree-planting initiative is part of an ongoing effort to expand the District’s urban tree canopy; through this year’s campaign, the UFA will plant over 7,500 trees across all eight wards.


“We’re aiming to establish the District as one of the world’s preeminent green cities,” said Mayor Gray. “By expanding the District’s tree canopy, we’re making D.C. more sustainable and also improving the quality of life for residents and future generations.”


Mayor Gray continued: “In the Sustainable DC Plan we released earlier this year, we set an aggressive goal that entails a 40 percent increase in the urban tree canopy by 2032. In order to reach this goal, we need to plant 974 acres of new canopy on private properties, which is only one-quarter of the available planting space in the District. Working closely with agency partners like the District Department of the Environment, non-governmental organizations and citizens, the city can help promote tree planting on private parcels as a means of easily attaining a 40 percent overall tree canopy.”


Research has shown that trees provide critical benefits to cities far beyond aesthetics, air quality and stormwater control.


UFA has planted a total of 43,329 trees on public space across all 8 wards since Fiscal Year 2005, and UFA’s planting in public space accounts for nearly 75 percent of all trees planted in the District each year. The District tree canopy was at 36 percent in 2006 and was at 37 percent in 2011.

UFA plants during the period of tree dormancy, from late fall to spring. The locations are largely based on requests residents make to the Mayor’s 311 Citywide Call Center before June 15 of each year. Staff arborists inspect each proposed location to determine viability and the best species for planting.


“We continue to make strides with our tree-planting initiatives, and look to the community to partner with us to help maintain the investments we are making,” said DDOT Director Terry Bellamy.


The proposed locations and the specific species of trees to be planted can be viewed on DDOT’s Tree Planting Map. The planting schedule for specific neighborhoods will also be posted on the DDOT website this week at Please note that the schedule is subject to change due to equipment, weather, emergencies, and other extenuating circumstances.


The Mayor also reminded community members that they can help expand the District’s tree canopy by partnering with UFA to tend to the new trees. Residents are already responsible for maintaining property to the curb. Those who go a step further and sign a Canopy Keeper partnership agreement to water, mulch, and monitor the health of specific trees in the first two years after planting will receive free watering bags and instructions from UFA. The Canopy Keeper adoption form can be found at or by calling 202-671-5133.


Residents may request a tree for an existing, empty tree box or continuous planting strip (grass strip) in front of their residence or trees for an entire block by calling 311. All planting requests must be submitted before June 15, 2014 to be processed for the 2014 fall/winter planting season.

DDOT moveDC: Final Public Workshops to Reveal Draft Plans

DDOT to Share Draft Transportation Plan During Final Public Workshops

The District Department of Transportation (DDOT) will host its third and final public workshops to discuss moveDC, DDOT’s initiative to develop a strategic, multimodal long range transportation plan for the District. You are encouraged to attend a workshop to review the draft plan and help prioritize the transportation options. We appreciate your participation and encourage you to mark your calendars and remain involved. During the workshops you will have the opportunity to:

  • ·Share your ideas and observations on future plans for transportation
  • ·Learn how three approaches to a future DC transportation system perform
  • ·Review the results of our survey research
  • ·Provide input into the draft transportation plan
  • ·Learn more about the moveDC local bus study

Mark Your Calendar to Attend

As DDOT approaches the final phase of the moveDC long range transportation plan study, we hope you will participate by completing our online survey and by joining us at one of the following workshops. The Union Station and DCUSA workshops will provide the same information as the other workshops, with information boards and available throughout the day. There will not be a formal presentation, but project team members will be present to discuss the plan and answer questions. We invite you to stop in at any point during the day and stay as long as you like.




Monday, October 217:00 a.m. to 6:00 p.m. Union Station625 First St NE
Tuesday, October 226:30 p.m. – 8:30 p.m.

Presentation 7 p.m.

Dorothy I. Height/Benning Neighborhood Library3935 Benning Road, NE
Saturday, October 261:00 p.m. – 4:00 p.m. DCUSA Retail Center(2nd Floor, between Target and Best Buy)

3100 14th St. NW

Wednesday, October 306:30 p.m. – 8:30 p.m.

Presentation 7 p.m.

Petworth Neighborhood Library4200 Kansas Ave., NW

Web Meeting Dates

Thursday, October 2412 noon – 1:00 p.m. Register Now:
Monday, October 287:00 p.m. – 8:00 p.m. Register Now:

Be sure to check out to learn about transportation options for getting to the workshops.


Do You Need Assistance to Participate?

For those who need special accommodations or language assistance services (translation or interpretation), please contact Jordyne Blaise, Office of Civil Rights, 202-671-5117 or 72 hours in advance of a meeting. These services will be provided free of charge.

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DDOT: Workforce Development Stakeholders Meeting | Wednesday, October 16, 2013 at 10AM

This is a reminder that the next Transportation Workforce Development Stakeholders meeting will take place on Wednesday, October 16, 2013 at 10 am. The meeting will take place at 55 M Street SE in Room 439. All visitors must report to the 4th floor reception area and be escorted to the meeting room. The 4th Floor receptionist will be notified of the meeting so that you can be directed to the appropriate place.  My cell phone is 202-359-3005 if you experience difficulty in gaining access to the meeting room.

Agenda items:

1) We will have a presentation by Jackie Ward, from Councilmember Barry’s Office. Ms. Ward researched and has identified an alternative after hours child care option for our constituents who work non-traditional hours. Additionally, Ms. Ward has information on car sharing options for our clients who are in need of short term car use. This is a follow up discussion that took place at our first meeting in July.

2) Update on the proposed Job classifications for the South Capitol Street Bridge Project.

3)  Review and discussion of draft Workforce Development Stakeholders Guidelines. This is necessary so that we can have an operating structure.

New Business:

Synthetic Marijuana usage and its potential impact on employment

We will move our DDOT annual Federal-aid Contractors/CBO meeting  to early 2014.