WASHINGTON, DC — To highlight recent programmatic and financial results as well as on-going organizational efforts, the Mount Vernon Triangle Community Improvement District (MVT CID) on Tuesday, July 28 convened their 2020 Virtual Annual Meeting and released its FY 2019 Annual Report. Also announced were results of Membership votes for MVT CID’s Board of Directors and to amend the organization’s bylaws; and announcements of the Community Partner of the Year and Community Stakeholder of the Year award recipients. Meeting participants included the MVT CID Board of Directors, staff, business and property owners, and community partners.
The meeting included keynote remarks from John Falcicchio, MVT CID resident, Chief of Staff to Mayor Muriel Bowser and—at the time—Acting Deputy Mayor for Planning and Economic Development. After the event he was affirmed as Deputy Mayor by the DC Council. The meeting also included opening remarks by Berk Shervin, MVT CID Chairman of the Board; a “State of the CID” presentation by Kenyattah Robinson, MVT CID President & CEO; and a presentation of Clean Team Awards by Kristi Whitfield, Director of the District Department Small & Local Business Development.
“As the beneficiary of years of thoughtful planning and careful coordination, Mount Vernon Triangle has proven the benefits inherent in unleashing a neighborhood’s full potential,” said Shervin, a long-time Mount Vernon Triangle property owner and builder who also serves as President & Chief Operating Officer of The Wilkes Company. “We remain excited about the opportunity to further our work together and implement the vision for Mount Vernon Triangle that all who engage with our community continually help us refine.”
During the meeting, Robinson reflected on MVT CID’s progress and accomplishments as one of DC’s 11 Business Improvement Districts (BID), discussed recent efforts in response to both the COVID-19 public health crisis and public demands for greater racial justice, and looked ahead to how the organization—in partnership with community stakeholders and public sector partners—will work to keep Mount Vernon Triangle together as the community continues to grow. MVT CID’s work will remain important when working to help businesses and properties recover from the economic effects caused by COVID-19.
“If we truly aspire to create a 21st Century community that is responsive to 21st Century challenges, we must be intentional about the strategies and practices used to fulfill our mission,” said Robinson. “As we embark on our strategic plan update, we will search for more positively impactful answers to questions that are important to the ongoing growth, strength and resilience of our Mount Vernon Triangle community.”
Also shared at the Annual Meeting were examples of how MVT CID’s work alongside its stakeholders and partners has made significant and lasting impacts toward keeping Mount Vernon Triangle clean, safe and welcoming; enhancing the vibrancy and connectivity of life in MVT through planning, activations and events; fostering equitable, inclusive and resilient growth within their organization and neighborhood; and building a sustainable community during the last one, five and 15 years as a BID.
Fiscal Year 2019 Annual Report
To read the FY 2019 MVT CID Annual Report, visit the Resources page on MountVernonTriangle.org.
Announced during the meeting were the following two awards for outstanding service to the Mount Vernon Triangle community:
- Officer Toby Green of MPD’s First District as Community Partner of the Year for his assistance in keeping Mount Vernon Triangle a safe place to live, work and visit.
- Oubab Khalil and Lama Hamoudi, owners of Tropical Smoothie Café and Chez Lily Coffee Shop, as Community Stakeholders of the Year for their ongoing support of MVT CID community events as well as first responders during the COVID-19 public health emergency.
Approved by Members were the following to a three-year term on the MVT CID Board of Directors:
- Elena Anderson-de Lay, Member Representative, Mount Carmel Baptist Church (est. 1876)
- Matthew Butler, Chief Operating Officer, D.C. Bar
- Jimmy Dodson, Partner, Paradigm Companies
- David Germakian, Senior Vice President – Regional Lead, Mid-Atlantic Region, EDENS
- Nate Mason, President, Madrigal Lofts Condominium Owners Association
- Pete Otteni, Senior Vice President, Boston Properties
- Stephan Rodiger, Senior Vice President of Development, Redbrick LMD
- Aubrey Stephenson, Owner, Federal Management Systems
- Rev. Dr. James E. Terrell, Pastor, Second Baptist Church
Also approved was a vote to amend MVT CID’s bylaws in support of several technical corrections and alignment with current organizational practices. Voting results are effective July 28, 2020.
About Mount Vernon Triangle Community Improvement District
The Mount Vernon Triangle Community Improvement District is a private, 501(c)(6) nonprofit organization established to enhance the overall quality of life for residents, workers and visitors, and to increase commercial opportunities for business and property owners, in the Mount Vernon Triangle neighborhood in downtown DC. A vibrant neighborhood in the heart of the city both geographically and culturally, Mount Vernon Triangle is considered one of Washington DC’s best examples of a mixed-use community. Its boundaries include 17 blocks within the East End of downtown Washington, DC, bordered by 7th Street NW to the west, Massachusetts Avenue NW to the south, New York Avenue NW to the north and New Jersey Avenue NW to the east. Mount Vernon Triangle is a welcoming, authentic, and centered neighborhood that mirrors the city’s unique mix of historic and modern buildings, long-time and new residents, and diverse cultures, restaurants, and experiences. For more information about #LifeInMVT, we invite you to explore our website at MountVernonTriangle.org
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