The District of Columbia, Office of the Deputy Mayor for Planning & Economic Development
U3A was engaged at the end of 2012 by Washington D.C.’s Office of the Deputy Mayor for Planning and Economic Development to help achieve Mayor Vincent Gray’s goal of creating an innovation and technology cluster at St. Elizabeth’s East in Southeast DC. To support this vision, U3A worked closely with local officials and other stakeholders to develop a strategy for attracting a top university or consortium of academic research institutions, as well as corporate partners, to the site.
U3A worked with the District in the management of multiple solicitation processes for selecting these users. A Request for Expressions of Interest for academic institutions was issued in spring 2013 and U3A assisted the District in its interviews with multiple respondents. U3A then helped the District to craft a strategy for the first phase of development, balancing needed infrastructure investment with revenue-generating uses. We helped the District to draft and release a Request for Proposals to national private developers for Phase I of the project, which will incorporate the academic anchor(s), commercial tenants, housing, retail, and other amenities. The District announced its selection of a developer partner in late 2014.