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1) Registration Now Available for the GLBT Economic Development Summit November 15
Join us for the 2008 GLBT Economic Development Summit, Saturday November 15 from 9:00am – 4:00pm at the Washington Plaza Hotel, 10 Thomas Circle, NW. The goal of the summit is to provide information about resources and tools that GLBT business leaders and entrepreneurs can use to ensure that GLBT business leaders and entrepreneurs continue to play an important role in leading the economic and creative development of the city.
Topics to be covered include:
· The future of economic development in DC.
· Doing business with the city: CBE certification and getting on the supply schedule.
· Mastering media relations.
· If you build it will they really come?
· Online marketing 2.0.
· Managing the business of life.
· The opportunity maker: Networking for new business.
Register here, http://newsroom.dc.gov/show.aspx/agency/lgbt/section/2/release/14962
2) Mayor’s Office of GLBT Affairs Releases Fact Sheet About Crime and Public Safety
The Mayor’s Office of Gay, Lesbian, Bisexual and Transgender Affairs has released a crime and public safety. This fact sheet includes information about crime statistics, an update on some of the crime reduction strategies that are happening as well as information on how individuals can help reduce violent crime in the city.
To view the fact sheet visit, http://newsroom.dc.gov/show.aspx/agency/lgbt/section/2/release/15183
3) Sign Up Now to Receive News & Numbers Economic Development Newsletter
This September the Mayor’s Office of GLBT Affairs will launch News & Numbers a biweekly email brief dedicated to providing GLBT Washington, DC residents and business leaders with information on economic development and business opportunities in the District. If you would like to sign up to receive News and Notes simply sign in at http://dc.gov/registration/dcdocs.asp or email Clarence.Fluker@dc.gov.
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4) Election Day is November 4; Do You Know Your Polling Place?
November 4, 2008 is Election Day. Visit the District of Columbia Board of Elections & Ethics website to verify your polling place, http://www.dcboee.org/voter_info/find_pollingplace/ and poll opening and closing times.
5) District of Columbia Arms Public Safety Officers With New Technology
District of Columbia Mayor Adrian M. Fenty, District Chief Technology Officer Vivek Kundra, Metropolitan Police Department Chief Cathy L. Lanier, Fire Department Chief Dennis Rubin, and Office of Unified Communications Director Janice Quintana announced the deployment of 1006 mobile data computers to fire, emergency medical, and police officers in the field.
The deployment represents the latest step in MPD’s ongoing campaign to incorporate technology into its operation and to improve public safety. Law enforcement personnel are now equipped for the first time with mobile technology that will allow them to automatically generate electronic reports. This electronic reporting function will greatly improve the timeliness and accuracy of data. In the future, the Fire Department computers will be equipped with additional software, including patient care data and floor maps of the locations of fire emergencies.
To learn more, visit http://dc.gov/mayor/news/release.asp?id=1400&mon=200810
6) District Residents Can Receive $50 to Plant Trees on Their Property
The District Department of the Environment (DDOE) and Casey Trees are offering $50 rebates to District residents who plant trees on their property. The program also includes a free “Ooze Tube” watering bag to help care for the tree.
The $50 rebate covers all tree species, except for some that are considered invasive or susceptible to pests. Participants must pledge to water and care for the tree for at least two years. Rebates are available until May 31, 2009. Casey Trees will offer guidance on how and where to plant trees to maximize their environmental benefits.
For more information about the program and to download a rebate coupon, please visit:
7) Digital Television Coming to the District of Columbia
After February 18, 2009, only broadcasts in Digital Television (DTV) format will be available In the District of Columbia (and the entire USA). If you get your TV service from a cable or satellite provider, or if you have a digital TV and use an antenna or rabbit ears, the switch won't affect you. However, if you have an analog TV and use an antenna or rabbit ears to get your picture, you will need to either buy a digital-to-analog converter box, sign up for cable or satellite service or buy a digital television.
Learn how, and if you are already prepared for the switch here, http://www.oct.dc.gov/information/regulatory/dtv.shtm