- The Council finds that:
- There exists in the District of Columbia a substantial problem of chronic unemployment and underemployment;
- In the last 2 decades, growth in employment, new business development, and commercial development in the District of Columbia has failed to keep pace with employment growth and commercial expansion in neighboring jurisdictions;
- During the same period, the District has experienced a substantial loss in retail businesses and other commercial enterprises which contributed significantly to local employment and the city's tax base;
- Expansion of the tax base in the District of Columbia has, in recent years, lagged significantly behind the rate of inflation and the rate of increase in District of Columbia government expenditures;
- Substantial expansion of the tax base is necessary to help avert future governmental fiscal crises, prevent ever-increasing individual business and professional tax levels, and assure provision of necessary public services;
- The District of Columbia government lacks an organized capacity or comprehensive strategy to assess its economic needs, encourage business retention, attract commercial enterprises, or otherwise promote and stimulate economic growth;
- The absence of such a capacity and strategy has been a significant factor in the District's inability to compete with neighboring jurisdictions in the retention of existing businesses and the attraction of new enterprises;
- Direct and continuing active participation of all levels of the business community is essential to carrying out the objectives of this subchapter.
- The purposes of this subchapter are:
- To establish an office with ongoing responsibility to assess the economic needs of the City; stimulate new employment opportunities; assist existing businesses; promote the City as a location for businesses and investment to priority City locations in accordance with the City's comprehensive plan and its economic development objectives; and
- To centralize the economic development functions in the District of Columbia government in a single agency devoted solely to these tasks.
Historical and Statutory
1981 Ed., § 1-2201.
1973 Ed., § 1-1351.
Legislative History of Laws
Law 1-97 was introduced in Council and assigned Bill No. 1-260, which was referred to the Committee on Employment and Economic Development. The Bill was adopted on first and second readings on September 15, 1976 and October 12, 1976, respectively. Signed by the Mayor on November 19, 1976, it was assigned Act No. 1-179 and transmitted to both Houses of Congress for its review.
Because of the codification of D.C. Law 5-89 as subchapter II of Chapter 22 of Title 1 [subchapter IV of Chapter 12 of Title 2, 2001 Ed.], and the designation of the preexisting text as subchapter I, "subchapter" has been substituted for "chapter" in paragraph (8) of subsection (a) and in the introductory language of subsection (b) of this section.
Establishment of State Job Training Coordinating Council: See Mayor's Order 89-72, April 5, 1989.
Establishment of District of Columbia Private Industry Council: See Mayor's Order 89-73, April 5, 1989.
DC CODE § 2-1201.01
Current through December 11, 2012
(Mar. 29, 1977, D.C. Law 1-97, § 2, 23 DCR 9532b.)