Tell DC: Fund Rhode Island Avenue!

It is budget season in the District of Columbia and it is time to encourage our leaders to fund economic development along Rhode Island Avenue NE so that the residents of Ward 5 can build and support a vibrant community-based economy.

Email Mayor Gray

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The button will get an email to Mayor Gray started, but you’ll need to add your name and any additional comments you have. Use the bullet points at the bottom of this page to help you compose your email


Contact our representatives on Twitter! Click on the button below and, if you’re logged into twitter, one click will compose the following tweet to the mayor:

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Clicking above will tweet: “Mayor Gray, support funding for Rhode Island Ave! We’re a great investment but need your leadership! #FundRIA @MayorVinceGray”

Tweet this page to get others involved

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Clicking above will tweet: “Join @FriendsofRIA and let @mayorvincegray know we want funding for RIA in the FY14 budget #FundRIA”

What Does investing in Rhode Island Ave Look Like?

  • Grant programs to support new and existing small businesses along Rhode Island Avenue NE
  • A dedicated source of funding for streetscape improvements designed to make Rhode Island Avenue NE a walkable, bikeable, liveable community center – starting with the beautiful commercial area of Woodridge
  • Transportation designed to bring more consumers to Rhode Island Avenue NE such as a Circulator bus between Costco and Rhode Island Avenue Metro station or a Circulator bus or direct line from downtown DC to Mt. Rainier, MD – expanding the consumer base by making Woodridge and Brookland more accessible to residents west of the Metro tracks
  • Funding for the Retail Incentive Amendment Act, which creates a retail priority area along Rhode Island Avenue NE

Why it’s important for DC

  • The residents of Ward 5 want a sustainable, walkable, and vibrant commercial corridor that provides services for residents in our own neighborhood – meeting the city’s vision of Sustainable DC.
  • Investment in Rhode Island Avenue NE encourages small business growth, providing new, local job opportunities for our community’s youth and unemployed, and recaptures the sales tax dollars lost to surrounding areas like Hyattsville, Takoma Park and Silver Spring, MD
  • Creating new affordable housing opportunities can meet the demands of a growing population and residents who want to move back into Ward 5

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