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February 8, 2016 / Washington Regional Association of Grantmakers

Continued hope for growth in Prince George’s County

In Prince George’s County, residents are hoping for a major federal government office project that could provide a long-awaited economic boost to neighborhoods along Metro’s Green Line. (WaPo, 2/7)

From Naylor Road to the final stop at Branch Avenue, the corridor is an aging but civically active community that has been planning and pining for one project, one little spark to trigger its long-awaited economic revitalization.

The past two decades have brought mostly disappointment. But two bids to build an office complex for the U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Services have renewed hopes that the economic renaissance the District is experiencing could spill over the border.

COMMUNITY/HOUSING/WRAG | Leadership Greater Washington (LGW) and WRAG recently teamed up on a discussion of housing affordability in the region as part of a session during their 18-month Thought Leadership Series. Check out some important topics that were raised at the event.

HOMELESSNESS/DISTRICT | D.C. has a long history of housing homeless families in motels (WaPo, 2/6)

IMMIGRATION/MARYLAND | Montgomery County, Maryland has welcomed more asylum-seeking individuals than most jurisdictions in the state over the past several years. Now, refugee assistance groups are asking for greater support in helping those individuals establish stable lives in their new place of residence, as meeting the high costs of living in the area prove to be challenging. (Bethesda Beat, 2/5)

– The DC Commission on the Arts and Humanities (DCCAH) recently launched its DC Heritage Grant Program. The program replaces the Grants-in-Aid general operating support program and provides funding solely to social profit arts, humanities, and arts education organizations that have provided at least seven years of programs and activities in D.C. Click here for further application information. The deadline for application submission is February 26, 2016.

– The recently reopened Renwick Gallery has attracted a wide audience and has proven to be a digital success. (Washingtonian, 2/5)

EDUCATION | Fixing Schools Outside of Schools (Atlantic, 2/4)

JOBS | The Weissberg Foundation is seeking an Executive Director.

There was a big televised mini-concert yesterday, accompanied by a football game. Here’s a brief, visual history of those mini concerts throughout the years.

– Ciara

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