The Federal Planning Agency for the Nation's Capital

April 2011


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Next Commission Meeting

May 5, 2011 | 12:30 p.m.

The tentative agenda will be available by Friday, April15.


Southwest Ecodistrict 
It's Not Too Late to Provide Comments on the Southwest
Ecodistrict Initiative

With an April 15 deadline there's still time to let us know what you think about the 10th Street and Maryland Avenue corridors. NCPC and the DC Office of Planning want to know what you consider to be important strengths, critical weaknesses or constraints, and your vision for the area.

Post your comments on the
online feedback forum >>


Save the Date

The next public meeting will take place on Thursday, May 19, 6:30 - 8:30 p.m. at the DC Office of Planning. Learn more >>


Project Overview >>  


What's New Online
Speaker Series Page
Learn about past and future Speaker Series events. 


Upcoming Projects

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at monthly meetings.


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Agents of Change

Is having a federal facility as your neighbor a good thing? On Thursday, April 21 NCPC and the ULI Washington District Council will examine the evolving federal workplace and its influence on host communities. With federal workplaces balancing security and sustainability goals, BRAC and other federal mega-projects in full gear, and numerous other transformations underway, the pace of change within the federal workplace has never been more rapid. 

Doug Firstenberg, StonebridgeCarras LLC; Jay Fisette, Arlington County Board; Bob Peck, General Services Administration; and Lisa Swoboda, State of Maryland will discuss the impacts of federal facilities, including innovative strategies that can contribute to community and regional goals. Cheryl Cort from the Coalition for Smarter Growth will moderate. The program starts at 8:00 am in the General Service Administration's (GSA) headquarters auditorium. 


Full Details >> | Preview Event >> | RSVP >> 



Commission Gives Final Approval to GSA HQ

Ground Floor Retail


The Agents of Change program is particularly timely because at NCPC's April meeting the Commission approved preliminary and final site and building plans to add ground floor retail to the E Street side of GSA's headquarters. The project, part of the building's modernization, is precedent-setting. It meets an NCPC goal to better incorporate federal facilities into their surroundings and make them more accessible to the public. This is the first time that a federal facility underwent a major modernization without proposing new perimeter security in public spaces.


Watch Video >>  |  Learn More >>  


Using Homeland Security to Further Innovation


On March 29 nearly 100 people attended NCPC's Speaker Series event: Meet RIC: Introducing the Homeland Security Regional Innovation Cluster. State, local, and federal leaders described strategies for spurring innovation and regional economic growth and explored the opportunity presented by the new Department of Homeland Security Headquarters at St. Elizabeths. Not able to attend? Then check out the enhanced podcasts to hear what you missed at the event.


View Enhanced Podcasts >>Event Recap >>  


 Open Gov


The Open Government Plan is NCPC's roadmap for making the agency's activities more open and accessible to the public. NCPC appreciates all the feedback received on the draft plan, which assisted us in preparing the final Open Government Plan now available online.


Read NCPC's Final Open Government Plan >> 


Guess the Model

Can you guess the model on the masthead? Email us at

We'll announce the answer Monday, April 18 on NCPC's Facebook page.


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