Code of the District of Columbia

Subchapter II. Economic Development Liaison Office.


§ 2–1203.01. Establishment of the Economic Development Liaison Office.

(a) In accordance with § 1-204.04(b), there is hereby established in the Executive Branch of the government of the District of Columbia an Economic Development Liaison Office, to be headed by an Assistant City Administrator for Economic Development, who shall serve as liaison between the Mayor, the City Administrator, the Chief Financial Officer, the National Capital Revitalization Corporation, hospitality industry organizations, and economic development policy groups.

(b) The Economic Development Liaison Office shall give priority to assisting activities that foster economic growth and employment opportunities in the District by retaining, expanding, and attracting business through strategic neighborhood revitalization policies and actions to remove blight and facilitating opportunities for commercial and human capital development consistent with the economic, social, housing, and employment needs of residents and citizens of the District.


(Mar. 26, 1999, D.C. Law 12-175, § 1832, 45 DCR 7193.)

Prior Codifications

1981 Ed., § 1-2207.1.

Emergency Legislation

For temporary addition of §§ 1-2207.1 through 1-2207.3 1981 Ed., see §§ 1432-1434 of the Fiscal Year 1999 Budget Support Emergency Act of 1998 (D.C. Act 12-401, July 13, 1998, 45 DCR 4794), and §§ 1432-1434 of the Fiscal Year 1999 Budget Support Congressional Review Emergency Act of 1998 (D.C. Act 12-564, January 12, 1999, 46 DCR 669).

For temporary (90-day) addition of Chapter 1-A 1981 Ed., see §§ 1432 to 1434 of the Fiscal Year 1999 Budget Support Congressional Review Emergency Act of 1999 (D.C. Act 13-41, March 31, 1999, 46 DCR 3446).

For temporary (90 day) authority of the Mayor to make grants from the Commercial Trust Fund, see § 2 of Authorization of the Spending of the Commercial Trust Fund Emergency Act of 2003 (D.C. Act 15-186, October 24, 2003, 50 DCR 9806).

Temporary Legislation

For temporary (225 day) amendment of section, see § 2 of the Authorization of the Spending of the Commercial Trust Fund Temporary Act of 2003 (D.C. Law 15-75, Mar. 10, 2004, law notification 51 DCR 3367).

Short Title

Section 220 of D.C. Law 13-38 provided: “This subtitle may be cited as the ‘Office of Local Business Development Establishment Act of 1999’.”

Editor's Notes

Application of Law 12-175: Section 1836 of D.C. Law 12-175 provided that this subchapter shall apply as of October 1, 1998.

Establishment of the Economic Development Liaison Office: Section 1831 of D.C. Law 12-175 provided this subchapter may be cited as the “Economic Development Liaison Office Establishment Act of 1998.”

Mayor's Orders

Establishment—Office of Planning and Economic Development, see Mayor’s Order 99-62, April 9, 1999 ( 46 DCR 4224).


§ 2–1203.02. Functions.

The Economic Development Liaison Office shall perform the following functions:

(1) Develop and support programs to ensure local business development and the participation of small and disadvantaged businesses in public and private economic development activities;

(2) Assist businesses in their procedural relationships with the District government, including, but not limited to, the expediting of administrative processes, such as approval of necessary permits, zoning actions, street closings, and other relevant District administrative actions;

(3) Assist the Executive in the administration and supervision of the Office of Planning;

(4) Assist the Executive in the administration and supervision of the Office of Banking and Financial Institutions;

(5) Assist the Executive in the administration and supervision of the District of Columbia Small and Local Business Opportunity Commission, established by § 2-218.21;

(6) Assist the Executive in the administration and supervision of the Office of Motion Pictures and Television Development;

(7) Assist the Executive in the coordination of activities of the Zoning Commission with other economic development activities of the District government;

(8) Assist the Executive and the Chief Financial Officer in the transfer payment of all taxes collected on behalf of business improvement districts;

(9) Assist the Executive in the coordination of activities between the Executive and the Department of Housing and Community Development, the National Capital Revitalization Corporation, the President of the United States District of Columbia Task Force, the Washington Convention and Sports Authority, the Washington Convention and Visitors Association, the Hotel Association of Washington, the Restaurant Association of Washington, the D.C. Committee to Promote Washington, the D.C. Chamber of Commerce, the D.C. Building Industries Association, the Federal City Council, and the Committee of 100 on the Federal City; and

(10) With appropriated funds, distribute the one-time grant of $13.5 million to the Canal Park Development Association for construction of Canal Park, issue one-time grants in accordance with section 8002(h) of the Fiscal Year 2009 Budget Support Act of 2008, effective August 16, 2008 (D.C. Law 17-219; 55 DCR 7598), and issue grants or loans as may be necessary to implement projects that are part of the New Communities Initiative; provided, that any grant issued pursuant to this paragraph shall constitute an agreement making grants-in-aid for the purposes of Unit A of Chapter 3 of this title.


(Mar. 26, 1999, D.C. Law 12-175, § 1833, 45 DCR 7193; Apr. 7, 2006, D.C. Law 16-91, § 137, 52 DCR 10637; Aug. 16, 2008, D.C. Law 17-219, § 2005, 55 DCR 7598; Mar. 3, 2010, D.C. Law 18-111, §§ 2082(e), 2251, 57 DCR 181.)

Prior Codifications

1981 Ed., § 1-2207.2.

Effect of Amendments

D.C. Law 16-91, in par. (5), substituted “District of Columbia Small and Local Business Opportunity Commission, established by § 2-218.21” for “Office of Local Business Opportunity Administration”.

D.C. Law 17-219, in par. (8), deleted “and” from the end; in par. (9), substituted “; and” for a period at the end; and added par. (10).

D.C. Law 18-111, in par. (9), substituted “Washington Convention and Sports Authority” for “Washington Convention Center Authority”; and, in par. (10), substituted “issue grants or loans as may be necessary to implement projects that are part of the New Communities Initiative” for “issue grants as may be necessary to implement only the human capital projects that are part of the New Communities Initiative”.

Emergency Legislation

For temporary addition of §§ 1-2207.1 through 1-2207.3 1981 Ed., see note to § 2-1203.01.

For temporary (90-day) addition of Chapter 1-A 1981 Ed., see notes following § 2-1203.01.

For temporary (90 day) amendment of section, see § 3 of July Other-Type Supplemental Appropriations Approval and Grant-making Authority Emergency Amendment Act of 2007 (D.C. Act 17-106, July 27, 2007, 54 DCR 8217).

For temporary (90 day) amendment of section, see § 2082(e) of Fiscal Year 2010 Budget Support Second Emergency Act of 2009 (D.C. Act 18-207, October 15, 2009, 56 DCR 8234).

For temporary (90 day) addition, see § 2251 of Fiscal Year 2010 Budget Support Second Emergency Act of 2009 (D.C. Act 18-207, October 15, 2009, 56 DCR 8234).

For temporary (90 day) amendment of section, see §§ 2082(e), 2251 of Fiscal Year Budget Support Congressional Review Emergency Amendment Act of 2009 (D.C. Act 18-260, January 4, 2010, 57 DCR 345).

Short Title

Short title: Section 2004 of D.C. Law 17-219 provided that subtitle B of title II of the act may be cited as the “Continuation of Economic Development Grant Authority Amendment Act of 2008”.

Short title: Section 2250 of D.C. Law 18-111 provided that subtitle Z of title II of the act may be cited as the “New Communities Financial Assistance Amendment Act of 2009”.

Editor's Notes

Application of Law 12-175: See Historical and Statutory Notes following § 2-1203.01.


§ 2–1203.03. Transfer of functions; abolishment of the Office of Tourism and Promotions.

(a) All authority responsibilities, and functions assigned to the Office of Tourism and Promotions by Reorganization Plan No. 2 of 1992, effective October 1, 1992, including oversight responsibility for the D.C. Committee to Promote Washington and the Office of Motion Picture and Television Development, established by Mayor’s Order 79-218, dated September 14, 1979, are hereby transferred the Economic Development Liaison Office.

(b) The Office of Tourism and Promotions, established by Reorganization Plan No. 2 of 1992, effective January 6, 1993, is hereby abolished.


(Mar. 26, 1999, D.C. Law 12-175, § 1834, 45 DCR 7193.)

Prior Codifications

1981 Ed., § 1-2207.3.

Emergency Legislation

For temporary addition of §§ 1-2207.1 through 1-2207.3 1981 Ed., see note to § 2-1203.01.

For temporary (90-day) addition of Chapter 1-A 1981 Ed., see notes following § 2-1203.01.

Temporary Legislation

For temporary (225 day) amendment of section, see § 4 of the Equal Opportunity for Local, Small, or Disadvantaged Business Enterprises Temporary Amendment Act of 2000 (D.C. Law 13-216, April 3, 2001, law notification 48 DCR 3458).

Editor's Notes

Application of Law 12-175: See Historical and Statutory Notes following § 2-1203.01.

Mayor's Orders

Establishment—Task Force on Tourism, see Mayor’s Order 2001-148, October 3, 2001 ( 48 DCR 9524).