Georgetown University and DowntownDC BID Begin Research Partnership

Georgetown University has established a new research partnership with the DowntownDC Business Improvement District (BID) and will collaborate on research related to economic development, sustainability, placemaking, and other topics of urban planning. Georgetown’s Urban and Regional Planning program at the School of Continuing Studies will serve as an academic partner with the DowntownDC BID.

The partnership with the BID will allow students in the Urban and Regional Planning program to engage with practitioners at the BID through internships and community-based research, applying skills learned in the classroom to policy issues in the Downtown neighborhood. Faculty members will also collaborate with the BID on research projects and work with the BID to share findings.

“DowntownDC is a globally significant case study of how to plan, implement and manage a vital mixed-use urban core. We are keenly interested in advancing the knowledge and professional practices associated with this ongoing story of innovation and success. By building a stronger bridge between the University and the BID, we will advance and disseminate the ideas, tools and strategies of great city-building,” commented Uwe Brandes, Executive Director of the Urban & Regional Planning program.

“The DowntownDC BID is excited to join with Georgetown University, a great, longstanding Washington institution, and we are eager to see what this collaboration will yield,” said BID Executive Director Richard H. Bradley.

The DowntownDC BID has worked with the Urban and Regional Planning program in the past. Bradley spoke to students in the program as part of its inaugural speaker series and the DowntownDC BID recognized Georgetown with a 2013 Momentum Award.

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