All the people associated with GABIDDC have a vision of inclusive development of the Georgia Avenue Business Development Area as a thriving community of communities, with thriving people, thriving businesses, and a system of development and sustainment that floats all boats. My friends with GABIDDC, all of them, are devoted to that vision. We seek to provide, spark, encourage, instigate the kind of education, training and job opportunities that make that possible.
The Developers of the Campus where Walter Reed historically stood, promised such inclusive development to the people of DC. That is why GABIDDC has sought to work so close with them and tracked their efforts and successes with such interest. They have a huge amount of environmental remediation work to be done.
Michael Jackson, Dr. Tony Johnson, Dean of University of the District of Columbia Community College are in negotiations, seeking to institute an “Environmental Training Center, (ETC),” or at least classes in environmental remediation, to train workers and young people in how to safely deal with environmental hazards. More importantly, the goal is to employ DC youth in this productive work. The goal is to work with, and maybe train for, companies like Tera Tech and NorthStar. NorthStar will be removing tons of concrete and hazardous waste. We would like to make sure the workers do this removal safely and without the kinds of exposures that make workers sick down the line.
Sustainable development involves using care in dealing with contaminated environments and using workers who are well trained, and preferably local.
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