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Mayor Gray Announces Group of Business Leaders to Advise Him on CBE Reform Legislation

Wednesday, March 20, 2013

Mayor Gray Announces Group of Business Leaders to Advise Him on CBE Reform Legislation

CBE Reform Legislation

(WASHINGTON, DC) – Mayor Vincent C. Gray today announced that he had asked 17 prominent business leaders from the development, construction, finance and other industries to assist him as he prepares new legislation to reform the District’s Certified Business Enterprise (CBE) program. The advisory group will provide expert input to help the Mayor craft a legislative package that will include comprehensive program, regulatory and legislative reforms to strengthen the program and the District’s small businesses.

“As I told the Council when I urged them to sustain my veto of problematic legislation that intended to reform the CBE program, we need to pass CBE reform legislation that is workable, effective, and broadly accepted,” said Mayor Gray. “I have faith that this group of highly accomplished leaders representing a cross-section of the District’s business community will provide my administration with immense help in ensuring we achieve that goal.”

The advisory group will be led by DC Chamber of Commerce Vice President and Executive Director Margaret Singleton. Other members are: Deryl McKissack of McKissack & McKissack; Donna Shuler of Answer Title; Natalie Ludaway of Leftwich & Ludaway; Pam Bundy Foster of Bundy Development Corporation; Loretta Caldwell of L.S. Caldwell & Associates, Inc.; Rod Woodson of Holland & Knight; Bill Alsup of Hines; Merrick Malone of The Robert Bobb Group; Ernie Jarvis of First Potomac Realty Trust; Alberto Gomez of Prince Construction; Luc Brami of Gelberg Signs; Steven Anglemyer of WSC Construction; Pedro Alphonso of Dynamic Concepts, Inc.; Adrian Washington of Neighborhood Development Corporation; Brad Fennell of the William C. Smith Companies; and Jair Lynch of Jair Lynch Development Partners.

Although the group is informal, their meetings will be open to the public and public notice will be provided prior to the meetings. They will review proposals by the Mayor’s staff and offer feedback and advice.