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Mayor Bowser Kicks Off “Back to Basics DC” at 10th Annual Truck Touch

Saturday, June 10, 2017

(WASHINGTON, DC) – Today, at the 10th Annual Truck Touch, Mayor Bowser kicked off Back to Basics DC, a celebration of the day-to-day work that keeps Washington, DC running. During Back to Basics DC, the Mayor will highlight the work of DC government employees, showcase innovations in service delivery, and share information about how the community can help the government keep Washington, DC a great place to call home.

“Back to Basics DC is about celebrating the progress we have made as a city and sharing information about how the government and the community can work hand-in-hand to keep DC moving forward,” said Mayor Bowser. “Every day, thousands of government employees and community members work behind the scenes to keep Washington, DC running and I look forward to highlighting their work over the next few weeks.” 

Over the next several weeks, the Bowser Administration will focus on issues like graffiti removal, parking and traffic enforcement, and littering. Residents can follow Back to Basics DC on social media using #backtobasicsDC. 

The Truck Touch Festival featured a variety of free activities for kids, including skating, miniature golf, and face painting. In addition, nearly 30 DC government vehicles, including a police helicopter and horse, were on display for people of all ages to see and explore. On the perimeter of the event, the District Department of Energy and Environment held their annual Electric Grand Prix, where local high school students competed against one another with battery-powered electric cars that the students constructed.

DC’s citywide Truck Touch is one of the largest in the nation. Each year, it features vehicles from the District Departments of Public Works, Transportation, Health, Employment Services, Parks and Recreation, Fire and Emergency Medical Services, Homeland Security and Emergency Management Agency, the Metropolitan Police Department, and the DC Water and Sewer Authority. Other agencies were also on hand to provide direct services and disseminate information about their services.