The Orange Vision
My vision for Washington, DC, is that of a world-class city operating at its fullest potential. An extremely vibrant city that continues to beckon individuals, couples and families to live in, visit and experience its culture, arts, restaurants, retail, entertainment, sports venues, neighborhoods and tourism.
I envision a city where the dollar circulates downtown, uptown, around-town and in our neighborhoods - a city that embraces diversity, fresh ideas, new residents and long-time constituents. A city where residents live, work, play, entertain, learn, enjoy access to healthcare and have a great quality of life in a very safe environment - a city where prosperity, business opportunities and jobs are plentiful for its residents.
My vision for the nation's capital includes a government that is efficient, effective, accessible, and transparent. A local government that truly partners with its residents and the local business community. Through this partnership, development opportunities are realized through projects such as:
- The Anacostia and Southwest Waterfronts;
- The Capitol Riverfront;
- The Baseball Stadium District and its economic spin-off;
- The Convention Center hotel;
- The old Convention Center site;
- Poplar Point;
- St. Elizabeth’s development featuring the Department of Homeland Security;
- New Town at Capital City Market; and
- McMillan Reservoir.
These projects and others, and the increased marketing efforts on tourism in the District, will generate employment and business opportunities for our District of Columbia residents. In addition, the economy rebounds and our beloved City will have taken full advantage. Thus, tremendous revenue is being produced allowing for the reduction of individual and business taxes.
The implemented affordable housing task force strategy creates 55,000 new affordable residential units with 19,000 apartments. Families representing 30 to 80 percent of the area median income, now have real housing options.
Our educational system and policies continue to be in full swing, including $2 billion of school construction and modernization, resulting in outstanding confidence, enrollment and achievement in our District of Columbia Public Schools. The educational policies are ensuring that our 3 and 4 year olds are prepared for kindergarten, that students are reading independently and, understand the basic fundamental principles of mathematics upon being promoted to the 4th grade. Our 8th graders are reading at or above grade level and pre-algebra is part of their curriculum. Our high school graduates possess diplomas of value, and are ready for college, the workforce and/or business opportunities. Our vocational and adult training programs are operational and extremely successful.
The connection between education, employment and economic development occurs and produces outstanding results. These connections are now an integral part of the way the city operates. The First Source Program is being enforced and producing 51% DC residents as new hires on city-funded projects. The Living Wage Act of 2006 is being enforced and District employees are earning at least $12.10 per hour on city-funded projects.
The green revolution in the District of Columbia is evident and green-collar jobs are plentiful. Smart Grid technology has been fully deployed with the installation of 288,000 smart meters and smart thermostats. This two-way communication system with District residences is a dream come true. The smart meters are identifying the location and magnitude of outages without customers calling in, response time is excellence, estimated readings of energy usage has been eliminated and signals are sent directly to consumers to use less energy when wholesale energy prices are higher. A mere touch of the smart thermostat provides in real time your energy usage and cost.
The Sustainable Energy Utility is achieving its goal of:
- Reducing DC's per-capita energy consumption;
- Increasing renewable energy generating capacity in the District;
- Reducing the growth of peak electricity demand;
- Improving the energy efficiency of low-income housing in the District;
- Reducing the growth of the energy demand of the District's largest energy users; and
- Increasing the number of green-collar jobs in the District of Columbia.
Crime continues to decrease to record lows. We have collectively come together to address youth issues and the rehabilitation of juveniles in a responsible and safe manner. District agencies are in charge of rehabilitation and District judges are in charge of placement of juveniles. Ex-offenders are provided opportunities to re-enter the work place and pursue a good quality of life.
Full voting rights have been achieved and realized for the District of Columbia. And yes, New Columbia, DC Statehood is on the horizon, well within our grasp and to be realized in my vision.
With successful initiatives including focusing on education, economic development, job creation, sustainability and fiscal responsibility, I see greatness in the coming years for the District of Columbia. The vision for an excellent world-class city is achievable. Together, we can make this happen.
The Orange Vision
Vincent's vision for Washington, DC, is that of a world-class city operating at its fullest potential. An extremely vibrant city that continues to beckon individuals, couples and families to live in, visit and experience its culture, arts, restaurants, retail, entertainment, sports venues, neighborhoods and tourism. More
Get to Know Vincent
As an attorney and certifiedpublic accountant, Vincent Orange has the skillset DC needs to make the citygreat again. In his earlier tenure on the DC Council, Vincent helped the cityturn a $518 million deficit into a $1.6 billion surplus reserve. Sincere-joining the DC Council last year, he has been at the forefront of efforts torestore ethical integrity to the Council, root out government waste, providejobs and continue education reform.More