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Washington, DC and the Unique Infrastructure Challenges of Being the Nation’s Capital

The City of Washington, DC a finalist in the third round of the City Accelerator, is focused on finding viable and sustainable ways of funding public infrastructure.

This summary is a part of Washington, DC’s application to a City Accelerator cohort on financing public infrastructure. Your feedback on the videos will inform final selection of the cities. 

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What is Washington proposing?

The District of Columbia recently launched an executive office to specifically focus on leveraging public private partnerships in service of funding infrastructure projects. In a high growth city like this one, there is an incredible urgency to secure resources for both existing and new infrastructure. After recently launching the Office of Public Private Partnerships, the challenge now is to figure out how to prioritize projects, quickly identify opportunities for innovative partnership, and execute projects. The City Accelerator would help the District focus on a single class of projects to test whether an interagency planning and prioritization process leads to the identification and acquisition of executable financing options.


A detailed description of the mission and purpose of the City Accelerator’s cohort on funding public infrastructure.

Public response is one of several criteria being used by the City Accelerator to select cohort cities. The number of ratings or comments by themselves do not determine final status or selection.

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