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April 14, 2008


Big shout-out to our friends at new sponsor Opus East. It's just announced a groundbreaking for 1015 Half St., a 400k SF Class A office building that we be LEED Gold Certified. Congrats!


Visions is back! For the second year, we're delighted to co-host with Group Goetz Architects an event honoring Visionaries who've given Washington the spirit, vibrancy, and diversity that make it one of the most exciting cities in the world. This great event will be at the House of Sweden on the evening of May 6.


Topping this year's list is the Lerner Family, which will be named "Visionaries of the Year" for applying their energy, money, and name to bringing DC literally into the Major Leagues.  Other 2008 Visionaries to be honored include Forest City's Deborah Ratner Salzberg, Douglas Development's Douglas Jemal, JBG's Brian Coulter, Fort Lincoln New Town's Michele Hagans, J Street Development's Bruce Baschuk, Arent Fox's Joe Fries, Arnold & Porter's Steve Porter, McGuire Woods' Jim Dyke, CB Richard Ellis' Ernie Jarvis, Carlyle Group's Hayden Jones, Hispanic College Fund's Fern Barrueta, Carolina Kitchen's Lance London, Busboys & Poets' Andy Shallal, and "Godfather of Go-Go" Chuck Brown.

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Lewis Goetz originally came here from New Jersey in 1970 for marches on Washington, saw riot corridors and depleted city spirits, and wanted to stay and do something about it. In 1978 he created an architecture firm. This year it celebrates its 30th anniversary; at 65 professionals, it's achieved a renowned practice designing for government agencies, law firms, trade associations, and restaurants, among others. Lewis' goal remains to do what he can to make this a more creative, dynamic, and inclusive city. Together with his wife and business partner Mary Ellen Curto, and GGA general counsel Thomas Hart (who had the vision for the event), we've been proud to join in identifying and honoring a select group of men and women who are making a big difference in DC.


The House of Sweden, on the waterfront in Georgetown, opened in October, 2006, as the new Swedish embassy. GGA will be moving in December to an adjoining office site at the same address. The Visionaries event on May 6 from 5:30 to 8:00 PM is by invitation only. For further information, please visit www.GGA.com, or contact Lindsay Olup at lolup@gga.com.  Please be forewarned that GGA has devised a new Visions Martini for the occasion!


We realized that also announced two years ago, in May of 2006, besides the Nats owners, was the new Greater Washington Board of Trade president, Jim Dinegar. Now it seems like he's been on the scene 10 years—everyone knows and likes him, and he's become a whirling organizer, builder, and advocate, just as advertised when Korn Ferry recruited him from the #2 position at the American Institute of Architects. (He was also one of our Visionaries in 2007, which he subsequently proved by winning the Washington Post challenge for the most successful regional forecast of the year.)


Another amazing thing is, he makes house calls—well, at least if you're a pathetically ski-injured publisher who offers chocolate muffins and large mugs of hot coffee, as we did last week. He tells us he's determined to raise the return to members and is making lots more events free with membership dues; and his advocacy remains focused on issues dear to real estate's heart:  transportation (like rail to Dulles and Metro funding), emergency preparedness and business continuity; green as a competitive advantage; and workforce recruitment and retention. Their next big event: a conversation with former MedStar CEO John McDaniel Friday, April 25:  More Info. 


Quick, who's that on the left? Don't recognize Andre Agassi in a suit? This was Friday night at a dinner for 750 at the Washington Hilton as Agassi and Steve Case (right) were honored by the Washington Tennis & Education Foundation, with Mayor Fenty helping do the honors. Kind of hard to take pictures on crutches, so thanks to Anne Keiser for snapping this. And congrats to our advisory board member Jerry Jasinowski for chairing this fundraiser that raked in a million bucks for inner city youth programs.

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