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2014 Speaker Series—July 23

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Washington, D.C., Vibrant Retail Streets

This discussion of the D.C. Vibrant Retail Streets Toolkit Initiative is an opportunity to gain insight into the methodology pursued by the D.C. Office of Planning to assist emerging, established, or challenged neighborhoods in achiev their optimal potential for retail vibrancy. The toolkit helps each neighborhood find its unique brand and mix of retail activity, regardless of demographics or the current level of economic development.

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Date/Time: Wednesday, July 23, 2014, at 10:30 a.m.–12:00 Noon
Location: Board Room, 4th Floor, County Administration Building (CAB), 14741 Governor Oden Bowie Drive, Upper Marlboro, MD 20772
CM: 1.5

Sakina Khan, Senior Economic Planner, District of Colombia Office of Planning

Sakina Khan is a senior economic planner with the D.C. Office of Planning. She specializes in economic development analysis and strategy with a focus on emerging sectors. Ms. Khan is currently managing the D.C. Vibrant Retail Streets Toolkit initiative, which offers a framework for neighborhoods to assess their starting point on a ‘retail vibrancy scale’ and generate customized solutions for improving retail. This is a follow-up to her work on the Retail Action Strategy and Retail Action Roadmap, which included retail market analysis and strategies for strengthening the District’s retail base. Ms. Khan has also recently worked on an industrial land use study, a strategy for modernization and adaptive reuse of industrial land that seeks to diversify the District’s economy, grow emerging industries, and promote inclusive job growth. Ms. Khan led the D.C. Innovation Strategy for Saint Elizabeth's, an effort that developed a blueprint for an innovation hub intended to link local residents and businesses to opportunities in the innovation sector and stimulate local economic development. She was also manager of the Creative D.C. Action Agenda, a strategy to strengthen the District’s creative economy through business, employment, and educational and neighborhood-based approaches. Additionally, Ms. Khan was the lead author of the District’s Comprehensive Economic Development Strategy (CEDS). Prior to joining the Office of Planning, she was a senior associate at a consulting firm, specializing in socioeconomic impact assessment of large-scale projects in economically disadvantaged locations. Ms. Khan is a graduate of MIT where she earned her master's degree in city planning. 

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