Connecting state and local government leaders

Route Fifty at SXSW: Our Interview With D.C. Mayor Muriel Bowser

 

Connecting state and local government leaders

“People live there, people start businesses in Washington, D.C., and we want people to come check out what we have to offer,” Bowser told Route Fifty in an interview at SXSW.

This is the sixth in a series of Route Fifty video interviews with mayors who are in Austin, Texas, for SXSW. Previously, San Jose Mayor Sam Liccardo , West Sacramento Mayor Christopher Cabaldon , Denver Mayor Michael Hancock , Rochester Hills Mayor Bryan Barnett and Long Beach Mayor Robert Garcia .

District of Columbia officials are somewhat used to people in the rest of the country thinking that the nation’s capital is nothing but government buildings and federal bureaucrats. But there are, indeed, around 660,000 local residents who live inside the District line who have created an economically vibrant and revitalized city—and one that is no longer a one-industry town.

“People live there, people start businesses in Washington, D.C., and we want people to come check out what we have to offer,” Bowser told Route Fifty in an interview at SXSW.

Bowser has a good story to tell about D.C., especially when it comes to tech.

Bowser and her team have been working with the WeDC House in Austin, a place “where we have invited makers and startups and tech companies to talk about how and why they do business in Washington, D.C.”

Mitch Herckis is Senior Program Director at Government Executive's Route Fifty and is based in Washington, D.C.

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