A Greater Washington
A Greater Washington sponsors regional technology and planning initiatives to increase the economic competitiveness and improve the quality of life in the metropolitan Washington region. Their site provides both information about their own programs and links to other regional planning resources in the area.
Advisory Neighborhood Commission
ANCs are the link between neighborhoods and the local services provided by the city government. According to their site, these services include traffic, parking, recreation, street improvements, liquor licenses, zoning, economic development, police protection, sanitation and trash collection, and the District's annual budget. This site provides contact information, meeting locations, and websites for each ANC through an interactive map.
Architect of the Capitol
The Architect of the Capitol is responsible to Congress for the maintenance, operation, development, and preservation of the Capitol, the congressional office buildings, the Library of Congress buildings, the Supreme Court building, the U.S. Botanic Garden, the Capitol Power Plant, and other facilities. Additionally, the Architect of the Capitol serves as a member of the following governing or advisory bodies: Capitol Police Board, Capitol Guide Board, District of Columbia Zoning Commission, Advisory Council on Historic Preservation, National Capital Memorial Commission, and Art Advisory Committee to the Washington Metropolitan Area Transit Authority. This office serves as one of the many bridges between local and federal government in the Capital city.
Coalition for Nonprofit Housing & Economic Development
The Coalition seeks to strengthen and support the ability of nonprofit housing and economic development organizations to improve the quality of life in the District of Columbia's neighborhoods and enhance public understanding of, confidence in, and support for the nonprofit community development sector. The Coalition is a member organization composed of over 90 organizations and 30 individuals working with the community to provide affordable housing and neighborhood revitalization for District residents.
The city council makes DC law accessible to its residents. The site includes all of the DC code and legislation, as well as a description of the process of converting a bill into law. The site also outlines the structure of the council. If you want to become involved in local politics, check the public participation and calendar sections of this site. If you want more information on your ward, check the council members page for ward websites.
While the rest of the country converges on the political center and the Democrats and Republicans repeatedly battle for control, DC has remained a dominantly Democratic city. The DC Democrats website includes the constitution of the District of Columbia Democratic State Committee; committee members for each ward; upcoming DC Democratic Party events; and links to other Democratic organizations.
The official site of the DC government provides online citizen and business services, visitor information, and sections for the mayor's office and city government opportunities. The citizen's section is a great resource for everything from a list of all social service providers in the city to how long the line is at the DMV. Start here if you're trying to find out more about city services and government initiatives.
DC Statehood Green Party
The DC Green and Statehood parties combined in 1999. The party has a long history of working toward DC statehood, while maintaining an affiliation with the national Green party. The site includes the party's guiding principles and its platform in detail. If you're interested in becoming involved, the site includes information on joining the party and on upcoming events.
DC Vote is a coalition for DC representation in Congress. The group seeks to educate the public and Congress about the need for citizens of the District of Columbia to enjoy full voting representation in the U.S. House of Representatives and U.S. Senate. They circulate petitions and newsletters and sponsor lectures and other events.
District of Columbia Board of Elections and Ethics
Register to vote here! If you are already registered, find your polling place, learn about candidates and elected officials, campaign finance, and registration statistics.
District of Columbia Primary Care Association
DCPCA is a health action and advocacy organization serving DC's medically
vulnerable residents. DCPCA helps policy-makers, providers and residents
understand why DC's low income residents are sicker and die younger than
they should, find soluations, and take actin to get those soluations in
place. DCPCA aggresively pursues effective policy, and works to ensure that
all stakeholders GET INFORMED and GET INVOLVED. The website includes
articles, reports, links and information on how to impact DC government. DCPCA also sends out ebriefings: Daily Health Policy Alerts on local issues, weekly National Health Reform Summaries on big national issues, and Health Justice Updates which are periodic narrative reports that summarize provide informaton and insights.
Eleanor Holmes Norton
As DC's only representation in Congress, Eleanor Holmes Norton is a crucial link between the local and national governments. Her website includes tons of information about Norton: her latest statements, notes from Congress, voting record, and biography. The site also provides news helpful to District residents and links to local and federal government sites that are particularly relevant to DC residents. Residents or visitors can contact her from her page.
Metropolitan Washington Council of Governments
COG is a non-profit organization that provides regional planning assistance for a consortium of governments in the DC area. The group is composed of 17 local governments, plus area members of the Maryland and Virginia legislatures, the US Senate, and the US House of Representatives. Their site includes transportation, environmental, and human service and planning programs, news, and publications. Also look here for regional economic and health indicators and a DC regional directory.
National Capital Planning Commission
The NCPC provides overall planning guidance for federal land and buildings in the National Capital Region, which includes the District of Columbia; Prince George's and Montgomery Counties in Maryland; and Arlington, Fairfax, Loudoun, and Prince William Counties in Virginia, including the cities and towns located within the geographic area bounded by these counties. In "about NCPC," the site has a history of the commission as well as of planning in DC. The site also contains news, publications, planning initiatives, a strategic plan for 2000 - 2005, and a master plan for the city's memorials and museums.
Public Space Forum
Public Space Forum is an online resource to learn more about community development, land use, transportation and other public space projects in DC and surrounding cities. Through the site, area residents can access information about, share their views on, and learn how to participate in ongoing public projects. This online resource is a product of Justice and Sustainability Associates, LLC.
Subcommittee on Oversight of Government Management, the Federal Workforce, and the District of Columbia
This subcommittee, along with the Subcommittee on Appropriations for the District of Columbia, provide the two homes of DC in the Senate. Now that the House has abolished its DC subcommittees, these committees are also the core of Congressional oversight of the District. Unfortunately, not very much information is available on the Senate website on these subcommittees.
Washington, DC Republican Committee
This site includes a description of the committee's mission, links to other local Republican organizations, news, and ways to become involved or donate.