At today’s DC Council legislative meeting, Councilmember Charles Allen will introduce the Made in DC Program Establishment Act of 2015 to promote locally created, manufactured, and assembled products through brand certification via the Department of Small and Local Business Development (DSLBD).
“With the holiday season in full swing, I’m proud to help promote the District’s growing creator economy with a program to communicate the importance of buying local and having pride in DC-made products year-round,” said Councilmember Allen.
Allen’s bill would direct DSLBD to develop a “Made in DC” logo, brand, and marketing campaign. Once approved, local products could use this logo in their own marketing, as well as be promoted by the city via DSLBD’s “Made in DC” program.
Additionally, the bill directs DSLBD to evaluate opportunities for a District-sponsored Innovation Space and Marketplace that would provide further support for our local makers and artisans.
Supporting local businesses that create local products helps keep more dollars in DC. When shoppers buy from a local maker, a significant portion of that purchase supports other local businesses and creates local jobs. Individual makers also contribute to the uniqueness of our neighborhoods, with local makers offering specialized products that respond to the needs of the neighborhoods they serve. Entrepreneurs living, creating, and selling locally ensures close connections with the community and a shared investment in its future success.
Council Chairman Phil Mendelson and At-Large Councilmember Vincent Orange will join Councilmember Allen in co-introducing the Act.