Hope says "what DC citizens need is social investment..the wealthy can take care of themselves however, the poor want practical ways they can serve and earn..they want their dignity restored."
Gill Wallace Hope, a leading social developer met with council officials in 2008 and agreed to invest $500 million in an International Public Private Partnership for green businesses, homelessness, youth and veterans. She encountered an unwillingness to collaborate, requests for bribes and an ignorance of stakeholder models where every stakeholder contributes their resources which empowers everyone.
" I discussed the issues and challenges with citizens, veterans, homeless, students, teachers, small businesses as well. The councils focus was on hard assets, attracting property developers in an industrial model of land, labor and capital. However we are in the knowledge economy now and the focus must shift to investing in soft assets ensuring that every citizen is healthy and educated so they can contribute to their community through a "Learn, Earn, Serve" model." she states.
"If Washington DC is ready to make that consciousness shift then Queen of Green is ready to invest. With 30% unemployment in District 8, homelessness over 50,000 and HIV/AIDS infections as high as a mid-level African country.. it is past time to turn this social crisis into an opportunity for cooperation and collaboration."
Queen of Green works with all stakeholders embracing all nationalities, cultures and faiths. Hope says " Washington DC is the world's Capitol City..all residents should have the opportunity to live green and sustainable lives and contribute to their economic prosperity. We have the knowledge, processes, technology and financing to make this vision a reality".
Other DC supporters of DC's green economy
Jim Dinegar, executive director of the Greater Washington Board of Trade, which has endorsed Fenty, said that part of the city's jobless rate stems from a high concentration of ex-offenders. Fenty, Dinegar said, has helped rebrand the Washington region to companies across the country by working to improve schools, combat crime and expedite the business-permitting process.
"There has been a dramatic turnaround," said Dinegar, noting that downtown office vacancies are falling and numerous development projects have continued under the mayor's leadership despite the recession.
Barbara Lang, president of the D.C. Chamber of Commerce, which endorsed Gray, countered that the city needs "a more holistic" approach to job creation.
"Economic development is more than shovels in the ground and real estate projects and ribbon cuttings," Lang said. "Gray gets that."
Queen of Green - Washington DC - empowering youth, veterans and the unemployed to transform Washington into a green and sustainable city.
Queen of Green is a global green cooperative brand,a network of green stakeholders from 29 diverse sectors who share a common goal of transforming their world. We unite 29 stakeholder groups to cooperate and collaborate to implement 14 Socialdevelopment Programs that will improve the quality of life for 200 million of the world's poor. Ambassador Hope developed the new Foreign Empowerment Policy for President Obama, Organizing for America and the G20 leaders. Ambassador Hope has developed a Social Investment Portfolio of 14 programs to empower the poor in 70+ countries. She passionately believes in empowering the talent and skills of the poorest of the poor to become green and sustainable. By integrating the development process to ensure energy, food, and health security is combined with education and micro-enterprises for economic security it is possible to mobilize millions of citizens to be the change they want to see in the world.