- The Washington Times - Sunday, March 5, 2006

Steve Moore’s new job is to make sure companies know all the reasons to move to the District.

As the new president and chief executive officer of the Washington, DC Economic Partnership, a nonprofit that works to attract and retain businesses in D.C., Mr. Moore is responsible for promoting development throughout the city.

“In the arena that we are playing in, you really make a difference in people’s lives,” Mr. Moore said. “Having stores open up and attracting retail to different areas downtown is a challenge, and it’s really fun.”

The partnership collaborates with the D.C. government, as well as developers and retailers, to draw businesses such as Home Depot and Starbucks to the District. In addition to retail, the partnership seeks to brand the District as “a premier business environment and residential opportunity.”

“Not only does Steve bring familiarity with the city, he also has a good understanding of our business climate here,” said Stanley Jackson, co-chairman of the group’s board of directors. “I also think he has the kind of energy that we need,” he said.

Mr. Moore hesitates to set specific goals, but hopes to encourage cooperation and instill a sense of urgency in the community.

“The [D.C.] economy is just so hot,” Mr. Moore said. From the completion of Gallery Place to the new Shakespeare theatre, Sidney Harman Hall, at Sixth and F streets in Northwest, opening in 2007, he thinks Wash-ington is the place to locate. “It’s changing all over,” he said.

For the past three years, Mr. Moore has been deputy executive director for the Downtown DC Business Improvement District. There, he oversaw event planning and promotion for the downtown area.

Mr. Moore forecasts that “as much as the city has changed in the past five [years], it will change in the next three.” He has witnessed this change firsthand, having lived in the D.C. area on and off since 1981.

Mr. Moore earned his bachelor’s degree in English and education in 1975 from Nasson College in Maine.

Soon after, he began working for the Rouse Co., a commercial real-estate developer in Columbia, Md. During his 15-year tenure there, he was responsible for the marketing and advertising of numerous urban projects and is particularly proud of his efforts to promote the Faneuil Hall Marketplace in Boston.

Throughout his career, Mr. Moore has been drawn to projects in downtown areas.

“Downtowns always had a sympathy,” he said. “Nobody is dispassionate about 14 and U,” he said, referring to a long-neglected neighborhood that is targeted for redevelopment. “No one sort of thinks, ‘Yeah, wouldn’t it be nice if that worked out.’ People really want that to happen.”

Mr. Moore, 52, lives in Chinatown, and has a 16-year-old son, Ian.

Walter Frick

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