- Associated Press - Friday, November 6, 2015

WASHINGTON (AP) - One day before she leaves on a weeklong trade mission to China, District of Columbia Mayor Muriel Bowser will be cutting a bunch of ribbons.

Bowser’s office is calling Friday a “Scissors and Shovels” day. She’ll be highlighting the opening of new businesses, affordable housing developments and other facilities around the city.

The Democratic mayor says the events are part of her commitment to creating more economic opportunity for District residents.

The first ribbon-cutting will take place at Uber’s newly expanded Washington office. Bowser will also visit two new housing developments, a restaurant and a juice bar. She’ll also kick off renovations of a recreation center and a YMCA.

Bowser departs Saturday for China, where she’ll lead a delegation of 40 people, including city officials and business and nonprofit leaders.

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