Events DC Announces Comprehensive Hospitality Jobs Training Program to Ready the District's Workforce for the Washington

 Events DC Announces Comprehensive Hospitality Jobs Training Program to Ready
         the District's Workforce for the Washington Marriott Marquis

Program will Prepare as many as 600 Washington, DC Residents for Hotel Careers

PR Newswire

WASHINGTON, Sept. 3, 2013

WASHINGTON, Sept. 3, 2013 /PRNewswire/ --Events DC, the official convention
and sports authority for the District of Columbia, announced the launch of the
Washington Marriott Marquis Jobs Training Program in collaboration with
Goodwill of Greater Washington and a coalition of community-based
organizations. This jobs-training initiative will prepare and train up to 600
District residents for jobs with the new Washington Marriott Marquis,
scheduled to open in May 2014.

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Goodwill of Greater Washington has been awarded this grant for workforce
development and will lead this collaborative training effort with United Way
of the National Capital Area, the University of the District of Columbia
Community College, Progressive Partners, LLC, GROW LLC, the OMG Center for
Collaborative Learning and other District-based organizations. The purpose of
the grant is to select a workforce intermediary to recruit, prepare, train,
and refer new hotel employees in cooperation with Marriott International,

"Through initiatives like the Washington Marriott Marquis Jobs Training
Program, not only are we delivering jobs and economic development for the
District, but we are inspiring and mentoring individuals with career and
life-skills training," said District of Columbia Mayor Vincent C. Gray.
"These opportunities are priceless for our residents– helping individuals to
kick start a new professional life, while reinventing a career in hospitality
for others."

The Washington Marriott Marquis jobs-training initiative will feature free
comprehensive career and personal skills curriculum. Upon program completion,
the Marriott Marquis will have a variety of hospitality job openings, ranging
from front desk, cashiers, hosts and cooks to housekeeping, stewards, servers,
security and more.

"Launching this jobs-training program creates a synergy between Events DC,
Goodwill of Greater Washington, their community partners and the Washington
Marriott Marquis – a team effort that will drive the creation of job
opportunities and lasting economic benefits for the District and its
residents," said Gregory A. O'Dell, president and CEO of Events DC. "We
eagerly look forward to the opening of the Washington Marriott Marquis. The
hotel's impact will extend beyond the Walter E. Washington Convention Center,
to residents across all corners of the city, ultimately raising the profile of
Washington, DC as destination."

"Goodwill of Greater Washington is honored to have been selected by Events DC
to lead the administration and execution of this jobs-training program for the
Washington Marriott Marquis, with the outcome being career-entry positions for
residents of the District of Columbia," said Catherine Meloy, president and
CEO of Goodwill of Greater Washington. "All of the program partners will be
joined by many other community non-profits to help recruit, train and place
the most qualified staff at the new Convention Center hotel. Events DC and
Marriott International, Inc. had a vision for the Washington Marriott Marquis
to be a hotel for the city, serviced by people of the city. How fortunate we
all are to play a part in creating the reality of this vision."

Scheduled to open in May 2014, the 1,175-room, 49-suite Washington Marriott
Marquis at 901 Massachusetts Avenue, NW, will complement the adjacent Walter
E. Washington Convention Center. For more information on the Marriott Marquis,

Recruitment for the Washington Marriott Marquis Jobs Training Program will
open on Thursday, August 29. Following enrollment, the Jobs Training Program
will begin in December 2013 and end in late March 2014. For more information
on the Jobs Training Program and enrollment requirements, visit

Events DC
Events DC, the official convention and sports authority for the District of
Columbia, delivers premier event services and flexible venues across the
nation's capital. Leveraging the power of a world-class destination and
creating amazing attendee experiences, Events DC generates economic and
community benefits through the attraction and promotion of business, athletic,
entertainment and cultural activities. Events DC oversees the Walter E.
Washington Convention Center, an anchor of the District's hospitality and
tourism economy that generated more than $3.3 billion in direct attendee
spending in its first decade (2003-2013), and the historic Carnegie Library at
Mt. Vernon Square. Events DC also manages the Stadium-Armory campus, which
includes Robert F. Kennedy Memorial Stadium and surrounding Festival Grounds,
the non-military functions of the DC Armory and Maloof Skate Park at RFK
Stadium. In addition, Events DC built and now serves as landlord for
Nationals Park, the first LEED-certified major professional sports stadium in
the United States. For more information, please visit

Goodwill of Greater Washington
Goodwill of Greater Washington's mission is to transform lives and communities
through the power of education and employment. It funds that mission through
diverse lines of business including custodial, pest control and grounds
maintenance operations as well as its chain of retail stores that sell donated

DC Goodwill pays all of its associates above both local and federal minimum
wage standards. 82% of its Ability One employees have a severe disability yet
are paid a starting minimum wage of almost $12 an hour.

Chinyere Hubbard; 202-439-5133

Ashley Forrester; 202-439-7109


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