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2014 ES0 Washington Convention and Sports Authority

Thursday, August 8, 2013

The mission of Events DC is to provide superior convention services to customers, promote the District as a venue for sports and entertainment activities, and serve as an economic engine to the nation’s capital.

Summary of Services
The Washington Convention Center Authority (WCCA), a corporate body and an independent authority of the District of Columbia government, was created pursuant to the “Washington Convention Center Authority Act of 1994,” D.C. Law 10-188, effective September 28, 1994. Pursuant to the Fiscal Year 2010 Budget Support Second Emergency Act of 2009 and the Fiscal Year 2010 Budget Support Act, the District of Columbia Sports and Entertainment Commission was absorbed into, and became a program within, WCCA. Effective October 1, 2009, the event planning, community outreach and other administrative functions of the former Commission merged with the Washington Convention Center Authority to form a new organization known as the Washington Convention and Sports Authority (WCSA). The merger created one umbrella organization with a broadened charter for increasing economic development through the promotion of key sports and entertainment offerings as well as major national and international conventions, meetings and special events held in the District of Columbia. Also, as part of the merger, facility maintenance for the Robert F. Kennedy Memorial Stadium and the District of Columbia Armory, previously performed by the D.C. Sports and Entertainment Commission, was assumed by the Department of Real Estate Services, now the Department of General Services.

In June 2011, Washington Convention and Sports Authority launched a new brand name, “Events DC.” The new brand entity fully encompasses the event experience in the city, elevates the organization’s core assets and portfolio, and perhaps most importantly, aligns with the existing brands for Washington D.C. and the city’s promotional arm, Destination DC.