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Winners Announced for Inaugural We DC Awards

The Washington, DC Economic Partnership is celebrating the winners of their inaugural We DC Awards, which recognizes local leaders who’ve contributed their vision, energy, investment and time to D.C.’s thriving economic ecosystem in the areas of Real Estate, Innovation + Technology, and the Creative Economy.

The winners, who were honored on Oct. 30 at WDCEP’s Annual Meeting and Economic Showcase, were selected by members of WDCEP’s board of directors.

The winners for each category:

We DC | Real Estate | We Dream

This award recognizes an individual and/or company that are in commercial or housing development, architecture, construction management, real estate brokerage, and property management.

Monty Hoffman, founder and CEO of PN Hoffman (Developer)

PN Hoffman is known for its longstanding track record of successful projects that enhance communities. A design forward vision, a strong community commitment, and a long-term quality perspective have earned PN Hoffman a sterling reputation.

We DC | Innovation + Tech | We Imagine

This award recognizes an individual or company in the high technology, web application, graphic design or data and research.

Ben Miller, co-founder and CEO, Fundrise

Founded in 2012 by Ben and his brother Dan, Fundrise was the first company to crowd fund real estate online, including investments in projects such as 3 World Trade Center in Manhattan.

We DC | Creative Economy | We Create

This award recognizes an individual or company in the theatre, restaurant, or culinary, culture (museum, gallery, etc.), music, art, or film industries.

Jonas Singer and Cullen Gilchrist, co-founders and co-owners of Union Kitchen

Singer co-founded Union Kitchen after launching Blind Dog Cafe in 2012. Since the inception of Union Kitchen in 2012, Singer has worked with more than 120 businesses, supporting their growth and providing a long-term vision to provide scalability to local businesses, keeping them competitive in a landscape in which it is increasingly difficult to survive.

Gilchrist has wide experience in the food industry, from washing dishes to managing restaurants to owning his own business and continues to oversee operations at Blind Dog Café.

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