Sunday, October 24, 2004

For D.C. Mayor's Assistant, Baseball Is Latest Triumph

By Debbi Wilgoren and Dana Hedgpeth
Washington Post Staff WritersSunday,
October 24, 2004; Page C12

The party to celebrate baseball's return to Washington was winding down at Georgia Brown's, and D.C. Mayor Anthony A. Williams had already left the downtown restaurant. With him was Stephen M. Green, the city official who had led the successful negotiations with Major League Baseball.

The two men enjoyed a victory cigar -- not as mayor and aide but as Tony and Steve, buddies since Yale University nearly 30 years ago.

Five years ago, Green was a developer who had never worked in government. Now he finds himself at the helm of one of the most important initiatives of Williams's tenure: the $440 million financing package to move the Montreal Expos to Washington this spring and house them in a new waterfront stadium by 2008.

Green, 49, whose title is special assistant to the mayor for planning and economic development, was one of three city officials who hammered out the District's agreement with Major League Baseball during marathon sessions last month. Now, most days, he appears before two or three community or business groups to tout the baseball project, trying to convince a skeptical public that the stadium will spur development in nearby neighborhoods, create jobs and generate tax revenue to support social programs.

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