“Our long term goal has been to re-establish the Howard Theatre as the ‘crown jewel’ of the arts and entertainment community in the District,” said Malik Ellis, a Principal for Ellis Development Group. “The dedication and collaboration of all those involved in this public and private partnership have made our vision a reality.”In addition to financing from U.S. Bank, the renovation of the theatre has been made possible with support from Eagle Bank, the District of Columbia Office of the Deputy Mayor for Planning and Economic Development, the Philip Graham Fund, Howard University, the National Park Service’s Save Our America's Treasures Program and contributions from individual donors. About Ellis Development Group, LLCThe Ellis Development Group is based in the Washington, D.C. metropolitan area and specializes in mixed-use real estate development in emerging neighborhoods. Ellis Development Group is committed to understanding and building relationships with local residents, retailers and corporate partners to ensure that development complements the need, desires and flavor of the community. Its goal is to be a catalyst in transforming communities while ensuring that the past, present and future are embraced. About Howard Theatre Restoration, Inc.Howard Theatre Restoration, Inc. (HTR) is a 501(c)(3) nonprofit organization whose mission is to revitalize, preserve and protect the historic Howard Theatre in Washington, DC. HTR has led this collaborative effort with the District of Columbia and other private entities to bring the life, the music, and the people back to The Howard Theatre. About U.S. BankU.S. Bancorp (NYSE: USB), with $340 billion in assets as of Dec. 31, 2011, is the parent company of U.S. Bank, the fifth-largest commercial bank in the United States. The company operates 3,085 banking offices in 25 states and 5,053 ATMs, and provides a comprehensive line of banking, brokerage, insurance, investment, mortgage, trust and payment services products to consumers, businesses and institutions. U.S. Bancorp and its employees are dedicated to improving the communities they serve, for which the company earned the 2011 Spirit of America Award, the highest honor bestowed on a company by United Way. Visit U.S. Bancorp on the web at www.usbank.com.