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Economy ForwardGiven the immediate concerns about automatic federal spending cuts (sequestration) and the long-term outlook of reduced federal spending, the COG Board of Directors made economic competitiveness its top priority for 2012. After months of input from industry leaders, area economic development directors, and experts, the Board approved in September Economy Forward, a five point plan to strengthen the region's economy.

Economy Forward calls on the Council of Governments to work with its partners to advance the following actions: (1) implement the TPB's Transportation Priorities Plan to produce sustainable funding strategies, (2) implement a plan to guide more efficient investments in the regionís Activity Centers, (3) address the mismatch between available jobs and a skilled workforce with new industry and labor market data , (4) develop a new brand that promotes the regionís economic diversity, and (5) work with senior Administration officials to identify an official to serve as a federal-regional liaison to improve partnership.

Click here to visit the COG publications page and download the report.

Fiscal Cliff and Changes in Federal Spending

The Council of Governments strongly advocated against sequestration by reaching out directly to Congress, creating a special web site to share news and information, and inviting Brookings' Alice Rivlin to speak at the 2012 Annual Meeting on the impact of federal budget policy on metropolitan Washington.

COG Board Learning Session Summaries

The COG Board held sessions with area economic development directors, industry leaders, and other experts as it examined the region’s economic outlook, competitive advantages, and barriers to success. The sessions informed COG's final report, Economy Forward.

LEARNING SESSION 1: Washington Area Economic Outlook (March 14, 2012 - COG Board Meeting): Click here for a summary of learning session #1

Panelist:
Dr. Stephen Fuller, Director, Center for Regional Analysis, George Mason University

Video/ Social Media/ News Coverage:
LEARNING SESSION 2: Opportunities To Better Integrate Local And State Economic Development Strategies (April 11, 2012 - COG Board Meeting) Click here for a summary of learning session #2

Panelists:
Dominick Murray, Deputy Secretary for Business and Economic Development, State of Maryland

Brian Kenner, Chief of Staff for Deputy Mayor for Economic Development, District of Columbia

Tom Flynn, Economic Development Director, Loudoun County

Terry Holzheimer, Economic Development Director, Arlington County

Steve Silverman, Economic Development Director, Montgomery County

Gene Lauer, Economic Development Director, Charles County

Video/ Social Media/ News Coverage:

LEARNING SESSION 3: Metropolitan Washington's Competitive Advantages (May 9, 2012 - COG Board Meeting): Click here for a summary of learning session #3

Panelists:
James Dinegar, President and Chief Executive Officer, Greater Washington Board of Trade

Supporting documents:
Greater Washington: 2011-2012 Regional Report by the Greater Washington Initiative

Mark Treadaway, Vice President of Air Service Planning and Development, Metropolitan Washington Airports Authority

George Vradenberg, Co-founder and Vice Chair, Chesapeake Crescent Initiative

Video/ Social Media/ News Coverage:

Click here to view a video of the presentation and discussion

COG Chair Frank Principi on NewsTalk with Bruce DePuyt: Keeping the Region's Economy Strong

LEARNING SESSION 4: Industry Leaders Panel (June 13, 2012 - COG Board Meeting): Click here for a summary of learning session #4

Panelists:
Michael Knapp, Chief Executive Officer and President, Orion BioStrategies, Inc.

Robert Templin, President, Northern Virginia Community College

Sarah Oldmixon, Director of Workforce Initiatives, The Community Foundation for the National Capital Region

Bruce Gudenberg, Vice President of Partnerships and Alliance, Destination DC

Video/ Social Media/ News Coverage:

NewsChannel 8: As deadline nears, local leaders prepare for an economic emergency

Click here to view a video of the presentation and discussion

LEARNING SESSION 5: Industry Leaders Panel (July 11, 2012 - COG Board Meeting): Click here for a summary of learning session #5

Panelists:
Kathy Broadwater, Deputy Executive Director, Maryland Port Administration in Baltimore

Stuart L. Solomon, Managing Director Metro Washington Office, Accenture

George Schu, Senior Vice President, Booz Allen Hamilton

Joe Vidulich, Public Policy Manager, Northern Virginia Technology Council

Candace H. Duncan, Managing Partner, Washington Metro Area, KPMG

Video/ Social Media/ News Coverage:

Click here to view a video of the presentation and discussion

 

COG Regional Economic Growth and Competitiveness Contact:

Nicole Hange, Government Relations Coordinator - (202) 962-3231


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