- "The best way to predict the future is to invent it.” - Alan Kay, author and computer scientist
The success and vibrancy of the National Capital Region we see today began with bold action by past leaders. What action is required of leaders now to shape the region of the mid-21st Century?
We can invent the future. At it celebrates 50 years of leadership and service, the Metropolitan Washington Council of Governments invites top local, state and federal elected officials and business and civic leaders to examine the challenges we confront as a region and commit to a future worthy of our past.
- Reflecting on the lessons of the past and applying them to the challenges of the future.
- Defining the National Capital Region’s place in the Northeast “mega-region” and the global economy.
- Managing growth to preserve quality of life and protect the environment.
- Acknowledging and responding to climate change.
- Building the regional governance institutions and collaboration that will serve the region in the 21st Century and beyond.
Be part of the dialogue and the solutions that emerge when public, business and civic leaders unite to invent the future.
Moderator: Jim Vance, Anchor, NBC4
Luncheon Keynote Speaker: Leonard Downie, Jr., Executive Editor, The Washington Post
- Stephen Fuller, George Mason University
- Robert Lang, Virginia Tech University
- Michael Rogers, MedStar Health
- Harriet Tregoning, District of Columbia Office of Planning
The Forum is being made possible by the generous support of COG's 50th Anniversary Sponsors.
The Forum in an invitation-only event. If you are not on the official invitation list, your registration will not be accepted. Please contact COG staff if you have any questions about the registration process.