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Economic Competitiveness

After decades of strong growth fueled by the federal government, data in recent years shows a significant economic slowdown in metropolitan Washington. To respond to this challenge, the COG Board made economic competitiveness its focus in 2015 and directed staff to conduct a comprehensive assessment of the region’s economy. It invited a diverse group of leaders and stakeholders to participate in its monthly board meetings and annual retreat as well as the quarterly meetings of the Region Forward Coalition. 

The 2016 State of the Region: Economic Competitiveness Report is the culmination of this effort, measuring a wide range of indicators on the region’s economic climate as well as its built and human infrastructure and quality of life. The report encourages leaders to build better connections between the region’s key assets and government, business, and academic leaders. 

Moving forward, the COG Board is supporting several efforts to strengthen the region's competitiveness, such as working with partners to develop a coordinated regional export promotions strategy as part of the Global Cities Initiative. COG will help organize international trade missions for District of Columbia, Maryland, and Virginia leaders to jointly market the region. And COG is working with local governments and workforce boards to align job training programs with key industry sectors. 

To support these efforts, COG's Department of Community Planning and Services collects and monitors economic data from various federal, state, local, and private sources and publishes summaries and analyses.

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    Regional delegation travels to Canada to promote trade and tourism

    October 4, 2017

    District of Columbia Mayor Muriel Bowser, Maryland Governor Larry Hogan, and Virginia Governor Terry McAuliffe led a joint marketing and trade mission to Canada...

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    COG supports members as region attempts to win Amazon HQ2

    September 20, 2017

    At its September 2017 meeting, the COG Board of Directors authorized COG’s executive director and staff to work with local city and county managers to explore...

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    John Cavanaugh: Colleges and universities create capital

    February 10, 2017

    The Metropolitan Washington Council of Governments’ State of the Region: Human Capital report provides a great overview of the rich talent pools existing and...

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    COG report: region's 'human capital' is a key driver of economic growth

    February 8, 2017

    The future economic prosperity of metropolitan Washington will rely on the region’s investment in its residents and their collective knowledge, skills,...

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    Regional organizations release plan to boost exports

    January 12, 2017

    The Greater Washington Metro Export Plan, released at the January meeting of the COG Board of Directors, calls for increasing the region’s participation in the...

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    D.C. Region's Economic Growth Depends on STEM Jobs, COG Reports

    October 25, 2016

    Developing a skilled workforce to fill STEM-intensive occupations in seven economic clusters will help drive metropolitan Washington’s economic growth over the...

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    Heart of COG: Nicole McCall

    May 4, 2016

    Transportation Planner Nicole McCall has led COG’s effort to analyze job posting data to determine what occupations are in greatest demand in the region, and...

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