Metropolitan Washington is a dynamic region with one of the strongest economies in the nation, attracting talent and investment from around the globe. For decades, much of the region's economic growth was fueled by the federal government—first as an employer, then as a contractor. Given an outlook of reduced federal spending, area leaders are now focused on growing the private sector, better aligning workforce development programs with key industry sectors, and increasing the region's global exports.  

To support these economic efforts, COG collects and monitors data from various federal, state, local, and private sources and publishes monthly, annual, and occasional summaries and analyses. Key information on the region's job growth, unemployment, inflation, retail sales, and more is analyzed and presented in the monthly Regional Economic Monitoring System (REMS) report. Economic growth as measured through new construction is monitored in the Commercial Construction Indicators report. COG also provides in-depth analysis of population, household, employment, income, and demographic factors and changes in the region using Census and American Community Survey data.

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    Commercial construction slows in metropolitan Washington, COG Reports

    April 2, 2018

    The report looks at trends in location, type, and size of new commercial development – completed non-residential projects, including office, retail, industrial,...

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    Statement by COG Board Chairman Matt Letourneau on Government Shutdown ​

    January 20, 2018

    In the wake of the federal government shutdown, COG Board of Directors Chairman Matt Letourneau stressed the serious impact on the region’s economy and called...

  • Governor McAuliffe, Premier of Ontario Kathleen Wynne, Mayor Bowser, and Governor Hogan

    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 statement on regional trade mission to Canada

    August 28, 2017

    COG applauds the announcement that the region’s top elected officials – Maryland Governor Larry Hogan, Commonwealth of Virginia Governor Terry McAuliffe and...

  • George Washington University's commencement

    Kenyan McDuffie: How does the region maximize our skills base?

    June 15, 2017

    As graduation season wraps up in metropolitan Washington—a time to celebrate achievements and the possibilities for the future—it is important that government,...

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    Commercial construction rebounds in metropolitan Washington, COG reports

    May 23, 2017

    Commercial construction in the metropolitan Washington region is beginning to rebound, increasing 69 percent between 2015 and 2016, according to the...

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    COG's Chuck Bean talks 'human capital' and economic growth on CBS DC

    April 3, 2017

    In March, COG Executive Director Chuck Bean was a guest on CBS DC’s Washington Report, where he discussed the importance of the region’s human capital to its...

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