Category Archives: General

November 8, 2017
Six members of The 2030 Group named to Washington Business Journal’s 2017 Power 100 List

Each year since 2012, the Washington Business Journal has acknowledged Greater Washington’s most powerful and influential business leaders via its Power 100 list. This year, six members of The 2030 Group were acknowledged for their hard work and contributions to this region:

Bob Buchanan, President of The 2030 Group, Principal at Buchanan Partners, and Chair of Montgomery County Economic Development Corporation
Ron Paul, Chair and CEO of EagleBank
Steve Fuller, regional economist and Director of The Stephen S. Fuller Institute at the Schar School of Policy and Government at George Mason University
Jon Peterson, Principal at Peterson Cos.
Deborah Ratner Salzberg, President, Forest City Washington
Jeffrey Detwiler, Long & Foster Real Estate

Congrats to all!2030 wbj 2017 power 100


October 11, 2017
EagleBank, 2030 Group Host Regional Summit on Transportation
Panelists- 09.26.17- Eagle Bank-2030 Transportation Summit

On September 25th, EagleBank and The 2030 Group hosted the first in a series of joint summits on challenges facing the regional economy. The event focused on Metro, transportation and infrastructure and attracted a large audience from the business community to the Ritz-Carlton in Tyson’s Corner. EagleBank Chairman & CEO Ron Paul hosted and The 2030 Group President Bob Buchanan moderated the event. Panelists included WMATA General Manager and CEO Paul Wiedefeld, WMATA Board Chairman and Councilmember Jack Evans, regional economy expert Dr. Stephen Fuller, Federal City Council Deputy Executive Director Emeka Moneme and founding principal of MRP Realty’s Fred Rothmeijer.


July 19, 2017
#ICYMI: A New Potomac River Bridge? Same Old Argument.

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June 23, 2017
PRESS RELEASE: The Region’s Leading Business Organizations Unite Toward WMATA Reform

For Immediate Release

22 June 2017

Media Contact:

Federal City Council – Emeka Moneme, emoneme@federalcitycouncil.org, (202) 481-3258

The Greater Washington Board of Trade – Kim Horn, kim.k.horn@kp.com, (301) 816-5867

The 2030 Group – Clare Flannery, clare.flannery@deweysquare.com, 202-365-7147

THE REGION’S LEADING BUSINESS ORGANIZATIONS

 UNITE TOWARD WMATA REFORM

(Washington, D.C.) – Today, the Federal City Council, the Greater Washington Board of Trade, and the 2030 Group, along with several other business and civic groups, sent out a joint letter stating their support of a holistic approach to reform Metro. Over the past year, these organizations have expressed their deep concerns with the continued dysfunction of the Metro system and have supported specific proposals to reform the system.  Today’s letter demonstrates these organizations’ unified support behind a shared vision of reform.

The letter was sent to the governors of Virginia and Maryland, and the mayor of the District of Columbia expressing support of a comprehensive set of “principles” to guide efforts to reform the Metro system. The letter matches the sense of urgency each organization has professed throughout the year stating, “we write to urge the signatories of the governing compact of the Washington Metropolitan Transit Authority (WMATA) to take bold and innovative action to reform our regional transit system.”

The guiding principles set the framework for sweeping changes in Metro’s governance, operations and financial policies including:

Governance Reforms

  • Right size the WMATA board
  • Require directors to have expertise in specialized areas, including transit operations, management, finance and safety
  • Ensure that the sole fiduciary responsibility of the Board of Directors is to the organization

Funding

  • Require multi-year commitments from funding jurisdictions for operating funds
  • Identify a dedicated funding source for capital improvements (to allow for borrowing)
  • Secure a continuing funding commitment from the federal government

Operations

  • Implement service and operating changes to improve safety, reliability and ongoing operational savings

Where the Federal City Council has focused most of its efforts on revising the Metro compact and governance issues, the Board of Trade and the 2030 Group have been leading regional conversations on identifying dedicated and long-term funding for the beleaguered system.

Now, as demonstrated by today’s letter, all of the business and civic organizations that signed onto the letter, are united behind pushing forward with the comprehensive reform of Metro.

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Established in 1954, the Federal City Council (FC2) is a non-profit, non-partisan organization dedicated to the improvement of the District of Columbia. Since its founding, the FC2 has a rich history of achievement, having played a critical role in the creation of Metro, the renovation of Union Station, the establishment of the Verizon Center, and the redevelopment of Pennsylvania Avenue. Comprised of the area’s top business, professional, education and civic leaders, the Council works with the District and federal governments to develop and implement solutions to important community problems. By serving as a trusted partner for civic improvement, and by bringing to bear the knowledge, experience, access, and resources of its members, the Council plays a critical role in the advancement of the District of Columbia.

The Greater Washington Board of Trade is shaping and advancing our regional economy, with a focus on improving connectivity and making better use of existing resources. The Board of Trade addresses business concerns that stretch across the District of Columbia, Suburban Maryland and Northern Virginia, with a priority focus on securing long term dedicated funding and governance reform for Metro and intelligently growing this region through the use of smart cities concepts. By acting more as a region, Greater Washington will enhance efficiencies of operation and economies of scale.

The 2030 Group is an organization of Greater Washington business leaders focused on regional long-term decision-making and solutions. Our mission is to increase regional collaboration and to advance a strong regional economy that can compete on a global scale, sustain economic development, strengthen employment opportunities, and provide a high quality of life for current and future residents.

Giving voice to the business community is how the Board of Trade will shape and advance a vibrant regional economy. This work is backed by sound research and over 128 years of experience. To learn more about the Greater Washington Board of Trade and its commitment to improving the region’s business community, visit www.boardoftrade.org.

Download letter here.


March 31, 2017
Clear Path Forward for Regional Leaders After Thursday’s Event, “The Roadmap for Washington Region’s Economic Future: Where Are We Now?”

On Thursday, March 30, regional leaders came together to discuss the status of the Roadmap for Greater Washington.

View the presentations that were featured, as well as photos, below:

Cary Hatch on  Rebranding Greater Washington – Fundraising Video

Stephen Fuller: Roadmap Update: Comparative Performance of Regional and National Clusters: March 2014 – March 2016

Ellen Harpel and Mark White: Career pathways for middle-skill jobs in the Greater Washington region’s leading industry clusters

 

 

Bob Buchanan welcomes Senator Van Hollen (D-MD) to speak

Bob Buchanan, of The 2030 Group, welcomes Senator Van Hollen (D-MD) to speak

 

Sen. Van Hollen (D-MD) speaks on the importance of regionalism

Sen. Van Hollen (D-MD) speaks on the importance of regionalism

Cary Hatch, of MDB Communications, presents on rebranding Greater Washington

Cary Hatch, of MDB Communications, presents on rebranding Greater Washington

Don Graham, of Graham Holdings Company, Al Grasso, of MITRE, Rosie Allen-Herring, of United Way of the National Capital Area, and Maryland Secretary of Commerce, Mike Gill, discuss regionalism on a penal moderated by Bob McCartney, of the Washington Post

Don Graham, of Graham Holdings Company, Al Grasso, of MITRE, Rosie Allen-Herring, of United Way of the National Capital Area, and Maryland Secretary of Commerce, Mike Gill, discuss regionalism on a penal moderated by Bob McCartney, of the Washington Post

Dr. Stephen S. Fuller, of The Fuller Institute, presents on the Greater Washington economy

Dr. Stephen S. Fuller, of The Fuller Institute, presents on the Greater Washington economy

Ellen Harpel, of Business Development Advisors, presents on growing Greater Washington's workforce

Ellen Harpel, of Business Development Advisors, presents on growing Greater Washington’s workforce

David Bowers, of Enterprise,  Bob Sweeney, of The Global Cities Initiative,  Emeka Moneme, of the Federal City Council/Metro Reform Initiative, and  Jonathan Aberman, of Amplifier Ventures and Tandem NSI, discuss the 2030 Roadmap for Greater Washington on a panel moderated by Bob Buchanan, of The 2030 Group

David Bowers, of Enterprise,  Bob Sweeney, of The Global Cities Initiative, Emeka Moneme, of the Federal City Council/Metro Reform Initiative, and  Jonathan Aberman, of Amplifier Ventures and Tandem NSI, discuss the 2030 Roadmap for Greater Washington on a panel moderated by Bob Buchanan, of The 2030 Group

Roadmap Event InviteGreater Washington has been recognized as one of the fittest and greenest cities in America. In 2016, Greater Washington was ranked #1 on the U.S. Census list of Most Educated Metro Areas and Bon Appetit named DC its 2016 Restaurant City of the Year. Nestle recently decided to move its new headquarters here, and US News & World Report ranked Greater Washington #4 on its list of best places to live. These are achievements to celebrate and are proof that this region is more than just the federal city.

Are we ready to come together as a region to champion this new regional identity? Are we taking the necessary steps as a region to project more than our image, but also develop our economy away from its historic dependence on federal spending?

The Roadmap for the Washington Region’s Economic Future revealed that we must address our transportation and housing affordability issues, rebrand the region, and increase the collaboration between the academic sector and business community in a way that ignites the entrepreneurial culture across the region if we are to solve our issues locally and compete globally.

As we move through 2017, how are we advancing on each of these fronts? How will the new administration’s policies and practices impact the region? Are we doing enough to attract, retain, and retrain our talented workforce?

To gain a better understanding of where we are as a region and what we need to do to move forward, please join us on March 30, 2017 from 8:30am- 11:30am at the Hay Adams.

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