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November 25, 2014 / Ciara Myers, Editor

The region looks to move away from federal spending

A new study, “Improving the Washington Region’s Global Competitiveness,” from George Mason University’s Center for Regional Analysis points to the region’s ongoing reliance on federal spending as a major cause for concern for local governments. The report also calls for D.C., Maryland and Virginia to join forces in the effort to attract business and investment in the region and boost the private economy. (WaPo, 11/24 and WTOP, 11/25)

Exacerbated by federal sequestration cuts that went into effect last year, the decline in federal spending has contributed to a regionwide shift from higher-paying jobs — government contractor or subcontractor, for example — to jobs that pay less, according to the Center for Regional Analysis.

 Between September 2013 and this past September, the Washington region lost 13,000 jobs in federal government, business and professional services, education, health care and other higher-paying fields, according to federal data analyzed by the center.

– Last month, the Washington Regional Food Funders (WRFF) convened over 100 stakeholders from D.C., Maryland, and Virginia to learn about federal funding opportunities to strengthen the region’s food system and discover ways in which nonprofits, philanthropy, government, and others can partner effectively to do so. Today, WRFF releases a summary of the meeting with thanks to their members, the U.S. Department of Agriculture, Dietel Partners, and the Gannett Foundation.

– For The Next Food Drive, Go For the Canned Tuna, Not the Saltines (WAMU, 11/24)

PHILANTHROPY | The 2014-2015 edition of the Catalogue for Philanthropy is here! A number of WRAG members like Booz Allen Hamilton, the Morris & Gwendolyn Cafritz Foundation, Capital One, the Naomi and Nehemiah Cohen Foundation, the Community Foundation for the National Capital Region, the Jack Kent Cooke Foundation, the J. Willard and Alice S. Marriott Foundation, the Richard E. and Nancy P. Marriott Foundation, the Meyer Foundation, and Pepco helped to make this publication possible.

AFFORDABLE HOUSING/DISTRICT | Many housing units east of the river, that were once sold for as much as six times their current sale price, are among the lowest-priced properties available. A lack of development has made the units very difficult to sell, despite the ever-increasing demand for housing to the west. (CHOTR, 11/24)

HOMELESSNESS/YOUTH | According to a new report from the National Center on Family Homelessness at the American Institutes, in 2013 the number of children who were homeless increased in thirty-one states and the District of Columbia, and was also up by at least 10 percent in thirteen of those states and the District. In a composite state ranking from 1 – 50 (from best to worst) across four domains: 1) Extent of Child Homelessness; 2) Child well-being; 3) Risk for child homelessness; and 4) State policy and planning efforts, Maryland came in at number 11 and Virginia at number 15.   (PND, 11/24)

Due to the holiday, there will not be a news roundup for the rest of this week. Safe travels to those hitting the road.  I leave you with this and, most importantly, this. Happy holidays!

– Ciara

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