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October 19, 2015 / Ciara Myers, Editor

Study: The Roadmap for the Washington Region’s Economic Future

COMMUNITY/PHILANTHROPY/WRAG
Earlier this year, the 2030 Group – an organization of business leaders focused on regional issues and solutions – commissioned The Roadmap for the Washington Region’s Economic Future, a study to better understand growth trends and their resulting impacts that will affect the region by the year 2030. WRAG is working alongside business and civic organizations in the area to encourage regional cooperation and effective economic growth. The Washington Post shares some of the findings about the future of millennials in the region and next steps for the group revealed at a gathering last week (WaPo, 10/17):

Founded by the 2030 Group, a business organization, the Roadmap has 12 other sponsors, including the Greater Washington Board of Trade, Federal City Council, Fairfax and Montgomery chambers of commerce, Metropolitan Washington Council of Governments and the Washington Regional Association of Grantmakers.

The study’s results provided fresh arguments for the Roadmap to use in pressing local political leaders to set aside parochial differences and work together on behalf of the region as a whole.

To further that effort, the Roadmap leaders set up working groups Thursday to discuss proposals such as creating strong centralized regional authorities to oversee policy and raise funds for transportation and housing.

– On the 2030 Group’s blog, WRAG president Tamara Copeland took part in a Roadmap Sponsor Profile, in which she discussed WRAG’s supportive role in the Roadmap Initiative. (2030 Group, 10/14)

Related: The philanthropic community didn’t always have a seat at the table in this effort. Last spring, Tamara shared how business and philanthropy became valuable partners in this regional economic initiative. (Daily, 4/2)

– Joe and Lynne Horning of the Horning Family Fund have been involved in philanthropy for nearly 60 years. In The Chronicle of Philanthropy, they share what has inspired their giving in Washington throughout the years, and offer some tips for new family foundations. (Chronicle, 10/5) – Subscription required

Washington Area Women’s Foundation president and CEO Jennifer Lockwood-Shabat appears on the Washington Business Journal‘s Power 100 2015: Connectors list. Congratulations! (WBJ, 10/12)

ARTS EDUCATION
– Theatre Forward, an organization providing funding and other resources to leading nonprofit theatres, has released a new publication, “Unmasking Business Success: Executive Perceptions of Arts Engagement and Workforce Skills.”

More schools are working to integrate the arts into classroom learning (WaPo, 10/14)

WORKFORCE/IMMIGRATION | More Evidence That Immigrants Don’t Steal American Jobs (City Lab, 10/16)


What expenditures are people in the Washington region splurging on each year?

– Ciara

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