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January 15, 2016 / Ciara Myers, Editor

Taking a look at The Roadmap for the Washington Region’s Future Economy

REGION/ECONOMY
Last year, president of the 2030 Group Bob Buchanan and senior adviser and director of special projects at George Mason’s Center for Regional Analysis Stephen Fuller led the charge to develop a roadmap for the region’s future economy. The extensive research project has now been released.  The report, The Roadmap for the Washington Region’s Future Economy, provides recommendations for ways in which the region can reposition itself in order to maximize potential and remain competitive in the global economy. (WBJ, 1/14)

Fuller, senior adviser and director of special projects at George Mason’s Center for Regional Analysis, said Greater Washington must continue to diversify away from the federal government and into highly-specialized, high-value industries. In 2010 almost 40 percent of regional economy came from the federal government. In 2020 it will be just 27 percent.

The Roadmap effort is designed to galvanize local business and elected leaders to find ways to diversify the economy in light of federal cuts and recent economic data showing that Greater Washington’s economic growth is lagging that of other major U.S. cities.

– You may also recall that last year upon learning of Buchanan and Fuller’s call to action, WRAG president Tamara Lucas Copeland expressed interest in philanthropy also becoming a part of those efforts. Upon today’s release of The Roadmap, Tamara expands on the ways in which philanthropy in the region might respond and collaborate with other sectors in order to meet the challenges facing our communities. (Daily 1/15)

HOMELESSNESS | Arlington County has joined Montgomery County in celebrating the accomplishment of effectively ending military veteran homelessness within the area. Next, officials say they will focus on housing all those considered chronically homeless by the end of the year. (WaPo, 1/14)

WORKFORCE
– The D.C. Office of Revenue Analysis takes a look at data on annual household incomes for various peer groups in the region. According to their analysis, D.C. residents who are married with children bring in a median household income that is $25,000 higher than those who are married without children, though high childcare costs even things out. Households headed by an unmarried person with children have the lowest median income at $36,000. (DCist, 1/13)

Time For a Guaranteed Basic Income? (NPR, 1/14)

TRANSIT
Report card gives D.C. infrastructure a C-minus (WTOP, 1/14)

– For many communities, bike lanes can symbolize so much more than just a safer designated area for cyclists to ride. Residents in many cities see them as a reminder of cultural division and biased infrastructure. (WaPo, 1/14)

EDUCATION/POVERTY | 5 Ways Elite-College Admissions Squeeze Out Poor Kids (NPR, 1/15)


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– Ciara

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