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Why Washington, D.C. Could Be the Next Big Startup Hub - Monday, April 04, 2016

Another initiative local government has come up with is to build bridges between traditional Washington and the startup sector. The problem is in the immense cultural differences between the two. Groups like the Greater Washington Board of Trade usually consist of members who are more likely to invest in construction and restaurants than have anything to do with startups. More

 
Exclusive: Exelon CEO pledges to 'prove ourselves' - Friday, April 01, 2016

Among the positions shifting their primary offices to D.C. will be Exelon’s chief strategy officer and chief financial officer and Exelon Utilities’ CEO. Exelon said its top officials, including Crane, expect to join business and economic groups, as well as nonprofit boards. Crane is joining the Economic Club of Washington, D.C., and Velazquez is a board member of the Greater Washington Board of Trade. More

 
Metro could shut down entire rail lines to do extended maintenance, board chair says - Thursday, March 31, 2016

Wednesday’s forum — “Metrorail at 40: Restoring a World Class System” — took place in an elegant room at the Mayflower Hotel. The Metropolitan Washington Council of Governments (COG) and the Greater Washington Board of Trade organized it to launch what they hope will be a year-long effort to increase support for Metro among local governments, business leaders and other parties. More

 
A regional summit on fixing Metro shows agreement on WMATA's leadership, divisions on its funding - Wednesday, March 30, 2016

Evans minced no words while speaking at a summit Wednesday morning on the future of Metro, which has just celebrated its 40th anniversary. Regional leaders, convened by the Council of Governments and Board of Trade, gathered to discuss how to ensure Metro thrives in its next 40 years. More

 
Business community not 'going to bat for Metro' until its house is in order - Wednesday, March 30, 2016

Metro is the “lifeblood of the region,” and the business community will one day step up with its voice and its wallet to fix it, Jim Dinegar, president and CEO of the Greater Washington Board of Trade, said Wednesday. More

 
Ted Leonsis says D.C. just saved commuters 5 hours a week. DDOT isn't so sure. - Sunday, March 27, 2016

Leonsis' claim caught my attention: How did this all happen? The Greater Washington Board of Trade has called for syncing lights for several years, but could it possibly be just as easy as having Ted Leonsis make a call? I set out to track down the story, but it wasn't as easy as you'd think. More

 
D.C. regulators green-light Pepco-Exelon merger, creating largest utility in the nation - Thursday, March 24, 2016

James C. Dinegar, president of the Greater Washington Board of Trade, called the decision “a catapult for the region . . . as a place to do business because now we have the strongest, best power company in the country.” The merger would add resources to the local power equation, he said. “It gives us more resiliency against storms, cyberattacks and more. It also gives us a quicker restart time because resources are closer,” he said. “I don’t have to wait on Texas and Tennessee to provide reserves.” More

 
Vote on Pepco-Exleon merge could come Wednesday — or not - Wednesday, March 23, 2016

Jim Dinegar, CEO of the Greater Washington Board of Trade and an ardent merger supporter, has a hunch. He thinks the merger will be decided — one way or another — tomorrow. He expects the PSC will consider the options provided by the two utilities and decide on whichever one it see is best. Another source watching the proceedings closely expects the PSC to weigh in on the latest Exelon proposal. More 

 
Wednesday’s commute is not normal and chaotic and long for most - Wednesday, March 16, 2016

The federal government agencies is open Wednesday, but employees have the option for unscheduled leave or unscheduled telework. The Greater Washington Board of Trade also urged businesses to give workers flexibility to work from home. More

 
Local business leader: With Metro shut down, be a generous boss - Wednesday, March 16, 2016

Considering the unexpected nature of the transit disruption and little time for employees to plan for it, Jim Dinegar, president of the Greater Washington Board of Trade, is making these suggestions to Board of Trade members:

Provide ways to underwrite or pay in full for cabs, Uber or other transit options.
Pay for parking.
Secure parking spots in your building where possible.
Apply liberal leave policies so that people can take unplanned vacation days off.
Let employees, who can, work from home.
Reconsider meetings to decide whether to reschedule.

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Business leaders urge District officials to approve Pepco-Exelon merger - Wednesday, March 16, 2016

Jim Dinegar, the president and CEO of the Greater Washington Board of Trade, said at a press conference that the gathered members of the business community had no preference on which of the options the D.C. Public Service Commission and District officials ultimately need to agree on, just that they agree. More

 
Metro to shut down entire system on Wednesday in unprecedented closure - Wednesday, March 16, 2016

Greater Washington Board of Trade CEO Jim Dinegar said the decision to shut down will cause a major disruption for business owners across the region but he understands that Wiedefeld and WMATA are acting out of an abundance of caution following the fatal incident a year ago. More

 
Board of Trade: Expect heavy traffic — and be flexible - Wednesday, March 16, 2016

The Greater Washington Board of Trade offered guidance to employers after the Washington Metropolitan Area Transit Authority said it would shut down Metro for 29-hours beginning at midnight Tuesday. “Prepare your employees and colleagues immediately to expect very heavy traffic all day tomorrow and likely on Thursday too,” James Dinegar, president and CEO of the Board of Trade, said in a statement. More

 

 
With no idea how to get to work, Metro riders bemoan late notice of shutdown - Wednesday, March 16, 2016

Jim Dinegar, president of the Greater Washington Board of Trade, said he is concerned that the shutdown will have a chilling effect on tourism in the short and the long term. Metro’s inspections on Wednesday could turn up new problems that further shake public confidence in the troubled rail system, he said. “They won’t find good things,” he said. “They’ll find risks.” More

 
Washington is expected to just keep on growing — to nearly 1 million residents - Thursday, March 10, 2016

In a sign of concern about transportation, COG and the Greater Washington Board of Trade said they would host a high-level, regionwide forum on March 30 to discuss how to fix chronic problems with the Metro transit system. More

 
Funding Metro is key to D.C. region’s economic future - Thursday, March 10, 2016

WASHINGTON — Area leaders trying to figure out how to stimulate growth agree that funding Metro is critical to Metropolitan Washington’s economic future. “Metro is an economic engine,” said Jim Dinegar, president of the Greater Washington Board of Trade. “It is the economic engine for the region.” More

 
Business, political leaders to undertake year-long look at Metro and its problems - Thursday, March 10, 2016

Greater Washington Board of Trade President Jim Dinegar wants to kick off a year-long effort to identify ways for the business community to help the struggling Metro system, and he’s inviting 100 political and business leaders to weigh in. More 

 
New Metro Boss Promises Focus On 'Nuts And Bolts' To Win Back Commuters - Tuesday, March 08, 2016

Jim Dinegar, the president of the Greater Washington Board of Trade, a business group, also applauded Wiedefeld’s comprehensive approach.

“Metro is the economic engine that drives this region and without it we are crippled,” Dinegar said. “It is not lost of me that [ridership] has really slid. That is a very big concern. We are not just losing them to Uber. We are not just losing them to bikes. People have had shaken confidence in Metro. We have to restore that confidence.” More

 
Mayors of national capitals of U.S., Cuba hold historic meeting in Havana - Tuesday, February 23, 2016

The exploratory mission, from February 20-25th, is led by the Greater Washington Hispanic Chamber of Commerce and includes the Metropolitan Washington Board of Trade, the Metropolitan Washington Council of Governments, as well as Bowser, Montgomery County Executive Ike Leggett, and Virginia Secretary of Commerce and Trade Maurice Jones. More

 
Obama’s Visit Offers Chance to Showcase Cuba for US Investors Read more: http://sputniknews.com/pol - Monday, February 22, 2016

On Wednesday, the US media reported that Washington, DC Mayor Muriel Bowser will also travel to Cuba during the weekend to explore trade and commercial travel opportunities there for entities and individuals from the US capital. Dinegar noted that Bowser took an aggressive approach to develop relationships early. More

 

 
Washington Regional Leaders to Join Hispanic Chamber on Exploratory Mission to Cuba - Wednesday, February 17, 2016

Dan Waetjen, Chairman of the Greater Washington Board of Trade said, “This regional cooperation and collaboration across jurisdictions is exactly how we will grow our economy. We commend Mayor Bowser and her team, County Executive Leggett, the Greater Washington Hispanic Chamber of Commerce and all the officials and Council of Governments leaders joining together to explore opportunities in Cuba.” More

 
Export? Us? Washington region to get help in lifting paltry sales abroad. - Friday, February 12, 2016

The three regional organizations in the coalition are the council of governments, the Greater Washington Board of Trade and the Consortium of Universities of the Washington Metropolitan Area. More

 
Greater Washington Region Accepted into Global Cities Initiative, Will Develop Metro. Export Plan - Friday, February 12, 2016

The effort is being coordinated by the Metropolitan Washington Council of Governments, the Greater Washington Board of Trade, and the Consortium of Universities of the Washington Metropolitan Area. More

 
Even the trimmed down paid leave legislation fails to win fans in D.C.'s industry groups - Friday, February 12, 2016

Her statements echoed a letter sent on Thursday to Mendelson by 15 industry groups, including the Greater Washington Board of Trade, the Hotel Association of Washington D.C. and the D.C. Hospital Association. In the letter, they called for the council to follow Mayor Muriel Bowser's recommendation to instead turn the issue to a task force. "Responsible attention to scope, costs and administration has not been given the priority it requires in order to succeed," the groups wrote. More

 
Knapp: Lift enrollment caps to strengthen D.C. economy - Thursday, February 11, 2016

Berliner, the regional council chair, announced that the consortium partnered with the Council of Governments and the Greater Washington Board of Trade to look at ways the groups can bring in more exports to help the economy. The group became the 29th member of the Global Cities Initiative, which discusses ways to improve the regional economy. More 

 
D.C. Mayor Muriel Bowser’s support of 12 weeks of paid leave in question - Wednesday, February 10, 2016

A report from the Greater Washington Board of Trade showed the original program’s costs could be more than $700 million a year. That would mean the 1 percent tax, which would garner about $500 million, would cause a $200 million deficit.
But a separate, federally funded report from the Institute for Women’s Policy Research said the original program could be fully funded with the 1 percent tax and would not cause a shortfall that would affect other city services. No cost estimate has been made since Monday’s changes. More

 
D.C. Council to consider cutting paid leave proposal to 12 weeks - Wednesday, February 10, 2016

Expert opinions on the proposal varied wildly, however, on how much it would cost. A D.C.-commissioned report says the District could afford to offer 16 weeks of paid family leave to workers through a 1 percent payroll tax on employers and have plenty of cash to spare. But a Greater Washington Board of Trade analysis suggested a shortfall at more than $383 million. D.C. Chief Financial Officer Jeff DeWitt told the council the bill as written would raise $476 million. But he said there are still too many questions about how much a paid-leave program would cost. More

 
Regional Competitiveness Resources - Friday, February 05, 2016

In the coming year, the Council of Governments, the Greater Washington Board of Trade, and the Consortium of Universities of the Metropolitan Area will lead a program called The Exchange. This program is part of the Global Cities Initiative. More.

 
D.C. business leaders question the benefits of proposed paid leave program - Thursday, February 04, 2016

Jim Dinegar, the president and CEO of the Greater Washington Board of Trade, said the fluctuating cost estimates would make it difficult for D.C. businesses to fund the paid leave program through the proposed payroll tax. He said studies have estimated the program could cost anywhere from $400 million to $1.2 billion. More

 
D.C. Council mulls taxing businesses to fund most generous paid family leave plan in U.S. - Tuesday, February 02, 2016

The major stumbling block with the 16-week paid family leave legislation is that no one seems to know how much it’s going to cost the city. A report from the Greater Washington Board of Trade showed the program’s costs could be more than $700 million a year. That would mean the 1 percent tax, which would garner about $500 million, would cause a $200 million deficit. More

 
Even as snow melts, storm takes financial toll on government, business - Tuesday, February 02, 2016

Another bright spot: For the most part, the lights — and the Internet connections of thousands of people who carried on work from home — stayed on. “Holy smokes, we were looking at outages in the hundreds, not the thousands,” said Jim Dinegar, president of the Greater Washington Board of Trade. “Pepco exceeded everyone’s expectations.” More

 
Benefits blur: What we still don’t know about paid leave in D.C.: Who pays? And how much? - Thursday, January 28, 2016

Business leaders opposing the bill say the tax could cause businesses to change hiring practices or even leave the District. Advocates, meanwhile, testified that significant benefits to the greater economy were not being taken into account. More

 
Metro chief moves carefully to bring system back up to speed - Thursday, January 28, 2016

Some critics of Metro’s past failings praised Wiedefeld. “He and his team have executed in­cred­ibly well, partly by managing expectations,” said James C. Dinegar, president of the Greater Washington Board of Trade. “In terms of what they were telling people, they’re faster coming back.” More

 
WHY DC-AREA GOVERNMENTS ARE FINALLY COLLABORATING - Wednesday, January 27, 2016

Later this year, Bowser and the governors from Maryland and Virginia plan a similar trip to the region’s biggest trading partner, Canada. “I must commend the mayor for pushing efforts like the Cuba trip,” says Jim Dinegar, president/CEO of the Greater Washington Board of Trade. “When we compete as a region, it’s a recognition that we don’t need to care where a company locates as long as it’s in the greater DC area. We still all benefit economically. And if we don’t cooperate, we may not be successful at all.” More

 
As Transit Agency Struggles, Politically Divided Metro Board To Elect New Leader - Wednesday, January 27, 2016

The disparate representation can lead to a parochial, rather than a regional, focus, according to Jim Dinegar, the president of the Greater Washington Board of Trade and long-time Metro observer.

“Sixteen members are too many for a board of directors for a transit system like this,” Dinegar said. “The right interests to represent are regional in nature, not jurisdiction by jurisdiction by jurisdiction by federal government.” More

 
Commentary: Transportation Improvements Will Bolster Economy - Wednesday, January 20, 2016

We, the undersigned Northern Virginia organizations representing the vast majority of businesses and employees of Northern Virginia’s private sector and nonprofit workforce, believe that a strong, efficient regional transportation network is essential to our region’s future economic competitiveness, security, and quality of life. We believe that unlocking Northern Virginia’s transportation grid requires a strategic regional approach. We believe that achieving the best solutions to our transportation challenges requires a big picture perspective — regionally as well as statewide. Efforts to constrain, either by law or regulation, the Commonwealth Transportation Board’s ability to determine the best investments for the state, are counter to the goals set forth in House Bill 2, 2014 legislation designed to address the commonwealth’s congestion reduction and economic development needs. More

 
Wanted: D.C.-area champions to rally region to deal with federal slowdown - Tuesday, January 19, 2016

The bid was made jointly by COG, the Greater Washington Board of Trade and the Consortium of Universities of the Washington Metropolitan Area. The initial round of “coaching” for a region typically takes 10 months to a year and is free. More

 
As D.C. Debates Paid-Leave, One Big Question Remains: How Much Will It Cost? - Friday, January 15, 2016

The report does not specifically address Grosso and Silverman's bill, though, which requires employers to fully bear the costs of the paid-leave. But the business community has rallied against that bill, and this week a report commissioned by the Greater Washington Board of Trade put the cost of their bill at over $700 million per year — with the tax on employers only covering roughly half of it. More

 
Hogan, McAuliffe and Bowser plan joint trade mission - Friday, January 15, 2016

The joint the trade mission to Canada — with a possible June date — would be a big win for regional cooperation. Regional groups such as the Greater Washington Board of Trade and the Metropolitan Washington Council of Governments have been pushing for a high-level joint mission, arguing that Greater Washington must market itself as a region to survive in an increasingly global world instead of fighting over corporate relocations within the region. More

 
Exclusive: Board of Trade projects $380M shortfall from D.C. paid family leave act - Thursday, January 14, 2016

The generous paid family leave proposal moving through D.C. Council would come up $383 million short, according to a report commissioned by the Greater Washington Board of Trade.
The analysis from D.C.-based IHS Global Inc. estimates the tax on companies in the universal paid leave act would generate about $338 million in 2016. The report estimates the payouts for one year would total $721 million. More

 
Can D.C. afford 16 weeks of paid leave for workers? That depends. - Thursday, January 14, 2016

A report prepared for the Greater Washington Board of Trade disputed that. It found that the total costs could exceed $700 million annually and require a much larger tax increase on employers.

Jim Dinegar, head of the board, said that the organization was willing to work on a compromise but that proponents must take into consideration the regional effects if businesses in Maryland and Virginia do not have to provide comparable benefits and pay similar costs. More

 
Experts provide council with advice on housing - Thursday, January 14, 2016

James Dinegar, president and Chief Executive Officer of the Greater Washington Board of Trade, opened up the discussion by noting that transportation is a resource closely related to housing. He noted the Metro system is very condensed geographically in Prince George’s County compared, to elsewhere in the region, and is an “underutilized resource.” He also suggested the possibility of linking Baltimore and the Washington region more closely to capitalize on the opportunities offered in Baltimore. More

 
Berliner Wants to Improve Metro, Economic Development as New Chairman of Council of Governments - Thursday, January 14, 2016

Berliner proposed a forum on Metro to be hosted in March by COG and the Greater Washington Board of Trade on the occasion of Metro’s 40th anniversary. He plans to bring in speakers from around the country to talk about transit issues and discuss the prospect of what Metro might look like 40 years from now. More

 
What do local millennials want? Many of the same things their parents did. - Wednesday, January 13, 2016

They are potentially an economic powerhouse, and attracting and retaining a steady stream of young professionals can be crucial to remaining competitive, said James C. Dinegar, president and chief executive of the Greater Washington Board of Trade, which co-sponsored the study with Kaiser Permanente. More

 
Team finds DC is highly attractive to millennials - Wednesday, January 13, 2016

Recognizing the importance of this research to area business leaders, the Greater Washington Board of Trade is partnering with the Kogod School of Business to share the findings with the business community. Kaiser Permanente, a leading employer of Millennials in the region, has also signed on to sponsor additional research on the topic. More

 

 
Guess what the Board of Trade handed out at its annual meeting? - Wednesday, January 13, 2016

Even the Greater Washington Board of Trade is getting in on the Powerball frenzy. The region's leading business group passed out tickets for the $1.5 billion Powerball lottery to everyone who attended its annual meeting Tuesday, drawing plenty of laughter, and, dare we say, excitement among the group of well-to-do business leaders. The drawing for the record-breaking lottery is Wednesday. More

 
Steve Case: Here's how D.C. will become 'one of the great entrepreneurial cities' - Wednesday, January 13, 2016

Case spoke Tuesday at the annual meeting of the Greater Washington Board of Trade about the “third wave” of the Internet, which will involve connecting all areas of life seamlessly together, and using that connection to disrupt and revolutionize areas such as health care and education. More

 
Former D.C. Olympics bid chief to rally support for regional export plan - Tuesday, January 12, 2016

Bob Sweeney wants to rally Greater Washington around a plan to boost the area’s export economy.
Sweeney, currently a special assistant to the dean at American University’s Kogod School of Business and the former head of the Greater Washington Sports Alliance, will be named the managing director of the Metropolitan Washington’s Council of Government’s Global Cities Initiative on Wednesday. More

 
For Clients, Lawyers Oppose D.C.'s Paid-Leave Proposal - Monday, January 04, 2016

"I can tell you from my own personal standpoint. I don't want to talk about the firm. I don't think it's appropriate for any law firm to talk about their personnel policies," said Tony Pierce, Akin Gump Strauss Hauer & Feld's D.C. office head. Pierce chairs the Greater Washington Board of Trade, which recommends a redrafting of the proposed policy similar to the Federal City Council's position.
"I would say that the firms are involved. The Board of Trade represents the regional business community, which includes very much the law firm community," Pierce said. "So when the Board of Trade is speaking, they are speaking as the advocates of the business community." More

 

 
Sherwood's Notebook: A ‘Likely Insufficient’ Ending! - Wednesday, December 16, 2015

“Our message is vigilance,” he told NBC4 outside the closed meeting put on for the Greater Washington Board of Trade and the Council of Governments. “We are facing a threat today that is a threat to our entire community.” More

 
Muslim, Latino stances stirring little backlash for Trump - for now - Tuesday, December 15, 2015

"I think we're going to have to explore how much baggage this all entails," said Jim Dinegar, president of the Greater Washington Board of Trade, who will decide whether to hold events at Trump's new hotel on the site of the Old Post Office Pavilion that is scheduled to open next year in the District of Columbia. "I get very wary of litmus tests because once you pull that thread, you can pull a whole lot of threads in terms of who owns this and who has an investment in that." More

 
Gobernador de Virginia y alcaldesa de Washington planean viajes comerciales a Cuba - See more at: ht - Tuesday, December 15, 2015

Jim Dinegar, CEO de la Oficina de Comercio de la Región de Washington (Greater Washington Board of Trade), uno de los organizadores del evento, dijo que el turismo es una de las áreas en las que la región se puede beneficiar con el aumento del comercio y los viajes a Cuba. More

 
District, Virginia eyeing economic opportunities in Cuba - Friday, December 11, 2015

Jim Dinegar, the CEO of the Greater Washington Board of Trade — which organized the event alongside the Fairfax County Chamber of Commerce and the Prince George’s Chamber of Commerce — said tourism is one area where the region can benefit from increased trade and travel with Cuba. Other areas, however, might require more study, as well as a cooperative approach on a regional strategy. More

 
Bowser, McAuliffe and Hogan okay idea of joint foreign trade trip - Friday, December 11, 2015

The leaders spoke at the Capital Region Business Forum, which was billed as the start of an annual series to encourage elected officials to think regionally. Principal organizers were the Greater Washington Board of Trade and the Fairfax and Prince George’s Chambers of Commerce. They expressed satisfaction with the results, despite the competitive banter. More

 
Here are 3 economic development issues Greater Washington politicians can agree on - Friday, December 11, 2015

Virginia Gov. Terry McAuliffe, D.C. Mayor Muriel Bowser and Maryland Senate President Mike Miller — all Democrats — discussed how the region can work together more on economic development issues at the first Capital Region Business Forum in Tysons Tuesday. The forum was sponsored by the Greater Washington Board of Trade and the Fairfax and Prince George's chambers of commerce. More

 
D.C. Chamber, Board of Trade seek answers on paid leave proposal - Thursday, December 03, 2015

However, the resounding response from the business community has been one of concern, said Greater Washington Board of Trade President and CEO Jim Dinegar, who said the 1 percent tax on employers would put both D.C. companies and D.C. residents at a major competitive disadvantage. "This approach is one-size-fits-all and we don't think it fits at all," Dinegar said, referring to the requirement all businesses provide the benefit. More

 
D.C. residents love the idea of paid family leave — just not paying for it - Thursday, December 03, 2015

The Greater Washington Board of Trade has paid for research it plans to present at a council hearing Wednesday showing that more than 100,000 employees would have to pay for the benefit themselves, including about 42,000 D.C. residents who work for the federal government. Tens of thousands of city residents who commute to federal jobs in Maryland and Virginia would also have to pay for the benefit. More

 
Greater Washington business groups push for unified regional export plan - Thursday, December 03, 2015

The Metropolitan Washington Council of Governments, the Greater Washington Board of Trade, and the Consortium of Universities of the Washington Metropolitan Area are working on an application to the Brookings Institution's Global Cities Initiative for help in developing a regional strategy to boost exports. More

 
Business leaders push back against DC paid leave plan - Thursday, December 03, 2015

Jim Dinegar, president of the Greater Washington Board of Trade, says the proposal would force businesses to lay off employees or leave the city. He also says employers outside the District would be less likely to hire District residents because they'd be eligible for leave while Maryland and Virginia residents would not. More

 
Why companies should care about getting stuff done in cities - Tuesday, November 24, 2015

My experience in the food-truck business and at Zipcar had earned me a reputation in the D.C. city administrative offices as sort of a rabble-rouser. As I learned more about the necessity of understanding and shaping government policy, I joined the Greater Washington Board of Trade Transportation Policy Group around 2004. It was there that I met then-director of the DDOT Dan Tangherlini, a regular speaker and presence in the group. I was the junior member of the group by at least 10 years, but like Dan (who was also young), I wanted to see positive change on our streets, and we formed a lasting relationship. More

 
The 2015 Washington Business Hall of Fame - Wednesday, November 11, 2015

Twenty-seven years ago, Washingtonian, the Greater Washington Board of Trade, and Junior Achievement of Greater Washington created the Washington Business Hall of Fame. The dinner and awards ceremony benefit Junior Achievement, whose programs teach entrepreneurship and financial literacy to local children. Last year, the organization sent 4,577 volunteers to work with 55,154 kids in 211 area schools and afterschool sites. More

 
Talking About What Happened To All Those Good Writing and Editing Jobs - Monday, November 09, 2015

In the early ‘90s I was talking with John Tydings, who ran the Greater Washington Board of Trade, the city’s leading business group. He said he was worried where the city’s civic leadership would come from as the national chains took over our local businesses.More

 
President Knapp and Local Leaders Strategize Washington’s Future in the Global Economy - Monday, November 09, 2015

Capitalizing on “what is already here” was a consistent theme throughout the conversation. Mr. Pierce spoke from his experience working on D.C.’s unsuccessful bid for the 2024 Olympics as an example of “telling the story” of the diversity of the region. He said D.C.’s diversity includes thriving industry, including media, health care and hospitality, and diversity of location. More

 
What’s the ROI of D.C.-China ties? - Friday, November 06, 2015

The president/CEO of the Greater Washington Board of Trade, Jim Dinegar, and Harry Wingo, president of the D.C. Chamber of Commerce, also are making the D.C.-to-China jaunt, which should aid Miss Bowser. Virginia Gov. Terry McAuliffe and Maryland Gov. Larry Hogan already have been to China; that neither governor sent a representative on this trip, however, speaks volumes.More

 
Politicos agree we need more economic development, but not a regional authority - Friday, November 06, 2015

Anthony Pierce, chairman of the Greater Washington Board of Trade, said the Washington 2024 Olympic effort showed the region can work collaboratively toward a common goal. What is needed, he added, are clear, defined goals and a way to measure what success would look like. And it helps that every jurisdiction in Greater Washington would get something out of a more vibrant economy. More

 
Sherwood's Notebook: Another One Bites the Dust - Wednesday, November 04, 2015

The choice for Metro’s general manager is one of the most significant appointments in this region. Leaks are part of the job. As Jim Dinegar of the Greater Washington Board of Trade has said, Metro is the spine and circulatory system of the Washington region and it must work better. More

 
The Best Places to Work in Washington, DC - Tuesday, November 03, 2015

To arrive at these winners, we first released an application that any employer could fill out, and promoted it on our website, on social media, and through the Greater Washington Board of Trade. The application asked about everything from telecommuting policies to employee turnover. We then sent surveys to a representative sampling of each firm’s employees, asking them to rate their workplaces on measures such as whether managers are supportive and whether the work is interesting. More

 
Metro Picks New General Manager: Aerospace Executive Neal Cohen - Thursday, October 29, 2015

Metro's board of directors has selected its top candidate for general manager: Neal Cohen, an executive with experience in aviation, manufacturing and education, News4's Adam Tuss reports. The Metro board of directors has made its choice, Tuss said. The contract is still being finalized. More

 

 
Metro Close to Picking New General Manager - Tuesday, October 27, 2015

Metro is expected to pick its new leader in the coming days, sources told News4. Two finalists are being considered. "Our hope moving forward, because we understand they are at the short list now, is to get somebody in there that can restore the credibility, restore confidence in the Metro system," Greater Washington Board of Trade CEO Jim Dinegar said. More


  

 
Why D.C. is both the best, and the worst, for professional gender equity (Video) - Monday, October 26, 2015

Washington, D.C., ranks as one of the best cities in the U.S. for working women, but the private sector still has work to do to shrink gender inequity or companies will risk losing valuable female talent. Research from the Institute for Women’s Policy Research, presented Thursday at a Greater Washington Board of Trade panel discussion, shows D.C. ranks first for access to employment as well as earnings and the number of women in management positions. However, it's No. 48 for women’s health and well-being. More

 
A city-state out to retain its young ones - Saturday, October 24, 2015

The Washington region must do more to lure and retain millennials to remain economically competitive, according to a survey of top local business executives, and a high-level civic group is studying how to keep the area attractive to young, well-educated workers. More 

 
Washingtonian Names MicroPact Great Place to Work - Thursday, October 22, 2015

MicroPact, Inc., the global leader in Data-First™ Case Management and Business Process Management (BPM) software, has been named one of the 2015 Great Places to Work in the Washington, DC area by Washingtonian magazine, a weekly regional lifestyle and news magazine. Winners were honored at an awards ceremony Oct. 22 in Washington, DC sponsored by the Greater Washington Board of Trade and Washingtonian. More

 
Why the D.C. area risks losing its allure to millennials - Saturday, October 17, 2015

The Washington region must do more to lure and retain millennials to remain economically competitive, according to a new survey of top local business executives, and a high-level civic group is studying how to keep the area attractive to young, well­-educated workers. More

 
Pepco-Exelon Merger - Wednesday, October 14, 2015

The proposed merger between utility giant Exelon and the local electric company Pepco has won approvals across the Mid-Atlantic. with one notable exception - in the District of Columbia, where the public service commission deemed the deal to not be in the public's best interest. Mayor Bowser has entered the discussions and she says the revised deal is worth supporting. But is she right? DC Councilwoman Mary Cheh and Jim Dinegar of the Greater Washington Board of Trade joined us for a debate. More

 
Editor’s note: The millennials are here, and that’s a good thing - Tuesday, September 29, 2015

The millennials are here! Few themes permeated the Greater Washington Board of Trade’s recent two-day “Outlook 2016″ confab than the influence wielded by those born between the years 1981 and 1996. More

 
Senate advances bill to keep Government open, funds Planned Parenthood - Monday, September 28, 2015

Recent videos appear to show Planned Parenthood breaking the law by selling body parts of aborted fetuses. Many in the GOP want the organization defunded - some have said they're willing to shut down the government unless it happens.

"We absolutely feel like a pawn. We're being kicked back and forth between this with no control over any of it," said Jim Dinegar, the President and CEO of the Greater Washington Board of Trade. More

 
Business response to Pope Francis visit: 'Wow, I didn't know it entailed this much' - Wednesday, September 16, 2015

As a result, Greater Washington Board of Trade CEO Jim Dinegar said the business community and area workers need to start reassessing commutes and adjusting schedules now, lest they find themselves unable to get to work as the pontiff draws massive crowds, spurs block closures and causes congested Metro stations starting Sept. 23. More

 
Cities with the biggest, smallest credit card debt burdens - Sunday, July 26, 2015

Residents "are not afraid to use credit cards for purchases," says Jim Dinegar, president and CEO of the Greater Washington Board of Trade. Whether for an Uber ride, a gala evening at the Kennedy Center or just for recurring phone bills and toll charges, capital-area residents like to use cards. More 

 
Small businesses aren’t thrilled about District’s $15 minimum wage proposal - Thursday, July 23, 2015

Our concern is that this puts the District at a competitive disadvantage, especially when you have a very strong and vibrant Maryland and Virginia,” said James Dinegar, chief executive of the Greater Washington Board of Trade. More 

 

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