Regional Priorities

Federal Debt Reduction Uncertainty

Scenario planning is more important than ever. The Board of Trade re-crafted its November 30th Regional Policy Forum to provide attendees with the best advice and guidance as we face the uncertainty of coming debt reduction efforts.

This program helped Board of Trade members and others throughout the Greater Washington business community undertake scenario planning to prepare for the coming cuts. Attendees explored the implications and what ifs and how to plan when the decisions are reached on December 23.

This program also included a special session on the implications of President Obama's Executive Order that requires federal agencies to reduce spending on equipment, technology and travel by 20%.

Debt Reduction Uncertainty Survey Results (PDF)


Discussion Topics at November 30 Regional Policy Forum:

OVERVIEW OF CURRENT OUTLOOK FOR DEBT REDUCTION PLANS

  • Jonathan Allen, Senior Congressional Reporter, POLITICO

IMPLICATIONS OF THE EXECUTIVE ORDER – PROMOTING EFFICIENT SPENDING

Conferences:

  • Alison Frisch, Director of Bids & Proposals, Courtesy Associates, Inc.

Air Travel & Hospitality:

  • Andy Rountree, Vice President for Finance & CFO, Metropolitan Washington Airports Authority
  • Solomon Keene, President, Hotel Association of Washington D.C. Commercial Real Estate

MAJOR AREAS OF CONCERN FOR CUTBACKS

Commercial Real Estate Outlook

  • Eric Mockler, President, Mid-Atlantic Region, Transwestern
  • Greg Leisch, President, Delta Associates

Residential Real Estate: Implications of Possible Mortgage Interest Deduction Change

  • Craig Strent, CEO, Apex Home Loans, Inc.

SEQUESTRATION: WHAT HAPPENS NOW THAT THE SUPER COMMITTEE FAILED TO ACT 

  • Stan Soloway, President & CEO, Professional Services Council

SCENARIO PLANNING TO PREPARE YOUR BUSINESS

  • Jerry Briggs, COO of Public Service & Health Business, Accenture
  • Russell Davis, Director, Deloitte Financial Advisory Services, Deloitte
  • John Stell, Director, National Economics & Statistics, PricewaterhouseCoopers
  • Kelly Toole, Firm Managing Partner for Tax, Baker Tilly