Economy Forward

Metropolitan Washington Council of Governments
Planning & Growth, Stakeholder Summit
Washington, DC
September 2013

More than 100 leaders from around metropolitan Washington – elected officials and community representatives – met in September 2013 to identify the most important steps needed to develop the region and ensure it remains one of the world’s most attractive places to live and do business.

The day-long, interactive session also produced strong support for more collaboration among the area’s local jurisdictions, perhaps through a regional decision-making and implementation authority. The meeting focused on transportation and land-use concerns, which grew out of a series of strategies called Economy Forward developed in recent years at the Metropolitan Washington Council of Governments.  The strategies aim to connect a diverse web of Activity Centers – or mini-downtown locations that include residential, business and retail segments – to convenient transit and transportation hubs.