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The Region's Leading Business Organizations Unite Toward WMATA Reform

On behalf of the Greater Washington Board of Trade Chair, Terry McCallister and Chair-Elect, Kim Horn, we are sending you a letter co-signed by numerous business organizations. This letter was sent earlier today to the signatories of the governing compact for WMATA asking them to take bold action to reform our regional Metro system.   In this letter, we outline guiding principles that would set the framework for much needed changes in Metro’s governance, operations and funding.

To facilitate a surround sound regarding the urgency and the path forward, last evening the Board of Trade along with the Federal City Council and the 2030 Group conducted a joint briefing with Bob McCartney from the Washington Post. 

Greater Washington Board of Trade CEO Jim Dinegar to Step Down this Fall

The Greater Washington Board of Trade’s chief executive Jim Dinegar shared with his Executive Committee that he will be stepping down from his position as President and CEO later this year. Click here to read more.

Board of Trade's Op-Ed in The Washington Post

As Metro operations continue to improve thanks to management attention, SafeTrack improvements and the delivery of new railcars; the financial situation becomes more concerning. To sustain progress, substantial new funds must be secured. The Board of Trade continues to have Metro as a priority issue and is working to advance new oversight and finance mechanisms that ensure long-term viability of our regional economic engine. 

To that end I wanted to make you aware of our Op-Ed in today’s (03/05/17) Washington Post. We are collaborating with other business organizations that recognize the importance of Metro to this region.

We ask for your assistance in spreading the word of this important work. We have created this one page document to help identify the key issues of concern.

Fixing Metro

Washington's Metro system is in crisis. The Metro faces an interlocking set of existential challenges: safety, operations., governance, funding and ridership.

Today, safety concerns remain, funding needs persist, and additional governance changes are long overdue. To that end, the business leaders who are members of the Greater Washington Board of Trade deemed this the biggest potential business crisis facing the region.

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Preparing for the Inauguration

On Thursday, January 12th, the Board of Trade partnered with the Metropolitan Washington Council of Governments to host a free briefing to prepare Greater Washington's business community for the upcoming inaugrual events. Everything was addressed from road closures, Metro service, parking, and much more.

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2017 Annual Meeting Welcomes Featured Speaker, Tom Friedman

On Tuesday, January 10th, the Board of Trade kicked off their 128th year with its Annual Meeting. Looking back at the accomplishments of 2016 as well as addresses plans and goals for the year to come. The event closed with 3-time Pulizter Prize recipient, Tom Friedman having a conversation with Board of Trade's President & CEO, Jim Dinegar, about his new book, Thank Your for Being Late.


TD Bank Morning Star Speaker Series featuring Amy Webb

On Thursday, December 15th, Amy Webb spoke with Board of Trade's President & CEO, Jim Dinegar, about her new book, The Signals are Talking: Why Today’s Fringe is Tomorrow’s Mainstream.



Regional Forum on Transportation

On Wednesday, November 30th, the Board of Trade assembled our region’s top transportation decision-makers to discuss major projects, outlook for more federal transportation funds, public-private partnerships and how we maximize what we have in place.  Speakers included the Hon. Aubrey Layne, Secretary of Transportation, Commonwealth of Virginia, the Hon. Peter Rahn, Transportation Secretary, State of Maryland, Mr. Leif Dormsjo, Director, District Department of Transportation and Mr. Paul Wiedefeld, GM/CEO of WMATA


Fall Business Classic

The Board of Trade hosted held their annual Fall Business Classic presented by Capital One Commercial Banking at the gorgeous St. Regis Hotel. 


Outlook Conference

The Board of Trade hosted their annual Outlook Conference on October 13-14 in Cambridge, MD, at the beautiful Hyatt Regency Chesapeake Bay Resort. 

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Capital Region Business Forum

On Wednesday, October 12th, the Northern Virginia Chamber, Greater Washington Board of Trade and Prince George's Chamber hosted their annual Capital Region Business Forum at the Washington Hilton. Presented by The George Washington Univeristy, Dr. Steven Knapp (GW President) facilitated a coversation with Mayor Muriel Bowser (DC), Governor Larry Hogan (MD) and Governor Terry McAuliffe (VA). This event provided these key leaders the opportunity to discuss their cooperative efforts to bolster the regional economy in an ever competitive global marketplace. 


Regional Policy Forum on Education

Kicking off the new school year, the Board of Trade hosted its annual Regional Policy Forum on Education on Wednesday, September 21st, welcoming some of the region’s top officials to address the issues and opportunities in our public school system. Panel featured: Chancellor Kaya Henderson, DC Public Schools; Superintendent Dr. Patrick Murphy, Arlington Public Schools; Superintendent Dr. Jack Smith, Montgomery County Public Schools and Superintendent Dr. Eric Williams, Loudoun County Public Schools.

Lessons from Major North American Transit Systems

The Greater Washington Board of Trade and Metropolitan Washington Council of Governments brought together approximately 100 area business, civic, and government leaders together for the second event in a series on how the region can help restore Metrorail’s safety, reliability, and world-class reputation. The Board of Trade and Council of Governments invited representatives from several North American transit agencies and an expert from Imperial College London for a discussion on what the region can learn from other systems. The series is taking place during the 40th anniversary of Metrorail’s opening.  

Zimride Exclusive to Board of Trade Members

To alleviate the disruptions, the Metro SafeTrack Project will create for commuters over the next several weeks, the Greater Washington Board of Trade has entered a special partnership to provide member companies with a no cost car-pool matching service.

SafeTrack Preparedness

The Board of Trade, in conjunction with Witt O'Brien's, a top preparedness company, and the Washington Business Journal, have developed a detailed specific plan to assist businesses in managing through this pending difficulty.

Comcast Spotlight's Business Leadership Series General (Ret.) Stanley McChrystal

On Friday, May 29th, General (Ret.) Stanley McChrystal and co-author, Chris Fussell spoke to over 100 business leaders about their book, Team of Teams: New Rules of Engagement for a Complex World by discussing the existential challenges facing today's organizations.

DC's Mayor, Muriel Bowser Addresses Board of Directors

Mayor Bowser addressed the Board of Directors on Tuesday, May 12th and provided update of her first 100 days in office.  She spoke on important issues to the District, such as transportation, economic development, the budget and the importance of regionalism across Greater Washington.

Wage Theft Compliance - A Special Conference Call

On Tuesday, May 19th, Michael Watts, Associate Director Office of Wage-Hour, and Daniel King, Auditor Office of Wage-Hour, joined the Board of Trade for a special conference call to help the business community understand the business commitments for meeting compliance of the Wage Theft Prevention Amendment Act of 2014. We requested and received access to hear directly from the Department of Employment Services to answer these concerns. For more information and additional resources click here.

TD Bank Morning Star Series Welcomed Herminia Ibarra, Author of Act Like a Leader, Think Like a Leader

On Friday, April 24th, the Board of Trade and presenting sponsor TD Bank welcomed Herminia Ibarra, author of the new book, Act Like a Leader, Think Like a Leader. Herminia spoke to over 125 business leaders about how they can redefine their job in order to make more strategic contributions; diversify their network so that they connect  to bigger range of stakeholders; and change their self-concept, allowing a familiar leadership style to evolve.

Business Leadership Series Welcomed Fareed Zakaria, Host of CNN's Fareed Zakaria GPS

On Tuesday, April 7th, Fareed Zakaria, the host of CNN's flagship international affairs program -- Fareed Zakaria GPS -- spoke to over 150 business leaders about his new book, In Defense of a Liberal Education.  In his new book, Fareed turns his attention to the virtues of a liberal arts education -- how to write clearly, how to express oneself convincingly, and how to think analytically. Fareed as he argues for a renewed commitment to the world's most valuable educational tradition.