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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.



TD Bank Morning Star Speaker Series featuring Daniel Shapiro

On Thursday, May 12th, Daniel Shapiro spoke with Board of Trade's President & CEO, Jim Dinegar, about his new book, Negotiating the Nonnegotiable. He is one of the world's leading experts in negotiation and conflict resolution and is Founder and Director of the world-renowned Harvard International Negotiation Program. 



MD's Governor, Larry Hogan Addresses Board of Directors

Governor Larry Hogan addressed the Board of Directors on Thursday, May 5th in Annapolis to discuss shared goals and how Maryland is changing or the better.




TD Bank Morning Star Speaker Series featuring Jennifer Deal

On Friday, April 22nd, Jennifer Deal, spoke with Board of Trade's President & CEO, Jim Dinegar, about her new book, What Millennials Want from Work. She is a senior research scientist at the Center for Creative Leadership (CCL©) in San Diego, California, an Affiliated Research Scientist at the Center for Effective Organizations at the University of Southern California, and a contributor to The Wall Street Journal’s “Experts” panel on leadership.  



Bob Woodruff Foundation DC Spring Reception

For the 5th consecutive year, the Board of Trade alongside, the Bob Woodruff Foundation hosted the top military brass, Veterans, Elected Officials and other VIPs in support of the Bob Woodruff Foundation.  This year's special guests included Robert McDonald, 8th US Secretary of Veteran Affairs and actor, Adam Driver along with fellow actors from Arts in the Armed Forces (AITAF).


7th Annual Welcome Back Washington Nationals Team Luncheon

On Wednesday, April 13th, the Board of Trade and our business community welcomes back the Nationals from spring training for a special luncheon. With the entire team, coaching staff and ownership in attendance, the Board of Trade was able to make a generous contribution to the Washington Nationals Dream Foundation on behalf of the business community. 


METRORAIL AT 40: Restoring a World Class System

At a summit on the future of Metrorail, 100 government, business, and civic leaders discussed how they can work together to help the Washington Metropolitan Area Transit Authority (WMATA) restore the transit system’s “world-class” reputation.

The March 30 summit, Metrorail at 40: Restoring a World-Class System, sponsored by the Greater Washington Board of Trade (BOT) and Metropolitan Washington Council of Governments (COG) and took place during the week of the 40th anniversary of Metrorail’s opening. Participants discussed a variety of topics, including funding, safety, development around Metro stations, and governance. 

97th Annual Mid-Winter Dinner

On Wednesday, March 16th, the Board of Trade hosted our 97th Annual Mid-Winter Dinner at the Smithsonian Institution's Arts and Industries Building. Over 400 business leaders were the first to attend an event in the city's historic venue after being closed over 12 years. This annual event continues its tradition of premier networking with those who get business done in Greater Washington.








Business Community Convene for a Briefing on the Active Shooter Threat

The Metropolitan Washington Council of Governments (COG), American Red Cross, and the Greater Washington Board of Trade brought together top federal officials, the elected mayors and county executives from around metropolitan Washington, and our nationally-recognized police chiefs and special operations experts for a “Vigilance in the National Capital Region and the Active Shooter Threat” program. The special briefing and guidance program was designed to immediately convene the business community. Among the confirmed presenters, FBI and law enforcement experts, will provide guidance on appropriate alerts, situational awareness and preparation recommendations.  

Special Briefing on Papal Visit to Washington: Important Information

The Greater Washington Board of Trade recently hosted a special briefing on the Pope's September 2015 visit to Washington. The event took place at the St. Regis Hotel, Washington D.C. and featured presentations from a number of important stakeholders. An overview of the papal visit was conducted, there was a review of major site activities, traffic restrictions were x-rayed, and visitor estimates analyzed, among other issues. The papal briefing was carried out with the approval and support of the U.S. Secret Service, and the link above provides additional details that will help inform and prepare our businesses for what to expect.   

What to Know About the Pope's Visit to Washington

The Pope’s visit to Greater Washington is of high interest to the area’s business community. His time here will generate good attention, security perimeters, crowd management, traffic considerations, and potential work day changes.

Join us on September 10th for an event, the U.S. Secret Service has approved us to hold this briefing and will help inform and prepare our businesses for what to expect.

 Board of Trade Members Visit Baltimore & Meet Mayor

 The Greater Washington Board of Trade recently took a select group of corporate executives
 on a 2-day
 business trip to Baltimore, Maryland, where participants explored areas for
 connectivity between the Greater Washington region and Baltimore.


Board of Trade Fully Supports Construction of the Purple Line


Message to the Members of the Board of Trade Regarding Governor Hogan



Comcast Spotlight's Business Leadership Series Welcomed ESPN's George Bodenheimer

On Tuesday, June 16th, George Bodenheimer, former Executive Chairman of ESPN. Bodenheimer spoke to over 100 business leaders about starting from the mailroom moved him to an executive office with hard work and passion. 




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.

Regional Policy Forum on Transportation

On Thursday, March 12th, 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. K. Rahn, Transportation Secretary, State of Maryland and Mr. Leif A. Dormsjo, Acting Director, District Department of Transportation.