Potomac Conference

At critical junctions in the development of our region, the Greater Washington Board of Trade has gathered the area’s top leaders to address issues and opportunities at an event known as the Potomac Conference. In 2012, the Potomac Conference focused on Public-Private Partnerships (PPPs).

Similar to past Potomac Conferences, participants included 100 private sector executives and key elected officials. Across our region, local governments are being challenged to operate our transportation, education and public safety infrastructure more efficiently and cost-effectively. With a lack of critical funding to sustain and/or develop additional projects and opportunities, local and state governments must seek to find innovative ways to improve infrastructure.

The formation of public-private partnerships at the federal, state and local levels, would allow for shared responsibility in the potential risks and rewards inherent in the delivery of these goods and service, including financial risks and responsibilities. The Potomac Conference helped to identify strategies for successful PPPs while examining the opportunities and obstacles.

The program will culminate in an action plan on PPPs that will serve to address Greater Washington’s most pressing needs. This event is invitation-only.


  • Verizon Foundation
    The Verizon Foundation, the philanthropic arm of Verizon, uses its technology, financial resources and partnerships to address critical social issues, with a focus on education and domestic violence prevention. In 2010, the foundation awarded nearly $67 million to nonprofit agencies in the U.S. and abroad. Through Verizon Volunteers, one of the nation's largest employee volunteer programs, Verizon employees and retirees have volunteered nearly 6 million hours of community service since 2000. The Verizon Foundation helps people to live healthy, safe and independent lives by addressing disparities in education, health care and sustainability. Since 2000, the Verizon Foundation has invested more than half a billion dollars to improve the communities where Verizon employees work and live.  Verizon's employees are generous with their donations and their time, having logged more than 6.2 million hours of service to make a positive difference in their communities. For more information on the foundation, visit
  • Balfour Beatty Construction
    A leader in the U.S. commercial construction industry, Balfour Beatty Construction provides general contracting, at-risk construction management, and design-build services through more than 2,400 professionals nationwide. The company has been cited as a Top 10 Green Builder by Engineering-News Record for the past two years, and as one of the 100 Best Companies to Work For(r) by FORTUNE magazine for three years in a row. The company is part of London-based Balfour Beatty plc, a global leader in professional services, construction services, support services, and infrastructure investment, with more than $18 billion in annual revenues. To learn more about the company and its subsidiary, Howard S. Wright, visit
  • Meyer Foundation
    For more than 65 years, the Meyer Foundation has supported extraordinary nonprofit leaders and organizations throughout the Greater Washington region. The Foundation currently focuses its grantmaking in four priority program areas: education, economic security, healthy communities, and a strong nonprofit sector. Within these program areas, the Foundation makes grants to organizations that are working to make lasting improvements in the lives of low-income people throughout our region. We also work collaboratively with other grantmakers to address important community issues, and use our resources and voice to highlight the role of our region’s nonprofit sector as a critical partner for business and government in meeting community needs. For more information, visit

For information about sponsorship, contact Nancy LaJoice, Director of Member Engagement and Sponsorships, at 202.857.5987 or



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