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Board of Trade at a Glance

The Greater Washington Board of Trade is the largest regional network of business and nonprofit leaders and the only regional organization representing all industry sectors. Founded in 1889, the Board of Trade enjoys a long history of creating and maintaining a business climate that is healthy, inviting and profitable for the regional business community and the community at large.

The Board of Trade’s first priority is growing its members’ businesses. Content-rich programs and a variety of networking events connect members with other business, nonprofit and government leaders in the region.

As the regional business organization, the Board of Trade addresses business concerns that stretch across geographic boundaries. Pro-business and bipartisan, the Board of Trade convenes business, nonprofit and government leaders to collaborate on important issues throughout the District of Columbia, Suburban Maryland and Northern Virginia. In 2010, the Board of Trade is:

  • Improving regional mobility
  • Advancing emergency preparedness and business continuity efforts
  • Promoting sustainability as a significant opportunity for regional businesses and the environment
  • Helping business attract and retain a talented workforce

In addition, the Board of Trade markets Greater Washington’s economic opportunities through its affiliate, the Greater Washington Initiative. The Initiative promotes Greater Washington as a vibrant place to live and work. It researches the area’s economic strengths to attract new business investments and provides the resources needed to evaluate, plan and implement an expansion or move to the region.

The work of the Greater Washington Board of Trade has significantly improved the region. Through its work, the Board of Trade helped promote the construction of Union Station in 1902, create the Washington Metropolitan Area Transit Authority to build and operate Metrorail and Metrobus in 1966 and reopen National Airport after its extended closure following the September 11 attacks in 2001.

A 501(c)(6) association, the Greater Washington Board of Trade is supported by its members, programs and events. The membership is comprised of members from Fortune 100 companies to small businesses and nonprofit organizations.