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December 6, 2012 Policy Uncertainty Shakes Business Confidence in Region

Eighty-four percent of business executives in the Greater Washington region say uncertainty in government policy is an obstacle to making business decisions, according to a new survey sponsored by the Greater Washington Board of Trade. The survey also shows that business confidence in the region, measured by the annual Business Outlook Index, has fallen 8 points over the past year.


July 26, 2011 Greater Washington Bracing for Next Six Months

According to new survey results released by the Greater Washington Board of Trade, the region’s Consumer Confidence Index is approaching a three-year low, declining from 58 to 52 since December 2010. This represents the second lowest reading of the Index since the Board of Trade conducted the first consumer confidence survey and stands only three points higher than the first reading of 49 in December 2008.


December 7, 2010 The Greater Washington Consumer Confidence Index Slip, New Survey Shows

According to new survey results released today by the Greater Washington Board of Trade, the Greater Washington region’s Consumer Confidence Index fell from 62 to 58, a modest drop of four points since June.


November 17, 2010 Regional Task Force Recommends Sweeping Changes to Improve Metro

A Task Force report released today calls for dramatic changes to the Washington Metropolitan Area Transit Authority (WMATA) to make certain that Metro is a safe and efficient transit system that meets the needs of the Greater Washington region.


September 30, 2010 Regional Business Leaders Endorse Governor Martin O’Malley for a Second Term

The Greater Washington Board of Trade announced its endorsement of Martin O’Malley for re-election as Governor of the State of Maryland.  After extensive interviews with the Gubernatorial candidates, the Board of Trade leadership threw its endorsement behind Governor O’Malley because of his demonstrated understanding of the key issues facing businesses and his track-record of including the business community in fashioning solutions to the region’s most pressing challenges.


June 29, 2010 Regional Business Leaders Endorse Mayor Fenty and Councilmember Brown

Members of the Greater Washington Board of Trade’s Executive Committee and DC Political Action Committee conducted interviews with the candidates for Washington, DC Mayor and Council Chair to assess who would best address the critical issues facing the region and the important role of business.


June 15, 2010 Job Worries Dampen Consumer Optimism in Greater Washington

 Consumer confidence has remained virtually unchanged over the past six months, according to the Greater Washington Board of Trade’s Mid-Year Consumer Confidence Survey.  Since the last survey in November 2009, the Consumer Confidence Index rose only two points.


May 4, 2010 Confidence in Regional Economy Soars

Confidence in the Greater Washington, DC economy reached its highest point since February 2009, according to the semi-annual economic survey released by the Greater Washington Board of Trade. Business leaders have overall positive perceptions of current economic conditions that confirmed the outlook six months prior. They also expect the economy to keep improving, as measured by the survey’s Business Outlook Index.


April 21, 2010 Regional Businesses Report Unwavering Commitment to Environmental Sustainability Despite Economy

The Greater Washington Board of Trade released a survey clearly demonstrating that the regional business community’s commitment to environmental sustainability has increased – even during the economic downturn – and is expected to climb through 2010.


December 13, 2009 Regional Business Executives See Brighter 2010 Economy, More Jobs, Mixed Outlook on Credit

A new survey conducted for the Greater Washington Board of Trade shows that 59 percent of regional business executives expect the Greater Washington’s business and economic conditions will improve over the next six months while six percent expect it to get worse and 35 percent expect it to stay the same.


November 24, 2009 Greater Washington’s All Star Focused on Quality of Life for All

The Greater Washington Board of Trade and the entire Greater Washington region mourn the loss of Abe Pollin as a quiet community servant.


November 24, 2009 Greater Washington Board of Trade Nominates 2010 Officers

The Honorable James Dyke, Jr. of McGuireWoods LLP Proposed as Chair; Gary H. Tabach of Deloitte LLP Proposed as Chair-Elect.


November 18, 2009 Consumer Confidence Up 4 Points in Greater Washington

Consumers in the Greater Washington, DC region are more optimistic about the future of the local economy, according to a poll released today by the Greater Washington Board of Trade. 


November 6, 2009 A Majority of Greater Washington, DC Adults Say They Will Not Get the H1N1 Vaccine

Fifty-five percent of the adult population in the Greater Washington, DC region say they will not get the H1N1 flu vaccine, according to a new poll commissioned by the Greater Washington Board of Trade.


November 4, 2009 Regional Business Leaders Welcome Governor-Elect McDonnell

The Greater Washington Board of Trade, the largest business organization representing regional interests throughout the Greater Washington region, congratulates Bob McDonnell for winning the governor’s race in the Commonwealth of Virginia.


October 28, 2009 Regional Business Leaders Endorse Bob McDonnell for Governor of Virginia

After extensive interviews with the Virginia gubernatorial candidates, the Board of Trade leadership has endorsed Bob McDonnell because of his demonstrated understanding of the major concerns facing businesses in this difficult economy and his willingness to include the business community in fashioning solutions to the most pressing issues facing the region.


August 4, 2009 Board of Trade Commends Governor's Call for Purple Line Light Rail

The Greater Washington Board of Trade, representing the regional business community, supports Governor Martin O’Malley’s announcement of the light rail alternative for the Purple Line.


July 21, 2009 Stimulus Officials Brief Greater Washington's Business Community

Today the Greater Washington Board of Trade convened stimulus experts from the public and private sectors to provide Greater Washington’s business community with insights into stimulus opportunities at a special one-day conference at the National Press Club in Washington, DC.


June 24, 2009 Business Executives Defy Expectations

Greater Washington’s business executives expect the regional economy to improve in the fourth quarter, according to a survey of the region’s business executives conducted for the Greater Washington Board of Trade.


May 7, 2009 Consumer Confidence Rises in Greater Washington

The Greater Washington region’s Consumer Confidence Index jumped a solid seven points between December 2008 and now, from 49 to 56, according to a new survey released today by the Greater Washington Board of Trade.


March 10, 2009 Board of Trade Celebrates Full Federal Funding of Dulles Rail

Today transportation officials formalized their commitment to provide $900 million to fund the Metrorail extension through Tysons Corner to Dulles Airport.


February 23, 2009 Board of Trade Launches New Business Outlook Index

Despite the national economic downturn, many of Greater Washington’s business executives expect to take risks on new ideas or to expand their products and services in the next six months.


January 28, 2009 Board of Trade Virginia PAC Endorses Sharon Bulova for Chairman of the Fairfax County Board of Super

The Greater Washington Board of Trade’s Virginia Political Action Committee (VAPAC) today announced its endorsement of Sharon Bulova for Chairman of the Fairfax County Board of Supervisors after conducting interviews with the candidates for the chairmanship.


January 6, 2009 Board of Trade Issues Business Preparation Guidelines for Inauguration

With a multitude of people planning to attend President-Elect Barack Obama’s inaugural activities, logistical issues will challenge businesses throughout the Greater Washington region.