How our policy team and partners are making an impact in the Greater Washington region

Our policy team and policy partners have helped our members address critical issues in various legislative and advocacy forums. This includes G.S. Proctor & Associates in Maryland, McGuireWoods Consulting in Virginia, and Holland & Knight and Georgetown Public Affairs in Washington D.C. With the Greater Washington region being so vast, our policy partners allow us to get more work done across the region, especially as 2024 legislative sessions have continued in Annapolis and Richmond.

In Maryland, focused attention was given to transportation and workforce development matters. Testimonies were presented supporting legislative measures such as HB0198, which is part of the Metro Funding Act, aimed at enhancing funding for the Metro system facing a funding gap that could impact transit services across the region. Additionally, our team and partners have helped the Board of Trade voice our endorsement components of the Growing Apprenticeships in Public Safety Act, recognizing the imperative of apprenticeships in bolstering public safety initiatives.

Simultaneously, in Virginia, the Board of Trade has also been engaging legislators about the funding of WMATA in the region. Discourse has also centered on the pivotal role of data centers in the state’s economic landscape. The Board of Trade has emphasized the importance of supporting and nurturing this industry through oral testimonies, citing its contribution to economic growth and innovation.

Meanwhile, in Washington, D.C., the Board of Trade actively advocated for the passage of the Secure DC Omnibus, emphasizing the urgent need for comprehensive measures to address escalating crime rates. Additionally, a compelling op-ed authored by our President & CEO, Jack McDougle, published in the Washington Business Journal, delineated actionable steps to tackle public safety challenges within the district.

Across these jurisdictions, our policy team and partners demonstrated unified commitment to advancing legislative agendas and addressing pressing concerns on behalf of the Board of Trade’s membership, underscoring the importance of collaborative advocacy efforts in effecting positive change.

The Board of Trade is looking forward to this March, where we can engage appointed and elected officials at our 104th Mid-Winter Dinner, presented by PNC Bank. This black-tie event at the Washington National Cathedral gathers 600 key leaders from across the region, including state attorneys general, state cabinet secretaries, DC Mayor Muriel Bowser, DC councilmembers, officials from Maryland and Virginia, university presidents, and other business leaders.