We wanted to pass along the following op-ed in the Washington Post by the Board of Trade's former President (nowadays Chair), Til Hazel.
As you know, the Board of Trade is a long-time supporter of Metro. We were instrumental in its initial development in the 1960s and have continued our support through a number of initiatives and now, as one of the founding members of the MetroNow Coalition to secure long-term dedicated funding to ensure safety and reliability.
Til's remarks are a testament to his continued support for the region's economic prosperity and quality of life. In 1984, when Til served as president of our board of directors, he said "business executives, public officials and citizens are sensitive to Greater Washington's growing transportation needs. No one organization can solve these problems, but the Board of Trade intends to be part of the solution."
We are thankful for his leadership and continued support for the Board of Trade and efforts to bring Metro to a state of good repair.
Til - Thank you!
Coming less than a week after Virginia made history by pledging its full $154 million share of the regional $500 million minimum in funds needed for Metro’s state of good repair projects, Washington D.C. Mayor Muriel Bowser announced in her State of the District address this evening that D.C. would also meet its full $178 million commitment.
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This morning, the Virginia General Assembly approved HB1539/SB856 to provide $154 million in new, dedicated, and bondable funding for Metro as well as provisions for governance reform. Today’s vote is a major victory that puts the Greater Washington region in position to take its most significant step forward on Metro since the system was founded. Virginia has taken the necessary step for our region to achieve $500 million in new annual, dedicated funding for Metro. Now it is time for Maryland and D.C. to do their part, continuing the good work already under way by leaders in all jurisdictions.
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Today is an exciting day in the Greater Washington region. As the legislative sessions begin in Maryland and Virginia, the Greater Washington Board of Trade in conjunction with other regional business, non-profit and grassroots groups will launch the “MetroNow” coalition. This is a first-of-its-kind branded regional collaboration combining the resources of businesses and residents throughout the region.
Our aim is to ensure there is action to reform Metro’s governance and funding to create a better Metro system that is safe, reliable and sustainable for all our residents and visitors - and to do so NOW!
The success of MetroNow will require the voices of individual business leaders be heard. And a safe, reliable and sustainability transit system is critical to all our businesses.
In the coming days and weeks, The Greater Washington Board of Trade will be reaching out to our members for your support. For now, we ask you to sign our MetroNow action petition and follow the coalition via our digital channels: MetroNow.com, @MetroNow and facebook.com/MetroNowDMV.
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- 01.08.18 - Washington Post - Historic rescue for Metro? Both Virginia and Maryland legislatures will study funding bills.
- 01.08.18 - Washington Business Journal - Latest Metro reform plan calls for new board, dedicated local and federal funding
On Wednesday, November 15th, the Board of Trade held it's annual Regional Forum on Transporation at the Key Bridge Marriott in Arlington, VA. In front of a sell out audience, Transportation Reporter from NBC4/WRC-TV, Adam Tuss, moderated a panel of our region's transportation leaders: Secretary Aubrey Layne (VDOT), Interim Director Jeff Marootian (DDOT), Secretary Pete Rahn (MDOT) and Paul Wiedefeld, GM and CEO (WMATA). Topics ranged from Purple Line, P3 issues, CSX and high speed rail to Metro goverance
We are pleased to share with you that after an extensive nationwide search, we have selected a new president and chief executive officer for the Greater Washington Board of Trade—Jack C. McDougle. Jack comes to us with extensive experience in the private, public and nonprofit sectors. We are excited about the energy, enthusiasm and vision he will bring as the new leader of our organization.
In response to reporting earlier today about a stopgap spending measure for the Metrorail system, a diverse group of regional stakeholders representing Metro riders, businesses, nonprofits and advocates are calling for more urgent action to transform Metro—immediately.
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The Greater Washington Board of Trade, the Federal City Council, The 2030 Group and Greater Washington Partnership, issued the attached report “Metro Reform Voter Opinion Survey Results”.
We want to share the survey results that addresses question of governance, funding and more. We believe the survey is a clear indication of the need for dedicated funding for Metro
Washington Board of Trade Executive Committee interviewed each gubernatorial candidate over two separate breakfast meetings to assess where they stand on issues of regional importance.
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On Wednesday, October 18th, the Board of Trade and presenting sponsor TD Bank welcomed Nobel Peace Prize Winner, Muhammad Yunus, author of A World of Three Zeros: The New Economics of Zero Poverty, Zero Unemployment, and Zero Net Carbon Emissions. With over 200 people in the audience, Dr. Yunus describes the new civilization that is emerging from the economic experiments his work has helped to inspire and offers a challenge to young people, business and political leaders, and ordinary citizens to embrace his mission to eradicate three unintended and pernicious aftereffects of unrestrained capitalism, and so improve the prospects for everyone.
On Wednesday, October 11, the Board of Trade and presenting sponsor Capital One Bank took over The Hamilton for the annual Fall Business Classic. It was an great evening of networking over great food and beverage, entertainment. The Oak Bar was packed with Nationals fans watching Game 4. Thank to all of our sponsors who made the evening possible.
On Thursday, June 22nd, the Board of Trade and presenting sponsor TD Bank welcomed Chris Whipple, author of The Gatekeepers: How the White House Chiefs of Staff Define Every Presidency. Chris spoke to over 200 business leaders about his extensive and intimate interviews with all 20 living chiefs of staff and two former presidents.
On behalf of the Greater Washington Board of Trade Chair, Terry McCallister and Chair-Elect, Kim Horn, we are sending you a letter co-signed by numerous business organizations. This letter was sent earlier today to the signatories of the governing compact for WMATA asking them to take bold action to reform our regional Metro system. In this letter, we outline guiding principles that would set the framework for much needed changes in Metro’s governance, operations and funding.
To facilitate a surround sound regarding the urgency and the path forward, last evening the Board of Trade along with the Federal City Council and the 2030 Group conducted a joint briefing with Bob McCartney from the Washington Post.
On Thursday, May 11th, the Board of Trade and presenting sponsor TD Bank welcomed Derek Thompson, author of Hit Makers: The Science of Popularity in an Age of Distraction. It is a groundbreaking investigation into the most valuable currency of the 21st century: people’s attention. With insatiable curiosity, great reporting, and beguiling storytelling, Derek discussed how he used the lens of economics to reveal the secret of what makes a hit a hit—from films and music to art and design.
The Greater Washington Board of Trade’s chief executive Jim Dinegar shared with his Executive Committee that he will be stepping down from his position as President and CEO later this year.