What went into developing the strategy?

Four types of inputs shaped the economic strategy. Click the icons below the video to learn more.

  • Discussions: We held 25 discussions with 450+ stakeholders and incorporated input from parallel efforts.
  • DCEconomicStrategy.com: We welcomed nearly 2,000 visitors to the website, and many submitted ideas.
  • #DCEconStrategy: We engaged in digital conversation on Twitter using the hashtag.
  • Data and outside inspiration: We researched trends, recommendations and promising practices.


  • Discussions

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  • outside inspiration and data


The Office of the Deputy Mayor for Planning and Economic Development (DMPED) held 25 discussions with the business community, residents and other stakeholders exploring issues critical to the District’s economy. Topics included industry-specific opportunities and challenges, ways to ensure a healthy local economy, how to leverage DC’s position as a global city, social enterprise, developing metrics for inclusive economic growth, how to advance tech transfer and research commercialization, and the sharing and gig economies. Partner-led discussions such as medium-sized business focus groups led by the DC Chamber of Commerce and Comprehensive Plan and Cultural Plan meetings led by the Office of Planning provided additional stakeholder input.


The strategy website served as a platform for sharing information and capturing community feedback and welcomed nearly 2,000 visitors during the strategy development period. Through the “What Do You Think?” feature, users submitted their own ideas on various topic areas.


The hashtag #DCEconStrategy enabled residents, entrepreneurs and other members of the business community to share content and ideas on DC’s Economic Strategy through social media. #DCEconStrategy generated numerous interactions via Twitter.

outside inspiration and data

Data, evidence-based practices and outside recommendations helped shape the economic strategy. The team conducted data analysis and scanned economic trends to identify challenges and opportunities for inclusive economic growth. It also reviewed research reports, attended conferences of thought leaders, and considered recommendations from the District’s Tech Inclusion Council and relevant task forces. Finally, an advisory committee representing business leaders, anchor institutions, community leaders, investors, and government officials provided guidance to strategy development from beginning to end.

On Tuesday, October 4, the District held a dynamic discussion on social enterprise with area leaders on nonprofit and social impact organizations. Over the past several years, DC has come to be recognized as one of the world’s most fertile communities for social entrepreneurship. The October 4th discussion, held at the R.I.S.E. Center on the St. Elizabeth’s East Campus, was aimed at outlining the factors behind DC’s leadership in this area, while also addressing key challenges facing local nonprofits and social enterprises.