Transportation, Infrastructure and Sustainability Industries

Discussion Recap

8:30 Breakfast available
9:00 Welcome and Economic Strategy Background

Karima Woods, Director of Business Development and Strategy, Office of the DC Deputy Mayor for Planning and Economic Development

9:10 Overview of Trends Affecting the Economic Climate in DC and Stakeholder Feedback to Date; Q&A

Daryl Sng, Manager, Monitor Deloitte Federal Strategy
9:30 Breakout Group Discussions: Opportunities for Growth, Innovation, and Job Creation in Key Industries

  • Transportation industry
  • Infrastructure industry, including ‘smart city’ infrastructure
  • Sustainability industry

10:15 Reconvene & Report Out

2:30 Conclude

Transportation and infrastructure are critical components of our economy. They enable a healthy business environment and are themselves sectors that are sources of economic growth and jobs. Where are the opportunities for business growth and job creation in the transportation, infrastructure, and sustainability-related industries in DC? What opportunities does ‘smart city’ infrastructure offer in this regard? What are DC’s infrastructure strengths, and what is needed to support the current economy as well as emerging sectors?

Speaker Bio: Daryl Sng, Manager, Monitor Deloitte Federal Strategy

Daryl Sng is a Manager at Monitor Deloitte Federal Strategy. At Monitor Deloitte, Daryl has led sustainable urban development, global operations, and economic policy development projects for multilateral development bank, non-profit, global government, state & local government, and private sector clients. Prior to Deloitte, Daryl spent 12 years in Singapore’s senior civil service leadership, where he led cross-agency teams on economic competitiveness, sector development, and attracting global organizations to locate in Singapore. In the Singapore government, Daryl served as a senior diplomat at the Singapore Embassy in Washington DC, headed the Foreign Ministry’s development and human rights section, and spearheaded the creation of the climate change division of the Environment Ministry. Daryl has a Master in Public Policy from Princeton University’s Woodrow Wilson School and a Bachelor of Arts magna cum laude in Economics from Harvard University.

Breakout Discussions:
Opportunities for Growth and Job Creation in Key Industries

  1. Transportation Industry
    1. The DC area has been a hotbed for transportation-related startups. How could District government support the growth of such companies? (e.g. data sharing)
    2. How can the District promote innovation and job creation in addressing the transportation needs of the DC metro area?
    3. Are there regional cooperation opportunities and approaches that would further grow the industry?
  2. Infrastructure Industries, including Smart Cities
    1. What unique factors and comparative advantages does the District offer smart city-focused businesses?
    2. How could the District better promote innovation and job creation in addressing its infrastructure needs?
    3. How could DC take advantage of opportunities stemming from the federal government and World Bank’s stated interests in sustainable urban development and smart cities?
    4. What data needs do companies in this industry have?
  3. Sustainability Industry
    1. How could the District support the development of the sustainability industry (including alternative/renewable energy, energy efficiency, and clean technologies)?
    2. Are there specific areas of the sustainability industry that the DC area is particularly well- suited to grow?
    3. Are there policies within DC’s sustainable infrastructure plans or that the DC government could adopt that would spur growth and job creation? What opportunities do the District’s new renewable energy standards create?
  4. All discussion groups:
    1. What does or could inclusive economic growth look like in this sector?
    2. What are the workforce needs for these industries?
    3. Have companies in these industries been able to access the venture capital, federal SBIR funding, or other sources of financing for expansion?
    4. What could existing or new R&D centers, innovation incubators, and universities do to support the growth of these industries?