Develop and execute a DC West Coast promotion strategy focused on building relationships with investors, recruiting entrepreneurs to DC, and providing intelligence to DC-based businesses. This will include attending select conferences to promote DC and assessing the possibility of opening a DC West Coast office.
February 2019: Deputy Mayor Brian Kenner led the Obviously DC West Coast Mission to further pitch Washington, DC as the capital of inclusive innovation, identify opportunities for investment and tech growth, and explore the future of transit mobility as a pathway to sustainability and job creation. With stops in Los Angeles, San Francisco and Portland, the mission included meetings with LA Cleantech Incubator, Postmates, Backstage Capital, and the Portland Business Alliance. Read the press release.
February 2018: Mayor Bowser and Deputy Mayor Brian Kenner traveled to Silicon Valley to pitch Washington, DC as the ideal location for tech companies, promote the District as the capital of inclusive innovation, and visit potential job creators. The mission included meetings with tech giants (e.g. Lyft, Cisco, Yelp), Oakland-based Kapor Center for Social Impact, and the Center for Automotive Research at Stanford University. Read more here.
- Timeline: FY17-19
- Lead and key partners: Office of the Deputy Mayor for Planning and Economic Development (DMPED), Washington DC Economic Partnership (WDCEP)
- Related core sectors: technology
- Related opportunity areas: social impact, smart cities and civic solutions, hospitality innovation, professional services innovation, security technology, data science and analytics
- Related action areas: DC identity and promotion, funding