Retention, Expansion and Attraction Coordinating Committee

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Develop a systematized approach to business retention, expansion and attraction that leverages intelligence from DC data, news, the brokerage community, and stakeholder engagement (including digital communication) to prioritize and target business outreach. Create a coordinating committee of DMPED, WDCEP, DSLBD, BIDs, Chamber and possibly others through which intelligence can be shared.

Progress Updates:

October 2019: DMPED has continued engagement with BREAC members through recent updates of goals and objectives for the FY20 Employer Engagement Program. Representatives from WDCEP and DMPED are presenting relevant findings of the program at quarterly BID Council Meetings to receive feedback and discuss business retention and attraction efforts. BREAC members are also invited to participate in Employer Engagement 100 meetings with respective companies.

September 2018: DMPED’s Business Development team, in partnership with the DOES Business Services Unit, the Washington DC Economic Partnership, and Business Improvement Districts (BIDs), engaged with the District’s top employers during FY18. The purpose of this campaign is to connect with the most significant employers and growing businesses to discuss how things are going, ways DC government can be supportive, and opportunities to collaborate. To date, 51 meetings have been completed.

September 2018: DMPED developed a new systematized approach to congratulate DC businesses that were recognized in the news. In Q3 2018, DMPED sent nine congratulatory letters to businesses that were recognized in the news.  DMPED also engaged BREAC members through employer engagement efforts, El Salvador mission planning, InnoMAYtion, and opportunity zone outreach.

April 2017: The coordination group convened for the first time in April.

  • Timeline: FY17-18
  • Lead and key partners: Office of the Deputy Mayor for Planning and Economic Development (DMPED), Washington DC Economic Partnership (WDCEP), Dept. of Small and Local Business Development (DSLBD), Business Improvement District (BID) Council, DC Chamber of Commerce, Hispanic Chamber of Commerce
  • Related core sectors: all
  • Related opportunity areas: all
  • Related action areas: business environment