Task Force Recommends Regional Quantum Innovation Center; Charts Long-term Collaborative Agenda

Regional COVID-19 task force transitions to delivery of its initiatives that promote social equity and economic growth in the DMV, underpinned by emerging technology 


WASHINGTON, D.C., October 16, 2020 – Connected DMV’s COVID-19 Strategic Renewal Task Force held its sixth meeting on Thursday, adopting a recommendation to accelerate the formation of a regional network and key partnerships to launch the Potomac Quantum Innovation Center (PQIC) that would position the region as a leader in the next generation of quantum technology. Task Force members agreed that regional collaboration across borders and disciplines to meet this goal is both a national imperative and achievable.

The Task Force also weighed perspectives about the region’s economic future, as members deliberated on the promise of quantum computing. David M. Rubenstein, co-founder and co-executive chairman of The Carlyle Group and president of The Economic Club of Washington, D.C., led a discussion about the impacts of the pandemic on businesses in the region and an outlook on corporate priorities. "The Industrial Revolution took about 100 years to change the way we live. The internet took about 20 years. The pandemic changed everything in less than a year,” said Rubenstein. “I don't think we're going back to where we were, and companies are now rethinking their operations and strategies without looking back."

“The ongoing COVID-19 pandemic has, among many things, highlighted the need for next- generation technologies as both a safeguard against future disruptions and a north star toward the region’s economic recovery and renewal,” said Manny Rouvelas, partner at K&L Gates and Task Force champion of the Quantum Innovation initiative. “The DMV is uniquely positioned to establish a world-class quantum ecosystem with assets across research, technology, domain knowledge, investment, and policy. Through the establishment of the Potomac Quantum Innovation Center, we can drive innovation, economic development, and positive social impact regionally, nationally, and globally.”

Dr. Charles Tahan, Assistant Director for Quantum Information Science and Director of the National Quantum Coordination Office at the White House Office of Science & Technology Policy, addressed the Task Force to highlight the strategic importance and impact of quantum innovation, including implications for STEM educational programs.

Task Force members closed the meeting by outlining the contents of a forthcoming summary report of its activities and recommendations, as well as discussing a long-term operations plan to support delivery of the strategic recommendations developed and ratified during the past six months of its convenings.

Potomac Quantum Innovation Center

The 51-member Task Force—comprised of regional leaders from the public and private sectors, academia, and community—approved a recommendation to accelerate the formation of a regional network and key partnerships to launch the Potomac Quantum Innovation Center (PQIC). The Center will create a cohesive regional quantum ecosystem where our capabilities, resources, and assets are maximized. The Center will strengthen the region’s competitiveness, develop quantum-ready talent, and create an informed loop between research and real world solutions. The Center will serve as a national hub for quantum policy, law and regulations, and standards. Keeping with Connected DMV’s values, the Center will integrate diverse communities and talent into our regional quantum ecosystem.

"Maryland prides itself on being a home for innovation and a place that nurtures bold new ideas and new technologies. We believe it is important for industry, government, and academia to work together to support the development of quantum technology, which can enhance the cutting-edge work of many industry sectors including the life sciences, where critical work is being done to protect public health." said Maryland Commerce Secretary Kelly M. Schulz. "We look forward to working with Connected DMV, the University of Maryland, College Park, and other partners to help make our region a global leader in quantum innovation."

"Over the coming years, the Commonwealth of Virginia will enable and grow a leadership role in quantum information sciences. Already a thriving hub for information technology, cybersecurity, national security, and much more, Virginia is well placed to help prepare our state, region, and country for the quantum era. We look forward to working collaboratively with Connected DMV, partners, and institutions across the region to help develop our national capital region’s quantum innovation ecosystem." – David Ihrie, Chief Technology Officer, Center for Innovative Technology, Commonwealth of Virginia

To learn more about this effort or join the Quantum Innovation Initiative, please visit www.connecteddmv.org/pqic.

Connected DMV COVID-19 Strategic Renewal Task Force Members:

Regional Organizations

Chuck Bean

Executive Director

Metropolitan Washington Council of Governments

Mary Brady

Executive Director

The Economic Club of Washington, D.C.

Bob Buchanan


The 2030 Group

Dr. Andrew Flagel

President & CEO

Consortium of Universities of the Washington Metropolitan Area

Julie Coons

President & CEO

Northern Virginia Chamber of Commerce

David Harrington

President & CEO

Prince George's Chamber of Commerce, representing DMV Chambers of Commerce

Jennifer Taylor

President & CEO

Northern Virginia Technology Council

Jack McDougle

President & CEO

Greater Washington Board of Trade

John E. Potter

President & CEO

Metropolitan Washington Airports Authority

Martin Rosendale


Maryland Tech Council

Stu Solomon

President & CEO

Connected DMV

Paul J. Wiedefeld

General Manager & CEO

Washington Metropolitan Area Transit Authority

Hon. Anthony Williams

CEO & Executive Director

Federal City Council


Katherine Bradley

Founder and Chair

CityBridge Education

Dr. Wayne Frederick


Howard University

Dr. Anne M. Kress


Northern Virginia Community College

Public Sector

Dr. C. Anneta Arno

Director, Office of Health Equity

DC Health

Victor Hoskins

President & CEO

Fairfax County Economic Development Authority

Eugene D. Kinlow

Director of the Office for Federal and Regional Affairs

Executive Office of the Mayor of the District of Columbia

Allison Mayer

Deputy Chief of Staff

State of Maryland Governor's Office

Cassidy Rasnick

Deputy Secretary of Commerce and Trade

Commonwealth of Virginia

Kelly M. Schulz

Secretary of the Maryland Department of Commerce

State of Maryland

Hon. Todd M. Turner


Prince George's County Council

Benjamin H. Wu

President & CEO

Montgomery County Economic Development Corporation

Industry & Community

Denise Rolark Barnes


Washington Informer

Rich Bendis

President & CEO

BioHealth Innovation

Sameer Bhargava

Executive Vice President & Chief Financial Officer

Clark Construction

Richard Bynum

Chief Corporate Responsibility Officer

PNC Financial Services Group

James Cook

Vice President, Strategic Engagement and Partnerships

The MITRE Corporation

Stephanie Davis

Chief Ethics and Compliance Officer

Volkswagen Group of America

Stacey Dion

Managing Director and Head of Global Government Affairs

The Carlyle Group

Elliott Ferguson

President & CEO

Destination DC

Scott Frisch

Executive Vice President & Chief Operating Officer


Nora Gardner

Managing Partner, Washington DC

McKinsey & Company

Tim Gillis

Chesapeake Market Hub Leader & Office Managing Partner


Samuel Gordy

General Manager - Chief Strategy Officer, IBM Public and Federal Market

IBM Corporation

David Grissen

Group President of the Americas


Lesley Kalan

Corporate Vice President and Chief Strategy and Development Officer

Northrop Grumman

Brian Kenner

Head of HQ2 Policy & Economic Development


Evan Kraus

President & Managing Director of Operations

APCO Worldwide

Tony Lewis

Region Vice President, Public Policy


Anne Mahlum

Founder, Owner and CEO


Radha Muthiah

President & CEO

Capital Area Food Bank

Tim O'Brien

MTV Site Director


Manny Rouvelas


K&L Gates

Ken Samet

President & CEO

MedStar Health

Dave Velazquez

President & CEO

Pepco Holdings

Federal Government

Glenn Blanchette

Regional Emergency Coordinator

US Department of Health and Human Services

Major General Omar J. Jones, IV

Commanding General

Joint Force Headquarters National Capital Region

Kim Kadesch

Director, Office of National Capital Region Coordination

Federal Emergency Management Agency

William Ryan

Regional Director

Cybersecurity & Infrastructure Security Agency

Please see https://www.connecteddmv.org/covid19-strategic-renewal-taskforce for more details on the Task Force.


About Connected DMV

Connected DMV is an initiatives-based, charitable 501(c)(3) organization that works with regional organizations across Washington D.C., Maryland, and Virginia – the DMV – to help drive ongoing improvements to social, digital, and physical infrastructure. Connected DMV focuses on initiatives that span local jurisdictions and require public-private-academia-community collaboration to best achieve the dual objectives of enduring economic health and social equity. https://www.connecteddmv.org/

Media Contact

Lindy Bickish

Vice President, Communications & Marketing



Recent Posts

See All

Connect With Us


LinkedIn Button All Blue.png

© 2020 Connected DMV