Task Force Holds Kick-Off Meeting, Affirms Support for Regional Collaboration to Tackle the Pandemic

Regional COVID-19 task force begins developing its shared vision for the economic recovery of the DMV; adds six new members


PRESS RELEASE


WASHINGTON, D.C., May 22, 2020 – Connected DMV’s COVID-19 Strategic Renewal Task Force held its kickoff meeting on Thursday and affirmed their support for regional collaboration to tackle the pandemic with the following statement:


“The COVID-19 health pandemic has reinforced the importance of regional collaboration and cooperation between the District, Maryland and Virginia. It is also a necessity, if we are to secure the long-term stability and vitality of the DMV, solidify our position as a hub of innovation and leadership, and instill confidence in all our residents – on the safest path forward. Together and inclusive of our diverse communities, we need to define how our region can best recover, emerge, and thrive after the most acute conditions of the pandemic have subsided. The Connected DMV Strategic Renewal Task Force is committed to that shared future. Every step we make together as a region will ensure a stronger future for the DMV.”


The 51-member cross-sector Task Force, which is comprised of a mixture of commercial, academic, and community leaders, also discussed the importance of region-wide coordination for contact tracing to identify and contain the spread of infection across D.C., Maryland, and Virginia. Within the next week, the Task Force will stand up a sub-group dedicated to developing a detailed regional contact tracing position and recommendation.

The group also discussed the need for a responsible reopening of public transportation that gradually and safely restores bus and rail service ahead of demand, recognizing that many in our community rely on the region’s public transit as their predominant form of transportation.

A clear theme that emerged among each discussed topic was the importance of inclusivity. Task Force members confirmed that equities are cross cutting and critical to all Task Force deliberations and recommendations. An additional theme was the importance of examining and addressing our region’s critical infrastructure as we emerge from this crisis.

The Task Force will continue to meet monthly through October, first addressing near-term priorities, then transitioning to longer-term opportunities for building a resilient and sustainable economic recovery. Meetings will continue to be facilitated by Greater Washington Board of Trade President and CEO Jack McDougle.

“Yesterday’s meeting reaffirmed the value of our community leaders working together across jurisdictions and sectors for the betterment of the region,” said Jack. “It was evident that each member of the Task Force is eager to strategize new ways to ensure the safety of our communities while planning for the long-term economic renewal and equity throughout the region.”

Over the course of the next six months, the Task Force will release actionable recommendations that will complement and help to connect the efforts of regional governments. The results will set the foundation for a more robust and durable marketplace for innovators, small and large businesses, and other organizations to thrive in our nation’s capital region.


Connected DMV 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

President

The 2030 Group


Dr. John Cavanaugh

Former 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


Bobbie Kilberg

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

CEO

Maryland Tech Council


Stu Solomon

President & CEO

Connected DMV


Paul Wiedefeld

General Manager & CEO

Washington Metropolitan Area Transit Authority


Hon. Anthony Williams

CEO & Executive Director

Federal City Council

Academia


Katherine Bradley

Founder and Chair

CityBridge Education

Dr. Wayne Frederick

President

Howard University

Dr. Anne M. Kress

President

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


Andrew Kleine

Chief Administrative Officer

Montgomery County


Allison Mayer

Deputy Chief of Staff

State of Maryland Governor's Office


Angela Navarro

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

Chair

Prince George's County Council

Industry & Community


Denise Rolark Barnes

Publisher

Washington Informer


Rich Bendis

President & CEO

BioHealth Innovation


Sameer Bhargava

Executive Vice President & Chief Financial Officer

Clark Construction


Richard Bynum

President, Greater Washington & Virginia

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

AARP


Nora Gardner

Managing Partner, Washington DC

McKinsey & Company


Tim Gillis

Chesapeake Market Hub Leader & Office Managing Partner

KPMG


Samuel Gordy

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

IBM Corporation


David Grissen

Group President of the Americas

Marriott


Lesley Kalan

Corporate Vice President and Chief Strategy and Development Officer

Northrop Grumman


Brian Kenner

Head of HQ2 Policy & Economic Development

Amazon


Evan Kraus

President & Managing Director of Operations

APCO Worldwide


Tony Lewis

Region Vice President, Public Policy

Verizon


Anne Mahlum

Founder, Owner and CEO

Solidcore


Radha Muthiah

President & CEO

Capital Area Food Bank


Tim O'Brien

MTV Site Director

Micron


Manny Rouvelas

Partner

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/strategic-renewal-task-force for a graphical illustration of the Connected DMV Task Force Structure and more details.


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About Connected DMV

Connected DMV is a non-profit regional collaboration across Washington D.C., Maryland, and Virginia--the DMV. Its participants include local jurisdictions, federal agencies, industry, community, and academia who work together to advance the region's top opportunities, generate economic development, and shape a stronger future for the well-being of our region. Connected DMV was launched in 2019 in collaboration with the Greater Washington Board of Trade, the Metropolitan Washington Council of Governments, the Consortium of Universities of the Washington Metropolitan Area, the Washington Metropolitan Area Transit Authority, and the Joint Force Headquarters National Capital Region. https://www.connecteddmv.org/

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lindybickish@connecteddmv.org

540-761-8016

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