Task Force Recommends Economy & Equity Scorecard, Initiative Funding; Considers Quantum Innovation

Regional COVID-19 task force continues developing vision for social equity and economic growth in the DMV, underpinned by emerging technology


WASHINGTON, D.C., September 18, 2020 – Connected DMV’s COVID-19 Strategic Renewal Task Force held its fifth meeting on Thursday, further affirming its support for regional collaboration and adopting recommendations for establishment of a regional scorecard for economic growth and social equity and development of new funding models for region-wide initiatives. The meeting also included support for the Task Force’s strategic intent to develop an integrated regional quantum innovation community.

“Moving forward, leaders in this region must rebuild better. Greater Washington must emerge from this pandemic with higher quality jobs and more dynamic industries that improve the wealth and incomes of more people, closing disparities by race,” said Amy Liu, Vice President and Director of the Metropolitan Policy Program at Brookings Institution. “The pre-pandemic digital economy was structurally unequal. Black and Latino workers were disproportionately employed in low-wage occupations. We now have an opportunity to renew an innovation economy that comes from the talent of our region’s Black and Latino workers, entrepreneurs, and business owners.”

Thursday’s Task Force meeting addressed issues of economic renewal, social equity, regional initiative funding, and quantum innovation leadership:

Economic Renewal & Social Equity Scorecard

The 51-member Task Force—comprised of regional leaders from the public and private sectors, academia, and community—approved a recommendation to establish a regional scorecard that tracks drivers, metrics, and outcomes of economic growth and social equity across the DMV and allows for heightened public accountability. Through identifying patterns of economic opportunity and social equity in the region, Connected DMV will utilize this scorecard to shape its portfolio of regional initiatives for greater impact in the area. The scorecard will also be made broadly available to regional stakeholders to shape strategic decision-making to spark sustained socioeconomic advancement. A working group will convene between October 2020 and January 2021 to analyze the data and deliver a regional scorecard.

“Our region is among the most prosperous in the nation but exhibits extreme levels of income and social inequality. The impacts of COVID-19 have exacerbated these trends and shine a bright light on the need for a more permanent transformation as we bring our regional economy back. We must hold ourselves accountable to real progress in increasing access to good jobs, high quality education, reliable food security, adequate health services and affordable housing, and an Economic Renewal & Equity Scorecard will serve as a critical tool in ensuring that our recovery is fair and felt by everyone, everywhere across the region.” -- Evan Kraus, President & Managing Director of Operations, APCO Worldwide

Regional Initiative Funding Committee

The Task Force additionally approved a recommendation to create a short-term regional committee to evaluate, structure, and define funding models and sources for an array of high priority regional initiatives. By soliciting participation from regional leadership which includes representation from private equity, venture capital, banking, legal, philanthropy, local government, the federal government, and academia, this committee will work to identify novel strategic funding sources to allow Task Force initiatives to convert into operational projects.

“As the Connected DMV Strategic Renewal Task Force shapes new ways for the DMV to unite through regional initiatives, we have a strategic opportunity to form new funding paths so that projects can become fully operational. The Funding Committee will bring together leaders from finance, philanthropy, government, and industry to develop new funding models and sources which will enable and sustain the important portfolio of Connected DMV Task Force initiatives.” -- Jack McDougle, President & CEO, Greater Washington Board of Trade

Quantum Innovation Leadership

The Task Force also considered the need to be at the forefront of innovation, supporting the advancement of quantum technologies and solutions in the region to aid companies, researchers, and government in answering questions that cannot be solved through traditional computing. The DMV’s assets across research, technology, domain knowledge, investment, and policy uniquely position the region to establish a world-class quantum ecosystem. A forthcoming Task Force recommendation in October will detail the specifics and launch a mechanism for bringing quantum to the DMV, with specific focus on traditionally underserved communities.

“The DMV has an historic opportunity to come together across borders and disciplines to provide national quantum leadership that drives innovation, economic development, and positive social impact globally. In collaboration with partners across academia, industry, civil society, and the public sector, Connected DMV and the Task Force are finalizing details to create an integrated and inclusive quantum innovation community as a key strategic initiative for the DMV and the nation.” -- Carla Grant Pickens, Global Chief Diversity and Inclusion Officer, IBM

Over the next month, the Task Force will continue to release actionable recommendations that will complement and help connect the efforts of regional governments. An After-Action Report is planned for the coming months to outline the Task Force’s strategic vision for economic renewal tied to increased social equity. This vision will outline core pathways to a more robust and durable marketplace for innovators, small and large businesses, and other organizations in our nation’s capital region.

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 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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