Task Force Shares Recommendations for Flexible Work, Regional Economic Development & Cybersecurity

Regional COVID-19 task force further outlines achievable vision for economic equity, recovery, and renewal in the DMV


WASHINGTON, D.C., July 17, 2020 – Connected DMV’s COVID-19 Strategic Renewal Task Force held its third meeting on Thursday, continuing to affirm its support for regional collaboration and making recommendations for flexible work schedules, a regional economic development strategy, and a regional cybersecurity initiative. The Task Force unites the expertise and networks of regional leaders to develop a path for economic renewal for the region.

“Across the nation we are keeping the health and safety of our communities at the top of mind as we reopen our studios in accordance with state and local guidance," said Task Force member Anne Mahlum, Founder, Owner, and CEO of Solidcore. "With our DMV locations being among the most recent to reopen, it's clear that both business leaders and consumers alike will continue to face pressures that impact the business-customer relationship. The work of the Task Force is vital to shaping sensible recovery and smart growth for the regional economy."

Amid a rapidly evolving economic and business landscape, the Task Force’s recommendations also account for shifting regional demographics and the inequitable impact of the pandemic on various populations.

“This year is likely to be characterized as a period that illuminated the inequities that plague our region,” said Richard Bynum, Chief Corporate Responsibility Officer, PNC Financial Services Group. “This Task Force has a vital role to play in helping our region recover and rebuild in a way that mitigates these disparities and builds a better future for our diverse communities. At PNC we want to help both our country and this region rebuild in a way that is unmistakably equitable, in particular where these efforts intersect with the business community and Black economic empowerment, financial education, and social justice.”

While the Task Force’s efforts to reposition and renew our region as we emerge from the pandemic continue, Thursday’s meeting addressed workforce, data, and broader economic initiatives to strengthen the local market and reduce regional inequities.

Flexible Work Schedules

The 51-member Task Force—comprised of regional leaders from the public and private sectors, academia, and community—approved a recommendation to design and implement a flexible work schedules agreement among the region's largest employers to reduce peak-time commutes for their workers in support of regional recovery. Shifting peak-time congestion reduces the potential for COVID-19 transmission on public transit and helps to protect essential personnel and others required to commute during rush-hour or with limited mode-shift options. A working group will finalize details of the agreement, including definition of peak times; scope and nature of the agreement; a public relations campaign; consideration of optimal employee behavior-tracking mechanisms; and coordination with Federal and local governments, schools, colleges and universities, day cares, and public transportation agencies—including WMATA—to implement the initiative.

“As the DMV continues to return to work, the Task Force has approved a recommendation to immediately shape an 18-month agreement among the region’s largest employers to support flexible work scheduling, easing peak-time congestion on public transit and roadways,” said Lesley Kalan, Corporate Vice President and Chief Strategy Development Officer, Northrop Grumman. “Such a model can improve quality of life, air quality, and productivity for workers across the region.”

Regional Economic Development

The Task Force also discussed the need to develop a regional economic development strategy for integrated, inclusive, and transparent economic renewal across the DMV. The recommendation calls to commission a six-month working group to initiate the development of an actionable regional economic strategy that balances regional progress with local needs. The recommendation also suggests developing priorities to strengthen our existing capabilities and to attract new industries and organizations to the region.

“I am gratified that this diverse and respected group has recommended creation of a regional economic development strategy,” said Victor Hoskins, President and CEO, Fairfax County Economic Development Authority. “A coordinated, cross-sector approach that diversifies our region’s economic base to achieve inclusive, equitable economic growth and resilience can help shape the DMV into the leading metropolitan area in the nation. Only by working together as one region will we be able to compete against other mega-regions of the world to attract and retain businesses, talented workers, innovators, and capital. And now, as the region recovers from the worst economic downturn in nearly a century, is the perfect time to craft a strategy that highlights the resources and assets of the entire region.”

Regional Cybersecurity Initiative

The Task Force’s third and final recommendation from Thursday’s meeting emphasized the need to initiate a region-wide cybersecurity capability to protect local jurisdictions, communities, organizations, and businesses of all sizes. Recognizing the value of coordinating, collaborating, and sharing capabilities among government, industry, academia, and non-profits to better protect against complex cyber threats, the Task Force recommended establishing a design team to develop a cross-sector model. Benefits of this integrated cybersecurity model include increasing our collective protection and response capabilities, using economies of scale to benefit all, and creating a national model for coordinated cybersecurity operations that incorporate best practices from industry and government.

“An increasingly digital environment, complicated both by the fragmentation of our metropolitan areas across two states and the District of Columbia, and the concentration of mission critical national assets, makes our region particularly vulnerable to sophisticated cyber threat actors,” said Jim Cook, Vice President of Strategic Engagement and Partnerships, The MITRE Corporation. “To combat this, the Task Force recommends a regional cybersecurity capability that can work across domains, industries, and jurisdictions to seamlessly protect government, communities, organizations, and businesses as we recover and move forward from this current crisis.”

Connectivity for All

In advance of its August meeting, the Task Force is preparing a recommendation that calls for enabling connectivity for all in the DMV. Hon. Anthony Williams, CEO & Executive Director, Federal City Council, said on Thursday: “The COVID-19 pandemic has illustrated that as society’s reliance on digital capabilities has grown, so has the digital divide. The availability, accessibility, and affordability gaps for digital services are directly impacting residents’ use of critical education, work, health, and social services, constraining the economic health and well-being of our residents. While many of our regional stakeholders have focused initiatives for improved connectivity underway, more must be done to support the DMV’s recovery and renewal. This Task Force will be reviewing specific recommendations from its working group to accelerate connectivity for all through collaborative public-private-academia solutions.”

Connected DMV is powered by 18 Solution Groups, comprising over 300 volunteers from over 175 different organizations across this region. These Solution Groups work closely with the core team at Connected DMV to research, discuss, and formulate the recommendations for deliberation by the Task Force, and to develop the corresponding implementation plans. Sixteen regional organizations and many of their members are also participating. The region is collaborating at scale to create a stronger, more resilient, and equitable region for all that live, work, and play in the DMV.

Over the course of the next three months, the Task Force will continue to release actionable recommendations that will complement and help 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 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

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


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

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


Prince George's County Council

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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