We've talked about working together for decades. Now, it's time to deliver.
Greater Washington is at a crossroads. With a $540 billion burgeoning regional economy, Greater Washington is the 6th largest region in the United States. Its unique blend of abundant assets, resources, and job and educational opportunities makes the region simply unmatched. Home to more than 6 million people, it is a region anticipating more than one million new residents over the next 25 years.
While it is one of the most important metropolitan areas in the world, many benchmarks suggest that it is lagging behind other large metropolitan areas in growth, prosperity, and inclusion. Historically, our region’s development has been constrained by jurisdictional fragmentation, limited cross-sector coordination, and socioeconomic inequities. The COVID-19 pandemic has highlighted both the inherently regional nature of our economy as well as stark socioeconomic divisions. If we are serious about building back better and taking advantage of unprecedented emerging funding opportunities, it's time to work together.
Let's talk about how we're going to do it.
ABOUT THE PROGRAM
A cross-sector, cross-jurisdictional approach to regional funding opportunities.
We Are Greater Washington is a program of the Regional Economic Development Strategy (REDS) initiative. It will establish a program office to jointly pursue new regional funding opportunities, including the nearly $3 billion in American Rescue Plan Act (ARPA) funding recently announced by the U.S. Department of Commerce's Economic Development Administration (EDA), as well as the upcoming funding included in the Innovation and Competition Act. It will be staffed with a Director and Associates from Connected DMV and staff associates from economic development and other key regional organizations. The joint program office will be managed by Connected DMV with the Regional Economic Development Strategy (REDS) steering committee providing leadership, input, and strategic guidance.
Joint program office led by Connected DMV with leadership from the Regional Economic Development Strategy (REDS) Steering Committee, a coalition of cross-sector leaders representing economic development and planning organizations, industry, academia, philanthropy, and community organizations.
Staffed by Connected DMV and associates from economic development and other key regional organizations.
We Are Greater Washington will focus on the prioritization and cross-sector, cross-jurisdictional prioritization and pursuit of new regional funding opportunities, including the nearly $3 billion in American Rescue Plan Act (ARPA) funding recently announced by the U.S. Department of Commerce's Economic Development Administration (EDA).
BUILD BACK BETTER REGIONAL CHALLENGE
Together, we'll build a Quantum Innovation Regional Growth Cluster.
Connected DMV's Regional Economic Development Strategy (REDS) Steering Committee, Potomac Quantum Innovation Center's (PQIC) Steering Committee, and its partners formalized a regional coalition and submitted a concept proposal in October, 2021 to the Department of Commerce Economic Development Administration's (EDA) Build Back Better Regional Challenge to develop a DMV Quantum Innovation Regional Growth Cluster. The industry-led and academia-fueled cluster vision establishes Greater Washington as a global top-five quantum-ready region by market size and talent pool in five years. It creates a major driver for equitable economic development in the DMV by building a cross-sector ecosystem as a durable foundation for driving a quantum revolution that benefits and communities and adds resilience to the DMV economy as we emerge from COVID-19.
Over the coming weeks, we will be working closely with our coalition members and cluster partners, representing 75 organizations across industry, academia, the public sector, and community, to develop the detailed scopes, roles, and responsibilities for our six proposed cluster projects.
The six cluster projects:
The Quantum Academy will prepare our communities for immediate and future quantum jobs by developing an equitable and scalable regional talent pipeline via three programs: workforce training, experiential talent development for high school and college students, and a knowledge hub.
QUANTUM INNOVATION HUBS
Five industry-driven Hubs will accelerate quantum investment and R&D by enabling stakeholders to collaboratively create, deploy, and scale quantum use cases, pilots, and testbeds to accelerate commercial products and services. The Hubs will utilize a shared and repeatable model to facilitate interoperability, accessibility, equity, collaboration, standardization of processes, and regional integration.
QUANTUM MANUFACTURING & SUPPLY CHAIN INSTITUTE
The Institute will provide a regional/national function that establishes and helps coordinate a specialized U.S. supply chain for the quantum ecosystem. The Institute will map the supply chain for quantum science and industry across research, innovation, and manufacturing to improve competitiveness, economic growth, and national security across the four key quantum domains.
QUANTUM POLICY & ETHICS CENTER
The Center will be a premier capability to establish U.S. leadership in socially responsible quantum industry development by linking policy and sociotechnical thought leaders with quantum educators, scientists, engineers, and business leaders to shape emerging technology development.
QUANTUM WORLD CONGRESS
Building an enduring industry cluster necessitates bringing the stakeholders together regularly. The World Congress will become the premier global annual quantum event within five years – convening and connecting the world's quantum ecosystem at a convention space in Washington, D.C.
SHARED QUANTUM INFRASTRUCTURE
We will build a sustainable Quantum industry cluster by lowering the barriers to entry and increasing the speed and scale of innovation. SQI will create a shared open platform to connect existing quantum R&D institutions, assets, and human capital to spur the next wave of applications, solutions, companies, and IP.
HOW WE GOT HERE
We're ready for this moment.
Led by Connected DMV, a regional cross-sector nonprofit committed to solving complex economic and social challenges, We Are Greater Washington is a program of the Regional Economic Development Strategy (REDS) initiative. The initiative was approved by the Connected DMV COVID-19 Strategic Renewal Task Force, a group formed in April 2020 to improve the long-term social, physical and digital infrastructures for inclusive economic growth and renewal across the entire DMV region, post pandemic.
The establishment of We Are Greater Washington follows the release of the REDS 1.0 Report in June, which represented more than a year of work by the REDS Steering Committee and laid the foundation for a long-term collaborative framework to improve the competitive advantage of the region both nationally and globally by activating an enduring cross-sector model to advance equitable economic development across Greater Washington and improve opportunity for all. The report included key recommendations for high-potential entry points for greater regional collaboration, including the establishment of a program like We Are Greater Washington to develop coordinated regional strategies to pursue federal, state, and philanthropic funds.
“Today marks a turning point for Greater Washington working together. Maximizing economic growth opportunities in an equitable way will not be delivered by industry or government alone. The American Rescue Plan Act represents an unprecedented opportunity for this region to present a collective vision and strategy for the future. Through this collaborative approach, we can undertake the critical work not just of recovering from the losses suffered during the pandemic, but of ensuring that regardless of which neighborhood you’re from—Anacostia to Georgetown and Oxon Hill to Arlington—Greater Washington is the best place to live and work in the country. We’ve talked about working together for far too long. Now is the time to deliver.”
— Stu Solomon
President & CEO