2021 State of the District & Region Conference

As the District of Columbia and the region move past the pandemic, our business community is seeking support and answers to rebuild our economy. Our conference features panelists and speakers including prominent business representatives and leaders, health directors, higher education administrators, workforce development leaders, regional and local elected officials. This year’s event will include a keynote speaker plus four panels:

  • State of Business Recovery and Economic Development (Presented by DMPED)
  • State of DC Health (Presented by CareFirst BlueCross BlueShield)
  • State of Education & Workforce Development
  • State of the District and Region (Presented by Exelon)

Conference Recording

The State of the District and Region Conference was recorded and is available below.

Program Agenda

  • 9:00 AM Opening – Welcome Remarks and Acknowledgements
    • Angela Franco, President & CEO, DC Chamber
    • Dr. Carolyn Rudd, Chair, Board of Directors DC Chamber of Commerce
    • Hon. Phil Mendelson, Chairman, Council of the District of Columbia
    • Remarks – Larry Di Rita, Greater Washington D.C. Market President, Bank of America
  • 9:15 AM Speaker Remarks
    • Larry Webb, District Director, US Small Business Administration
  • 9:30 AM – State of Business Recovery and Economic Development Panel presented by DMPED
    • Rick Ammirato, Executive Director, DC BID Council
    • Deputy Mayor John Falchicchio, DMPED
    • Hon. Kenyan McDuffie, Chair, Committee on Business & Economic Development
    • Hon. Anthony Williams, Executive Director, Federal City Council
    • Jack McDougle, President & CEO, Greater Washington Board of Trade
    • Yesim Sayin Taylor, Executive Director, DC Policy Center
    • Moderated Panel Discussion – Alex Orfinger, Washington Business Journal
    • Live Q&A
  • 10:30 AM – State of DC Health Panel presented by CareFirst BlueCross BlueShield
    • Hon. Vincent Gray, Ward 7, DC Council Committee on Health
    • Deputy Mayor Wayne Turnage, DMHHS
    • Dr. Kurt Newman, President & CEO, Children’s National Hospital
    • Mila Kofman, Executive Director, DC Health Benefit Exchange Authority (HBX)
    • Moderated Panel Discussion – Brian Piennick, CareFirst BlueCross BlueShield
    • Live Q&A
  • 11:30 AM – State of Education & Workforce Development Panel
    • Ron Mason, President, University of the District of Columbia
    • Dr. Wayne Frederick, President, Howard University
    • Dr. Michelle Walker-Davis, Executive Director, DC Public Charter School Board
    • Deputy Mayor Paul Kihn, DME
    • Moderated Panel Discussion – Donald Graham, Graham Holdings Company
    • Live Q&A
  • 12:30 PM – State of the District & Region Panel presented by Exelon
    • Hon. Mayor Muriel E. Bowser, District of Columbia
    • Hon. Angela Alsobrooks, Prince George’s County, Maryland
    • Hon. Nancy Navarro, Montgomery County, Maryland
    • Jeffrey McKay, Chairman of the Board of Supervisors, Fairfax County, Virginia
    • Matt de Ferranti, County Board Chair, Arlington, Virginia
    • Moderated Panel Discussion – Michael, Brice-Saddler, Washington Post
    • Live Q&A
  • 1:30 PM – Closing Remarks by Angela Franco

2021 State of the District & Region Conference

Oct 01 2021
9:00 am - 1:30 pm


Virtual Event