On the Road to Prosperity in Washington, DC...

Posted by Mr. Randy Cohen, Jun 14, 2007 0 comments

aep3-header.JPGWhile I am in Wisconsin and South Carolina this week, several partners are unveiling their local reports across the US. One such example is the Cultural Alliance of Greater Washington's press conference in DC on Monday afternoon. The Cultural Alliance sponsored the AEP3 report for Greater Washington, including: the District of Columbia; Montgomery and Prince George’s Counties in Maryland; Arlington and Fairfax Counties in Virginia; and the city of Alexandria, VA.

Jennifer Cover Payne, President of the Cultural Alliance, and her staff did a great job of putting together Monday's event. They began with a performance from a local viola student at the Levine School of Music in DC, then welcomed my colleague, Chief Counsel of Government and Public Affairs Nina Ozlu to the stage to speak about the study findings. Nina did a great job detailing the national and local findings for Greater Washington, including presenting a wealth of comparative data for similarly sized study regions. An impressive panel of local leaders followed Nina, including: Kwasi Holman, President and CEO of the Prince George's County Economic Development Corporation; Victoria Isley, Senior Vice President of Marketing and Communications for the DC Convention and Tourism Corporation; and David Robertson, Executive Director of the Metropolitan Washington Council of Governments. Each contributed valuable insight on how to use the study findings in building cultural tourism, forging alliances with legislators, and their own community development efforts.

The event was attended by over 80 people-what a success! Congratulations to Jennifer and her staff for a great launch!


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