How You Can Help Economic Growth DC

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Here’s how you can help Economic Growth DC: 1) Follow us on Twitter @GrowthDC. You can get to our Twitter page by clicking the Twitter icon at the bottom of this page, or go to 2) Friend us and Like us on Facebook by clicking on the Facebook icon at the bottom of this… Read more »Read more

Dave Oberting-Alex Vidales Pilot Waves Interview

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Our executive director Dave Oberting sat down recently for an interview with Alex Vidales from Pilot Waves. The interview starts at 3:35 and covers a range of topics. Leave us your feedback in the comments section. If you are a Windows Explorer user you must have a Microsoft MP3 player properly installed on your computer. If you use… Read more »Read more

How to Attract the Marriott Headquarters…

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  Incentives will get most of the attention in the competition to land the Marriott headquarters and the 2,000 jobs that come with it. And it will cost millions. It’s an unfortunate reality of corporate relocations. But the incentive packages will be roughly the same from all three jurisdictions and so the decision will hinge… Read more »Read more

Where to Start With Regulatory Reform

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Why the District government should focus on the reform of its regulatory system is straightforward: as a famous economist recently said, “Regulatory burdens do not exist in isolation. Someone must eventually bear the cost, either through reduced wages, lower profits, or higher prices for every consumer.” Where to start reform is the simple part. The… Read more »Read more

Economic Growth DC’s Agenda

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“The District’s economy needs to grow at a significantly faster rate in order to create the number and kinds of jobs we’ll need over the next generation. Faster growth is required to increase the incomes of District residents, and we need it to produce the amount of tax revenue we’ll need to do the things… Read more »Read more

Poverty is a Symptom, Unemployment is the Disease

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To no one’s surprise, poverty is not spread evenly throughout the District of Columbia. Only six percent of the District’s white residents live in poverty. For Hispanics, the rate is 23% and for African-American District residents it’s 39%. The most important statistic in all of the poverty debate is this one: according to Dr. Harry… Read more »Read more

The Exelon-Pepco Merger Should Be Approved

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Attached below are the public comments on the proposed merger of Exelon and Pepco submitted to the Public Service Commission by our executive director Dave Oberting, as well as a link to an op-ed he wrote in support of the merger. There is no compelling reason to prohibit the merger. Exelon is the lowest, by far, emitter… Read more »Read more

What Has the Average District Business Done for You Lately?

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It’s a legitimate question. After all, some people have done a pretty good job of turning “corporation” into a dirty word. And some companies brought that on themselves. Especially large financial institutions that played Russian roulette with the mortgage market. But the vast majority of private for-profit and non-profit enterprises in the District are small… Read more »Read more

The Most Fundamental of All Entitlements

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Proposition Here is the proposition that underlies all that we do at Economic Growth DC: the right to a decent full-time job is the most basic and fundamental entitlement of them all. It is the cornerstone of social justice. It is the foundation of human dignity. We often forget that the full name of Dr…. Read more »Read more

The Importance of a Better Business Climate

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The District’s economy contracted by 0.5%, or approximately $500 million, in each of the last two years. While sequestration and a generally tight federal budgetary environment have reduced the contribution the federal government normally makes to the District’s economy, our research indicates that the primary cause of the decline in economic growth has been a… Read more »Read more