|Today, the D.C. Policy Center turns one.
We opened our doors on March 8, 2017 to advance ideas for a vibrant and growing economy in the District of Columbia. In our first year, we worked very hard to make our name known and ideas heard. We met with policymakers to share our research, took part in policy discussions with advocates, attended conferences, testified in hearings, and participated in community meetings. We wrote over 90 studies on the District covering topics including taxes, fiscal conditions, the business environment, demographic change, poverty, equity, transportation, housing, and education. We partnered with other non-profits and associations in the District on projects varying from evaluating the state of the business in the District to conducting a needs assessment for afterschool and summer programs.
While our issue areas are many and we engage at many levels, one theme unifies the D.C. Policy Center’s work: building a strong and competitive economy is vital to serving the needs of our city. And as a District-bred organization, we have a singular focus on D.C.’s economy and residents, and the city’s ability to compete for jobs and families in the larger metropolitan region. We think that an inability to think beyond the District’s administrative borders handicaps our growth and limits the inclusiveness of the city. And we work very hard to put in context the local and regional push and pull factors, and bring together policymakers, employers, industry leaders, community advocates, and other stakeholders to advance comprehensive policies that support a strong and growing economy for all District residents.
Thank you for following our work.
Yesim Sayin Taylor
Executive Director, D.C. Policy Center