Could Maryland become a cyber-security hub? Will Northrup Grumman choose DC over Crystal City for its new headquarters? The competition is on to attract companies and create jobs in the capital region. But a racial and educational divide separates workers who could step into high-skill positions and those likely to remain jobless. We’ll explore local economic development efforts.


  • Christian Johansson Secretary of Business and Economic Development for the State of Maryland
  • Gerald Gordon President and CEO, Fairfax County Economic Development Authority
  • Valerie Santos Deputy Mayor for Planning and Economic Development, District of Columbia

What role do small businesses play in our regional economy? Christian Johansson and Gerald Gordon discuss why smaller firms are key to weathering economic storms in Maryland and Fairfax County:

What can DC government do to address persistent unemployment “East of the River”? Valerie Santos discusses the Fenty administration’s approach to jobs:

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