The Capital Region from Baltimore to Richmond is the third largest economy in the United States and seventh largest in the world. Our diversity and history have resulted in unparalleled strengths – highly talented and educated people, world-class universities and federal research facilities, global travel and freight gateways, 55 of the Fortune 1000 companies, and the seat of the U.S. federal government.
However, our super-region’s growth has been slower than our peers. Unless we change our trajectory we risk getting left behind in an increasingly competitive global economy. The challenges we face transcend our internal borders and jurisdictions.
To solve them, we must come together around solutions, rather than allowing boundaries to hold us back. By acting together, and focusing on super-regional solutions, we can overcome jurisdictional impediments, achieve solutions at a scale that is equal to the problems we face, and deliver new sources and engines of growth to achieve economic well-being and prosperity.