Conversations with Leadership: Economic Development in DC

Featuring Mayor Adrian Fenty and Acting Deputy Mayor Neil Albert

Last December, the Washington, DC Economic Partnership welcomed the standing Deputy Mayor for Planning and Economic Development and three former deputy mayors for economic development as participants in the final 2006 Business Initiatives Breakfast. Seated around a coffee table, Stan Jackson, Eric Price, David Watts and Merrick Malone engaged in a conversation about issues and opportunities for our program, Think Forward/Look Backward: The Challenges of Economic Development in DC. Their experiences and perspectives on leadership were offered for consideration and discussion by the business leaders, developers, planners and retailers that comprised our studio audience. For the first time, the Economic Partnership videotaped the program to create a television show. This new approach to reaching our key audiences, as well as the general public, will continue on February 22, when we welcome Mayor Adrian Fenty and Acting Deputy Mayor for Planning and Economic Development Neil Albert.

New Leadership, New Vision: A Conversation with Mayor Adrian Fenty and Acting Deputy Mayor Neil Albert is the first Business Initiatives Breakfast of 2007. The program will explore the priorities and policies that are likely to shape the Fenty Administration’s economic development agenda for the District of Columbia in 2007 and beyond. A question and answer session will follow the program. It is the second in an ongoing series of conversations with leading figures in government, business and the not-for-profit sector.

The Business Initiatives Breakfast program will take place on Thursday, February 22, 2007, 8:00am – 10:00am. The location is Reed Smith LLP, 1301 K Street, NW, East Tower Penthouse. (METRO: McPherson Square – Blue/Orange Lines). The cost to attend the event is $35 and registration is required. CLICK HERE to register, or call 202.661.8670. Please note that seating for this event is very limited. Registrations will be accepted until the program is fully subscribed.

In the event that you are unable to attend, please note that our new broadcast format has enabled the Economic Partnership to create a television program that lives beyond the Business Initiatives Breakfast event date. Both the December 7 and February 22 programs will run in rotation on DC Channel 16 ( And soon, visitors to our web site ( will be able to watch the broadcasts and download the programs to a computer or MP3 player.

For more information on the Washington, DC Economic Partnership’s upcoming events and publications, visit us online at

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