DC Takes an Interest in Retaining Associations

Survey Seeks to Better Understand the Needs of Associations

Contact: Candace Tiana Nelson
Manager of External Affairs

July 17, 2007

Washington, D.C.—Today, the Washington, DC Economic Partnership’s BusinessPremier Program, in conjunction with the Office of the Deputy Mayor for Planning and Economic Development and the American Society for Association Executives (ASAE) & The Center for Association Leadership, announce their partnering and effort to survey associations in the District of Columbia. The purpose and goal is to identify and address the needs of the existing associations, gaining a better understating of associations and improving their relationship with the government of the District of Columbia.

According to a 2005 study commissioned by the District’s Office of Planning, Membership Services and Association organizations, account for more than 44,000 jobs, resulting in its ranking as the second largest private sector industry in the District of Columbia. Therefore, with escalating competition from local jurisdictions, maintaining and growing this industry base is of extreme importance to the Office of the Deputy Mayor for Planning and Economic Development.

The brief survey is being conducted on-line at, www.keysurvey.com/survey/152735/1612/. The survey’s questions have been tailored to identify issues in the areas of business climate, real estate, work-force, government contracting and municipal services, among others. Additionally, in-person retention interviews were conducted by the Washington, DC Economic Partnership with the assistance of the Center for Non-Profit Advancement.

If you have any questions regarding this survey, please contact Natalie M. Cofield, Manager of Business Development at the Washington, DC Economic Partnership, (202)661-8679, or ncofield@wdcep.com.


  • A Survey to Better Understand the Needs of Associations


  • July 16 – August 16, 2007


  • On-line: www.keysurvey.com/survey/152735/1612/


  • Washington, DC Economic Partnership
  • Office of the Deputy Mayor for Planning & Economic Development
  • ASAE & The Center for Association Leadership


The WDCEP is a 501(c)3 non-profit, public/private partnership dedicated to promoting business opportunities throughout DC and contributing to business retention and attraction activities. For more information visit www.wdcep.com.

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