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The 2030 Group: Mission[edit]

The 2030 Group and its advisory committee are comprised of involved business and academic leaders, many of whom have multi-generational ties across Washington. With deep roots in the community and vast experience in economic development, the members of the 2030 Group came together with the purpose of initiating research and analysis to better understand the growth trends affecting the Washington metropolitan area and to work toward a more sustainable future.[1]

The growth trends of the region make clear that now is the time to work together to forge a regional strategy for the Washington metro area. The 2030 Group feels the process must be inclusive and involve business, public sector, civic leaders, academia, non-profit groups and other experts. The 2030 Group formed to serve as a catalyst for this conversation, by helping leaders identify and meet the challenges to the metropolitan Washington area’s long-term prosperity and sustainable growth, and to seize the opportunities that will ensure the region’s vibrancy for future generations.[2]

The 2030 Group: Goals[edit]

• Create a sense of regionalism to positively impact the dynamics of an interconnected metropolitan Washington area and how the region addresses its growth and infrastructure needs.
• Improve the level of participation from our region’s stakeholders which includes a cross-section from the community: business, academic, non-profit, civic and public sector.
• Integrate the federal government into the regional planning and implementation process so that all four jurisdictions (DC, MD, VA, and federal) are totally interactive.
• Recommend a regional structure that has authority to plan and implement decisions on transportation infrastructure, housing, density, educational opportunities, and environmental safeguards in order to prepare and accommodate the growth the greater Washington area will experience over the next two decades.[3]

What Differentiates The 2030 Group?[edit]

The 2030 Group recognizes the need to have an inclusive and collective regional vision in preparation for growth over the next 20 years.

As stated by Dan Mote, President of the University of Maryland, at the launch of The 2030 Group in April 2010, it all starts with regionalism.[4] If there is widespread acceptance of this idea, it’s assumed opposition to infrastructure needs will begin to wane and public support will begin to grow for structural changes such as transportation and housing. The educational and environmental game-changers may take more time, but must be integral parts of the plan, according to The 2030 Group.

The 2030 Group feels that in order to address the components needed for an effective regional governance network for the National Capital Region, the following objectives must be met:
1. Create an Abundance of Practicing Regional Citizens, by educating and engaging the participation of individuals and groups in making regional governance effective.
2. Use the Greater Washington 2050 Compact[5] to Shape Sustainable, Affordable Regional Growth in order to reach regional agreement on future growth and to keep the National Capital Region competitive globally and able to offer a high quality of life locally.
3. Make the National Capital Region a National/Global Model for Federal/State/Local Cooperation, by addressing the need for all levels of government to work together seamlessly on regional challenges.
4. Improve the Ability of Organizations in the National Capital Region to draw on the strengths of each of the sectors and Civic Sectors to Collaborate with one another on a Regional Basis, by drawing on the strengths of each of the sectors.
5. Build a Regional Charter for Governing the National Capital Region, thereby creating the capacity to keep strengthening regional governance until local governments and others can resolve common challenges as effectively as local ones.[6]

The 2030 Group Facts and Figures[edit]

• In the next 20 years, the Washington DC regional economy is expected to grow by 94%; generate 1.6 million net new jobs; and increase in population by 1.67 million people creating 694K new households.[7]

Transportation: 240,000 commute into region each day now, and that number triples to 750,000 in 20 years. There is no road capacity for this.[8]

Housing: In order to attract the workforce to be hired for all the jobs created and vacated, the region needs to average over 35,000 units delivered each year for 20 years. That goal has never been achieved and in only one year did the region come close by producing just over 30,000 units. By comparison, only 10,000 units are projected to be built in 2010.[9]

Education: Half of the incoming students at our region’s community colleges must take remedial courses in order to stay in school. The 2030 Group believes that without planning, many of the area’s local residents will be unable to master the skills needed to perform their jobs at the levels required.

• The Washington metro area’s economy was once driven almost entirely by the federal government and bounded within 100 square miles. Today, it is a multi-faceted, 5,560 square mile region that is home to high-tech, bio-tech, defense, non-profit and civic and governmental entities.[10]

Population & Workforce[edit]
Year Population Workforce
1950 1,702,000 592,000
1980 3,398,000 1,638,000
1990 4,122,000 2,251,000
2000 4,796,000 2,677,000
2009 5,472,000 2,950,000


• The relationship of the District to the surrounding counties in Virginia and Maryland has changed drastically over the past generation, connecting through a system of parkways, highways, the beltway, county connectors, and commuter trains. The once ‘bedroom communities,’ which housed D.C.-based government workers, are now stand-alone cities-within-cities with their own employment centers.
• For example, today there are 22 separate jurisdictions which comprise the Washington metro area. These jurisdictions make transportation, housing, the building of hospitals, police and fire stations, for the singular benefit of their own communities, without taking into consideration the impact of the larger community. The 2030 Group is aiming for more sustainable practices.

Members of The 2030 Group[edit]

Ronald Abramson - Buchanan Ingersoll & Rooney, PC
Brian Abt - Clark Construction
Josh Bernstein - Bernstein Management Corporation
Tom Bozzuto - The Bozzuto Group
Bob Buchanan - Buchanan Partners, LLC
Bill Dean - M.C. Dean, Inc.
Barry Dewberry - Dewberry
Dave Flanagan - Elm Street Development
Paul Foster - Long & Foster Real Estate, Inc.
Gary Garczynski - National Capital Land & Development
Matt Hallam – Baker Tilly
Jimmy Hazel - Angler Environmental
Gary T. McCollum - Cox
Brett McMahon - Miller & Long
Jon Peterson - The Peterson Companies
Bob Pinkard – The Pinkard Group, LLC
Craig Ruppert - Ruppert Companies
Dwight Schar - NVR, Inc.
Knox Singleton - Inova Health System
Warren Thompson - Thompson Hospitality Corporation
John Toups


Sid Dewberry – Chairman, Dewberry
P. Wesley Foster, Jr. – Chairman & CEO, Long & Foster Real Estate, Inc.
Dr. Stephen S. FullerGeorge Mason University
Dr. Jacques GanslerUniversity of Maryland
Til Hazel – Former Partner, Reed Smith Hazel and Thomas
John McClainGeorge Mason University

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  1. ^ About The 2030 Group,
  2. ^ About The 2030 Group,
  3. ^ The 2030 Group,
  4. ^ The 2030 Group Press Conference,
  5. ^ Region Forward,
  6. ^ Dr. Jacques Gansler, University of Maryland’s Center for Public Policy & Private Enterprise,
  7. ^ Dr. Stephen Fuller, George Mason University Center for Regional Analysis,
  8. ^ Dr. Stephen Fuller, George Mason University Center for Regional Analysis,
  9. ^ Dr. Stephen Fuller, George Mason University Center for Regional Analysis,
  10. ^ U.S. Census Bureau,
  11. ^ U.S. Census Bureau,