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2018 State of Business Report: Towards a More Inclusive Economy

October 10, 2018
  • D.C. Policy Center


Businesses in the District depend on the ability of the District to become a more inclusive city.  In 2003, the District government committed itself to growing its population by 100,000 by attracting more residents, especially families, to strengthen its neighborhoods and reverse years of population loss. This meant significant investments in schools, revitalizing neighborhoods, creating work opportunities for all who share the city, and ensuring there was enough housing stock with amenities that families needed to flourish. By these metrics, the city’s achievements in 2017 are mixed.


This report was prepared for the D.C. Chamber of Commerce, with support received from the Office of the Deputy Mayor for Planning and Economic Development. Simone Roy assisted with research and data collection.



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