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Washington, D.C.


Many think tanks and management consulting firms have flocked to the nation’s capital in the past couple of years. According to the Washington DC Economic Partnership, the D.C. region is expected to gain more than a million new jobs by 2050, with a quarter of them in the professional and business services sector. In 2022, the metro area claimed the highest concentration of management consulting personnel, with more than 93,000 residents working in the sector. Boston Consulting Group moved its regional office in late 2022 from Maryland to downtown D.C. Other firms that have moved to the district in recent years include PwC, Chemonics International, Ankura Consulting, and Atlantic Council.

“Washington, D.C. continues to attract global companies like Meridiam that want to be in the nation’s capital and have access to world-class talent. There are many reasons top employers want to be in D.C. – our workforce and proximity to changemakers, our arts and culture scene, our beautiful parks and world-class transit system – and tools like the Vitality Fund help make the decision even easier for businesses.”
Muriel Bowser


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Creative and Open Space Modernization Grant (DC): Offers a tax rebate of up to the lesser of 10% of the total value of qualified improvements or $1 million for QHTCs that renovate or improve their offices.

Business/Professional/Occupational Licenses (BPOL) Tax Exemption (Fairfax County, Virginia): Offers exclusions and adjustments to BPOL taxes for software development companies and government computer hardware and software sellers.

Qualified High-Tech Companies (QHTC): Offers tax credits to high-tech companies for training and wages paid to disadvantaged employees. Also offers sales and use tax exemptions and a reduced corporate franchise tax rate.

Virginia Jobs Investment Program: Offers variable in- centives for job creation for manufacturers, distribution centers, headquarters, inbound call centers, business IT and R&D.


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In October 2022, D.C. launched the first ever Mobility Innovation District (The MID). The multi-year mobility project will improve equitable access for residents and visitors with a global innovation hub to show how mobility innovation can make a city more equitable, sustainable, safe, and prosperous.


  • Cybersecurity company Virtu announced in February 2023 an expansion in downtown D.C.
  • Amentum Services announced in February 2023 it would relocate its headquarters to Fairfax County and create 157 new jobs.
  • Dev Technology Group announced in May 2023 an expansion of operations and 90 new jobs in Fairfax County.
  • Atlantic 10 announced in September 2023 it would relocate its headquarters to Washington D.C.
  • NetApp announced in October 2023 it would open its new public sector headquarters in Fairfax County.


19 Fortune 500 companies headquartered in Washington, D.C. metro area (including Fairfax County, Va.), including:

  • Fannie Mae
  • Danaher
  • Carlyle Group
  • Freddie Mac
  • General Dynamics
  • Northrop Grumman
  • Capital One Financial
  • DXC Technology

Strategic Planning Workshop

1:00 - 5:00 pm

Over 70% of Executives Surveyed Agree: Many Strategic Planning Efforts Lack Systematic Approach Tips for Enhancing Your Strategic Planning Process

Executives expressed frustration with their current strategic planning process. Issues include:

  1. Lack of systematic approach (70%)
  2. Laundry lists without prioritization (68%)
  3. Decisions based on personalities rather than facts and information (65%)


Steve Rutan and Denise Harrison have put together an afternoon workshop that will provide the tools you need to address these concerns.  They have worked with hundreds of executives to develop a systematic approach that will enable your team to make better decisions during strategic planning.  Steve and Denise will walk you through exercises for prioritizing your lists and steps that will reset and reinvigorate your process.  This will be a hands-on workshop that will enable you to think about your business as you use the tools that are being presented.  If you are ready for a Strategic Planning tune-up, select this workshop in your registration form.  The additional fee of $695 will be added to your total.

To sign up, select this option in your registration form. Additional fee of $695 will be added to your total.

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Women in Leadership Seminar and Peer Discussion

2:00 - 5:00 pm

Female leaders face the same issues all leaders do, but they often face additional challenges too. In this peer session, we will facilitate a discussion of best practices and how to overcome common barriers to help women leaders be more effective within and outside their organizations. 

Limited space available.

To sign up, select this option in your registration form. Additional fee of $495 will be added to your total.

Golf Outing

10:30 - 5:00 pm
General’s Retreat at Hermitage Golf Course
Sponsored by UBS

General’s Retreat, built in 1986 with architect Gary Roger Baird, has been voted the “Best Golf Course in Nashville” and is a “must play” when visiting the Nashville, Tennessee area. With the beautiful setting along the Cumberland River, golfers of all capabilities will thoroughly enjoy the golf, scenery and hospitality.

The golf outing fee includes transportation to and from the hotel, greens/cart fees, use of practice facilities, and boxed lunch. The bus will leave the hotel at 10:30 am for a noon shotgun start and return to the hotel after the cocktail reception following the completion of the round.

To sign up, select this option in your registration form. Additional fee of $295 will be added to your total.