The Consortium collaborates with numerous regional businesses and governments in order to raise the overall quality of life for all. The combined efforts of Consortium member institutions provide a broad range of experts and knowledge that creates new, innovative solutions to complex problems as well as new creative opportunities. Each member institution partners with various organizations to address a wide variety of issues. Among the largest collaborations involving the Consortium are the following.
GREATER WASHINGTON BOARD OF TRADE (BOT)
The Consortium and the BOT have a signed Memorandum of Understanding that creates a partnership between the primary regional business organization and the Consortium member institutions. The partnership has resulted in collaborations in both governmental advocacy efforts and specific projects. Among the joint projects to date in which the Consortium has taken a co-leadership role are the Smart Region initiative and the Smart Skills initiative.
METROPOLITAN WASHINGTON COUNCIL OF GOVERNMENTS (COG)
The Consortium and COG have a signed Memorandum of Understanding that creates a partnership between the organizations to strengthen collaborative work among the Consortium member institutions and local and regional governments. This partnership includes work on joint projects as well as broadening the membership of regional commissions, committees, and task forces.
GREATER WASHINGTON SMART REGION MOVEMENT
On March 19, 2019, the Consortium joined the Greater Washington Board of Trade and the Metropolitan Washington Council of Governments in creating the Greater Washington Smart Region Movement, the most comprehensive cross-sector partnership for smart regional growth in the United States. The three founding groups collectively represent hundreds of organizations including governments, companies, investors, nonprofits, and academic institutions. These organizations will contribute in various capacities toward building a trusted, secure, and inclusive digital infrastructure (otherwise known as “smart city” technology) for the public good. This will enable the deployment of smart technologies to drive inclusive economic growth; attract companies, talent, and investment to help diversify the economy; and improve the daily lives of all our citizens. Read the complete press release here. More information about the Smart Region Movement can be found here.
GLOBAL CITIES INITIATIVE
The Global Cities Initiative is a joint project of the Brookings Institution and JP Morgan Chase designed to help metropolitan leaders advance and grow their regional economies by strengthening international connections and competitiveness on key economic indicators. GCI activities include producing data and research to guide decisions, fostering practice and policy innovations, and facilitating a peer learning network for dissemination and replication. For more information on the background of the Global Cities Initiative, click here.
In Washington, the GCI effort is co-led by the Consortium of Universities of the Washington Metropolitan Area, the Greater Washington Board of Trade, and the Metropolitan Washington Council of Governments. The Market Assessment completed in 2016 provides an overview of current and potential export capacity. The Export Plan completed in 2017 provides strategic goals for growing the region's export economy.
THE 2030 ROADMAP
The 2030 Roadmap is a collaboration of regional community leaders, including the Consortium of Universities, and economists and regional policy experts at American University, George Mason University, and the University of Maryland--College Park. Its goal is to create a new model for regional economic growth for the regional's long-term stability. Through collaboration, the group envisions the Washington, DC region becoming a hub of entrepreneurial innovation, better and more diverse employment options, and higher quality of life for all.