The Northern Virginia Roundtable was formed by a group of area business leaders in 1993 for the purpose
of identifying and supporting public policies and investments which will
enhance the long-term economic stability and growth of Northern Virginia.
Since December, 1993, the Roundtable, with the assistance of George Mason
Institute of Public Policy, has been
studying the region's economy in order to develop a common understanding
of the economic issues to be addressed.
Based on its review of the Northern Virginia economy, as well as those
of the Capital Region and the Commonwealth of Virginia, study committees
have been formed to assess five issues of critical importance to Northern
- The Capital Availability Committee is charged with
evaluating the availability of investment capital and finance in
Northern Virginia, and recommending strategies for improving
widespread capital access for new and expanding businesses.
- The Education Committee is charged with reviewing the
quality, availability and affordability of both K-12 public
education and higher education in Northern Virginia, and
recommending strategies for strengthening these institutions,
particularly as they relate to the region's economic growth.
- The Focal Industries Committee is charged with identifying
those industries which have significant potential for changing the
nature of Northern Virginia's economy, and recommending strategies
for enhancing those with potential for growth, and buffering those
with potential for decline.
- The Regional Leadership Committee is charged with studying
regional leadership structures in other regions of the United States,
and recommending a strategy by which regional leadership might be
strengthened in Northern Virginia.
- The Transportation Committee is charged with reviewing the
current transportation systems and plans in Northern Virginia,
particularly as they relate to the long-term growth of the region's
economy, and with recommending strategies which will significantly
enhance the likelihood of necessary facilities being built, and/or
which will facilitate the introduction of technologies which will
measurably improve access and mobility.
Each of the study committees has produced a white paper in response to
its mission. These white papers will be combined with supplemental
research to provide a statement of issues and potential solutions facing
the Northern Virginia economy.
Approximately 100 area CEO's and business leaders are members of the
Roundtable and its study committees. Membership is individual and
voluntary, rather than by organizational designation or assignment, at
the invitation of the Executive Committee.