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NVTC Co-Hosts Roundtable Discussion on the Future of the Region

On Sept. 22, NVTC co-hosted a Northern Virginia Regional Commission (NVRC) roundtable discussion on the future of the region with more than 80 business, education and elected leaders assembled at Northern Virginia Community College (NOVA). The event, entitled "Northern Virginia: Excelling in the Global Marketplace Road Map to Regional Success", was opened by Scott Ralls, the new president of NOVA and an NVTC Board member, and by Fairfax County Supervisor Penny Gross, chairman of NVRC. Gov. Terry McAuliffe delivered the keynote address and remarks also were made by NVTC Chair Todd Stottlemyer, CEO of Inova Center for Personalized Health; NVTC President & CEO Bobbie Kilberg; former Congressman Tom Davis, George Mason University rector and director of Federal Affairs for Deloitte; Jim Corcoran, president and CEO of the Fairfax County Chamber of Commerce and Scott K. York, chairman of the Loudoun County Board of Supervisors. A number of NVTC Board members also were in attendance, including NVTC Vice Chair Ann Altman of IBM and Bruce Caswell, representing NVTC Vice Chair Rich Montoni of MAXIMUS.

Todd Stottlemyer.
NVTC Chair Todd Stottlemyer, CEO of Inova Center for Personalized Heath, speaks at the NVRC summit.

Following remarks from the podium, attendees participated in facilitated breakout sessions which provided Northern Virginia leaders an opportunity to jointly develop their vision for moving the region forward. In addition to NVTC and the Northern Virginia Regional Commission, George Mason University, Northern Virginia Community College and Fairfax County Chamber of Commerce also served as event co-hosts.

In his remarks Stottlemyer observed that, despite significant declines in federal spending due to budget cuts and sequestration, it is important that the region’s leaders exude more moxie and regional confidence. “We have faced and will continue to face some real storm clouds, but our region has certain assets that no other region in the world possesses,” including incredibly smart and talented people and a very substantial federal R&D engine, he said. In addition, Stottlemyer highlighted the importance of public policies “that support an ecosystem for growth,” including K-12 education, investing higher education, promoting a positive people climate that is welcome to all, and infrastructure.

Stottlemyer urged business and policy leaders to challenge the status quo and think boldly. In particular, he argued that we need more collaboration within Northern Virginia, across Virginia and throughout the Potomac region to leverage existing assets and build on regional strengths in key areas, including personalized health and the intersection of life sciences, data analytics and IT and higher education. Click here to read Stottlemyer’s full remarks.