MBAs Take Lead in Crafting Economic Plan for D.C.

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One of the hallmarks of Vincent Gray’s mayoral campaign in 2010 was a promise to create a five-year economic development strategy for Washington, D.C., a plan he took action on shortly after he took office in January 2011. First he reached out to a prominent multinational consulting firm for help in crafting the plan, but they quoted the mayor’s office a figure exceeding $1 million dollars, says David Zipper, director of business development and strategy at the deputy mayor’s office for planning and economic development. Says Zipper: “It was much more than the city could afford at a time when we were facing a budget deficit.”

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