Press Release

REI and 1776 to Speak at the Washington DC Economic Partnership’s 2015 Annual Meeting and ECON Showcase on October 30

September 2, 2015

September 1, 2015 (Washington, D.C.) – The Washington DC Economic Partnership (WDCEP) is proud to announce two featured speakers at its 2015 Annual Meeting and ECON Showcase, WDCEP’s annual luncheon that celebrates Washington, D.C.’s thriving economic ecosystem. Tim Spangler, Senior Vice President of Retail of REI and Donna Harris, Co-Founder of 1776, will both take the stage to discuss how retail impacts urban development and how technology incubators will continue to shape the future of Washington, D.C.’s economic landscape. 
“We are honored to have Mr. Spangler and Ms. Harris discuss their respective decisions to have a presence in Washington, D.C.  At the Washington DC Economic Partnership, we feel the best people to tell the District’s economic story are the leaders that are helping to write it,” says Keith Sellars, President and CEO. “REI and 1776 are pivotal narratives in D.C.’s economy from a retail and technology standpoint.”
During the luncheon, WDCEP will also present its inaugural We DC Awards to three visionaries from Washington, D.C.-based real estate, technology, and creative economy markets, whose company or individual contribution has made a significant impact within the city. This year’s annual meeting will mark 15 years of WDCEP’s contribution to the District’s economy and celebrate the city’s accomplishments achieved throughout the year. 
Registration for WDCEP’s 2015 Annual Meeting and ECON Showcase opens today, September 1, 2015,
Tickets purchased online are $100 each. Sponsorship and exhibitor opportunities are available. 
What: The Washington DC Economic Partnership Annual Meeting + ECON Showcase
When: Friday, October 30
Where:  Walter E. Washington Convention Center – 801Mount Vernon Place, NW, Washington, DC
ECON Showcase / 10AM tp12PM 
Annual Meeting Luncheon / 12 to 2PM 
Twitter:  @WDCEP #WeDC
About Washington, DC Economic Partnership (WDCEP)
The Washington, DC Economic Partnership (WDCEP) is a 501(c)(3) organization aimed to promote economic development and business opportunities for Washington, D.C. and enhance the city’s economy through jobs creation, increased tax revenues, retaining existing businesses, and attracting new businesses. The WDCEP facilitates economic development through business attraction and business retention programs and activities including site location assistance, educational seminars and workshops, networking and relationship building events, and serves as a key resource for DC economic development information. The WDCEP publishes several reports throughout the year including the DC Development Report, DC Doing Business Guide, and Neighborhood Profiles. For additional information, please visit



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