The Roadmap for the Washington Region’s Future Economy, released in January 2016, identified and analyzed seven advanced industrial clusters within the Washington region. These clusters were defined to include only non-federally dependent jobs, jobs in businesses that were export-based (that attract new money into the region’s economy), that were high-value added (their growth would support the growth of additional local-serving jobs in the region) and for which the region had a competitive advantage.

How have the region’s advanced industrial clusters performed since The Sequester? Has the performance of the region’s seven non-federally dependent clusters resulted in reducing the region’s economic dependence on the federal government thereby reducing its vulnerability to possible future reductions in federal spending?  In the two years since The Sequester (March 2014-March 2016), jobs in these clusters grew by 1.9 percent substantially lagging the growth of non-cluster jobs in the region and the performance of their respective clusters nationally.

Comparative Performance of Regional and National Clusters: March 2014 – March 2016
March 30, 2017
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Once a Company Town? Presentation by Dr. Fuller at the The Roadmap for Washington Region’s Economic Future: An Assessment of Progress, March 30, 2017
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Update: Roadmap for Greater Washington’s Economic FutureApril 2017 Update: Roadmap for Greater Washington’s Economic Future
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Prior Releases:

Pivoting the Region’s Economy Away From Its Federal Dependence—An Assessment
February 1, 2017
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