About The City
Washington, DC, is a thriving marketplace for ideas, innovation, and invention. Fifteen of the Fortune 500 companies call this region home, and they represent a variety of industries from international hospitality with Hilton Worldwide and Marriott to finance with Capitol One and Fannie Mae. The region is home to engineering and defense giants with General Dynamics, Lockheed Martin, and the Computer Sciences Corporation, as well as media stars like Discovery Communications, BET and Blackboard.
The central business of Washington is never hidden from view. The city’s grandeur is in evidence on the National Mall and the monuments and buildings that mark its lawn of green. Policies and decisions made here affect the entire United States, and its global allies and foes alike. The currency of power is access and Washington, DC, stands alone in its access to the executive, legislative, and judicial branches of power.
A sense of shared stewardship infuses Washington, DC, largely due to its highly educated population. Among U.S. metropolitan areas, the Washington, DC, region has the highest percentage of college graduates, according to the U.S. Census Bureau. More than 100 academic institutions operate programs and degrees in this region. The 14 institutions in the area are ranked internationally: Georgetown University, The University of Maryland College Park, The George Washington University, The University of the District of Columbia, Howard University, American University, Gallaudet University, and more. These institutions attract, educate, and help retain exceptional talent.
Washington, DC, is a hub for thought leadership and policy makers globally. Organizations like the World Bank, the International Monetary Fund, Organization of American States, the Inter-American Development Bank, and the Carnegie Endowment for International Peace utilize Washington, DC, as a focal point for critical international conversations about the world economy, global politics, the environment, and peace.
At the annual Chamber’s Choice Awards Gala, the Chamber bestows awards on organizations and individuals whose outstanding contributions are making Washington a great place to do business. Nearly 1,200 of Washington’s dignitaries, corporate citizens and business owners celebrate the year’s business and civic successes together. Next year’s Gala will be held on Friday, October 19, 2018, at the Marriott Marquis Hotel at 901 Massachusetts Avenue, NW.
Washington, DC, is an exciting place, no matter the reason for visiting. Celebrity chefs, monuments, museums, shopping and more are all found here in DC, the nation's capital. Whether you are looking for world-class restaurants or want to put on the tennis shoes and hit the sidewalks as an urban explorer in the own historic Shaw neighborhood, the District of Columbia is a location that truly captures the excitement and bustle of a thriving metropolis. This is where big things happen every day. Ready, set, explore!
Visit Destination DC, the official convention and visitors’ bureau to learn more about what's happening in the nation's capital.
The Walter E. Washington Convention Center, a remarkable 2.3 million-square-foot conventions and meetings facility, is equipped to handle events of all sizes, from small groups and break-out meetings to events for 500 to 42,000 attendees. One of the most energy-efficient buildings for its size, the Convention Center includes a range of mixed-use exhibit spaces, 198,000 square feet of flexible meeting space with a total of 77 break-out rooms and the largest ballroom in the region. Whatever the size of the event, the service of the Convention Center staff is unparalleled.