Viewpoint: D.C. budget cuts can’t risk priorities that drive business growth

As the business community’s voice, the D.C. Chamber of Commerce advocates for over 1,100 members made up of 40% large corporations, mid-size private sector, and professional services, and 60% small and local businesses. Nearly half of the businesses we represent are minority-owned. Government relations and networking are why business leaders join the chamber, so we strive to be influential partners to government and local leaders.

Here is the challenge we now face: Our downtown central business district is struggling to rebound from the lingering pandemic-driven necessity for remote work. As large numbers of employers and their employees — including a number of federal agencies — seem to be adopting a longer-term preference for more offsite work, large offices have closed or downsized. As a result, a myriad of storefront businesses serving these office employees have suffered. Many have left the city altogether.

In addition, as commercial real estate valuations decline, the District…

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