Friday roundup – March 23 through March 27, 2015

New data from the Center for Regional Analysis at George Mason University found that, in the past year, population growth in the region saw a sharp decline. Though the District saw a less dramatic decline compared with the rest of the region, the effects of the trend may still be felt. (City Paper, 3/27)

[…] as economic analysts keep pointing out, the District’s future and the region’s are intertwined. The boom times we’ve enjoyed of late—or perhaps not enjoyed, if we’re feeling the pinch of higher housing costs – came largely because there were more dollars and people flowing into the D.C. area. If those numbers are turning negative, it’s bad for two reasons. First, it’s a symptom of a problem: People come if there are more and better jobs to be had here than elsewhere, and they leave if there aren’t. And second, for the District itself, which relies on gaining residents for its economic bottom line when it’s not allowed to collect taxes from the hundreds of thousands of people who commute here, it could mean an end to budget surpluses and some of the big capital projects to which we’ve become accustomed.

Washingtonian named four major development projects that they expect to have a big impact on the region in the coming years. (Washingtonian, 3/24)

– Lori Jackson, executive manager of the Alexander and Margaret Stewart Trust, explained why they will be joining the growing list of funders “getting on the map.” (Daily, 3/23)

– WRAG president Tamara Copeland shared how we’re working to grow philanthropy throughout the region. (Daily, 3/26)

– Arlington County and Montgomery County topped rankings for the Robert Wood Johnson Foundation and the University of Wisconsin’s Population Health Institute’s annual healthiest counties ranking.(WTOP, 3/25)

– A new report revealed that, although the District has made much progress in the fight against HIV/AIDS, the city’s high rate of other STDs is said to be a “struggle of epidemic proportions.” (DCist, 3/25)

Foundation Finance Affinity Group: Getting Prepared For Your Audit (WRAG member/prospective member CFOs and finance staff)
Monday, March 30, 2015   10:00 AM – 12:00 PM

Funder Briefing: Immigration Relief and the Impact on the D.C. Region (WRAG members and invited guests)
Tuesday, March 31, 2015  9:00 AM – 11:00 AM

What happens when you send one identical twin off into space for a year, and the other remains here on earth? NASA intends to find out.

– Ciara