About the Potomac Index
The 2001 Potomac Index is a joint project of the Potomac Conference and a research team led by the Brookings Greater Washington Research Program. It is designed to help citizens and leaders of the Washington metropolitan area understand how the region is changing and to measure the region’s progress on key economic, social, and environmental issues.
The Index is organized around five priorities identified as critical to the region’s success by participants in the Potomac Conference, a forum of area business, government and nonprofit leaders. These five priorities are: innovation, inclusion, education, quality of life, and regional thinking.
The 2001 Potomac Index confirmed that the region has a strong economy well positioned for future growth, a highly educated population and range of vigorous educational, philanthropic and nonprofit activity. It showed strong gains for minorities in homeownership, business ownership and Internet access, as well as improved high school dropout rates and plans for college attendance among District of Columbia public school students.
However, the Index raised cautionary flags about the shortage of affordable housing, poor water quality in the Anacostia River, and persistent traffic congestion and air pollution.
The region’s capacity to address such shared problems is complicated by the multiplicity of jurisdictions, the Index said. But Index surveys showed that residents feel part of the region and are willing to take a regional approach to mutual problems.
|Contributors to the 2001 Potomac Index|
|Patricia S. Atkins
George Washington University
Gregory C. Goodwin
Former Brookings Expert
Stephen S. Fuller
Steven R. Raabe
Margery Austin Turner
Alice M. Rivlin
Philip M. Dearborn
|Advisors to the 2001 Potomac Index|
Greater DC Cares
|Patricia A. McGuire
|Michael A. Daniels
|Dr. C.D. “Dan” Mote, Jr.
University of Maryland – College Park
|Hon. Katherine K. Hanley
Fairfax County Board of Supervisors
|Robert A. Peck
The Greater Washington Board of Trade
|M. Charito Kruvant
Creative Associates International, Inc.
|Julie L. Rogers
The Eugene & Agnes E. Meyer Foundation
|James F. Lafond
AOL Time Warner
|Alan G. Merten
George Mason University