Washington, DC: More Than Just Politics
Washington, DC: Politics, politics, and more politics. But, that’s not all the city has to offer. This historic city is much more than the “swamp.”
DC is a rich and diverse community that appeals to more than the politician and lobbyist populations. The DC Metropolitan area, including Alexandria, VA, is a favored place among businesses across all different sectors. Businesses can thrive in the busy, tech-heavy and lifestyle-oriented environment.
Why People Want To Work In The DMV
Rachel Koretsky, founder of Upace, started her two-sided mobile platform in Ft. Lauderdale, Florida. She eventually moved her company up from Florida to the Washington, D.C. area. As a woman in the male-dominated technology sphere, she found a more open and supportive environment in Alexandria, VA among fellow female app developers.
Obi Omile and Kush Patel, founders of theCut, built up their business in the DC area. Or, as they refer to it, their hometown. After experiencing difficulties finding barbers in a different town, they created an app that connects customers to local barbers. As homegrown residents from the Northern Virginia-DC region, they were familiar with the area. This streamlined their app growth process.
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Vince Crisler, founder of Dark Cubed, has worked in Washington, DC for some time. As a former Air Force communication officer, he’s spent several years employed in the Pentagon and the White House. In the district, he’s worked at Homeland Security and in national cyber security. His experience inspired him to create his own cyber security program that works for smaller budgets and companies of all sizes.
— Dark Cubed (@DarkCubedCyber) May 2, 2017
Alexandria: Authentic and Connected
Ryan Touhill and Jackie Reilly’s job is different than the ones above. With Grow Alexandria, they promote the City of Alexandria, Virginia by highlighting its best attributes: the lifestyle, the culture, and the environment, as well as the local businesses.
“[Alexandria is] unique; it’s not manufactured.” (Jackie Reilly, Grow Alexandria)
Its history and authenticity is inspirational for the businesses that thrive there. Just a short metro ride from the city, it is both an oasis from the hustle, as well as connected to the resources they need to develop and grow their businesses. One of Ryan and Jackie’s major goals is to show people how the Metropolitan area, specifically Alexandria, can work for business and employee lifestyle, just like it’s worked for Upace, theCut, and Dark Cubed. From social media to mailers to “swag,” they promote the great opportunities Alexandria has to offer.
They also attend events throughout the year, including Collision Conference and SXSW. They make sure to engage with people before and during the conference, whether through an app or social media, to create more awareness.
Washington, DC has more to offer than an epicenter of American politics. It’s a vibrant Metropolitan region that attracts businesses for many reasons. Whether it’s a supportive environment or an electric lifestyle, many companies consider DC home.
Katie Murray is a Marketing Intern for Green Buzz Agency. She reports on the latest trends in Video Production and Video Marketing. She is a proud resident of the DC Metropolitan area.