Economic Development

Verizon DC's commitment to economic development is stronger than ever. We support economic growth in our community through initiatives and corporate partnerships.


Featured Events and Grants

Verizon was a proud sponsor of the GWHCC's 2014 Gala

Greater Washington Hispanic Chamber of Commerce Celebrates Anniversary Gala

On June 2, Verizon was a title sponsor of the Greater Washington Hispanic Chamber of Commerce’s 38th anniversary awards gala, a signature event celebrating the presence and contributions of the Hispanic business community. The Hispanic Chamber is a leading business organization that promotes and advocates for the success of Hispanic and other minority-owned businesses in the District. As a corporate partner, Verizon joined more than 400 community and business leaders who attended the event to celebrate the Chamber’s accomplishments. To learn more about the chamber, visit


Entrepreneurs, Developers, Tech Startups & Others Gather at DC FiOS Meet-Up

Entrepreneurs, Developers, Tech Startups & Others Gather at DC FiOS Meet-Up

On October 29 at the Willard Hotel in downtown DC, Fosterly and 1776 set the stage for innovators in the region to exchange ideas on how to build and roll out new products and services on the FiOS network for today’s high-speed IP-connected home. Speakers included Eric Richardson, director of the D.C. Office of Cable TV; Verizon’s Mid-Atlantic Region Vice President Tony Lewis; Adam Zuckerman, co-founder of Fosterly; and Chris Silberman, corporate partnerships manager for 1776. [ Learn More / Watch the Video ]

Startups demonstrating their products and services included: Fanamana Games ( Fanamana Baseball is the first mobile live action fantasy sports game. Play a head-to-head challenge that scores like a real game: No draft, no leagues, no lineups - it's not about points, it's about scoring more runs than your opponent; Voysee (  ): Record your thoughts with audio and send it to Twitter, Facebook, and telephones. Share special moments with your family, add audio to campaigns and communicate event information or remind staff of new policies by sending a voice message to any phone and social media; and Aquicore   ( Aquicore breaks building energy use into individual line items to help clients save up to 30%. Second-by-second granularity provides building operators unparalleled levels of visibility.

Attendees also took part in an interactive tech demo lounge that featured gaming and connected home technologies highlighting devices such as Oculus Rift, Leap Motion Kindle HD with Verizon App and Phillips Hue light bulbs

Regional Economic Forum - April 2013

Verizon Partners with DC Chamber of Commerce and Washington Business Journal in Regional Economic Forum

More than 200 regional business, non-profit and government leaders attended the 2013 Regional Economic Forum presented by the DC Chamber of Commerce and the Washington Business Journal and held today at the Willard Intercontinental Hotel in Washington, DC.

Tony Lewis, Vice President - Verizon’s Mid-Atlantic Region, opened the forum with remarks as presenting sponsor. Moderated by Alex Orfinger, from the Washington Business Journal, the forum featured Congressman Gerald Connolly (11th District of Virginia), Prince George’s County Executive Rushern L. Baker, Montgomery County Chief Executive Isiah Leggett, Washington, DC Mayor Vincent C. Gray, and Mayor of Alexandria William D. Euille. The forum addressed key regional topics such as transportation, economic development, business development, and regional collaboration. To learn more about the forum, visit

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A Day of Fosterly Builds Entrepreneurship in the Region

Fosterly, a collaborative resource for entrepreneurs in the DC, Maryland and Virginia region, held a successful Second Annual Day of Fosterly on May 4th with more than 700 entrepreneurs who participated in panels, workshops, a business expo, and a startup showcase. The event featured a keynote by renowned technology journalist Walt Mossberg. During the expo, Verizon teams showcased how our advanced 4G and fiber optic technology helps entrepreneurs maximize productivity and take their businesses to the next level. Fosterly founder Adam Zuckerman notes that "It's via strong partnerships with companies such as Verizon that make the Day of Fosterly and other Fosterly events a success. Visit for opportunities to collaborate with other entrepreneurs at a future Study Hall hosted by Verizon." To learn more about A Day of Fosterly, visit

Digital City: Transforming DC Into a Tech CapitalVerizon, DC Mayor Vincent Gray & Corporate Tech Leaders on Transforming the City Into a Tech Capital

Verizon Mid-Atlantic Region Vice President Tony Lewis (Center) participated in a 90-minute policy forum to discuss the regulatory environment in Washington, D.C. and how Verizon’s products and services are simplyfing and changing the way people live their lives in today's connected world.

Led by Mayor Gray, the forum from the corporate technology sector entitled, "Digital City: Transforming DC Into a Tech Capital" focused on breaking down regulatory barriers, growth strategies such as tax incentives for investment, implementing citywide Wi-Fi, entrepreneurial incubators, venture capital and more.

Verizon and DSLBD Host Supplier Diversity Seminar for DC-Based Certified Business Enterprises

More than 30 DC-based certified business enterprises (CBEs) attended a seminar in May on "How to Do Business with Verizon."  Verizon’s supplier diversity team delivered the workshop, which provided information about the process and requirements to become a vendor with the company.  The event was co-sponsored with the D.C. Department of Small and Local Business Development (DSLBD) and the Maryland/D.C. Minority Supplier Development Council, of which Verizon is a member.  Verizon has a long-standing commitment to inclusiveness in managing its supply chain, identifying certified suppliers and building sustainable value-added business partnerships.  The company’s partnership with DSLBD is just one example of Verizon's commitment to the success of small businesses in the District and to the mission of its supplier diversity program.

To learn more about Verizon's supplier diversity program and its general supplier requirements, go to


Key Operational Statistics for the Verizon Family of Companies*


Our presence in the District of Columbia:

  • 638 skilled employees work in D.C.; 435 live here
  • We own or operate 36 buildings and locations
  • More than $136 million invested in plant and equipment in 2013*.

Our impact on the District's economy:

  • Verizon partners with 107 vendors and suppliers.
  • Verizon pays more than $11 million annually in healthcare costs for employees and retirees in the District
  • Verizon made more than $8.7 million in charitable and civic contributions to District-based organizations during 2013.


* Including Verizon, Verizon Business and Verizon Wireless