The Alliance for Regional Cooperation (ARC) has formed to work with Washington, DC Metro area businesses, consumers, and social enterprises to make them more aware of the benefits of engaging in explicitly regional economic activity.
ARC believes that encouraging sustainability-minded people and organizations to a default position of patronizing and supporting other local businesses, will help advance economic justice, sustainability, and cultural vitality in the region that now calls itself “the DMV” (representing DC, Suburban Maryland, and Northern Virginia).
These benefits can emerge, in no small part, because circulating money within a geographically defined area has been demonstrated in to increase the wealth of that area.
ARC sees itself as a non-profit incubator of mission-driven regional sustainable economic development projects.
Development is not just economic or material, it is, at its core, a form of human expression and artistry.