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I’ve never seen an approach to regionalism in Greater Washington quite like Bob Buchanan’s. It’s methodical, targeted and, for now, mostly covert. And that’s a good thing.

Buchanan, as you’ll recall, is a developer who in 2010 launched The 2030 Group to explore Washington’s future. I lamented at the time that the organization wasn’t really needed.

As data pointed to economic headwinds for the region a couple of years ago, Buchanan got more serious about his effort, enlisting the region’s top economist, Steve Fuller of George Mason University,  to study what Greater Washington’s economy would look like with less federal spending.

It’s been more than a year now, and the effort has mostly been behind the scenes. Fuller used the Cardinal Bank economic summit, where he has spoken for years, to unveil the first tranche of data. The group also paid to publish its work — dubbed the Roadmap for the Washington Region’s Economic Future —in the Business Journal in January.

But the real work is taking place in several “working groups.” As Buchanan says, some are farther along than others, such as the group exploring how to brand our region (starting with selling ourselves about what we are). There’s also an affordable housing group, higher education group and one exploring a regional transportation authority. Last fall, Buchanan, working with Jonathan Aberman of Amplifier Ventures, added another focus — how to develop our entrepreneurial culture. Aberman expects to issue a report…

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The Washington region could hit the billion-dollar mark in cybersecurity venture funding in 2016.

Jonathan Aberman, managing director of Amplifier Ventures, a seed and early-stage venture capital fund based in McLean, said big fourth-quarter investments in cybersecurity companies helped boost overall venture funding in 2015 – and will continue to grow in 2016. He said the Washington region, a growing center for cybersecurity business and research overall, will see more big deals in 2016.

“I wouldn’t be surprised to see $500 million to $1 billion in cyber deals over the next 12 months,” Aberman said. “I just think…

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