District of Columbia

Local Government Consulting

Carmen Group works with local governments in the greater DC region on projects of public significance.  Our work includes developing strategies to assist government contractors win business from local jurisdictions, drafting and advising on solicitation responses, advocating for client positions with local government elected officials, and securing local regulatory approvals for projects.  Our work spans the greater DC region including working closely with the District of Columbia and the counties and cities of Northern Virginia and Southern Maryland.

Carmen Group has over 30 years of success helping clients accomplish projects and goals within the District of Columbia region. Beyond working regularly with the Mayor’s office, the Council, other independent agencies and contiguous communities, we are unique in our ability to address the federal/local interface to leverage and maximize federal support for important local projects. We are active across a broad range of practice areas including real estate, healthcare, economic development, education, water, transportation and tax. We possess strong expertise in how District agencies work, as well as the environment that influences the issues our clients face in the community. We also understand the host of cooperative programs the District undertakes with Virginia, Maryland and the National Parks Service.

Carmen Group has a unique understanding of the real estate climate in Greater DC region, and has helped developers secure project approvals and financing from local government. We have proven expertise in securing gap financing such as Tax Increments Financing (TIF) and Payment in-Lieu of Taxes (PILOT), andhave secured over a quarter of a billion dollars for mixed-use projects over the last decade alone.

Policy Advisors on Federal/District Issues

At the heart of the District of Columbia’s complexity is its relationship with the federal government, which remains checkered with overlapping jurisdictions, funding sources and regulatory bodies. Carmen Group understands the interface points between the District and federal administrative and regulatory structures and guides projects to the proper arenas to achieve success.


Dal Harper
Executive Managing Director

Record of Success

  • Government Contractors
  • Real Estate Developments
  • Hospitals
  • Secondary Schools
  • Universities
  • Corporations
  • Non-Profits
  • Communities

Special Expertise

  • Economic Development
  • Education
  • Healthcare
  • Tax
  • Transporation
  • Water

Work Effectively With

  • Mayor’s Office
  • Office of the Chief Financial Officer
  • Deputy Mayor for Planning and Economic Development
  • DC Department of Transportation
  • DC Department of Health
  • DC Department of Healthcare Finance
  • DC Department of the Environment
  • DC Department of Contracting and Procurement
  • DC Department of Consumer & Regulatory Affairs
  • DC Water
  • Washington Metropolitan Area Transit Authority
  • Metropolitan Washington Airports Authority
  • National Park Service