In May of 2010 the District of Columbia Office of Planning released an action agenda for using the arts to build the economy within DC. The plan, prepared by RTS along with Mt. Auburn Associates, Cutting Edge Design, and Green Door Advisors, examined DC creative segments such as museums, culinary and performing arts and media and then defined strategies and actions to build these segments. The strategies and actions dealt with youth, markets, work, business and other areas that are fundamental parts of a creative economic environment.
The National Capital Area Chapter of the American Planning Association recently awarded the plan with a Jury Award for how it outlines using arts and culture to stimulate the local economy.