From The Editor: Who Would Be In Your Post 200?

Tucked inside your newspaper this Monday will be our latest little project -- the Post 200, our annual guide to Washington's largest companies, banks, nonprofits, employers and law and lobby firms.

We've shaken up the publication this year and made several changes to the way we compile the list. Gone are the big Maryland and Virginia enterprises that were not headquartered in our region. In their place, we've included law and lobby firms and added more private companies and nonprofits.

Firms earn their place on the list principally by being big. We judge most companies and nonprofits by the revenues they generate and throw in a sample of big out-of-state employers. Law and advocacy firms make the list by the number of lawyers they employ locally, or the lobby dollars they rake in. Banks earn their place by the size of their assets.

There's lots of other ways to count -- by profits, for instance -- so we've included charts to represent who might rise to the top by other measures, at least among the public companies.

Our aim is to be as objective as possible but we know any list is subjective. No doubt we've missed someone. We'd love to hear how you would build your roster of all stars.

On Monday, I'll be hosting an online chat to talk about the Post 200 with Neil Irwin, who's writing a story for Monday assessing the region's ability to cope with the current downturn. Please stop by and say hello.

By Dan Beyers  |  May 9, 2008; 12:17 PM ET  | Category:  From The Editor
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