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Urban Econ Day 2019
Friday, May 10
Churchill Room, Gelman Library

A casual place for serious research by DC-area urban economists. RSVP here.


Housing Growth and Affordability in the Capital Region

First annual State of the Capital Region report
Monday, May 20th
3:30 — 5:00 p.m.
The Brookings Institution, Falk Auditorium
1775 Massachusetts Ave, NW, Washington, DC

RSVP here.

Previous Events

Planning Director Panel 

First annual Center for Washington Area Studies and ICMA, Director Panel Discussion. RSVP here.

Date: Thursday, April 8th
Location: Marvin Center Grand Ballroom (800 21st St. NW, Washington DC, 20052) 

Cities are organisms that constantly evolving. Officials must navigate equity, climate change, and resource constraints. Join us for a discussion with the individuals leading the future growth and evolution of the cities and counties in the greater DMV area. We will learn the challenges and opportunities facing the Planning Directors in the metro area.
The conversation will be moderated by Former DC Planning Director and HUD Assistant Secretary Harriet Tregoning and panelists include:
  •  Andree Checkley, Planning Director, Prince George's County Planning Department
  • Robert Duffy, Planning Director, Arlington County Department of Community Planning, Housing and Development
  • Andrew Trueblood, Acting Director, DC Office of Planning

When to Get Rid of Tax Incentives?

Wednesday, November 28

Co-sponsored with the Pew Charitable Trusts


 As the recent bidding war to draw Amazon’s HQ2 has revealed, local governments spend a lot of money enticing firms. We discuss when and why tax incentives are appropriate and when they are not – and how we could know. To find out, we are joined by three expert panelists. Donny James, Chief Real Estate Office, Revenue Authority, Prince George’s County, currently runs Prince George’s County’s tax incentive programs for real estate, and has also worked with tax incentives in developing DC’s Anacostia waterfront. Lori Metcalf, Fiscal Analyst from DC’s Office of the Chief Financial Officer, who evaluates DC’s tax incentives. And from Virginia, Ryan Touhill, Chief of Staff, Alexandria Economic Development Partnership, who has worked extensively to attract firms to the city of Alexandria.


Mapping Segregation Launch Party

Wednesday, October 24
The Textile Museum
701 21st Street, NW
Washington, DC 20052

Please join public historians Mara Cherkasky and Sarah Jane Shoenfeld of Prologue DC to celebrate the launch of the new Mapping Segregation in Washington DC website, commemorating the 70th anniversary of a landmark Supreme Court decision that ended the enforcement of racial covenants and the 50th anniversary of the 1968 Fair Housing Act. To put these data and history in context, WAMU's Sasha-Ann Simons moderates a discussion among distinguished panelists with expertise in DC history, GIS mapping, and fair housing: communications scholar Natalie Hopkinson, geographer Amanda Huron, and sociologist Greg Squires.

In partnership with Prologue DC and The Albert H. Small Center for National Capital Area Studies.

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Urban Econ Day 2018
Friday, May 11
Churchill Room, Gelman Library

A casual place for serious research by DC-area urban economists.


What does E-commerce Mean for Cities?
Thursday, April 12, 2018
Churchill Room, Gelman Library

While E-commerce has disrupted many industries, its future impact on urban areas remains unclear. Panelists Melina Cordero, Americas Head of Retail Research, CBRE, Ryan Hand from the DC Office of Planning, Tina Leone from Ballston BID, and Developer Walt Petrie discuss how cities will respond to the changes wrought by the internet.

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A 10 Year Reflection on the Williams Administration's Development Legacy

Thursday, March 1, 2018
GW Textile Museum

When Mayor Tony Williams took office in 1999, he and other city leaders outlined an ambitious development agenda for D.C.  Their “Vision for Growing an Inclusive City” outlined broad goals such as preserving and creating mixed-income neighborhoods, encouraging development of new housing to support 100,000 new residents, and reducing barriers to opportunity across race, education, income and geography.  Ten years after the Williams’ Administration, Tom Sherwood, a local news expert, will moderate a conversation with the former mayor, Aakash Thakkar from developer EYA, and LISC Deputy Director Ramon Jacobson. We discuss the development choices of his administration: what worked, what didn't and why."

Tally's Corner Revisited

Thursday, October 19, 2017
A symposium commemorating the 50th anniversary of the publication of GW alumnus Elliot Liebow's classic ethnography of African-American street-corner men in DC. The keynote lecture, “Tally’s Corner, 50 Years Later: Same Corner, Different Conditions, Different Corner, Same Conditions,” will be delivered by Professor Maurice Jackson from the Departments of History and African American Studies at Georgetown University.