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A Region in Economic and Demographic Transition

Second annual State of the Capital Region report
Thursday, May 28th
2:00 — 3:00 p.m.
The Brookings Institution, online. RSVP here.

Join us for the launch of our 2020 report, exploring long-run regional demographic trends. Moderator Debbie Troung (WAMU) and expert panelists Jaclene Begley (Nonresident Senior Fellow, George Washington University), Angie Rodgers (Deputy Chief Administrative Officer for Economic Development, Prince George's County), and Gregory C. Hutchings, Jr. (Superintendent, Alexandria City Public Schools) to discuss what the changes in age distribution mean for schools, senior housing housing and planning generally. 

Previous Events

The Implications of Local Data-Driven Policymaking

Co-hosted by Trachtenberg School ICMA Chapter & Center for Washington Area Studies

With regret -- canceled due to COVID
Monday April 6, 2020
6:00 — 7:30 pm, doors open at 5:45 pm 
Churchill Room, Gelman Library
2130 H St. NW, Washington, DC

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How do local governments and related entities use data to inform their decision-making? What is the role of data in the democratic process? Does “data-driven” policy really lead to better services and outcomes for constituents?

Join a panel of experts and Washington Post moderator John Harden (Metro Data Reporter, Washington Post) to explore the implications of data’s increasing role in local policymaking. Light hors d'oeuvres will be served.

Panelists are

  • Wanda Gibson, CIO, Prince George’s County, who oversees technology policy and innovation and previously served as the CTO/CIO for Fairfax County
  • Sam Quinney, Director, The Lab @ DC, who leads a scientific team in the D.C. Mayor’s office that generates data-driven evidence for local policies
  • Tom Lee, Policy Lead, Mapbox, who works to provide open source geospatial data tools to local governments
  • Alena Stern, Data Science Fellow, Urban Institute, who uses advanced data analytic techniques to study policy solutions that advance equity in cities

District of Columbia Ward 2 Council Candidate Forum

Co-hosted by Greater Greater Washington, Center for Washington Area Studies and the Trachtenberg School
December 3, 2019
6:30 — 8:00 pm, doors open at 6 pm 
Churchill Room, Gelman Library
2130 H St. NW, Washington, DC

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Some of the city's densest, transit-rich neighborhoods are in Ward 2, and its representative on the council will have a great deal of responsibility for creating an accessible, affordable, and more just city. You can read the candidates' responses to some recent questions on housingtransportation, and land use on Greater Greater Washington.

We'll have a mix of moderator and audience questions. Confirmed candidates are: Jordan Grossman, Patrick Kennedy, Kishan Putta, and Yilin Zhang.

Doors will open at 6 p.m., and the forum will begin at 6:30 p.m. Space is limited! More details to follow.

Why is Local Infrastructure So Expensive?

Panel Discussion
Wednesday November 20, 2019
3:30 — 5:00 p.m.
Myers Room, Textile Museum
George Washington University
701 21st St. NW, Washington, DC

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What makes local infrastructure so expensive? Are there ways to trim cost but maintain quality? To solicit community input and still proceed expeditiously?

Join our panel of local experts and moderator Robert McCartney (Senior Regional Correspondent, Washington Post) to explore policies that could help moderate high and increasing infrastructure costs.

Panelists are

  • Sean Agid, Partnership Catalyst, Corvias, who is working with Prince George's County with an innovative public-private-partnership to replace aging stormwater infrastructure
  • Amanda Baxter, Development Director, Transurban, who has worked on many DC-area transportation projects and has particular experience with environmental compliance
  • Judah Gluckman, Director, Planning and Economics, WSP, who helped launch DC's Office of Public Private Parternships and who currently consults on a wide range of infrastructure projects
  • Carlton Ray, Director, Clean Rivers Project, DC Water, who is charge of drilling the largest tunnel under Washington, DC to mitigate sewer spills in the Potomac
  • Jason Stanford, Executive Director, Northern Virginia Transportation Alliance, who advocates for transportation infrastructure in Northern Virginia

What Do the Democratic Presidential Hopefuls' Housing Plans Mean for the Capitol Region?

Panel Discussion
Wednesday October 23, 2019
3:30 — 5:00 p.m.
Churchill Room, Gelman Library
George Washington University
2130 H St. NW, Washington, DC

Join moderator Emily Badger, New York Times, and panelists to explore what the heightened focus on housing policy in this upcoming election could mean for our region. Our expert panelists are

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

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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.


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.

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