SPP’s Stephen Fuller Headlines Economic Development Forum

Posted: February 12, 2004 at 1:00 am, Last Updated: November 30, -0001 at 12:00 am

By Patty Snellings

The Prince William Campus hosts the Prince William County-Greater Manassas Chamber of Commerce Economic Development Forum on Thursday, Feb. 19. This annual event runs from 9-11 a.m. in the Verizon Auditorium and presents a snapshot of the economic performance and opportunities in Prince William County and the cities of Manassas and Manassas Park.

Stephen Fuller
Stephen Fuller
Photo by Evan Cantwell

Stephen Fuller, director of the Center for Regional Analysis in the School of Public Policy, is the keynote speaker. He is the inaugural holder of the Dwight Schar Faculty Chair and was appointed by Gov. Mark Warner to the Governor’s Advisory Board of Economists in 2002. He is recognized as one of the leading experts on the Washington metropolitan area economy.

Fuller’s research focuses on the changing economic structure of the region and has led to the development of regional economic indicators. In a recent Washington Post article, Fuller stated that the job market will see tremendous growth in 2004, and growth in the following year will be even greater. He also speculated that housing prices in the Washington area will increase by 8 to 10 percent this year, with the numbers varying dramatically by location.

A panel discussion about issues relevant to regional economic development follows Fuller’s presentation. Participants are Stephen Griffin, director of Planning, Prince William County; Dan Painter, planning director, City of Manassas; and Elizabeth Via, director of community development, City of Manassas. Breakout sessions provide attendees with an opportunity for additional discussion.

“This is the fourth year that George Mason has partnered with the Chamber of Commerce to present this unique showcase of economic development and business growth in the Prince William area,” says Molly Hastedt, director of campus relations at the Prince William Campus. “As a chamber member, it is important for the campus to be an active participant in this type of community activity.”

The cost of the event is $20 prepaid or $25 at the door or billed. Reservations are required and available through the chamber office at 703-368-6600, ext. 13.

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