In Focus | Hotel Development & Job Creation

In a mixed-used development, the hotel can become the center of economic activity and a job-creator for the entire community, says Brian Friedman, Founder of Friedman Capital and an instructor in Georgetown’s graduate program in Global Hospitality Leadership. “I tell everyone that the hotel can become the melting pot,” Friedman says, attracting everyone “from the youths, to the elders, to the globetrotters, to the locals.” Speaking here with Erinn Tucker, the program’s Faculty Director, Friedman says hospitality students need to “create a specialty” within the industry that they can enjoy and “become the best at.” Whether it’s in design, accounting, food services, or operations, that specialty can be an avenue to career growth.

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