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Georgetown Convenes Urban Planning Experts from Across the National Capital Region to Explore Washington’s Future in Public Lecture Series

Planning Washington's Tomorrow, Today: Watch the Video Presentations

Georgetown is inviting the public to attend a fall lecture series that convenes a group of urban and regional planning experts to talk about the future of the Washington, D.C., metropolitan area.

The nine-part series features planning experts and public officials from the District of Columbia, Montgomery and Fairfax Counties, the National Capital Planning Commission, Washington Metropolitan Transit Authority, Washington Downtown Business Improvement District and other organizations.

The lecture series is sponsored by Georgetown’s new Master’s in Urban and Regional Planning program, which welcomed its inaugural class this fall.

“The National Capital Region is host to both sustained economic growth as well as a community of extraordinary urban planning professionals,” said Uwe Brandes, executive director of Georgetown’s urban and regional planning program. “We’re excited to host a public dialogue which explores new ideas and the planning practices which make Washington, D.C., one of the most dynamic cities in the world.”

Guest speakers for ““Planning Washington’s Tomorrow, Today,” will touch on many issues affecting the Washington region, including housing, infrastructure and transit, economic development, the environment, historical preservation and the evolving nature of civic dialogue in local communities across the region.

Urban and Regional Planning Program

Georgetown’s new urban and regional planning graduate program develops professional leaders who can integrate diverse drivers of change to develop better cities, regions and communities for generations to come.

The program’s applied curriculum takes advantage of the academic scholarship within the university and the innovative professional community in Washington. The program is located in a highly accessible, state-of-the-art urban campus located in the Gallery Place/Chinatown neighborhood of downtown D.C.

Students in the program are able to specialize in urban planning skills such as community development, urban sustainability, economic development, environmental planning, transportation planning and housing.

Exploring Washington’s Growth

At the first lecture in the series, on Oct. 3rd, guest speaker Stephen Fuller from the Center for Regional Analysis at George Mason University explored how Washington can become a global business center with its increasingly diverse economy.

“The Washington area is at a pivot point in its economic focus, [that] the slowly declining role of the federal government in the local economy is being replaced by the private sector,” Fuller said.

According to his lecture, the area has the largest percentage of imported workers in the U.S., at 4 percent, whereas cities like New York and San Francisco import about 2 percent of their workers.


Stephen Fuller, a university professor and director for the Center for Regional Analysis at George Mason University, talks about D.C. as a global business center during the Oct. 3 lecture of the "Planning Washington’s Tomorrow, Today" series at Georgetown's School of Continuing Studies.

Fuller also explained that a key component of economic growth to the region is housing.

“The businesses are going to come where the workforce is. In the future, the businesses are going to look around for a qualified workforce, and to have a qualified workforce you’re going to have to have housing.”

Fuller serves as director of the center and is also the Dwight Schar faculty chair and university professor at George Mason.

Committed Partner

Georgetown has been a committed partner to the District of Columbia for centuries.

The university’s Law Center has maintained a downtown presence since it was founded in 1875 in a building located at 4th St. and Pennsylvania Ave., N.W. Since the Law Center moved to its current location in 1971, the university has invested substantial resources to develop the law center campus, which has played a critical role in transforming this area of the city into the thriving and vibrant community it is now.

Building on this foundation, the university recently opened a new downtown campus just a few blocks away from the Law Center, in the Gallery Place/Chinatown neighborhood, to house the School of Continuing Studies. This expansion of “Georgetown Downtown” was a purposeful and strategic investment to enhance this downtown neighborhood's growth and development.

“As the District of Columbia’s largest private employer and major source of economic and research activity, Georgetown is a natural forum for discussions about the future of the D.C. region,” said Lauralyn Lee, associate vice president for community engagement and strategic initiatives. “Our Office of Community Engagement continues to work closely with city and region leaders on how to strategically plan for the future and fuel continued growth, and we are excited to continue this dialogue in this special lecture series.”

Lecture Series Schedule

All lectures are scheduled on Thursday afternoons, from 4:30 p.m. to 5:15 p.m., at the university’s new downtown campus in the Gallery Place/Chinatown neighborhood. The series begins on Oct. 3rd and concludes on Dec. 12th.

For more information and to RSVP, please visit scs.georgetown.edu/urpspeakerseries.

Oct. 3: Building on the Region’s Assets, Washington as a Global Business Center
Speaker: Stephen Fuller, Dwight Scar Faculty Chair and University Professor Director, Center for Regional Analysis, George Mason University

Oct. 10: “The Design Comedy”: Plans, Aspirations and Folly
Speaker: Roger K. Lewis FAIA, Practicing Architect, Professor Emeritus, University of Maryland and “Shaping the City” columnist for The Washington Post

Oct. 17: The Land Use and Transportation Challenge is Our Opportunity
Speaker: Harriet Tregoning, Director of Planning, District of Columbia

Oct. 24: Feds and the City: Ideas Shaping the Nation’s Capital Today
Speaker: Marcel Acosta, Executive Director, National Capital Planning Commission

Oct. 31: From Hubs and Spokes to Centers and Boulevards: Montgomery County in the 21st Century
Speaker: Gwen Wright, Director of Planning, Montgomery County

Nov. 7: Building Synergies Between Airports, Rivers and Institutions in Northern Virginia
Speaker: Mark Gibb, Executive Director, Northern Virginia Regional Commission

Nov. 14: The Continuing Transformation of Downtown DC
Richard Bradley, CEO, Washington Downtown Business Improvement District

Dec. 5: From Subway to System: Negotiating the Region’s Infrastructure Gap
Shyam Kannan, Director of Planning, Washington Metropolitan Transit Authority

Dec. 12: New Dimensions of Civic Dialogue
David Alpert, Founder and Editor-in-Chief, Greater Greater Washington and Greater Greater Education

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Add to Calendar 2013-12-12 00:00 2013-12-12 00:00 America/New_York MPS URP Public Lecture Series Georgetown Convenes Urban Planning Experts from Across the National Capital Region to Explore Washington’s Future in Public Lecture Series Planning Washington's Tomorrow, Today: Watch the Video Presentations Georgetown is inviting the public to attend a fall lecture series that convenes a group of urban and regional planning experts to talk about the future of the Washington, D.C., metropolitan area. The nine-part series features planning experts and public officials from the District of Columbia, Montgomery and Fairfax Counties, the National Capital Planning Commission, Washington Metropolitan Transit Authority, Washington Downtown Business Improvement District and other organizations. The lecture series is sponsored by Georgetown’s new Master’s in Urban and Regional Planning program, which welcomed its inaugural class this fall. “The National Capital Region is host to both sustained economic growth as well as a community of extraordinary urban planning professionals,” said Uwe Brandes, executive director of Georgetown’s urban and regional planning program. “We’re excited to host a public dialogue which explores new ideas and the planning practices which make Washington, D.C., one of the most dynamic cities in the world.” Guest speakers for ““Planning Washington’s Tomorrow, Today,” will touch on many issues affecting the Washington region, including housing, infrastructure and transit, economic development, the environment, historical preservation and the evolving nature of civic dialogue in local communities across the region. Urban and Regional Planning Program Georgetown’s new urban and regional planning graduate program develops professional leaders who can integrate diverse drivers of change to develop better cities, regions and communities for generations to come. The program’s applied curriculum takes advantage of the academic scholarship within the university and the innovative professional community in Washington. The program is located in a highly accessible, state-of-the-art urban campus located in the Gallery Place/Chinatown neighborhood of downtown D.C. Students in the program are able to specialize in urban planning skills such as community development, urban sustainability, economic development, environmental planning, transportation planning and housing. Exploring Washington’s Growth At the first lecture in the series, on Oct. 3rd, guest speaker Stephen Fuller from the Center for Regional Analysis at George Mason University explored how Washington can become a global business center with its increasingly diverse economy. “The Washington area is at a pivot point in its economic focus, [that] the slowly declining role of the federal government in the local economy is being replaced by the private sector,” Fuller said. According to his lecture, the area has the largest percentage of imported workers in the U.S., at 4 percent, whereas cities like New York and San Francisco import about 2 percent of their workers. Stephen Fuller, a university professor and director for the Center for Regional Analysis at George Mason University, talks about D.C. as a global business center during the Oct. 3 lecture of the "Planning Washington’s Tomorrow, Today" series at Georgetown's School of Continuing Studies. Fuller also explained that a key component of economic growth to the region is housing. “The businesses are going to come where the workforce is. In the future, the businesses are going to look around for a qualified workforce, and to have a qualified workforce you’re going to have to have housing.” Fuller serves as director of the center and is also the Dwight Schar faculty chair and university professor at George Mason. Committed Partner Georgetown has been a committed partner to the District of Columbia for centuries. The university’s Law Center has maintained a downtown presence since it was founded in 1875 in a building located at 4th St. and Pennsylvania Ave., N.W. Since the Law Center moved to its current location in 1971, the university has invested substantial resources to develop the law center campus, which has played a critical role in transforming this area of the city into the thriving and vibrant community it is now. Building on this foundation, the university recently opened a new downtown campus just a few blocks away from the Law Center, in the Gallery Place/Chinatown neighborhood, to house the School of Continuing Studies. This expansion of “Georgetown Downtown” was a purposeful and strategic investment to enhance this downtown neighborhood's growth and development. “As the District of Columbia’s largest private employer and major source of economic and research activity, Georgetown is a natural forum for discussions about the future of the D.C. region,” said Lauralyn Lee, associate vice president for community engagement and strategic initiatives. “Our Office of Community Engagement continues to work closely with city and region leaders on how to strategically plan for the future and fuel continued growth, and we are excited to continue this dialogue in this special lecture series.” Lecture Series Schedule All lectures are scheduled on Thursday afternoons, from 4:30 p.m. to 5:15 p.m., at the university’s new downtown campus in the Gallery Place/Chinatown neighborhood. The series begins on Oct. 3rd and concludes on Dec. 12th. For more information and to RSVP, please visit scs.georgetown.edu/urpspeakerseries. Oct. 3: Building on the Region’s Assets, Washington as a Global Business Center Speaker: Stephen Fuller, Dwight Scar Faculty Chair and University Professor Director, Center for Regional Analysis, George Mason University Oct. 10: “The Design Comedy”: Plans, Aspirations and Folly Speaker: Roger K. Lewis FAIA, Practicing Architect, Professor Emeritus, University of Maryland and “Shaping the City” columnist for The Washington Post Oct. 17: The Land Use and Transportation Challenge is Our Opportunity Speaker: Harriet Tregoning, Director of Planning, District of Columbia Oct. 24: Feds and the City: Ideas Shaping the Nation’s Capital Today Speaker: Marcel Acosta, Executive Director, National Capital Planning Commission Oct. 31: From Hubs and Spokes to Centers and Boulevards: Montgomery County in the 21st Century Speaker: Gwen Wright, Director of Planning, Montgomery County Nov. 7: Building Synergies Between Airports, Rivers and Institutions in Northern Virginia Speaker: Mark Gibb, Executive Director, Northern Virginia Regional Commission Nov. 14: The Continuing Transformation of Downtown DC Richard Bradley, CEO, Washington Downtown Business Improvement District Dec. 5: From Subway to System: Negotiating the Region’s Infrastructure Gap Shyam Kannan, Director of Planning, Washington Metropolitan Transit Authority Dec. 12: New Dimensions of Civic Dialogue David Alpert, Founder and Editor-in-Chief, Greater Greater Washington and Greater Greater Education Related Information Planning Washington's Tomorrow, Today: Watch the Video Presentations Planning Washington’s Tomorrow, Today Lecture Series » Urban and Regional Planning Program » School of Continuing Studies » New Georgetown Downtown Campus » SCS Campus MM/DD/YYYY