State of the Capital Region 2021: Examining the Pandemic’s Impact on the Geography of Jobs

State of the Capital Region 2021: Examining the Pandemic’s Impact on the Geography of Jobs

 from 6:00 pm to 7:00 pm
Virtual Event

While the long-term economic impacts of the COVID-19 pandemic are still uncertain, the sharp increase in remote work raises some fundamental questions about the geography of jobs and the demand for housing, office, and retail space. If work-from-home (or a hybrid model) persists, it could have ripple effects throughout regional labor markets and commercial real estate, as well as impacting where workers choose to live.

On Wednesday, May 19, the Brookings Metropolitan Policy Program and George Washington University’s Center for Washington Area Studies (CWAS) will co-host an event examining the geography of jobs, housing, and commercial real estate in the capital region prior to COVID-19, with an eye to understanding how the pandemic is changing—often dramatically—employment, housing markets, and commercial real estate throughout the region. The event will start with a presentation by CWAS Director Leah Brooks. An expert panel will follow, discussing some of the challenges faced by workers, employers, property owners, and policymakers.

Viewers can submit questions for panelists by emailing or tweeting to @BrookingsMetro using the hashtag #StateofCapRegion.



Jenny Schuetz

Senior Fellow - Metropolitan Policy Program, Future of the Middle Class Initiative



Leah Brooks

Director, Center for Washington Area Studies - The George Washington University

Panel discussion


Jerusalem Demsas

Politics and Policy Fellow - Vox


Victor Hoskins

President and CEO - Fairfax County Economic Development Authority

Amy Rice

Senior Vice President of Retail Leasing - JBG SMITH

William E. Spriggs

Chief Economist, AFL-CIO Professor, Department of Economics - Howard University


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