State of the Capital Region 2021: Examining the pandemic’s impact on the geography of jobs
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) co-hosted 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 has changed—often dramatically—employment, housing markets, and commercial real estate throughout the region. The event started with a presentation by CWAS Director Leah Brooks. An expert panel followed, discussing some of the challenges faced by workers, employers, property owners, and policymakers.
Viewers submitted questions for panelists by emailing firstname.lastname@example.org or tweeting to @BrookingsMetro using the hashtag #StateofCapRegion.
Politics and Policy Fellow - Vox
President and CEO - Fairfax County Economic Development Authority
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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