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Urbanization and Transformation of Suburban Communities Will Be Focus of June 18 Fairfax County Conference
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Fairfax County EDA will host "The New Urban Economic Model: The Transformation of Fairfax County" FAIRFAX COUNTY, Va.--(Business Wire)-- The Fairfax County Economic Development Authority (FCEDA) announced today that it will host a conference to examine trends in urbanization and the transformation of suburban communities. "The New Urban Economic Model: The Transformation of Fairfax County" event (www.transformingfairfax.org) will be held June 18 at the Hilton McLean Tysons Corner. It will include keynote addresses by Urban Land Institute Senior Resident Fellow (and former Indianapolis mayor) William Hudnut and Brookings Institution urban policy scholar Anthony Downs. "Fairfax County, once a suburban bedroom community of Washington D.C., has emerged as a major business location and is poised to continue to be the economic engine for the Washington area and Virginia. The county is in a unique position to host a national discussion on how suburban communities can urbanize and remain great places to live and work," said Gerald L. Gordon, Ph.D., president and CEO of the Fairfax County Economic Development Authority (FCEDA, www.FairfaxCountyEDA.org). The conference will present thought-provoking discussion around such topics as: * What happens (or should happen) when a suburban community evolves into an urban center? * How does a community navigate such a transformation while maintaining its position as a desirable location for business - with a strong economy and a higher quality of life? In addition to the keynote addresses from Hudnut and Downs, the conference will feature distinguished experts and panelists: * Panelists from the Washington, New York and Seattle who will describe how forward-thinking communities are rising to the challenges and opportunities created by urbanization. * Senior corporate executives will provide an in-depth understanding of the critical factors their companies consider when expanding or relocating in an urbanizing community. Sponsors of the Transforming Fairfax conference include NAIOP Northern Virginia, Visit Fairfax and the Washington Business Journal. This event is tailored for corporate executives, corporate facilities managers, site location consultants, commercial real estate professionals, economic developers and urban planners, and anyone interested in the development of Fairfax County as a business location. Visit www.transformingfairfax.org for information and registration. Time magazine called Fairfax County "one of the great economic success stories of our time." Business growth helps Fairfax County fund public services such as a top-ranked public school system that improve the quality of life. Fairfax County offers a well-educated workforce, an array of real estate options, access to global markets through Washington Dulles International Airport, and a business community based on technology and professional services. The Fairfax County Economic Development Authority offers a wide variety of services to promote Fairfax County as a business and technology center. The FCEDA maintains marketing offices in San Francisco, Bangalore, Frankfurt, London, Seoul and Tel Aviv. Fairfax County Economic Development Authority Alan Fogg, 703-790-0600 571-213-5065 (m) firstname.lastname@example.org Copyright Business Wire 2009