Urbanization and Transformation of Suburban Communities Will Be Focus of June 18 Fairfax County Conference

Wed Apr 15, 2009 1:18pm EDT

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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,

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)

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