Automation in the Washington Region

Guest Post by Lokesh Dani, Graduate Research Assistant and doctoral candidate at the Schar School of Policy and Government, GMU Download as a PDF>> Automation is seen as a big challenge for society generally and the labor market specifically. Yet, we do not have a full understanding of how automation is changing the labor market and debate

Household incomes in the District rise dramatically in 2017

From The Washington Post: Just a year after sluggish household income reports in the District of Columbia prompted speculation that the city’s boom years were ending, new numbers from the Census Bureau released Thursday suggest District household income has swung dramatically back up. Median household income for the city in 2017 was $82,372, 9.1 percent higher than in

Micron and Amazon: Would Virginia lawmakers support both?

From The Washington Business Journal (subscription required): The senator who chairs the Virginia commission that oversees major economic development incentives predicts lawmakers will support both the $70 million incentive package announced recently for Micron and one for Amazon.com, should the Seattle company select the commonwealth for its second headquarters. State Sen. Frank Ruff, R-Mecklenberg, called both incentive

$3 billion deal could turn Manassas into key supplier for self-driving car components

From The Washington Post: Micron, a publicly traded semiconductor manufacturer based in Boise, Idaho, announced Wednesday that it plans to spend $3 billion to expand production at its plant in Northern Virginia, kicking off what Manassas mayor Hal Parrish called “the largest investment by a corporation in the Commonwealth of Virginia — ever, to my knowledge.” The expansion

President Trump just canceled 2019 federal pay raises. Here’s how much that could cost Greater Washington.

From The Washington Business Journal: With the stroke of a pen President Donald Trump erased potentially $882 million from the D.C.-area economy for 2019. At least, that’s the estimated economic impact from Trump’s cancellation of 2.1 percent federal pay increases that were to kick in on Jan. 1 for approximately 364,300 federal employees in the region, according to