Alexandria’s Torpedo Factory is biggest attraction in city

From The Washington Post: Old Town Alexandria’s acclaimed Torpedo Factory Art Center is the single largest tourist attraction in the city, according to a new study by a respected economist, and should be used as a catalyst to draw more visitors. The report by George Mason University economist Stephen S. Fuller comes eight months after

Can Washington Retain Millennials?

From The Washington Post: Millennials have been flocking to Washington for nearly a decade, lured by the promise of plentiful jobs and high wages in the aftermath of the Great Recession. But will they stay? Researchers say it’s doubtful. “We hear a lot about millennials as though they’re mythological creatures from another planet — a

Press Release: Greater Washington’s Regional Economy Is Underperforming Its Potential

Today, Stephen Fuller, Ph.D., the Director of The Stephen S. Fuller Institute at the Schar School of Public Policy and Government at George Mason University, announced at the 25th Annual Economic Conference hosted by Cardinal Bank, the Northern Virginia Chamber of Commerce, George Mason University, and the Washington Business Journal, that the Washington region’s economy continues to struggle to pivot away from its historic dependence on federal spending.

The Washington Economy Shows Signs of Weaning Itself from Federal Dependence

The Washington area’s longtime dependence on federal money has always been something of a blessing and a curse. It allowed the region to be one of the nation’s few economic bright spots after the financial crisis gutted the national economy in 2009, attracting job seekers to the District in droves and spurring a development boom here. But four years later, hiring ground to a halt as congressional gridlock forced a government shutdown and federal budgets were slashed as part of the sequestration process, even though the recovery was gaining momentum elsewhere.