[EXCERPT from George Mason University School of Business ]
How did the built environment of Northern Virginia develop into the places we live, work and entertain in today? What lessons from the past can we learn as we work to develop the region’s future? These are some of the questions addressed by Andrew Painter in a webinar hosted by the George Mason Center for Real Estate Entrepreneurship.
The webinar will look at the history of the economy and the real estate sector of the Northern Virginia region. The presentation will start with the industries which first developed during the colonial era through the early part of the twentieth century; going in depth into the explosive growth and construction that began in the 1930s; and the acceleration of development after World War II through today. The class will take a comprehensive look at the impacts of changes in infrastructure, transportation, local regulations and land use policies, and the growth of the federal government.
Andrew works in the firm’s Land Use and Zoning practice group where he focuses on securing zoning entitlements across northern Virginia including Fairfax County, Loudoun County, the City of Falls Church, the City of Fairfax, and the Town of Leesburg. A native of northern Virginia, Andrew has spent much time traveling and writing about the region’s land development history and received an award from the Virginia Chapter of the American Planning Association for his review of enduring rural landscapes in Fairfax County. He has previous experience working in Virginia local and state government. Andrew is the author of a 2018 book chronicling the history of the Virginia wine industry, Virginia Wine: Four Centuries of Change, published by George Mason University Press and distributed by the University of Virginia Press.