AF-DC: Changing the Game: Impact of the Wizards and Capitals Move from DC to VA
January 30, 2024 6:30 PM - 8:30 PM
1367 Connecticut Avenue Northwest, Suite 200 , Washington, D.C. 20036
Will Capital Arena be the next RFK Stadium? Do you have thoughts on the Wizards and Capitals moving from DC to VA? Interested in the tax ramifications in Virginia and potential hikes in housing costs? How about the impact in DC on small businesses, retail, restaurants, and crime from the loss of such large anchors?
Join us to discuss DC’s economic development with John Mozena of the Center for Economic Accountability and Pat Garafalo of American Economic Liberties Project! They’ll share their insights on shaping a better DC economy that works for ALL of us, not just the politically well connected. Together we’ll explore the key drivers that influence DC’s economic future, and what we can do to make it a better place to live.
About Our Speakers
CEA President John C. Mozena has been on both sides of the economic development wars. A long-time marketing and communications professional and former journalist, he spent two decades in private-sector agency and corporate roles where his clients often included economic development entities and programs. As a public relations agency account lead, he worked with six downtown development authorities, a major regional tourism bureau and convention center, three national industry trade associations, multiple commercial real estate developers and a variety of other clients with interests in economic development policy. He was the author of innumerable press releases and talking points announcing stimulus funding, state tax credits, manufacturing plant openings, public-private partnerships and other deals and initiatives touting “job creation” and “economic impact.”
Pat Garofalo is the Director of State and Local Policy at the American Economic Liberties Project. Pat is the author of The Billionaire Boondoggle: How Our Politicians Let Corporations and Bigwigs Steal Our Money and Jobs. Prior to joining Economic Liberties, Pat served as managing editor for Talk Poverty at the Center for American Progress. Previously, Pat was assistant managing editor for opinion at U.S. News & World Report and economic policy editor at ThinkProgress, and his work has also appeared in The Atlantic, The Nation, The Guardian, and The Week, among others.