Ruth D. Hazel and John T. Hazel, M.D. Faculty Chair in Public Policy; Eminent Scholar, University Professor
The State Economic Development Center is the George Mason School of Public Policy's clearinghouse for training and research intended to help public officials in Virginia and elsewhere devise policies that develop regional economies and improve the quality of life. The center sponsors roundtable discussions, survey research, statistical analyses, and formal focus groups to better inform state, provincial, and local authorities about the potential influence of policies they have implemented, while identifying more effective alternatives.
While the center's primary purpose is to help Virginia agencies and officials, it does work with other state and provincial governments within the United States and around the world, with an emphasis in China, India, and Europe.