As hard as it is to believe given the current economic slump, some demographers are projecting that the Washington region will generate more than 1 million net new jobs by 2030. That is in addition to the 1.8 million people who will retire and whose positions will need to be filled. The big dilemma facing the area, experts say, is where to house the people who will relocate here for all those jobs.

On Tuesday, the George Mason University Center for Regional Analysis and Metropolitan Washington Council of Governments plan to host a seminar on the policy challenges facing the region as its grapples with its potential housing shortage. Inactivity, experts say, would result in even more traffic congestion and a stunting of the area’s economic growth.

The effort stems from discussions spurred by a group of businesspeople called the 2030 Group. The organization last year issued a study asserting that 35,000 new housing units would have to be constructed per year to meet the nearly 700,000 units needed by 2030.

The half-day session is to begin at 8 a.m. at the university’s campus, 3351 Fairfax Drive in Arlington.

Europe’s escalating debt crisis for several months has been wreaking havoc in the United States, causing the stock market to reel and threatening to push our fragile economy back into recession. On Tuesday and Wednesday, policy experts will gather in Washington to discuss economic issues around the globe — from Europe, to the Middle East to China.

The World Economic Outlook Conference, sponsored by IHS Global Insight , will delve into whether Europe and the United States can avoid a recession, whether a slowdown in China would adversely affect global commodity markets and whether this country should expect to see more rising oil prices.

Tuesday’s session is slated to begin at 8 a.m. at the Fairmont Washington Hotel, 2401 M. St. NW in the District.

Other events of note

Curious about whether this is the right time to embark on a merger or acquisition? Morrison Foerster plans to convene a panel of chief executives and deal makers to discuss the outlook for M&As in the aerospace, defense and government sectors, beginning at 7 a.m. at the Ritz-Carlton Tysons Corner, 1700 Tysons Blvd. in McLean.

The Rockville Women’s Business Center is offering instructions on how to read a GSA schedule, which could provide valuable information on federal contracts for which your business might qualify. The session is scheduled to start at 1 p.m. at the center, 95 Monroe St. in Rockville.


The Small Business Development Center discusses how to turn a lead into a customer at a session to start at 5:30 p.m. at the Capital Region Training Center, 7100 Baltimore Ave. in College Park.


Pinnacle Empowerment Center and Making Change are organizing the Women’s Empowerment Conference, aimed at teaching participants how to better negotiate salaries and build wealth. The all-day workshop is set to begin at 9 a.m. at the Sheraton Columbia Town Center Hotel, 10207 Wincopin Circle in Columbia.

— V. Dion Haynes