The Secret’s Out: Mason is an economic driver


George Mason University boosts the Washington, D.C., metropolitan region economy by supplying an educated, skilled, and multifaceted workforce, by partnering with key employers, and through the Mason-based Virginia Small Business Development Center.

In 2020, the Small Business Development Center network assisted 9,500 businesses, resulting in $86 million in new capital received and 1,167 loans obtained.

Mason incubated and supported or accelerated more than 1,600 Virginia companies in fiscal year 2019.

Investing in our local economy means cultivating Mason’s existing private and public partnerships—and forging new ones—to drive innovation.

In partnership with the commonwealth’s Tech Talent Initiative, and in response to Amazon’s HQ2 coming to Northern Virginia, Mason will expand its programs in computer science and related fields by a third at the undergraduate level and threefold at the graduate level.

Mason’s Arlington Campus is undergoing a $250 million transformation that includes new facilities to support Mason’s Institute for Digital InnovAtion; industry and government partnerships to fuel innovation, commercialization of new digital technologies; graduate programs associated with the Mason’s new School of Computing; and thousands of computing graduates over the next 20 years.