George Mason University Schar School of Policy and Government

Competition Dates: Friday, March 6, 2020 and Saturday, March 7, 2020

Competition Location: Merten Hall, George Mason University Fairfax Campus.

(4441 George Mason Blvd, Fairfax, VA 22030) Fairfax Campus Map


Site Leader: 

Laurie A. Schintler, Schar School of Policy and Government, George Mason University,

Site Judges:

Peter Linquiti: Associate Professor & Director, Environmental Resource Policy Program, George Washington University Trachtenberg School of Public Policy & Public Administration

Jane Beckett-Camarata: Associate Teaching Professor of Public Policy and Administration, Penn State-Harrisburg School of Public Affairs

Edmund J. Zolnik:  Associate Professor in the Schar School of Policy and Government, George Mason University. His major areas of expertise are: community and regional development; safe and sustainable transportation; and multilevel modeling.

Dr. Laurie A. Schintler : Associate Professor in the Schar School of Policy and Government at George Mason University, where she also serves as Director of the Transportation, Policy, Operations, and Logistics (TPOL) Master’s degree program and Director of Data and Technology Research Initiatives in the Center for Regional Analysis.

Hiroaki Suzuki works for the World Bank as consultant (urban and urban transport sector) and lecturer at the Graduate School of Engineering, University of Tokyo; the National Graduate Institute for Policy Studies (GRIPS); the Graduate School of Politics, Hosei University, and Sophia University, Japan. He is the former lead urban specialist of the World Bank. He has 38 years of experience in infrastructure and public sectors at the World Bank and the Overseas Economic Cooperation Fund, Japan (Japan International Cooperation Agency [JICA]). He specializes in sustainable urban development, transport and land use integration, land value capture, municipal finance, Infrastructure Finance and public enterprise restructuring and privatization. He is the lead author of: Eco2 Cities: Ecological Cities as Economic Cities (2010); Transforming Cities with Transit: Transit and Land-Use Integration for Sustainable Urban Development (2013); and Financing Transit-Oriented Development with Land Values: Adapting Land Value Capture in Developing Countries, (2015).

IMPORTANT: please remember to bring your own laptop computers to the competition. You must have GOOGLE CHROME installed. This is the only browser compatible with the simulation. Tablets are NOT compatible with the simulation. 

Informal Welcome Meet & Greet:

The Informal Networking Event on March 6 (Friday night prior to the competition) will be in Washington, D.C. on the rooftop of the Atlantic Plumbing Building (112 8th St NW, Washington, DC 20001)!  The building is located on one of the trendiest blocks of D.C., with great nightlife, music, and panoramic views of the city. The location is metro accessible (U Street Metro, Green/Yellow Lines).
The event will run from 6 – 9 PM EST on Friday, March 6, so you can spend some time getting to know your fellow competitors, judges, site leaders, and simulation fellows! Beer, wine, and hors d’oeuvres will be served!

Hotel Details:

Following are some hotels near to the GMU Fairfax campus.

Hampton Inn Fairfax City
10860 Fairfax Blvd, Fairfax, VA 22030
Phone: (703) 385-2600

SpringHill Suites by Marriott Fairfax Fair Oaks
11191 Waples Mill Rd, Fairfax, VA 22030
Phone: (703) 691-7880

Comfort Inn University Center
11180 Fairfax Blvd, Fairfax, VA 22030
Phone: (703) 591-5900
*Shuttle Service to Metro M-F

Residence Inn by Marriott Fairfax City
3565 Chain Bridge Rd, Fairfax, VA 22030
Phone: (703) 267-2525

Best Western Fairfax
3535 Chain Bridge Rd, Fairfax, VA 22030
Phone: (703) 591-5500

Holiday Inn Express Fairfax – Arlington Boulevard
10327 Fairfax Blvd, Fairfax, VA 22030
Phone: (703) 359-2888Courtyard by Marriott Fairfax Fair Oaks
11220 Lee Jackson Memorial Hwy, Fairfax, VA 22030
Phone: (703) 273-6161


Airbnb is another lodging option:–Fairfax–Virginia–United-States

Ground Transportation:

Dulles International and Reagan National airports are both about 20 miles away from the Fairfax George Mason University campus There are ample car rentals available at both airports at varying rates. If you fly into Reagan National, you can take Metro rail via the yellow and orange lines to the Vienna station, which is the closest station to the hotels referenced above. Taxis average about $50 each way. Uber and Lyft provide further options for getting around. There is ample visitor parking available on the Fairfax campus: The following provides a map and directions for the campus.

It is the participant’s responsibility to ensure they have made all necessary travel plans.

Initial Competition Day Details:

Participants must be at Merton Hall on the George Mason University Fairfax campus no later than 8:00 AM for check-in on Saturday, March 7, 2020. A continental breakfast and coffee will be available beginning at 7:45 AM. Welcoming remarks, instructions, and the start of the competition will begin promptly at 8:30 AM. Lunch and snacks will be provided during the competition. There will be a reception following the event (location TBD).

The Schar School of Policy and Government at George Mason University looks forward to you seeing you on March 6/7. If you have any questions, do not hesitate reaching out to Laurie A. Schintler,