PRESIDENT, COLUMBIA AT THE HOWARD HUGHES CORP.
Greg Fitchitt is pleased to have helped lead the updating of downtown Columbia, Maryland’s flagship planned urban community.
As regional president of the Howard Hughes Corporation in Columbia, Fitchitt has worked with the public-private partnership that’s facilitating the development of the Merriweather District and downtown Columbia. The plan involves more than $5 billion in development and is adding 14 million square feet of mixed-use development.
What’s the most important lesson you’ve learned in your career?
Always keep learning and questioning, and don’t take things for granted. It’s easy to become complacent, especially if you’ve been fortunate and had some measure of success. I’ve long said this about real estate, but I’ve come to believe it can be applied more broadly to life: There is no status quo — you’re either investing, improving, and growing, or you’re stagnating and declining.
What are your hopes for the state or your community this year?
I hope we will define and start to construct the “new normal” in 2021. The past 12 months have been incomparably challenging for our society. Loved ones have been lost prematurely, too many families are struggling economically and emotionally, and people are nostalgic for their pre-pandemic lives. But we have new opportunities we are compelled to embrace. In many ways the future will not resemble the past. If parts of our society have been broken or exposed as flawed, that creates openings to rebuild into a healthier, more just and equitable system.