The Center For Economic Policy Studies is dedicated to applying economic analysis to the design, implementation, and evaluation of public policy and to providing a better understanding of local and regional economies. We aim to help inform leaders on the facts of our local and regional economies so that they can make more informed decisions. Our services include policy analysis, applied research, economic forecasting, regional economic studies. To find out more reach out to us today. Our dedicated team will help find suitable solutions backed up by real data for your economic policy problems.
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William M. Shobe
Bill directs the Center for Economic & Policy Studies. He is also Professor of Public Policy in the Frank Batten School of Leadership and Public Policy and an adjunct faculty member in the Economics Department. Before joining U.Va., he served as Associate Director for Economic & Regulatory Analysis with the Virginia Department of Planning & Budget where he coordinated state expenditure forecasts and the economic analysis of state regulations.
Terance J. Rephann
Terry Rephann is a regional economist at the Weldon Cooper Center for Public Service. Prior to this appointment, he was the Director of Institutional Research at Allegany College of Maryland and Senior Scientist at the Spatial Modelling Centre in Kiruna, Sweden. He also served two terms as a City Councilman in Cumberland, Maryland. Mr. Rephann earned his B.A. in economics and mathematics from Frostburg State University and his M.A. and Ph.D. in economics from West Virginia University. He has published papers in a variety of economics, planning, and public policy journals on the subjects of local economic impact analysis, education, and crime.
Stephen C. Kulp
Steve is a research assistant at the Center for Economic and Policy Studies. His duties include gathering and disseminating data related to economic activities in Virginia and surveying localities about tax and finance related activities. He also serves as a contact for inquiries from the public about information and data resources pertaining to Virginia’s economy.
Loudoun County, located in the heart of Virginia Horse Country, is widely known as a premier horse community. In the most recent comprehensive statewide horse inventory, it ranked first among Virginia localities in the number of horses. In another Virginia horse industry study, Loudoun County was found to host the largest number of horse shows and competitions in the state.
Botetourt County, Virginia is a predominantly rural county in the Roanoke, Virginia metropolitan area that has evolved into a bedroom community for the nearby cities of Roanoke and Salem. This study examines characteristics and trends for the Botetourt County economy with special attention to the farm sector.