Economic Development

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CEPS Economic Impact Study on Higher Ed recognized by Jim Ryan

The Cooper Center's economic impact study of higher education in Virginia earns Jim Ryan's praise: "I am grateful to the Weldon Cooper Center for their great work in helping us better understand our impact..."

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The Defense Industry's Economic Impact on the Charlottesville Region

This study examines the size, growth, features, and economic impacts of the defense industry for the Charlottesville Region.

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The Economic Impact of the Agriculture and Forest Industries in Virginia

This study examines the economic impact of Virginia’s agriculture and forest industries in 2021.  It updates a study published in 2017 and retains methodological features of that study.

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State Economic Impacts of Industrial Park Development: Evidence from Virginia’s Tobacco Region Megasite Program

The paper examines conditions that affect the economic and tax revenue impact potential of industrial parks and highlights remaining information gaps.

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Virginia Paid Family and Medical Leave Study

This report presents results of an analysis for a prospective Paid Family and Medical Leave (PFML) program for the Commonwealth of Virginia.

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Survey of Virginia Local Economic Developers

This report describes the results of an economic development incentives survey administered to local economic developers in Virginia.  

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Carilion Clinic's Economic Contribution

This study evaluates the economic contribution that Carilion Clinic makes to the state, its service region and individual service areas where it operates. 


Survey of Virginia Economic Development Incentives

This report describes the results of an economic development incentives survey undertaken as part of a major Joint Legislative Audit and Review Commission (JLARC) funded project.