Publications

Botetourt County Agriculture Development Strategic Plan

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.

The Economic Contribution of the Horse Industry in Loudoun County

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.  

The Economic Contribution of the Dairy Industry in Virginia

Virginia’s dairy industry plays an important part in the Virginia economy. The industry includes not only dairy cattle farming and milk production but also closely connected milk processing such as fluid milk, butter, cheese, ice cream, and dried and condensed milk product manufacturing.

Dominion Virginia Power and Clean Power Plan Costs

In providing this review of Dominion's 2015 Integrated Resource Plan, we hope to encourage a constructive discussion of compliance options and add to the policy conversation concerning Virginia's energy future.

Impacts of Proposed Regulations under Section 111(d) of the Clean Air Act

This report reviews the Virginia Center for Coal and Energy Research cost estimates for complying with proposed federal rules limiting greenhouse gas emissions from existing power plants. The VCCER report contains a number of serious errors and omissions, greatly limiting its usefulness in evaluating state policy options. Generally, the report greatly overstates the costs of complying with new federal rules on greenhouse gas emissions.

Felons and the Right to Vote in Virginia: a Historical Overview

Recent Virginia governors have made strong progress in reforming laws regarding the restitution of voting rights for felons and ex-felons. But the denial of voting rights for people with felony convictions in Virginia and other states still disproportionately affects black citizens.

Habitat for Humanity of Greater Charlottesville: Economic, Community, and Partner Effects

Habitat for Humanity of the Greater Charlottesville Region is a non-profit organization whose mission is to “create simple, decent, affordable housing in partnership with low income families and the communities of Greater Charlottesville.” Since the early 1990s Habitat has helped more than 140 local, low-income families build and purchase homes and has several new subdivision projects in the acquisition, planning and development stages.  This