Publications

Oral Health and the Dental Care Workforce in Southwest Virginia

This study examines the health impact of a proposed dental school in
Southwest Virginia. In setting the stage for an evaluation of the dental school
impacts, this study first assesses the economic, social, and health context for
the Southwest Virginia region. It also presents a summary of research regarding
the causes of differences in oral health, demand and supply for dental care

Meeting the Memorial Needs of Virginia Veterans: An Analysis of Existing and Proposed Cemetery Sites

This report evaluates the burial needs of Virginia\'s veterans. It describes the locations and capacities of cemeteries that serve veterans who reside in Virginia, evaluates the need for additional burial capacity, identifies an optimal location for a new state cemetery, and examines the issues to consider in procuring additional property for cemetery expansion.

Intercity Passenger Rail in Virginia: What’s on Track for the Future?

The American public is ready for a passenger rail renaissance. Virginia, among the states proving that point with enthusiastic ridership, has the potential to create an outstanding intercity rail network reaching most of its citizens. That is the hopeful conclusion of a longtime rail analyst-advocate and former government official, Meredith Richards.

Property Tax Relief: Why Virginia Should Adopt A State-Funded Income-Targeted Approach

Virginia would benefit from a sound statewide property tax relief policy, according to a News Letter article by John H. Bowman, emeritus professor of economics at Virginia Commonwealth University and authority on public finance. In his view, well-designed property tax relief may be more crucial than ever for people squeezed by reduced income during this recession.

Facing Virginia’s Transportation Challenges

In the face of an alarming economic downturn, transportation more than ever ranks among the state's most critical problems, according to an analysis by Alan E. Pisarski, a nationally known transportation analyst and adviser. With both an aging and a fast-growing population in the state, policymakers must begin to think creatively, take real action and closely assess results, warns the author.

The Importance of Agriculture and Forestry to Virginia’s Economy

This News Letter article by Terrance Rephann, an economist with UVA's Cooper Center, summarizes the results of a comprehensive study he recently completed under contract for the Office of the Virginia Secretary of Agriculture and Forestry. The new study, which uses regional input-output analysis, shows that the economic impacts of agriculture and forestry are far larger than commodity sales alone.