Publications

Agriculture in Virginia Beach: Impact on the City Economy

This study describes the agricultural sector in Virginia Beach and gauges the contribution that it makes to the city economy.  Although the industry and agricultural land base has shrunk considerably over the last 40 years, it began to stabilize in the last 15 years with expanded local land use regulations and land preservation efforts.

Oral Health Consequences of a Proposed Rural Dental School

Southwest Virginia is a rural, low-income region of Virginia with poor oral health outcomes. One approach
that policymakers have offered to improve outcomes is opening a dental school
in the region. We assess how a new dental school could affect the availability
of dentists, utilization levels of dental services, and quality of care. Both

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

Filling the Gaps: Dentist Disparities along the Rural Urban Continuum

This paper examines the distribution of dentists among U.S. counties along the rural-urban continuum. Dentist workforce availability has implications for oral health care access and utilization, which in turn can affect the quality of life, health, and productivity of rural residents. In addition, dentists form part of the non-tradable services sector, and its erosion may affect the vitality of rural economies.

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.

The Evolution of Virginia Public School Finance: From the Beginnings to Today’s Difficulties

Richard Salmon, an authority on public school finance and a longtime professor at Virginia Tech, provides a detailed account of the history and current status of financing Virginia's public school system.  The system, a vast and complex arrangement, is the most significant cost to local governments and one of the largest costs to state government.  Meeting K-12 education needs has become even more difficult as the state and nation continu