Publications

Crime Prevention In Virginia

Simply enforcing the law doesn't always stop crime. Trying to prevent crime from ever taking place is another key part of public safety. Virginia state and local officials have increasingly used crime prevention as a tool of law enforcement strategy and have established the state as a national leader in the field, according to this analysis by John G.

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 Economic Impact of Agriculture and Forestry on the Commonwealth of Virginia

This study describes the contribution of the agriculture and forestry industries to Virginia’s
economy. The study relies on both published and unpublished data as well as literature that
address trends in the agriculture and forestry industries. It makes use of input-output analysis
to identify agriculture and forestry backward and forward linkages to other industries and institutions.

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.