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Richmond’s Future: What now? [edited highlights of the Public Square of December 3, 2015]

January 13, 2016

Richmond Times-Dispatch Published: December 13, 2015 Editor’s note: The Times-Dispatch held its 61st Public Square on Dec. 3. The topic was big and bold: What’s ahead for the Richmond Region? But the conversation flowed from more than four years of sharp research, … Continue reading

At Public Square, residents explore challenges and strengths of Richmond

January 13, 2016

Richmond Times-Dispatch Published: December 4, 2015 Richmond has a lot to offer millennials considering moving to the area for jobs, but the people who oversee hiring at some of the region’s large corporations sometimes don’t know it, said Rachel Burgess, … Continue reading

Editorial:  Richmond’s Future

January 13, 2016

Richmond Times-Dispatch Published December 3, 2016 The future is, almost by definition, a mystery to us mortals. And yet it can be far less mysterious if sound research, reasoned imagination and hard thinking are devoted to understanding the changes, challenges … Continue reading

Build collaboration, not a regional government, Trani says

January 13, 2016

Richmond Times-Dispatch Published: December 3, 2015 One conclusion reached by the think tank studying the Richmond region’s future is this: A regional government akin to what cities such as Charlotte, N.C., have established is not the solution here. “That’s not … Continue reading

Martin: Leveraging seven transcendent trends to map Richmond’s future

January 13, 2016

Richmond Times-Dispatch Published: November 29, 2015 Yogi Berra, the larger-than-life baseball legend, was good at distilling bits of wisdom, often without trying. This skill was evident when he reportedly said, “It’s tough to make predictions, especially about the future.” That … Continue reading

Trani and Holsworth: Ideas and actions for moving RVA ahead

January 13, 2016

Richmond Times-Dispatch Published: November 28, 2015 Richmond’s Future was established in 2011 as an independent think tank that would address major issues in the region and offer practical recommendations and action steps that could be adopted by community organizations, local governments, … Continue reading

Richmond’s Future: The Executive Summary

January 13, 2016

Richmond Times Dispatch Published: November 29, 2015 Origin and Purpose Richmond’s Future was established in 2011 as an independent, regional “think tank” under the leadership of Dr. Eugene P. Trani, former president of Virginia Commonwealth University. Richmond’s Future filled a gap among … Continue reading

It’s time for Richmond to tap into history

June 6, 2014

Richmond Times Dispatch Published: April 2014 By Brent D. Glass and Charles F. Bryan Jr. In the movie “Field of Dreams,” the character played by Kevin Costner hears a voice that inspires him to build a baseball field in an … Continue reading

Regional health care: Disrupt the pace of innovation

February 1, 2014

Richmond Times Dispatch Published: Jan. 12, 2014 By Louis Rossiter and Tonya Mallory This month marked the launch of the major provisions of the Affordable Care Act, or Obamacare. Change is coming across the country in the way health insurance … Continue reading

Disrupt the Pace of Innovation: Health care in Richmond’s Future

December 20, 2013

December, 2013 Louis Rossiter and Tonya Mallory Today is the day the major provisions of The Affordable Care Act, or Obamacare, are launched. Change is coming across the country in the way health insurance is offered, along with new coverage … Continue reading

Public Square: Attracting RVA’s next generation

June 2, 2013

Richmond Times Dispatch Published: June 2, 2013 On May 21, The Times-Dispatch held its 47th Public Square at its downtown office. It was a most energetic conversation, as a packed house discussed ways to make the Richmond region more appealing … Continue reading

Public Square focuses on attracting millenials

May 22, 2013

By: John Reid Blackwell | Richmond Times Dispatch Published: May 22, 2013 The young professionals who are driving the economy of the future are hungry – for jobs and food. The Richmond area is doing pretty well on one of … Continue reading

To some, food drives life of a city

May 20, 2013

By: Holly Prestidge | Richmond Times Dispatch Published: May 20, 2013 You can get a plain, old hamburger just about anywhere. What you can’t get everywhere are works of meaty art featuring juicy, grass-fed beef topped with artisan cheeses and … Continue reading

Next generation professionals: These workers want more than just craft beer

May 19, 2013

By: Michael Phillips | Richmond Times Dispatch Published: May 19, 2013 The Richmond region needs to start patting itself on the back, instead of waiting for external validation. That’s one of the findings from a comprehensive survey that was conducted … Continue reading

A next generation progress report

May 19, 2013

By: Tom Silvestri | Richmond Times Dispatch Published: May 19, 2013 The orchestrated focus on the millennial generation is a big piece of a mosaic that describes the future of the Richmond Region. That’s the reason the Richmond Times-Dispatch is … Continue reading

Richmond needs to market itself to millennials

May 19, 2013

By: Jacob Geiger | Richmond Times Dispatch Published: May 19, 2013 In the fall of 2011, Virginia Commonwealth University graduate Hanna Teshome was ready to head home to Alexandria. While working in clinical labs at Bon Secours and LabCorp in … Continue reading

Winning young professionals

May 19, 2013

By: John W. Martin and Jack Berry | Richmond Times Dispatch Published: May 19, 2013 Everyone knows the tremendous economic development advantage that comes with being a recognized national hub in a networked world. Silicon Valley, Research Triangle and Route … Continue reading

Miller and Holsworth: RVA’s next big move? That’s logistics

February 25, 2013

By: Keith Miller and Bob Holsworth | Richmond Times Dispatch Published: February 24, 2013 The author Malcolm Gladwell has used the term “tipping point” to describe the moment where a phenomenon gains momentum in a way that appears almost unstoppable. … Continue reading

Solid Thinking about Richmond’s Future

November 20, 2012

By: James A. Bacon | Bacon’s Rebellion Published: November 20, 2012 Richmond’s Future, a regional think tank founded by former Virginia Commonwealth University President Eugene Trani, is spear-heading the most interesting conversations taking place today about the future path of the … Continue reading

Making advances in central Virginia

November 18, 2012

By: Barry W. Johnson | Richmond Times Dispatch Published: November 18, 2012 Advanced manufacturing is the integration of technology, processes, policies and people to produce complex products in a cost-effective, flexible and efficient way. Advanced manufacturing differs from traditional manufacturing by … Continue reading