Richmond Future’s Initiatives
Our first initiative has been to take stock of where we are in a thoughtful, analytical and systematic manner. Another baseline report, Socio-Demographic Trends of Richmond and Its Peer Metropolitan Areas, examines the changes evident in the data released from the 2010 census for our region. Visit Our Studies to see what we’ve assessed to date, and for other reports.
Richmond’s Future will be showing how the region can build upon its assets in innovative and creative ways to address its major challenges and flourish in the upcoming decades.
Identifying the growing importance of young professionals as one of the major issues reshaping our region’s future, Richmond’s Future included attracting and retaining young professionals as one of the organization’s key focus areas to study.
To deliver on this purpose, Richmond’s Future engaged Southeastern Institute of Research to conduct a comprehensive research study among young professionals to:
- Understand the perceptions and expectations of young professionals regarding cities and urban areas and how RVA compares to emerging HOT spots for young professionals.
- Formulate research-inspired recommendations — specific actions that the RVA region must do today to remain relevant and attractive to young professionals for years to come.
Over 3,500 people participated in the YRVA Study. Raising awareness of the study became the topic of the Richmond Times-Dispatch 47th Public Square, with a civic conversation about how to attract and retain young professionals in Richmond was attended by more than 200 people.
Resources on the YRVA Project:
- YRVA Executive Summary for Richmond’s Future
- Read various op-eds and articles on the YRVA Study on our News page
Defining the Richmond Region
How do you define the Richmond Region? Do you look at individual components, or step back and consider the larger area? What implications might the latter view have? As Richmond’s Future investigates the key initiatives that will propel the region forward, it is critical to define the Richmond region first.
- Explore the question more with Jack Berry of Venture Richmond, Inc.
- Let’s define the region together by Tom Silvestri, Richmond Times Dispatch