Our Studies

Assessing the Region


Report-PPT-CoverRichmond’s Future Report to Regional Leaders, April 7, 2016

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final-report-2016-coverRichmond’s Future: Final Report, Published in the Richmond Times-Dispatch, February 21, 2016

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RVA-learned-go-coverRichmond’s Future: What We Learned, Where We Should Go, October 30, 2014

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Richmond’s Future, Inter-regional Strategies, October 30, 2014

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RichmondsFutureTranportationPaper-coverRichmond/Crater Region Transportation Overview
The Richmond/Crater Region is fortunate to have a variety of transportation assets and advantages … [this] paper will provide a brief overview of the partners involved in the regional transportation planning and decision making process, review the Region’s existing transportation assets, and outline regional enhancements that can be made to the transportation system of the Richmond/Crater Region to allow this Region to achieve its economic potential.

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Bridging-RVA-coverIs RVA Ready? Report and presentation by Bridging RVA, May 2014
If the Richmond region needs an additional 65,000 (55% of our population) 2-year and 4- year degrees (11,000 in STEM-H, see Attachment A), and living wage opportunities for those with a high school degree or less are shrinking, what regional opportunities are available for the 45% without advance degrees?

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RR-social-economy-PPT-coverRichmond Region’s Social Economy Sector, Presentation to the Richmond Future’s Board of Directors, May 2014

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Future of Health Care coverThe Future of Health Care in the Richmond Region, Report of the Health Care Task Force of Richmond’s Future, December 19, 2013

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Enhancing Tourism coverBuilding on Richmond’s Historical Assets: Recommendations for Enhancing Tourism, December 3, 2013

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Currency of Creativity coverA Currency of Creativity: How Investing in RVA’s Creativity Will Drive Economic Development, October 25, 2013

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YRVA Executive Summary coverRichmond’s Future – YRVA Study, Executive Summary, April  2013

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The Arts as a Key Economic and Community Development Driver in the Richmond Region, Prepared for Richmond’s Future, April 25, 2013

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The Future of Logistics in the Richmond Region: Getting to the Tipping Point, Report of the Logistics Task Force of Richmond’s Future, October 2012

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STEM-H: Demand for STEM-H in the Richmond MSA: This analysis measures the economic effect of Science, Technology, Engineering and Mathematics (STEM) disciplines on the Richmond economy over time, and explores new metrics at the secondary educational level which will help determine whether the Richmond metro area is preparing enough students to fill the STEM pipeline in future years. September 2012

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The Richmond Region is well positioned to be a leader in the growth of advanced manufacturing in the United States. The Region enjoys what many argue is unequaled geography with easy access to transportation networks of all types and the ability to deliver goods and services quickly to a majority of the United States population.

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The Port of Richmond, Richmond’s Future is  an assessment and overview of Virginia’s inland port. The Port of Richmond offers many opportunities for future growth.

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Socio-Demographic Trends of Richmond and its Peer Metropolitan AreasSocio-Demographic Trends of Richmond and Its Peer Metropolitan Areas is an overview of the socio-demographic trends of Richmond and its peer metro areas. It includes statistics on population growth, immigration, race and ethnicity, age, households, education, income, poverty, housing and transportation.

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Measuring where the Richmond region stands Ann Macheras of the Federal Reserve Bank, Richmond, conducted a baseline study that compared the Richmond Metropolitan Area on a set of important economic indicators to regions of similar size across the country and to other state capitals. The study indicates that our region stacks up relatively well today, yet also points to areas where progress will have to made to retain and enhance our standing in the upcoming decades.

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Regional Cooperation


Regional Cooperation: What's WorkedRegional Cooperation: What’s Worked There are many examples of regional cooperation over the last two decades: the Greater Richmond Convention Center, improvements at RIC Airport, Route 288, the Capital Region Collaborative, to name a few. Dr. Lane Ramsey prepared a report for Richmond’s Future to identify the “best practices” when cooperation succeeded in the region.

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