2015 State of the Commonwealth Report

January 6th, 2016

This is the 1st State of the Commonwealth Report. It is jointly sponsored by the Strome College of Business at Old Dominion University and the Virginia Chamber Foundation. While the report represents the work of many people connected in various ways to the university, it does not constitute an of cial viewpoint of Old Dominion or its […]


Virginia Chamber Foundation Releases Benchmark “Virginia International Trade Profile”

September 29th, 2015

First-of- its-kind analysis of Virginia’s exports and their impact on Virginia’s economy The Virginia Chamber of Commerce Foundation’s Center for Trade has released the benchmark “Virginia International Trade Profile.” The study is the first of its kind to utilize data based on where goods and services were produced, rather than the more commonly used data based […]


Rural Virginia Broadband Access Lags

February 4th, 2015

The Federal Communications Commission (FCC) recently released a report analyzing the lack of access rural Americans have to high-speed Internet, or broadband. The report notes that robust broadband service is a necessity for businesses to compete in a global economy. High-speed Internet access is important for job creation, education and the Virginia’s economic competitiveness. In […]


“To Be Globally Competitive, Business Must Make Education Reform a Participatory Sport” by Jim Dyke

December 8th, 2014

The K-12 Education Subcommittee met this fall to consider creative and results-oriented ideas that would produce the greatest improvements to Virginia’s Pre K-12 education system. This subcommittee assembled a series of recommendations that will help guide Virginia’s business and community leaders to support results-oriented action in Virginia’s Public Schools. For a list of the recommendations click here.


Study: Virginia Ranked 26th for Business Tax Climate

November 1st, 2014

Latest Edition of the Tax Foundation’s State Business Tax Climate Index Ranks Virginia ranks 26th. The tax code is one of the key things businesses look at when investigating where to invest or locate. The tax code is one of the key things businesses look at when investigating where to invest or locate. Business taxes […]


Governor Announces 2014 Virginia Energy Plan

October 1st, 2014

Governor McAuliffe releases the 2014 Virginia Energy Plan to provide a strategic vision for energy policy in the Commonwealth. The Governor’s Energy Plan is consistent with the principles outlined in Blueprint Virginia. On October 1st, Governor McAuliffe released the 2014 Virginia Energy Plan. The plan focuses on four themes: •          Growing untapped areas of the […]


Ocean Drilling Makes Good Sense by Mike Thompson, Thomas Jefferson Institute for Public Policy

September 30th, 2014

THE JEFFERSON JOURNAL …a commentary from  THE THOMAS JEFFERSON INSTITUTE FOR PUBLIC POLICY Ocean Drilling Makes Good Sense By: Michael W. Thompson The economic benefits from drilling off Virginia’s coast natural gas and oil far exceed the cost of possible environmental impacts.  That is the conclusion of a new study by the Thomas Jefferson Institute […]


Report Says Hospitals, Health Systems Have $34.4 Billion Impact

September 10th, 2014

An annual report by the Virginia Hospital & Healthcare Association said the industry supported 913,636 jobs. The health-care industry directly employed 444,298 people, while hospitals alone employed 123,508 in the commonwealth.  Read full report



September 2nd, 2014

In its comprehensive 2014 Digital States Survey, e.Republic’s Center for Digital Government evaluated the digital technology practices of all 50 states, assigning each state a grade based on quantifiable results in better serving citizens and streamlining operations. Overall, since the last biennial survey in 2012, grades improved in 21 states, declined in 12 and stayed […]