Category Archives: Economic Development

Building on Virginia’s Data-Center Boom

Data centers are the hottest trend in Virginia economic development these days. But the state is only beginning to think through the implications.

Loudoun County, home to 75 facilities, has developed the largest cluster of data centers in the country (and perhaps the world), and next-door-neighbor Prince William County is rising fast. Continue reading

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Invest in Virginia Workers, Not Corporate Subsidies

The Virginia Economic Development Partnership (VEDP), once one of the most respected economic development teams in the country, has been taking it on the chin. A year ago, a Chinese company bilked the partnership for a $1.4 million incentive payment … Continue reading

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Chart of Today: Shrinking Workforce

This chart, published by Hamilton Lombard on the StatChat blog, shows how the working-age population of the United States has begun shrinking in much of the United States. While metropolitan areas still experience a growing workforce as they suck up … Continue reading

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Virginia’s Economy Needs a Real Boost

Government bad news is oftentimes released late on a Friday afternoon when the taxpayers and voters are least likely to be paying attention. Late on Friday afternoon, July 8, after most folks were heading home or starting their vacations, the … Continue reading

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How Virginia Might Build on the Rise of Education Capitalism

The past twenty years have brought significant growth to Northern Virginia and the Tidewater area, but there have been significant costs. The state’s economic portfolio is too heavily weighted toward government spending. No state can call itself diversified when one-fifth … Continue reading

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