Category Archives: Economy

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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Federal Spending Significantly Impacts Virginia

The federal government spends billions of dollars buying goods and services from private sector firms each year. Just as the fortunes of businesses dependent on federal spending ebb and flow with federal budgets, so do the budgets of the states … Continue reading

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Richmond’s Economic Changes Over The Past 30 years

Thirty years ago this month, the first issue of Metro Business was published. Times were certainly different back then. The region is now larger geographically and by the number of people employed. And the type of firms driving the economy … Continue reading

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How The West Got Wealthy and Prosperous

Several years ago, physician, statistician, sword swallower and vibrant lecturer Hans Rosling produced a fascinating 4-minute video that presented 120,000 data points and showcased how mostly western nations became healthy and prosperous in just 200 years – after countless millennia … Continue reading

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Economic Growth Misses Virginia

Not only has job creation and new business formation been weak in the current business cycle, it has been more concentrated geographically than in the past. Unfortunately for the Old Dominion, between 2010 and 2014 that concentration did not occur … Continue reading

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