The Fan, Richmond, Virginia

Policy & Program Impact Evaluation


Understanding the Potential Effects of Proposed Extensions to GRTC’s Bus Lines (2013)

City of Richmond
Review of the literature on the regional economic impacts of rail and bus transit, calculation of quantitative economic impacts from GRTC bus extension and analysis of the results of focus groups conducted with employers along corridors where GRTC bus lines could be extended.


Capital Region Workforce Partnership: Secret Shopper Report (2014)

Capital Region Workforce Investment Board
Evaluates customer satisfaction and the perceived effectiveness of workforce services and recommends areas for improvement.


The Economic Impacts of Historic Preservation – A Trilogy

Preservation Virginia
Supporters: Virginia Department of Historic Resources, Virginia Department of Housing and Community Development, Virginia Tourism Corporation

  1. The Economic Impact of Historic Rehabilitation Tax Credit Programs in Virginia
    Documents the overall quantitative economic impact on both state and sub-state (regional) economies brought about by historic rehabilitation using federal and state historic rehabilitation tax credits, and provides a qualitative picture of the impact of historic rehabilitation on the revitalization of three communities — Roanoke, Winchester and Richmond — as revealed in focus groups with stakeholders.
  2. 30 Years of Impact: How the Main Street Program has Revitalized VA Communities
    Estimates the quantitative economic impact of the Virginia Main Street program, as well as its additional contribution to community development and quality of life in three communities – Culpeper, Harrisonburg, and South Boston.

  3. The Impact of Heritage Tourism on the Virginia Economy (2016) ‌ 
    Estimates the quantitative impact of heritage tourism on the state’s economy, and provides a qualitative picture of the role of heritage tourism in community development in Southwest Virginia, Northern Virginia, and on the Eastern Shore.

Better Housing Coalition – Impacts of a Quarter Century of Community Revitalization Work (2015)

Better Housing Coalition
Documents BHC’s work in selected Richmond neighborhoods over the past 25 years, documenting the overall effort, the quantitative impacts of those efforts on property values and neighborhood quality of life indicators.


City of Richmond Poverty Reduction Program: Evaluation Metrics (2015)

City of Richmond, Office of the Deputy Chief Administrative Officer for Human Services
Creates annual evaluation metrics to enable the City to track progress toward achieving the program’s goals and objectives.


The Impact of VCU on the Richmond Region (in progress, 2016)

VCU Office of the President
Synthesizes traditional economic impact indicators with community engagement and entrepreneurship indicators to create a holistic university impact picture.


Evaluation of the Virginia Enterprise Zone Program (in progress, 2016)

Virginia Department of Housing and Community Development
Analysis of the impacts of the program on employment and real-estate values, the features of the program that work well and determination of how enterprise-zone performance can be enhanced.


Commonwealth of Virginia – 2015 Virginia Workforce Development Survey (2016)

Analysis of job vacancies and skill requirements by industry sector, occupation and Workforce Investment Board region.

Development Strategy


An Accelerant Model of Community Revitalization (2014)

Virginia Community Capital
Assessment of VCC’s efforts in three rural Virginia communities (Floyd, Glade Spring and Onancock) and, based in part on the result of that assessment, recommendations for an “accelerant model” to guide VCC’s strategic investment initiatives.


Captain Sinclair's Recreation Area Plan (2015)

Middle Peninsula Planning District Commission and Virginia Sea Grant
Conducted with the help of five VCU graduate classes in the Master of Urban and Regional Planning program, recommends environmentally sensitive reuse options and an overall community development strategy for a suite of waterfront properties on the Middle Peninsula.


Culpeper Downtown Market Assessment and Enhancement Strategies (2015)

Culpeper Renaissance Inc.
Competitive market analysis and identification of Downtown new business development opportunities. Also, analysis of how other Main Street communities have addressed these issues: developing dedicated space and services for start-up businesses; attracting more customers by extending shop hours; increasing the downtown’s capture rate of regional tourists; expanding the district physically; increasing ground-floor space devoted to retail and restaurants.


Housing the Richmond Region: Needs, Impediments, Strategies (2015)

Partnership for Housing Affordability
Conducted with the Virginia Tech Housing Center, assesses current housing needs in the Richmond Region, identifies impediments to overcoming the affordability problem and makes recommendations for attaining an adequate supply of quality housing for all incomes and circumstances.


A Regional Reset: Building upon GRP’s Strengths to Enhance Economic Development

Greater Richmond Partnership
Analysis of best practice cases in regional economic development organizations throughout the United States in the following areas: organization and regional cooperation, recruitment, retention and expansion, workforce/talent development, small-business development and entrepreneurship assistance, comprehensive sector- or cluster-based strategies.


Opportunita’ di rilancio economico per Giampilieri Superiore

Opportunities to Revitalize Upper Giampilieri, Sicily (with Elena Girasella and Michele Limosani, 2011)
Post-disaster economic revitalization plan for Giampilieri, a small village outside the City of Messina, Sicily. In 2009, a mudslide hit the urban core of the village killing more than 30 people. In addition to the existing studies and efforts focusing on physical reconstruction, this plan looked at the main economic and commercial functions of the village before and after the disaster, identifying strategies and measures to revitalize the area and restore its micro-economic role within the region.


Housing and Economic Development (with Virginia Tech Housing Research Center and other partners) (2017)

Commonwealth of Virginia/Virginia Housing Development Authority
Comprehensive analysis of the impact of housing on the economy of Virginia, analysis of revitalization needs and potential.

Decision support


Richmond, VA Downtown Profile (2013)

Venture Richmond Inc. and the City of Richmond
Presentation, discussion and illustrative mapping on a block-by-block basis of key indicators of Downtown vitality, including demographics, housing, employment by industry, office development, retail and restaurants, arts and culture offerings, tourism, hotels and event venues, public safety statistics, parking availability, sustainability indicators and City of Richmond development incentives.


Commonwealth of Virginia – Job Vacancy Survey (2012)

Virginia Employment Commission
Results of surveys of employers throughout Virginia on current and projected job vacancies by occupation and the skills/certifications needed, analyzed by geographic region and by industry.


Commonwealth of Virginia – 2015 Virginia Workforce Development Survey (in progress, 2016)

Virginia Employment Commission
Analysis of job vacancies and skill requirements by industry sector, occupation and Workforce Investment Board region.


Overview of the Economy of the Commonwealth of Virginia (2013, 2014, 2015)

Virginia Department of Accounts
Annual review of key economic indicators, including employment and unemployment by sector, income, housing production and housing prices.


A Program Targeting Model and Impact Analyses (2015)

Creates a dynamic model to enable project:HOMES to determine the need for its Rehabilitation and Weatherization services within any census tract location in the Richmond Metropolitan Statistical Area. Need is greatest in mature cities in the core of the MSA, as well as in outlying rural counties.

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Mapping Senior Access and Isolation in the Richmond Region

  1. A Pilot Study and Analysis (2015)
    Greater Richmond Age Wave Coalition / United Way of Greater Richmond
    Analyzes and maps the Richmond region in terms of the proximity of senior citizen residences to retail, health care and other services that seniors need. Seniors and services are somewhat concentrated in Richmond and Henrico, but many suburban and rural areas have concentrations of seniors but few goods or services nearby. At the neighborhood level, access via walking is analyzed in the Willow Lawn and Libbie-Grove areas.
  2. Richmond Metropolitan Analysis (in progress, 2016)
    VCU School of Allied Health/Gerontology Supported by: VCU Presidential Research Quest Fund and Wilder School of Government and Public Affairs

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Understanding Land Use Development in Central Virginia: First Annual Report of the Metro View Development Tracker (2015)

Supported by VCU Presidential Quest Fund and Wilder School of Government & Public Affairs
Detailed description, mapping and analysis of development as of 2013 at the individual parcel level of detail for the entire Richmond Metropolitan Statistical Area, plus several counties on the fringe of the MSA.

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Funding Nonprofit Arts & Culture Organizations through Major Gifts
Moose Management Academy

  1. Results of a Survey on Major Gifts to Arts and Cultural Organizations in Richmond, VA (2014)
    Reports how nonprofit arts and cultural organizations solicit donations, with special focus on the solicitation of major gifts from private donors — a potentially large and untapped resource.
  2. Major Gift Solicitation of Nonprofit Board Members: Survey Results (in progress, 2016)
    Reports the extent to which the members of foundations and other boards are approached by nonprofits for major gifts.In process