The Fan, Richmond, Virginia

Policy & Program Impact Evaluation

Bon Secours/Redskins Economic Development Project – Economic and Fiscal Impact (2019)

Richmond Department of Economic Development
This report provides an economic and fiscal impact analysis of the economic activity related to the Washington Redskins Training Center and associated Bon Secours investments in the East End and Westhampton areas of Richmond, Virginia.


The Economic Impact of Historic Tax Credit in Virginia (2017) | Executive Summary

Virginia Department of Historic Resources
This report analyzes the comprehensive economic impact of Virginia's historic rehabilitation tax credits. The report updates and builds upon prior work, supplementing an economic impact analysis of rehabilitation spending with, for the first time in Virginia, analysis of post-rehabilitation spending - that is, the impacts of spending as a result of those fixed assets returning to use. This report also investigates tax credit impacts on property values, the return on investment, and the qualitative impacts - those intangible effects not captured in numbers.

Evaluation of the Virginia Enterprise Zone Program  (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.

The Impact of VCU on the Richmond Region  (2016)

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

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. Economic Impact of Historic Rehabilitation Tax Credit Programs in Virginia (2014)
    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 (2015)
    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.

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.

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.

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.

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.

Development Strategy


Downtown Hopewell Space Feasibility Study (2017)

Hopewell Downtown Partnership
Studied the community demand for potential uses of a 14,000-square-foot building, located in Downtown Hopewell. The study looked at successful kitchen incubators andmakerspace facilities in other states, conducting a business survey, and presenting a cash flow analysis of five scenarios for potential uses of the space.

Addressing the Impact of Housing for Virginia's Economy (with Virginia Tech Housing Research Center and other partners)

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.
Please visit Virginia Tech Housing Research Center's website for the appendices. 


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.


An Accelerant Model of Community Revitalization (2014)

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


Opportunita’ di rilancio economico per Giampilieri Superiore (2011)

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.


A Regional Reset: Building upon GRP’s Strengths to Enhance Economic Development (2010)

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.

Decision support

Impact of the GRTC 2018 Reroute on Richmond's Disadvantaged Population (2018)

The Greater Richmond Transit Company (GRTC) recently redesigned the public transit bus network system in the City of Richmond and neighboring counties to improve service efficiency and accessibility to jobs. This study conducts a comparative analysis of GRTC service area before and after reroute and how the change has impacted Richmond's economically disadvantaged population.

A New Income Growth Pattern in the Richmond Metropolitan Area (2018)

This report summarizes the geographical pattern of household income change in the Richmond region from 2000 to 2016. The pattern shows the region's urban center has attracted higher income households while the region's first-  and second-ring suburbs have seen growth in poverty and lower income households.

Richmond City Baseline Studies

In January of 2017, the City of Richmond Economic Development Authority tasked the Center for Urban and Regional Analysis at VCU (CURA) with analyzing the impacts of several ongoing economic development projects. The city wishes to better understand the impacts of its projects—the ways in which economic development efforts and incentives aid in community revitalization and the ways in which it may not.

          This baseline report encompasses three impact areas related to the Bon Secours Washington Redskins Training Camp: Leigh Street, the East End, and         the West End.

          This report details a series of baseline metrics for the neighborhoods surrounding the Richmond Marine Terminal, including the CommerceRoad          corridor. The metrics describe the socio-demographic and economic conditions of the area prior to and during the implementation of the project.

Metro Richmond Exports Initiative Annual Report (2017)

This report provides a summary ofMREI's efforts in its first year of operation, showcasing the initiative's purpose, strategy, and results.

Richmond MVA and Overlay Analysis (2017)

The Market Value Analysis is a tool developed by The Reinvestment Fund (TRF) to assist residents and policymakers to identify and understand the elements of their local real estate markets. CURA supplemented Richmond MVA with the overlay analysis to help understand the relationship between real estate market types and the demographic and socio-economic characteristics of the study area.


Mapping Early Childhood Development Indicators for the Northside Neighborhood (2017)

The Robins Foundation and Communitas Consulting
This report collected socio-economic and children’s health and education data from public sources, mapped the information, and conducted statistical comparisons between the City of Richmond and the city’s Northside as well as among different neighborhoods in Northside.

Evaluation of Compromise Post-Net Metering Models for Distributed Solar Energy (2017)

Dominion Energy
This study evaluates case studies of collaborative stakeholder processes to develop compromise “post-net-metering” solutions for compensating distributed solar energy customer-generators.

Understanding the Jobs-Affordable Housing Balance in the Richmond Region (2017)

This report maps and describes the geographic relationship of affordable housing and low-wage jobs in the Richmond region through two different spatial models: a Thiessen polygon-based approach and a gravity-based approach. The report also examines housing value and crime data in neighborhoods around six different affordable housing developments to identify any impacts the developments had on topics of concern to neighbors of affordable housing.
Richmond, VA Downtown Profile (2013)‌

Second Annual MetroView Development Tracker (2017)

MetroView Development Tracker provides a snapshot of land use, property value, development footprint, and jobs-housing balance as of 2014-2015 for 15 counties, 6 independent cities, and one town comprising the greater Richmond metropolitan area.Detailed land use profiles for the RRPDC and Crater PDC boundaries and for individual county/city are also included in the report.

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

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

Mapping Senior Access and Isolation in the Richmond Region

  1. A Pilot Study and Analysis
    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 (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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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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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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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 productionand housing prices.

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 (2016) 
    Reports the extent to which the members of foundations and other boards are approached by nonprofits for major gifts.

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.