Economic Development

The key to a growing economy is increased economic development and a decrease in government intrusion into the market place. As the old saying goes, "A rising tide lifts all ships." That theory applies to economic development. If a vibrant economy is available to Virginia, then everyone benefits -- more people are employed and the tax base allows for adequate funding for government programs. Government policies and actions impact on future economic development and this Center looks at specific issues impacting on economic development based up the Mission Statement of the Thomas Jefferson Institute.

September 2014

Jefferson Institute Leads Major Virginia Organizations in Call for Tax Reform
Jefferson Institute Leads Major Virginia Organizations in Call for Tax Reform — The Thomas Jefferson Institute for Public Policy has led three other major Virginia organizations -- the Virginia Retail Federation, the National Federation of Independent Business, and the Virginia Manufacturers Association -- in calling on Governor McAuliffe and the General Assembly to reform Virginia's tax system in light of the $2.4 billion state budget shortfall.  Read the news release here!

February 2014

Reception to Honor House Speaker Bill Howell
Reception to Honor House Speaker Bill Howell — You're cordially invited to a special reception honoring Speaker of the Virginia House of Delegate Bill Howell, and welcoming the new state legislators.  Hosted by the Thomas Jefferson Institute, the reception will be held on Wednesday, February 26, from 5:30 to 7:30 pm at the Bull & Bear Club in Richmond Virginia.  The Institute's winter Richmond reception always attracts the top movers and shakers in Virginia, and this one is no exception.

To get the details about the event or for information about sponsorship, click here!

To register for the reception, click here!

December 2013

Leadership Roundtable on Health Care Reform
Leadership Roundtable on Health Care Reform — Register today for the next Leadership Roundtable hosted by the Thomas Jefferson Institute for Public Policy!  This Roundtable, on Health Care Reform, is sponsored by Verizon-Virginia and will take place on Thursday morning, December 12 in the Shenandoah Room of the SunTrust Building, (919 East Main Street in Richmond), from 8:30 am until noon.  The first half of the session will cover an update on Obamacare and possible reforms; the second half will discuss reforming or expanding Medicaid in Virginia.   Among the expert speakers confirmed --

  • Grace Marie Turner, President of the Galen Institute
  • Michael Tanner, Healthcare expert for the Cato Institute
  • Kevin Kuhlman, Manager of Legislative Affairs for the NFIB National Office
  • Robert B. Helms, Resident Scholar, American Enterprise Institute, and
  • Stephen Moses, Center for Long Term Care Reform (and author of a new Jefferson Institute study here)

Registration for this Leadership Roundtable is Free, but there is limited space available.  To register at no charge, please click here.


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