CENTERS for

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.

November 2017

Third Annual Conference on Virginia's Economic Future:  What Does Tax Reform Mean For You?
Third Annual Conference on Virginia's Economic Future: What Does Tax Reform Mean For You? — The Thomas Jefferson Institute's Third Annual Conference on Virginia's Economic Future was held Friday, November 10, 2017 and featured presidential campaign economist Stephen Moore, NFIB economist Bill Dunkelberg, and Virginia's top financial advisor Steve Cassaday.  Here are the powerpoints of their presentations:

See Steve Moore's presentation

See Bill Dunkleberg's presentation

See Steve Cassaday's presentation

August 2017

Leadership Roundtable:  What Should the Door in That Wall Look Like?
Leadership Roundtable: What Should the Door in That Wall Look Like? — On August 1, the Thomas Jefferson Institute held a two-hour Leadership Roundtable on Immigration Reform, led by accomplished leaders who have given careful thought to the immigration issue and favor focusing on encouraging the immigration of workers who would contribute to economic growth in America.  Panelists included Rob Jesmer, who overseas immigration reform strategy and policy for FWD.US; Greg Walcher, an executive with the Red Card Solution, that favors border control and a non-immigrant work program; and Al Zapanta, an American businessman currently serving as President and CEO of the US-Mexico Chamber of Commerce.  You can listen to the panel discussion by clicking here!

March 2017

Jefferson Journal:  Gillespie Tax Plan Makes Good Sense
Jefferson Journal: Gillespie Tax Plan Makes Good Sense — By Michael W. Thompson  Key provisions of Ed Gillespie's proposal for major tax reform includes cutting individual income taxes by ten percent across the board over a three year period, and accelerating reform of an antiquated system of local business taxes that now depresses economic growth and job formation.  The proposal makes a lot of sense.  (3/26/2017)  Read It Here! 

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