CENTERS for

September 2016

Second Annual Conference on Virginia's Economic Future
Second Annual Conference on Virginia's Economic Future — Some of the nation and state 's top business economists gathered at George Mason University on September 14, 2016 for the Thomas Jefferson Institute's Second Annual Conference on Virginia's Economic Future.

"This conference helps bring the Commonwealth's economic picture into focus," said Jefferson Institute President Mike Thompson, "and it provides some thoughts on policy changes that can help stimulate the kind of economic growth all Virginians want."

Speakers offered national, state and regional economic analysis, capped by a prediction of what the presidential election might mean for private investment outcomes.  Copies of the powerpoint presentations are available below.

National:

Dr. J. D. Foster, Incoming Chief Economist of the U.S. Chamber of Commerce. See powerpoint here.

Dr. Chad Moutray, Chief Economist of the National Association of Manufacturers. See powerpoint here.

State:

Dr. Fletcher Mangum, President of Mangum Economics in Richmond, VA.  See powerpoint here.

Keith Martin, Vice President of the Virginia Chamber of Commerce.  See powerpoint here.

Brett Vassey, President of the Virginia Manufacturers' Association.  See powerpoint here.

Nicole Riley, State Director of the Virginia National Federation of Independent Business (NFIB).  See powerpoint here.

Regional:

Dr. Terry Clower, Director of George Mason University's Center for Regional Analysis.  See powerpoint here.

Private Investor Perspective:

Stephan Cassaday, President of Cassaday & Company, ranked #1 Advisor in Virginia.  See powerpoint here.

August 2016

Thompson on WRVA, Washington Post:  Inova Fumbled Redskins Naming Rights Deal
Thompson on WRVA, Washington Post: Inova Fumbled Redskins Naming Rights Deal — Writing in The Washington Post and appearing on Jimmy Barrett's morning show on WRVA, Jefferson Institute Chairman and President Mike Thompson pointed out the inconsistency of the non-profit Inova Health Systems spending funds to gain naming rights to the Redskins' training facility and headquarters while pleading poverty while demanding taxpayer-funded Medicaid expansion and opposing anti-competitive health practices.  (8/16/2016)

See the Washington Post commentary here!

Listen to Jimmy Barrett's interview here!

July 2016

Jefferson Journal:  Virginia's Economy Needs a Real Boost
Jefferson Journal: Virginia's Economy Needs a Real Boost — By Michael Thompson  The Virginia budget shortfall for this past fiscal year likely means a $500 million deficit for the two-year budget unless something dramatic happens.  So what can we do to build our economy and put more people on private sector payrolls and thus increase the total taxes paid into Virginia's state treasury?  Read It Here!

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