Loudoun County, Virginia Housing Needs Assessment
Loudoun County Department of Family Services
Working in partnership with Lisa Sturtevant & Associates, CRA is conducting a comprehensive assessment of current and future housing needs in Loudoun County. This study will emphasize the important links between housing availability and affordability and job growth in Loudoun County. As part of this study, it will provide a detailed analysis of the county’s demographic, economic and housing market trends and existing conditions. It will provide an extensive analysis of Loudoun County’s current and future housing demand and affordability. It will do so by considering the future housing demand in Loudoun County will be driven by: 1) the need for housing for working households and 2) the need for housing for people not in the labor force (especially seniors and persons with disabilities). When the analysis is completed, the project team will discuss the county’s ability to meet its forecasted demand.
Addressing the Impact of Housing Affordability for Virginia’s Economy
Virginia Housing Development Authority
CRA is partnering with Virginia Tech, Virginia Commonwealth University, and William and Mary universities in a comprehensive study of housing within the Commonwealth of Virginia. CRA is primarily responsible for two elements of the larger study. First, CRA is conducting a comprehensive analysis of the Virginia housing industry’s economic impact. Second, CRA will estimate housing demand based on housing-related trends and workforce dynamics. Through this analysis, CRA will be able to determine the amount and general types of housing that will result from job growth in several regions throughout the state. The results from these studies will be presented at the Governor’s Housing Conference in November 2016.
Roadmap for the Washington Region’s Future Economy
The reduction in federal spending over the past five years highlighted the Washington Metropolitan Area’s over reliance on federal funding. This project sought to identify ways in which the region can shape its economic future by reducing that dependence and creating more positive and sustainable economic opportunities. As part of this work, the research team looked at the region’s existing competitive advantages and identified the private-sector industries best positioned for regional growth. They also interviewed over 30 of the region’s top business leaders to better understand what it’ll take to maximize the potential growth of these industries in Greater Washington over the next decade. The research was sponsored by The 2030 Group and several other businesses and groups.
Roadmap for the Hampton Roads Region’s Future Economy
The Roadmap is designed to identify the Hampton Roads region’s competitive advantages within non-local regional, national and global economies; its federally dependent, export-based, high value-added advanced industrial clusters having high-growth potential consistent with its competitive advantages; and the state and local policies, initiatives and investments that could accelerate the expansion of the region’s advanced industrial clusters. The roadmap project will result in recommendations for regional economic development strategies and actions to guide state and local efforts to grow a more diverse economy that is less dependent on federal funding.
Grand Rapids Workforce Demand Analysis
William K. Kellogg Foundation
Working in partnership with the Center for Regional Economic Competitiveness, CRA is providing information and research that will inform the workforce considerations associated with the city’s planned public investments in street reconstruction, parks renovations, and river restoration. Funded by the William K. Kellogg Foundation, this research will allow the city’s municipal leaders and community partners to make informed, data-driven public policy decisions. It will help the city develop strategies that will ensure that the benefits of these public infrastructure investments extend to Grand Rapids disadvantaged communities.
Defining the Innovation Space: Measuring Entrepreneurial Opportunity Embedded in Regional Job Flows
Ewing Marion Kauffman Foundation
Entrepreneurs innovate solutions to social and economic problems by identifying opportunities, appropriating resources, organizing teams, and developing new capabilities. Productive entrepreneurship in particular helps build local capabilities and improve the social well-being of its community. Consequently, policymakers have long been interested in creating enabling business environments that support healthy regional economic growth. However, standardized measures of regional entrepreneurial vibrancy have remained largely elusive partly because of the heterogeneous character of regions and the complexity of actors and activities that comprise regional innovation systems. To address this gap, we adopt an entrepreneurial ecosystems approach to regional development and map metrics to theory. We assess both the structure and sources of entrepreneurial opportunity embedded in the dynamics of regional economic systems by developing two novel tools for measuring Entrepreneurial Ecosystems. This project applies these novel approaches to the six U.S. metropolitan areas of; Albuquerque, NM; Burlington, VT; Kansas City, KS-MO; Nashville, TN; Santa Fe, NM; and, Washington, D.C.
The Economic Impacts of the Northern Virginia Regional Park Authority
Northern Virginia Regional Park Authority
CRA examined the regional impacts of the Northern Virginia Regional Parks Authority’s operations and capital spending specifically. Using the IMPLAN economic input-output model, CRA was able to determine the how the NVRPA’s impact the regional economy in terms of economic activity, labor income and employment.
The Economic Impacts of the Fairfax County Park Authority
Fairfax County (VA) Park Authority
We begin this assessment by providing a brief overview of the Fairfax County Park Authority and the facilities it is responsible for operating and maintaining. Using the IMPLAN economic input-output model, CRA was able to determine the how the FCPA’s impact the regional economy in terms of economic activity, labor income and employment.
Economic Impacts of the Transform 66 Outside the Beltway Project
Virginia Department of Transportation
This project analyzed the economic impacts associated with the proposed I-66 expansion and related transit operations spending on the regional economy. It also considered the additional economic benefits that come in the form of travel-time savings and regional economic efficiencies associated with improved mobility as a result of the I-66 investment.
Analysis of Current and Future Housing Needs in Arlington County, VA
Arlington County, Virginia
In partnership with the National Housing Conference Center for Housing Policy, the Center analyzed current housing conditions and affordability, forecasts future household growth and household characteristics, and identified Arlington County’s greatest housing needs. This needs assessment provided the background necessary to develop a comprehensive affordable housing policy that meets the needs of current and future residents and ensures that Arlington lives up to the values of diversity, inclusivity, choice and sustainability.
Virginia Department of Defense (DoD) Procurement Economic Impact Evaluation Model
US Department of Defense Office of Economic Adjustment
Working with Chmura Economics and Analytics, the Center developed an evaluation model that mapped the supply-chain of DoD contract awards, including sales and employment impacts from product service codes to industries and occupations. This model was designed to provide localities within the Commonwealth of Virginia with information about the economic impact of DoD contract spending. The model can be used to help local stakeholders focus their economic development efforts and develop plans to support industries that rely on defense spending, develop programs to help transition workers affected by defense downsizing, and help local and regional organizations prepare grant applications.