Center for Urban and Regional Analysis

A division of the L. Douglas Wilder School of government and Public affairs

Decision support

City of Gaithersburg (MD) Visioning Exercise Data Analysis (2019)

Developed for the City of Gaithersburg (MD), this report identifies a baseline of demographic, housing, transportation, and economic conditions - including conflicting trends and projection - in the city and the region, placing Gaithersburg and its strategic plan within the context of Montgomery County and the Washington, D.C. metropolitan area. 

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.

RE: Statement from Fabrizio Fasulo, Ph.D., Director, CURA on the newly released memo from Jarrett Walker + Associates on GRTC Reroute

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.

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