This report is the first of a two-part series on poverty in Virginia and the group of public programs broadly called the "social safety net." Part I examines the current state of poverty in Virginia. Part II illuminates the role of public programs developed to alleviate poverty and support secure financial futures for individuals across the economic spectrum.

This article explores the history of city-county annexation and its peculiarities that make the commonwealth of Virginia unique.
Although a long recession and unemployment are exacerbating Virginia’s financial problems, the economic downturn has revealed serious weaknesses in the state’s revenue system, according to Sara C. Okos, policy director of the Commonwealth Institute for Fiscal Analysis, a Richmond-based think tank.
Virginia’s economic prosperity will soon come under threat unless its highway and transit systems are solidly funded. There are a variety of options to secure that funding and legislators must begin to make hard decisions. That is the heart of the article written by a longtime state transportation analyst, Bob Chase, who is president of the Northern Virginia Transportation Alliance.
This article was adapted from a talk presented by U.Va. President Teresa Sullivan at the university’s Miller Center of Public Affairs on September 7, 2011.
In recent years all components of Virginia’s local food system have seen considerable advances: training new farmers, creating new urban farms and community gardens, developing new infrastructure for processing and distribution, bringing fresh food into our schools, increasing affordable access to fresh food, and even evaluating local and state policies to remove barriers.
This article by Terrance Rephann, a regional economist at the Weldon Cooper Center for Public Service, reports the results of a comprehensive study that examined the economic impact of Virginia’s horse industry.

This issue of Stat Chat focuses on the demographic changes that have occurred in and around Charlottesville over the past decade, with a particular focus on the city's neighborhoods.

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