The Virginia Newsletter

The Cooper Center produces The Virginia News Letter, a publication devoted to Virginia public policy issues. The newsletter was launched in 1924 by the University of Virginia’s Bureau of Public Administration, an early predecessor of the Cooper Center.

The newsletter is devoted to Virginia public policy issues. Authors are drawn from the Cooper Center, elsewhere at the University of Virginia, other public and private higher education institutions in Virginia, and non-academic experts in the state. Each issue features an article by a different author.
Topics cover a variety of issues including state and local government finance, governmental organization, public education, the state’s economy and major industries, environmental issues, state politics, and many other subjects.

Beginning in 2009 the publication became entirely electronic. The Virginia News Letter is issued six to eight times per year. John L. Knapp, Senior Economist in the Cooper Center’s Center for Economic and Policy Studies, is the current editor, and Robert Brickhouse is a consulting editor.


Winner of the 2012 Award of Excellence in Publications,
Association for University Business and Economic Research

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Publication Type
Reducing Gun Crime in Virginia: Trends and the Need for Clear Thinking in Public Policy
Thomas Baker
Sep 2014The Virginia News Letter
Periodical
Sea Level Rise: A Relentless Reality That Virginia Must Continue To Plan Carefully For
Molly Mitchell | William A. Stiles, Jr. | Troy W. Hartley
Aug 2014The Virginia News Letter
Periodical
COMMERCIAL AIR SERVICE AT VIRGINIA AIRPORTS: CHALLENGES AND OPPORTUNITIES
Michael D. Wittman
Jul 2014The Virginia News Letter
Periodical
With Overwhelming Support for Nonpartisan Redistricting, Virginians are Studying Ways to Make That Happen
Benjamin M. Harris | Stephen J. Farnsworth
Jun 2014The Virginia News Letter
Periodical
Virginia's Mental Health System: How It has Evolved and What Remains to Be Improved
Mira E. Signer
May 2014The Virginia News Letter
Periodical
Hurricane Preparedness: Community Vulnerability and Medically Fragile Populations
Joshua G. Behr | Rafael Diaz
Feb 2014The Virginia News Letter
Periodical
Virginia's Ethics Rules for Public Officials: The Need for Reform
Quentin Kidd | Meyrem Baer
Jan 2014The Virginia News Letter
Periodical
Outdoors Recreation in Virginia Today: Trends and Policies
Nov 2013The Virginia News Letter
Periodical
Railroad Policy in Virginia: How We Got Where We Are and Where We Might Go From Here
Richard L. Beadles
Jun 2013The Virginia News Letter
Periodical
Visualizing Virginia's Changing Electorate: Mapping Presidential Elections from 2000 to 2012
Stephen Hanna | Stephen J. Farnsworth
May 2013The Virginia News Letter
Periodical
The Expansion of the Panama Canal and Its Impact on Virginia
Sara E. Russell
Jan 2013The Virginia News Letter
Periodical
Oral Health in Virginia: Trends, Disparities and Policy Implications
Aug 2012The Virginia News Letter
Periodical
Media Coverage of the 2005 Governor's Race: A Comparison to Presidential Election News Coverage
Stephen J. Farnsworth | S. Robert Lichter
May 2012The Virginia News Letter
Periodical
Beyond the Great Recession: Preparing Virginia for Expected Cuts in Federal Spending
May 2012The Virginia News Letter
Periodical
Virginia's Never-ending Moratorium on City-County Annexations
Andrew V. Sorrell | Bruce A. Vlk
Jan 2012The Virginia News Letter
Periodical
Richmond, We Have a Problem: Modernizing Virginia's Outdated Revenue System
Sara C. Okos
Dec 2011The Virginia News Letter
Periodical
Virginia's Transportation Funding Crisis
Bob Chase
Nov 2011The Virginia News Letter
Periodical
Higher Education as the Engine of the American Economy
Teresa A. Sullivan
Oct 2011The Virginia News Letter
Periodical
Virginia--An Emerging Leader in the Nation's Local Food Movement
Tanya Denckla Cobb
Sep 2011The Virginia News Letter
Periodical
Virginia's Horse Industry: Characteristics and Economic Contributions
Jul 2011The Virginia News Letter
Periodical