Good governance, equity and resilience in every Virginia community. Through three broad areas of work: applied research and public policy analysis, responsive leadership development programs, and local government support, we provide communities, governments, and leaders the tools they need to thrive in the context of a complex 21st century.
The Cooper Center's economic impact study of higher education in Virginia earns Jim Ryan's praise: "I am grateful to the Weldon Cooper Center for their great work in helping us better understand our impact..."
The Virginia Population Projections for 2030-2050 show that metro areas will grow larger while rural areas will grow older.
Research & Data
We conduct unbiased, rigorous research in population studies, regional economics, alternative energy, and survey methods to produce sound data and insightful analysis for communities.
Through our programs—for active and emerging political leaders, government officials, and community leaders—we help strengthen organizations and communities across the Commonwealth and nation.