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This is Old Dominion University’s sixth annual State of the Commonwealth Report. While it represents the work of many people connected in various ways to the university, the report does not constitute an official viewpoint of Old Dominion, its president, John R. Broderick, the Board of Visitors, the Strome College of Business or the generous donors who support the activities of the Dragas Center for Economic Analysis and Policy.

Although our devotion to this work remains steadfast, our enthusiasm, admittedly, has been dampened by the COVID-19 pandemic and the toll it has taken on the Commonwealth and nation. Our work seeks to inform about the road ahead and the nature of recovery over the coming years.

To adapt, improve and overcome, we must understand where we are and where we want to go. Our goal is to contribute to this conversation without glossing over the challenges we face. We want to encourage the difficult conversations to help Virginia improve outcomes for all its residents in the coming years.