[From the introductory material]
This is Old Dominion University’s 21st annual State of the Region 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 region, Commonwealth and nation. In consideration of the national conversation on race and inequality, we have included additional material to shed light on how race affects economic outcomes in Hampton Roads.
Hampton Roads plays a significant role in our nation’s national security, provides college education to thousands of Virginians, is working to adapt to sea level rise and is culturally diverse. There are challenges, of course, but, as the adage goes, challenge and opportunity are two sides of the same coin. To adapt, improve and overcome, we must understand where we are and where we want to go. Our work seeks to contribute to this conversation without glossing over the challenges we face.
Dragas Center for Economic Analysis and Policy, Old Dominion University; Agarwal, Vinod; Bennett, Andrew A.; Blake, Barbara; Campion, Emily; Crouson, Ethan; Daniel, Steve; Gregory, Addie; Janik, Elizabeth; Johnson, Nikki; Keener, Sheila; Koch, James V.; Komarek, Tim; Lian, Feng; Lomax, Sharon; Molinaro, Janet; Hallarn, Brendan O'; and McNab, Robert M., "The State of the Region: Hampton Roads 2020" (2020). State of the Region Reports: Hampton Roads. 174.