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In the 2018 State of the Region Report, Robert M. McNab, Director of the Dragas Center for Economic Analysis and Policy in the Strome College of Business at Old Dominion University, analyzes the Hampton Roads economy and assesses its future progress. Each of the three pillars of the regional economy—defense, the Port, and tourism—is given special attention. This year’s report focuses on the impact of Medicaid expansion and craft brewing on Hampton Roads as well as international migration and the Academies of Hampton. In its 19th year, the State of the Region Report maintains the goal of stimulating thought and discussion that ultimately will make Hampton Roads an even better place to live.

The 2018 State of the Region report is divided into seven parts:

Is it Morning Again in Hampton Roads? The three pillars of our regional economy (defense, the Port and tourism) have improved and prospects for growth are looking up. We ask whether Hampton Roads has finally emerged from a “lost decade” and if the future is bright.

A Complicated Subject: The Impact of Medicaid Expansion on Hampton Roads: Virginia will expand Medicaid, a health insurance program for low-income adults and children, on Jan. 1, 2019. Medicaid expansion will reduce the number of uninsured in Hampton Roads, but future costs remain uncertain.

Craft Brewing in Hampton Roads: The number of craft breweries in Hampton Roads has increased dramatically in recent years. We trace the development of this trend and explore the impact of craft brewing on our regional economy.

Too Much of a Good Thing? Multifamily Housing in Hampton Roads: Over the past decade, Hampton Roads has seen an increase in the construction of multifamily units, leading some to question whether there are too many apartments. Vacancy rates have started to decline and rent increases remain moderate, especially compared to many other cities in the United States.

Welcome to Your New Home: International Migration and Hampton Roads: Most new international migrants in Hampton Roads are educated, married, and gainfully employed. We examine the impact of international migration and look at how immigrants are contributing to economic growth in our region.

Hampton City Schools: The Next Generation of Learning in Hampton Roads: Hampton Roads needs skilled workers. With unemployment approaching historical lows and the demand for a skilled workforce increasing, Hampton City Schools is engaging in an experiment to transform high school education. We delve into this effort and its potential benefit for our region.

Hampton Roads: In Search of a Social Media Identity: Facebook, Instagram, Twitter, and Snapchat. These platforms define the lives of many Americans. We inquire to what degree Hampton Roads has an identity on social media and discuss the potential benefits of a social media brand.

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