Expert William M. Shobe Will Head Economic Research Program At
Cooper Center For Public Service
September 1, 2004 --
M. Shobe, an authority on government regulations and fiscal forecasting
for the Virginia Department of Planning and Budget,
has been named director of economic and business research at the
University of Virginia’s Weldon Cooper Center for Public
succeeds John L. Knapp, the center’s noted longtime
economist, who retired in June and will continue working there
projects. The center conducts numerous independent studies of
Virginia economic and business issues.
associate director for economic and regulatory analysis
with the state budget department since 1995, will join the
U.Va. faculty Sept. 1. His work in presenting comprehensive government-information
resources to the public has been widely recognized.
as a lawyer as well as an economist, he will bring a wealth of
talent and expertise to the Cooper Center, as he continues
to serve the people of Virginia with his innovations and insight," said
center director John Thomas. "With several national
awards for his projects, he will be an able successor for
respected work of John Knapp on state economic questions."
the state government, Shobe has been responsible for the
cost-benefit analysis of environmental and other regulations
and for forecasting
state revenues and expenses. He created and managed Virginia’s "Regulatory
Town Hall," a state government Web site that is a
national model for presenting information about existing
state regulations and inviting public comment online. The
Web site (http://www.townhall.virginia.gov)
has won numerous state and national awards for improving
public access to government.
has taught at the University of North Carolina at Greensboro,
Virginia Tech and Virginia
he taught economics as a Fulbright Fellow in Prague in
received his law degree from Lewis & Clark
Law School in Portland, Oregon, in 1980 and his doctorate
in economics from the
University Minnesota in 1991.
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