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Regulatory Expert William M. Shobe Will Head Economic Research Program At U.Va.’s Cooper Center For Public Service

September 1, 2004 -- William 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 Service.

He succeeds John L. Knapp, the center’s noted longtime economist, who retired in June and will continue working there on special projects. The center conducts numerous independent studies of Virginia economic and business issues.

Shobe, 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.

"Trained 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 the highly respected work of John Knapp on state economic questions."

With 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 and pending 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.

Shobe has taught at the University of North Carolina at Greensboro, Virginia Tech and Virginia Commonwealth University. In 2000 he taught economics as a Fulbright Fellow in Prague in the Czech Republic.

He 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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SOURCE: U.Va. News Services

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