“This is truly a unique organization. Virginia FREE always tells it like it is – always willing to lay out the issues and honestly say what is in the long-range interests of the Commonwealth.” 
Senator Mark Warner

Core Projects

rankingsVirginia FREE’s new ranking schematic provides a more accurate and long-term view on the friendliness of our elected officials towards Virginia’s business community.

Four year aggregated scorecard.
Fair and objective grading system.

The Virginia Way Forward is a series of meetings around the Commonwealth designed to help start the conversation about establishing an accountable standard for governing excellence.

What makes Virginia unique?
What makes Virginia so great?

vcuStarting in late 2015, Virginia FREE will unite elected officials, foundations, and business leaders through the VCU Wilder School

Ethics and Accountability;
Professional Development;
Political Education;
Informed Decision Making;
Linking State Economics, Politics, and Ethics.

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Our Mission

Virginia Foundation for Research and Economic Education is an independent association committed to protecting and strengthening Virginia’s prosperous business environment through the political process. Founded in 1988, Virginia FREE provides a wealth of objective, non-partisan information to business. Our information, services and programs foster a business community prepared to take the lead in electing legislators who advance free enterprise and responsible, pro-business government.

Our Membership

Virginia FREE members form a powerful coalition of business leaders actively involved in public policy decision-making and state politics. Become a supporting member of Virginia FREE. Our members are corporations, foundations, associations, PACs, and individuals doing business in Virginia. Be part of a statewide coalition working to build a better future for business and for Virginia.

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Virginia FREE has traditionally been a key organization in the process of choosing state legislators. Their interview process is legendary; it focuses on issues, and demands that candidates be well prepared, whatever their positions on the challenges facing the Commonwealth. This makes for better candidates and better legislators.

House Minority Leader David J. Toscano

Virginia FREE plays a valuable role in bringing together business and political leaders to discuss and find solutions to the challenges facing the Commonwealth. I appreciate the work Virginia FREE and its leadership have done to drive the conversation about issues important to the business community.

Speaker of the House William J. Howell

Virginia FREE has been a strong and effective independent advocate for issues and policies that promote Virginia's job-creating businesses. They have been zealous in fighting to preserve the Commonwealth's reputation as one of America's best states for business.

Senate Majority Leader Thomas K. Norment, Jr