“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 Center

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

Upcoming Events


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 long been a leading voice for the results-oriented, pro-business approach that is essential to job creation and economic growth. I admire this organization for its commitment to thoughtful, honest and independent advocacy on behalf of Virginia businesses and families.

Governor Terry McAuliffe

Virginia FREE is a big asset and a strong bridge between Virginia's business and political communities. They tell it like it is, and without reservation. Their only agenda is the future of Virginia's economy and it's been my pleasure to work closely with them during my time in public office.

Senator Mark Warner

Virginia FREE's non-partisan, pro-business advocacy is an asset for Virginia's business and political communities. Through constructive dialogue, they have been able to keep the goal of a healthy, growing economy at the forefront of their work. I appreciate all Virginia FREE does to protect and strengthen Virginia Businesses.

Senator Tim Kaine