‘Snapshot’ to track regional social, economic indicators

There’s an oft-repeated joke about Richmonders changing a light bulb.

It takes four, you see, one to change the bulb and three to talk about how great the old one was.

That well-worn bit about the city, however, maybe losing its aptness, said John Martin, president and CEO of the Southeastern Institute of Research, and one of several speakers at Friday morning’s rollout of the Capital Region Collaborative’s “RVA Snapshot” at J. Sargeant Reynolds Community College’s Workforce Development and Conference Center on East Parham Road.

“I have seen Richmond transformed in the past two or three years,” said Martin, also a member of the research council at Richmond’s Future, a nonprofit think tank.“Our infatuation is not about the past, it’s about the future.”