HRPDC Executive Director Bob Crum was the keynote speaker at the Isle of Wight State of the County Breakfast on Tuesday, June 7th at the Smithfield Center. His message was one of optimism and caution: growth is coming to western southside.
Isle of Wight, he noted, has a population of approximately 36,107 people living in 316 square miles, and 114 people per square mile. The county has seen a 112 percent increase in population since 1960, and 12.4 percent just within the past decade. Manufacturing is the strongest industry in western southside, which includes Isle of Wight, as well as Southampton, Franklin and Suffolk. By 2040, the population for the aforementioned area will go from the 344,289 to 533,534.
The morning included remarks by Isle of Wight Board of Supervisors' Chairman Rex Alphin, Smithfield Mayor Carter Williams and Vice Mayor Andrew Gregory, and Windsor Town Manager Michael Stallings, as well as a video highlighting county-wide accomplishments and plans for the future.