Gloucester Board joins economic development group

Gloucester County has become the fourth Middle Peninsula locality to join a proposed regional economic development initiative.

The Board of Supervisors voted on Tuesday to pay the $5,000 joining fee to collaborate with other Middle Peninsula localities to form an organization focused on job growth and development in the region.

The Middle Peninsula encompasses Gloucester, Mathews, Middlesex, King William, King & Queen and Essex counties, as well as the towns of West Point, Urbanna and Tappahannock. Mathews County voted to join the group last month.

According to Lewis Lawrence, director of the Middle Peninsula Planning District Commission, King William County and he Town of West Point have also agreed to join.

The organization’s board of directors, which will consist of a representative from each locality, will decide if the organization’s name and whether it will need staff members, the annual costs to each locality, its budget, and programs or projects to pursue.

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