Page County, VA Community Broadband Planning StudyPhase I and II Final Report March 31, 2008 Page 4
A telecommunications planning study has been completed for Page County, Virginia that is designed toanswer questions relating to the need for broadband infrastructure, options for providing connectivity,ways to organize potential networks and address funding requirements. The study management team wascomprised of key county stakeholders representing economic development, healthcare, public schools andhigher education, and leaders from the business community. Detailed results of individual taskscompleted in accordance with Virginia Department of Housing and Community Development (DHCD)grant requirements are provided in the full report.Funding for this study was provided by DHCD using Community Development Block Grant funds. U.S.Department of Housing and Urban Development data indicates 9,296 low to moderate income (LMI)households located throughout the County and comprising over 40% of total households. Each of the fivecensus tracts contain a minimum of one block group of households (total of thirteen block groups) inexcess of 51% LMI. The recent economic downturn in the U.S. is clearly evident in Page County, asunemployment rates have risen to their highest level in the past twelve months. The unemployment ratein Page County was 8.6% as of February 2008, compared to only 3.8% for all of Virginia.
Past 12 Months
Page CountyVirginiaUnited States
Source: Virginia Employment Commission, Page County Profile; Last Updated 4/5/2008