Virginia Beach is far more illuminated and quite a bit older than how outgoing City Manager Jim Spore found it nearly a quarter century ago.
That’s indisputable, according to the cold, hard facts: The number of street lights in the city and the median age of its residents have both risen sharply since Spore became the Beach’s top administrator in 1991.
Thursday is Spore’s last day with the title. He is leaving his post with the city to lead a regional economic development initiative. The City Council has interviewed candidates for Spore’s successor. Deputy City Manager Doug Smith will fill in until one is appointed.
“I look back on it and it just does not seem possible,” Spore said Dec. 8 about the city’s growth during his time.
It was his final City Council meeting — the last of 1,152, he said.
Here are more numbers that show how Virginia Beach has changed during Spore’s tenure. The figures come from the city’s comprehensive annual financial reports and the U.S. Census Bureau.
|Assessed value of taxable real property||$16 billion||$51.5 billion|
|Permanent full-time (1991) and full-time equivalent (2015) city workers (minus schools)||4,254||6,990|
|Top 5 principal taxpayers||1) Virginia Power
2) C & P Telephone Company
3) R.G. Moore
4) Lynnhaven Mall
5) Christian Broadcasting Network
|1) E.D. & A.F. Ruffin and Bruce Thompson
2) Armada Hoffler
3) Ramon W. Breeden Jr.
4) Virginia Electric & Power Company
5) Lynnhaven Mall
Per capita income $21,404 $30,873*
Fire stations 18 19
Elementary schools 49 54
* Number estimated from U.S. Census Bureau data.
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