Virgin Islands Company

The Virgin Islands Company (VIC) was a New Deal program, created in 1934 with $1 million in start-up funding from the Public Works Administration (PWA).[1] The goal of the VIC was to revive the Virgin Islandssugar and rum industries, which had been decimated by the Great Depression. Except during periods of drought and war, the VIC was successful in boosting the economy and relieving unemployment. In 1936, for example, the governor of the Virgin Islands reported the following: "While furnishing relief employment to the great majority of unemployed workers of the island, the company has accumulated large inventories of growing sugar cane and a large supply of rum of the finest quality. It has rehabilitated fields and factories. It is providing adequate and comfortable housing for its laborers. It has increased labor wages by 50 percent since its inception."[2] For many years, the VIC was an important part of the Virgin Islands economy.[3] It was terminated in 1965.[4]


  1. ^ Annual Report of the Governor of the Virgin Islands, fiscal year 1940, p. 16
  2. ^ Annual Report of the Governor of the Virgin Islands, fiscal year 1936, p. 7.
  3. ^ see, e.g., Annual Report of the Secretary of the Interior, fiscal year 1955, p. 378.
  4. ^ “Dissolution of Virgin Islands Corporation,” in U.S. Code, 2000 edition, Title 1—General Provisions to Title 5—Government Organization and Employees, §§ 101-9510,” U.S. Government Printing Office, p. 576.