Forner Virginia secretary for technology urged attendees to think of Fairfax County as a potential showcase for the rest of the country
Fairfax County, Virginia, has partnered with the Smart Cities Council to host a readiness workshop to tackle key challenges using smart technology and processes as it bids to become a “smart community beacon” for the US.
The workshop focused on identifying steps the county can take to improve mobility, optimise its street infrastructure and reduce obesity.
“We are excited about opportunities to further harness technology to improve health, increase connectivity and assure an awesome quality of life for our residents,” said Sharon Bulova,” chairman, Fairfax County.
“We want to be on the forefront of developing smart communities. The world is moving forward. Internationally, there are smart communities. We want Virginia to be that beacon in the continental US.”
During the workshop, more than 200 participants learned about smart cities principles and best practices, and explored case studies of projects that are delivering results elsewhere. They also heard from experts including former Virginia secretary of technology Karen Jackson, who urged attendees to think of Fairfax County as a potential showcase for the rest of the country.
Workshop participants –including city and county officials, department heads, technology innovators and community stakeholder groups – focused on how to use innovations to improve the wellbeing of all residents, regardless of their neighbourhood or situation. Participants split into three working groups and focused on the following three initiatives:
“Fairfax County demonstrated strong leadership to engage the community, bringing so many stakeholders together for a day of action,” added Jennifer James, global readiness programme director for the Smart Cities Council. “We look forward to seeing how this valuable work transforms into meaningful results for all of the county’s residents.”
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