Posted on July 13, 2022
Arlington County continues to be a national technology leader, once again being recognized as the #1 digital county by the Center for Digital Government and National Association of Counties. The 2022 award marks the fifth time Arlington has received the highest honor in the 150,000-249,999 population category.
The Digital Counties Survey Awards provides an annual measurement of technology performance and innovation through an in-depth review of county programs and plans across the country, recognizing best practices in the areas of open government, transparency, community engagement public, strategic planning, shared services, cybersecurity and operations . Arlington County’s work to advance innovation while ensuring privacy is exemplified by its Security and Innovation Zone Demonstration Project. Additionally, the county’s commitment to digital equity and collaboration with regional partners and the business community were highlighted as reasons for the top spot recognition.
“It is an honor to be recognized as a leading smart community. This award is a testament to Arlington’s investments in technology to better serve our residents, strengthen the business community, and create an environment where innovative businesses can thrive. “As a result, the county has become a hub for top tech talent, driving even greater interest in our region,” said Katie Cristol, Arlington County Board Chair.
The county’s work to help establish an Innovation District at National Landing alongside local developer JBG SMITH also received praise for its strategic planning and successful collaboration. Announced last year, the agreement allows JBG SMITH to lease a portion of excess dark fiber and county-owned duct access from National Landing to provide reliable, cost-competitive access to the transmission of high-speed wired or wireless (5G) data to promote economy. and community development. The county has further benefited from receiving funding from JBG SMITH to support its digital equity goals.
“Over the past few years, JBG SMITH has worked to create a one-of-a-kind 5G smart city at National Landing to attract entrepreneurs, universities and global technology companies by providing them with the digital infrastructure needed to shape the coming. of their industries,” said Adam Rashid, senior vice president and head of smart cities and digital infrastructure at JBG SMITH. “Throughout this journey, Arlington County has proven to be a progressive leader and an indispensable partner in realizing this shared vision. Our agreement with the county, along with additional strategic collaborations with telecommunications companies and information technology leaders, will ensure that our current and future customers have access to the most secure and reliable digital infrastructure. hardy available so they can succeed and thrive at National Landing.
The county and JBG SMITH aim to use the Innovation District, in partnership with the business community, as a test bed for innovation in the next generation of artificial intelligence, internet of things (IoT) , augmented and virtual reality, autonomy, cloud and edge computing, and cybersecurity, while continuing to explore future opportunities for public-private partnerships in technology innovation.
“This award recognizes Arlington’s commitment to empowering businesses through technology,” said Shannon Flanagan-Watson, Arlington’s acting director of economic development. “By investing in cutting-edge fiber optics and cybersecurity, Arlington is showing the business community that it fosters an environment where businesses can grow and succeed. We will continue to foster public-private partnerships to make Arlington a capital of innovation.
Arlington County will receive the Digital Counties Survey Award at the National Association of Counties Annual Conference and Exposition in Aurora, Colorado on July 21.