The Council believes that it is essential for states to take a "shared services" approach to smart technologies, so each town does not have to reinvent the smart city wheel. Virginia's Smart Communities Working Group embodies this — working hard to become a smart state government to achieve cost efficiencies and service improvements for the state itself while also lowering barriers for all Virginia communities.
Virginia will use its Readiness Challenge assistance to build a framework for its multiple initiatives, including expanding broadband throughout the state; adopting interoperability standards; setting out a cybersecurity and privacy plan; and creating sustainable funding for smart projects.
“The Commonwealth of Virginia is honored to be awarded this Readiness Challenge Grant,” said Virginia’s Secretary of Commerce and Trade, Esther Lee. “The grant will aid Virginia in supporting communities across the Commonwealth to improve livability, workability and sustainability through smart technology.”