Virginia, a 2018 Readiness Challenge winner, stood-up a COVID-19 dashboard in one (1) week in April 2020. This milestone was a key indicator of the Commonwealth’s progress on its smart journey. This milestone was NOT the result of a new technology development; but a data vision, a shift in data culture and a framework for data sharing. The COVID-19 dahsboard provided Governor Northam and state leaders the intelligence they needed to make critical actionable decisions saving lives.
Readiness Cities - Virginia
“The grant will aid Virginia in supporting communities across the Commonwealth to improve livability, workability and sustainability through smart technology.” — Esther Lee, Secretary of Commerce and Trade
Through the Readiness Workshop, Virginia will create 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. Other Readiness Workshop focus areas include:
- Transportation: Managing increased demand from growing urban centers while addressing needs of rural and underserved communities
- Public Safety: Building responsive capacity to a growing list of issues from flooding to the opioid crisis to the unique needs of the National Capital Region
- Energy: Continuous delivery to everyone while incorporating renewables and bi-modal energy flow, improving resiliency and strengthening cybersecurity
The winners of our second-annual Smart Cities Council Readiness Challenge have made great strides, advancing from pilots and talking about plans toward working on real solutions that deliver meaningful results. Meet our Class of 2018 and learn about the three critical traits they have in common.