Arlington named Smart 21 Community of 2014


We’ve known that Arlington has one of the most highly educated workforces in the nation.  Some of the nation’s top minds in the fields of security, defense, science, technology and other areas are implementing groundbreaking research and initiatives in Arlington every day. We’re home to blazing young entrepreneurs who are poised to deliver the “next big thing” in business innovation. Now, Arlington has been honored by the Intelligent Community Forum as one of the world’s Smart 21 Communities of 2014. We’re one of only four communities in the United States to achieve the honor, which recognizes economic and social improvements.

The Smart 21 communities look at things like broadband connectivity, knowledge workforce, innovation, digital inclusion and marketing and advocacy when determining the Smart 21 communities each year.    Additionally, the ICF looked at specific aspects of culture and its role in placemaking, an area in which Arlington excels, when determining the Smart21 communities.

Arlington now vies with the 20 other communities around the globe for the prestigious designation of Intelligent Community of the Year, which will be awarded in June. Only 126 communities around the world have been named an Intelligent Community over the past 16 years.

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