The gloves were off at the WCA’s annual Breakfast with the County Executive when Westchester County Executive Rob Astorio took on what he described as the “fake news coming out of Albany.” But all was not contentious; the Smart Growth panel that followed Astorino’s State-of-the-County address, projected an optimistic picture of growth for Westchester in 2017. Here are the highlights:
The Westchester County Association will honor several outstanding members of the Westchester business and civic community at its Fall Leadership Dinner on November 17. The dinner, “Celebrating Leaders in Smart Growth, Innovation, and Talent,” will spotlight the following individuals for their contributions to the community, passionate leadership, creativity, and impact:
Bill Mooney, President and CEO of the Westchester County Association (WCA), announced today that Blair Levin, Executive Director of Gig.U: The Next Generation Network Innovation Project and a non-resident Senior Fellow of the Brookings Institution, has joined the WCA’s Blueprint for Smart Growth team as a volunteer advisor to the WCA’s Gigabit Broadband initiative, which was announced on October 6th at a press conference. Levin served in the Obama administration where, from 2009-2010, he oversaw the development of the FCC’s National Broadband Plan. Levin also served in the Clinton administration as Chief of Staff to the Chairman of the FCC.
The Westchester County Association announced that it was launching a public-private partnership to spearhead Smart Growth initiatives in Westchester County to bring gigabit broadband, new business, and innovation to Westchester’s four largest cities. The cities – Mt. Vernon, New Rochelle, White Plains and Yonkers – are to sign a Smart City ComPACT shortly and, as a first step, work with the WCA to bring to the cities gigabit broadband to every household, business, healthcare, and educational organization in the next three to five years.
Chattanooga, Tennessee was the first city in the nation to offer citywide gigabit Internet service, offering residents and businesses ultra high-speed internet that transfers data at one gigabit per second—about 100 times faster than the average national speed, according to the city's chief, Mayor Andy Berke. We sat down with him after our Westchester: County of Tomorrow conference to learn how this fast fiber optic network spurred business investment, helped to bridge the digital divide, creating a fairer city and thriving innovation economy. Watch our interview here!