As Transit Oriented Development and Westchester’s healthcare, life sciences and biotech industries proliferate, people are taking notice.
According to a report in this week’s Bloomberg News, since 2011, developers have built or proposed over four dozen residential and commercial projects in Westchester, which now is focused on smart city sustainable growth and high-speed broadband. A little over 11,200 apartments within a half-mile of a Metro-North station are planned or have been built, and commercial projects are on the rise. "Westchester [is trying] to attract a new type of office tenant and resident," wrote David Levitt.
Joan M. McDonald, Project Director of the Westchester County Association’s Smart City for Gigabit Initiative, will moderate a panel “Cities Ask for Help: Managing the RFP Process” at the Gigabit City Summit in Kansas City, August 1-3, 2017 to which the WCA is sending a contingent. The summit is expected to attract 350 leaders from across the nation who either have built or are planning to build out gigabit fiber networks in their respective cities.
According to real estate developer Alex Twining, “In ten years, if we don’t have gigabit, we won’t survive.” Twining was referring to super-speed broadband, now a key component of Smart Growth, which the WCA has been championing to bring greater prosperity and a live.work.play. lifestyle to Westchester. On April 4th, Twining and thirty other business leaders attended the first community roundtable at Monroe College Barnes & Noble Bookstore in New Rochelle, organized by the WCA. This important meeting addressed “Gigabit Westchester”, a public-private partnership with Westchester’s four largest cities -- Yonkers, New Rochelle, White Plains, and Mt. Vernon...
A new Steering Committee for the Westchester County Association’s Smart Growth for Gigabit initiative was announced today by William M. Mooney, Jr., President and CEO of the Westchester County Association.
The Committee will oversee bringing gigabit-speed broadband to Westchester, beginning with its four largest cities, by giving guidance to the effort, as well as raising seed funding to pave the way for this needed infrastructure.
The committee is comprised of “some of the most informed, respected, and enterprising individuals in our midst,” Mr. Mooney said in his announcement. Mr. Mooney said that the Committee held its first meeting and anticipates that in May, an RFP for a national consultant to assess the county’s current infrastructure, market realities, and help determine the best course of action to bring gigabit broadband into the county will be issued.
As Washington D.C. churns and burns, do you find yourself glued to the tube (or phone) these days? The news is interesting, for sure. The big question is What does it all mean for Westchester? What legislation will go? What will stay?