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(White Plains, NY....November 10, 2016)... Blair Levin, the nation’s foremost authority on broadband, spoke at a luncheon in Westchester County today, and painted a bright picture of what the county will gain from the gigabit broadband initiative recently launched by the Westchester County Association (WCA), the county’s preeminent business association, and four of the county’s cities. Levin is a voluntary advisor for the WCA’s Smart Growth Gigabit Broadband project.
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BLAIR LEVIN, A FORMER OFFICIAL IN THE CLINTON AND OBAMA ADMINISTRATIONS, TO JOIN WCA’S “GIGABIT WESTCHESTER” INITIATIVE AS A “VOLUNTARY COUNSELOR”
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 Voluntary Counselor to the WCA’s Gigabit Broadband initiative, which was announced on October 6th at a press conference. Levin served in the first Obama administration as Executive Director of the National Broadband Plan and in the Clinton administration as Chief of Staff to the Chairman of the FCC, where from 2009-2010, Levin oversaw the development of the FCC’s National Broadband Plan.
On the heels of our groundbreaking conference, “Westchester: County of Tomorrow,” the Westchester County Association is spearheading Smart Growth to bring to Westchester County high speed broadband, innovation districts, and housing that’s affordable for the region’s workforce. To assist us, the WCA has hired Joan M. McDonald, former Commissioner of the New York State Department of Transportation, and a nationally recognized expert in economic competitiveness, sustainable development and transportation solutions, to be a strategic advisor for The Blueprint for Smart Growth.
At a joint press conference in Yonkers today, Bill Mooney, President and CEO of the Westchester County Association announced the WCA’s support of Mayor Mike Spano's bold $2 billion redevelopment plan to rebuild and renovate all 39 schools in the City of Yonkers in order to create a modern, healthy learning environment for the city’s students. Mike Spano, Mayor of the City of Yonkers, embarked on the “Rebuild Yonkers Schools” campaign in response to the school’s aging and crumbling infrastructure and overcrowded classrooms, some of which have been carved out of unused closet and basement space. Nine of the district’s schools are over 100 years old, and many others are over 75.
In case you missed it, or you just want to remember it, now you can view some of the thought-provoking presentations by national experts in innovation, transportation, economic development, and public-private partnerships, at the WCA's sold-out conference "Westchester: County of Tomorrow," held on April 29....