Arlington is rapidly developing as a main center for technology and innovation on the East Coast. Many of our local tech businesses, most notably Amazon’s HQ2 grab the headlines, and the secret to their success here is the talent. The Greater Washington region ranked as the number three tech talent market in North America in 2021, according to CBRE, behind only the San Francisco Bay Area and Seattle, and ranking above other East Coast centers like New York and Boston. Business Facilities Magazine ranks the Commonwealth of Virginia as the number 1 state for tech talent pipeline and business climate, and SmartAsset ranked Arlington as the top U.S. city for women in tech.
AT&T and JBG SMITH are working on the nation’s first 5G Smart City at scale in National Landing. 5G, with local area compute edges, could make National Landing a prototype for smart cities of the future and create a unified consumer experience across asset types. The area could also enhance offerings in mobility and self-driving vehicles, immersive retail and entertainment, and building automation and environmental sustainability. The first network infrastructure deployments are planned for the first half of 2022 and will expand with development of the community.
By Liza Wilson Durant, PhD, Associate Provost, Strategic Initiatives and Community Engagement, and Professor and Associate Dean, Strategic Initiatives and Community Engagement, College of Engineering and Computing, George Mason University
George Mason University is advancing our plans to deliver a new building to Mason's Arlington campus, dedicated to producing the next generation of Northern Virginia’s technology workforce. The new building will be the nexus of Mason’s research in emerging technologies, a base for its University-wide Institute for Digital innovation, and hub for Mason’s School of Computing and related academic programs which connect thousands of new students to the digital universe.
By Jonathan Aberman, Dean of Marymount University’s College of Business, Innovation, Leadership, and Technology (BILT)
Marymount University is inaugurating a program to help college students from across the area develop technology skills they’ll need to be ready for the workplace upon graduation. The Tech Set program, which is scheduled to begin during the Spring 2022 semester, will allow economically disadvantaged juniors and seniors from colleges and universities in Northern Virginia to participate in a two-month educational program that emphasizes work readiness, job tools, career preparation, and mentorship.
Why the “Great Resignation” Hasn’t Shattered Small Businesses (and What Larger Businesses Need to Know)
By Holly Harper, Principal, Blue Bike Communications
In early 2020, more than four million people quit their jobs and a recent survey indicates that nearly 73% of workers are considering quitting in what’s been deemed “The Great Resignation.”
During COVID many businesses crumbled, so how did small businesses thrive?
For many small businesses with low overhead, COVID gave us the opportunity to do what we were already doing — but better.
I was fortunate my business is designed for remote work, and I had some perspective after surviving a tragic and taxing 2018 and 2019. For a scrappy entrepreneur, COVID delivered me the gift of time and reflection, and — eventually — the pivot.
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