CIT CTO Dave Ihrie | In the News | #SmartCommunities
COURTHOUSE AREA COULD BECOME ‘SMART COMMUNITY’
Stafford targeted to become Virginia's first Smart Community By James Scott Baron The Free Lance–Star:
“We’re looking to build a secure facility from the ground up,” said David Ihrie, chief technology officer of the Center for Innovative Technology. “Our goal is to make Stafford a model community for all of Virginia.” Ihrie said CIT would bring a host of interested partners to Stafford to help boost economic development in the region and realize his vision. “We want to make Downtown Stafford the state’s first standalone smart community,” Ihrie said.
Building an entrepreneurial ecosystem is a long process involving a complex array of factors. In "Business Attraction and Start-Up Investment: Flip Sides of the Economic Development Coin," I argue for accelerating ecosystem maturation through a unified approach to conventional economic development and start-up company support.
I sometimes hear risk capital or tech transfer held out as the panacea for jump-starting tech-driven entrepreneurial activity. The commentary goes something like this: “If only we had more venture capital, we could become the next Silicon Valley” or “If only we could spin technology out of our universities we would jump start an entrepreneurial economy.
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Chuck Kirby, vice president of broadband for the Center for Innovative Technology (CIT), said last month at a community broadband forum that the county must dig deeper to determine the types of needs that exist in Smyth County. He urged people to complete the survey saying, it is “a chance to have your voice heard.” He called the survey data the foundation of the county’s needs assessment, which will be used in part to seek grants and form partnerships to improve broadband access.
CRCF FY19 Award Recipient, JKM Technologies, Featured on NPR Segment
This fall, NPR's "How I Built This with Guy Raz" featured CRCF FY19 awardee, Dr. Casey Kerrigan, and her unique approach to making shoes using 3D printing.
"After concluding a 2-year effort focusing on sensor-based technologies for public safety, our SCITILabs partnership is launching similar R&D to combat wildfires in urban areas. We’ll continue our work with the Center for Innovative Technology, Smart City Works and TechNexus - along with these four new industry partners, who will ready their prototypes for testing with first responders over the next 6 months." DHS Science and Technology Directorate
DHS S&T selected four new industry partners to participate in a new wildfire sensors workstream of the Smart Cities Internet of Things Innovation (SCITI) Labs.
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