Hampton Roads Wins Grand Prize In Smart Infrastructure Challenge

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Hampton Roads Wins Grand Prize In Smart Infrastructure Challenge

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Regionalism is finally coming to the nation's oldest region.

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Hampton Roads has been announced as Grand Prize Winner of the first Smart Infrastructure Challenge.

Venture Smarter announced the competition at the 2018 Smart Regions Congress at the National Press Club, intended to facilitate the goals of that body. Applicants were challenged with “creating a tech-enabled vision for integrating intelligent, interoperable systems into infrastructure,” and winners would receive funding and other support to realize the plans.

The five South Hampton Roads cities (Virginia Beach, Norfolk, Chesapeake, Portsmouth, and Suffolk) collaborated on a plan called the Regional Connectivity Ring, that would connect the cities via high-speed cable.

The ring will be just over 100 miles long in total, linking all of South Hampton Roads to the cable landing station at 1900 Corporate Landing Parkway. This will bring high-speed 5G internet to all of South Hampton Roads and that means greater speeds for residents and greater economic development opportunities to all participating cities and the rest of the region.

One could even envision a high-speed extension along the future interstate 87 to the Research Triangle one day to link the two regions even more closely.

The next step for Hampton Roads regionalism? It could be the Stadium that several cities have been looking at individually in recent years, and there are signs the cities are more favorable to the idea than in the past.

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