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Arlington County Hopes To Attract More Tech Startups

Arlington County officials wasted no time getting to work in the New Year, with the County Board continuing its tradition of meeting on January 1. At that meeting, the board chose a new chairman and set "innovation" as a priority for 2014.

Newly elected Chairman Jay Fisette laid out a plan for Arlington to be what he called "a hub for the innovation economy." He said Arlington needs to invest in infrastructure — including a planned streetcar line.

He also said the county will try to market itself nationally and internationally to attract technology start-up businesses. Drawing in such businesses has become increasingly competitive across the D.C. region, as many jurisdictions have tried to establish themselves as leaders in computer science, biotechnology and cyber-security.

Fisette also challenged the board to adopt a 25-year strategy to divert 90 percent of waste from landfills or incineration.

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