County Exceeds Region’s Teleworking Goal
Fairfax County Office of Public Affairs
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Fairfax, VA 22035-0065
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Jan. 10, 2006
Fairfax County Exceeds Region’s Teleworking Goal
Supports Commitment to Improve Region’s Air Quality and Emergency Preparedness
Fairfax County is the first jurisdiction to reach — and then exceed — the regional goal set by the Metropolitan Washington Council of Governments to have 20 percent of the eligible workforce teleworking one day per week or more by the end of 2005. The Fairfax County Board of Supervisors announced the accomplishment at its meeting on Monday, Jan. 9. Since the region set the teleworking goal, Fairfax County government has consistently led other COG jurisdictions in this effort to take cars off the road, fight gridlock and improve air quality.
“Teleworking is an essential tool for improving the region’s air quality,” said Board of Supervisors Chairman Gerald E. Connolly. He pointed out that 1,000 county employees telecommuting an average of one day a week will save 1.8 million commuting miles and prevent 720,000 pounds of pollutants from entering the air by taking cars off the roads.
Telework also is an important part of emergency preparedness efforts. It can provide continuity of operations in government and the private sector by allowing employees to operate from remote locations in the event of an emergency.
Fairfax County employees also have the option to telework from workspaces in Access Fairfax at Fairfax County’s South County Center, 8350 Richmond Highway, Alexandria.
“Reaching the regional goal is a great success story,” said Connolly. “We need to celebrate it and invite other jurisdictions to join us.”
Fairfax County’s teleworking program, called Fairfax Teleworks, began in 1995 as a one-year pilot program with 50 employees. For further information on the Fairfax County teleworking program, contact Catherine Chianese at 703-324-2531, TTY 711, or visit www.fairfaxcounty.gov/telework.