Mr. Chairman, Reston is one of the jewels of Fairfax County and Virginia. Restonians – and I am one – are particularly proud of our history, community engagement, green spaces, diversity, and public amenities. Therefore, it gives me great pleasure to note that Money magazine has designated Reston as number 1 in the country in it’s “The 10 Best Places to Live if You Work From Home” survey.
As noted in the Jan. 18, 2021 article, “Money analyzed 157,000 data points across nearly 2,000 cities and towns in the U.S. to find the best places to live if you work from home.” Consideration was given to cost of living, public safety, schools, green space, retail and other assets. Almost all homes in Reston have adequate Internet service to support people working from home, as defined by service provider comparison site BroadbandNow.
In addition, as Reston is a planned community and has benefited from decades of investment by various Boards of Supervisors, Reston has a robust and – where not quite yet optimal – improving transportation infrastructure. And this infrastructure will be greatly enhanced with the upcoming opening of Phase 2 of the Silver Line.
Reston is a thriving employment center as well as a diverse residential community, and this combination has enabled us both to be resilient and to help our neighbors through a deep sense of community during the pandemic. The foundation of Reston put in place almost 60 years ago by the visionary Robert E. Simon, Jr. remains in place today – it is a great place to live work and play. And, of course to work from home. I am very happy that we’re seeing that recognition at a national level.
Therefore, Chairman McKay, I move that the county’s Office of Public Affairs promote Reston’s number 1 designation in Money magazine’s “The 10 Best Places to Live if You Work From Home.”