Board of Supervisors - Hunter Mill District

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Walter L. Alcorn
Hunter Mill District Supervisor

Sept. 26, 2023 Board Matter: Designate October 2-6, 2023 as Digital Inclusion Week

With Chairman Jeff McKay, Springfield District Supervisor Pat Herrity and Providence District Supervisor Dalia Palchik

Mr. Chairman, Digital Inclusion Week is a national movement supported by the National Digital Inclusion Alliance (NDIA). This year’s theme is “Building Connected Communities”.  Hundreds of localities host and sponsor special events and campaigns to raise awareness and increase digital equity in their communities. This will be the first year that Fairfax County is participating in this national week of awareness.
Digital equity ensures opportunities for Fairfax County residents to participate and engage in a connected community. The ability to access, understand and use digital tools is essential for many tasks in modern life including applying for jobs, paying bills, enjoying recreation activities, completing homework, stay informed, and connecting with government and community resources.  This fosters inclusivity, promotes social and economic justice, and helps individuals thrive in a technology-driven society.

Digital access and literacy for all residents is an area of focus for the county’s One Fairfax policy. Staff have determined that in Fairfax County, the ideal state of digital equity means:
•    Affordable digital hardware and connections
•    Awareness of digital resources and services
•    Access to specific digital tools
•    Advancement of digital literacy skills 
Further, our Countywide Strategic Plan and the SHAPE the Future of Aging Plan calls for expanding and enhancing the technology skills of learners of all ages, while eliminating barriers to digital access. 

During Digital Inclusion Week, Fairfax County is teaming up with local community-based organizations and broadband/telecom providers to host a series of events throughout Fairfax County. Details of these events have been sent to your offices. 

Therefore, I move without objection that the Board designate October 2 - 6, 2023, as Digital Inclusion Week and direct the Office of Public Affairs to prepare a proclamation to be presented at the Digital Inclusion Summit event on October 5, 2023.

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