A subcommittee of the Regional Committee (Galen Miller, Jeanne Antonuccio and Tom Snydal) researched and developed the concept of a Smart Region for Beaufort County. Jeanne Antonuccio presented a strawman plan of that concept to the Executive Committee at their February meeting.
A Smart Region is about creating an interpersonal relationship between a region and its people. It uses information and communication technology (ICT) to enhance its livability, workability and sustainability.
Infrastructure is a critical element
The plan includes examples from other communities with successful Smart Region implementations and identifies two key areas where Smart Region concepts could be employed in Beaufort County: Education Achievement and Health Achievement.
The subcommittee plans to work with the GIC Education committee and Medical committee to identify potential opportunities, stakeholders and leaders and also work with the GIC Government Policy committee to address legislative agendas which might be required to make progress on a Smart Region. The GIC committees will seek community partners to implement this concept and work as advocates to help through planning and implementation.