The “downtown” area envisioned for the Stafford County, Virginia, courthouse may someday be so technologically advanced that the amount of garbage in each trash can will be electronically monitored.

Ultra-wide broadband will be abundant, as will smart energy, lighting, water and temperature controls that will be built into energy-efficient housing units and commercial buildings.

“We’re looking to build a secure facility from the ground up,” said David Ihrie, chief technology officer of the Center for Innovative Technology. “Our goal is to make Stafford a model community for all of Virginia.”  MORE>>