County Surpasses Telecommuter Goal

From today's Fairfax Extra:

Fairfax County is the first jurisdiction to reach -- and then exceed -- a regional goal to have 20 percent of the eligible workforce telecommuting one day a week or more, county officials said.

The 20 percent goal, set by the Metropolitan Washington Council of Governments, was met by Fairfax by the end of last year, board Chairman Gerald E. Connolly (D) told the supervisors Monday.

"Teleworking is an essential tool for improving the region's air quality," Connolly said in a news release. He pointed out that 1,000 county employees telecommuting an average of one day a week would 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, officials said in the news release. It can provide continuity of operations in government and the private sector by allowing employees to work from remote locations in the event of an emergency.

Fairfax County's telecommuting program, called Fairfax Teleworks, began in 1995 as a one-year pilot program with 50 employees. For more information on the program, contact Catherine Chianese at 703-324-2531, TTY 711, or visit http://www.fairfaxcounty.gov/telework .

By  |  January 12, 2006; 1:46 PM ET  | Category:  Business , Government , Traffic
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