Arlington County is a "strong," "economically vibrant" and "safe" community, according to County Board Chairwoman Mary Hynes.
Hynes delivered the keynote "State of the County" address Tuesday morning at the Doubletree Hotel in Crystal City. The Arlington Chamber of Commerce and Leadership Arlington hosted the 11th annual joint breakfast event.
Hynes touched on the county's low crime rate, high achieving public schools and booming business sector.
"If cranes are any measure of economic wealth…we’re doing pretty darn well," she said.
Three challenges the county faces, she said, are the "changing nature and role of the federal government," natural disaster and terrorism theats, and population growth.
Smart planning will help mitigate these potential challenges, Hynes explained. "It is still one of the very best places to live in America."
During a question-and-answer session, Hynes expressed her opinion that the Route 1 streetcar project should not be financed through public obligation bonds. Read more about the streetcar project on Patch.