Virginia is two for two in being #1 for Unmanned Aerial Systems (UAS), according to Business Facilities magazine. The publication’s 16th annual survey was just published, and for the second straight year, Virginia was ranked #1 for UAS.
The ranking comes just days after the public debut of the Virginia Flight Information Exchange pilot project, which is a platform for state and local government agencies to publish and share advisory information with each other, UAS Service Suppliers (USS), unmanned system operators, and the public to promote transparency and public safety. The pilot program will evaluate the benefits of information sharing, inform thoughtful regulation, and demonstrate a state-supported approach to UAS communications and coordination.
The magazine also ranked Virginia #1 in cybersecurity and digital infrastructure. Virginia was ranked second for best business climate; third for workforce development/talent attraction and offshore wind power; and fifth for tech jobs.