This Week in Economic Development

The week of April 29 - May 5, 2013

Alexandria Economic Development Partnership

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Val P. Hawkins     

President & CEO  


Stephanie Landrum   

Senior Vice President


Christina Mindrup   

Vice President, Commercial Real Estate

Teresa Garrison   

Director of Operations

Sara Pierce   

Communications & Outreach Manager  


Amy Shields   

Operations & Research Manager


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Events & Activities  


AEDP staff will be attending the inaugural Learning Lab conference, organized by Vibrant Streets™. Attendees will include real estate developers, economic development officials, planners, architects, community members, and retailers, who will walk away with a hands-on guide that will help them create a vibrant retail street in their community. This is not a typical conference or seminar, but a practical, real world, how-to-do-it-better event featuring walking tours, workshops, and presentations on Bethesda Row - a model for a modern and vibrant retail community.


City Council will hold their final budget work session to review Preliminary Add/Delete Lists for the City Manager's proposed FY 2014 Budget and FY 2014-2022 Capital Improvement Program (CIP) (Mon. 4/29 at 6:30 PM, City Hall, Sister Cities Conference Room).


The Alexandria Small Business Development Center's Start, Manage, Grow workshop series will continue, featuring Taylor Burke, JD, LLM, Program Director, MPH in Health Policy at the School of Public Health & Health Services of The George Washington University who will present information about how the Affordable Care Act will impact your business. This will be an in-depth presentation discussing the various opportunities and benefits for Virginia small businesses under the Affordable Care Act.  Professor Burke will detail both the regulatory requirements that small businesses must meet, as well as the various advantages, under the new health reform law.  Professor Burke will discuss the consequences of doing nothing, as well as a path forward for compliance under the law. The program is titled

"Health Reform GPS: Navigating the Requirements of the Affordable Care Act" (Tues. 4/30 at 8:30 AM, AEDP/SBDC Offices, 625 N. Washington St., registration required).


What's Next, Alexandria? is a community conversation about civic engagement and planning for the future -- and how Alexandrians can best participate in the public decisions that shape the City.  At the 3rd Community Dialogue community members will work to finalize principles of civic engagement and discuss concrete steps and outreach/engagement tools for achieving the principles. For those unable to attend in person, the City will offer live Internet video engagement, allowing viewers to watch live video from the event and interact with other viewers in group exercises through a moderated live chat(Tues. 4/30, 7:00 PM, First Baptist Church Activity Center, 2932 King St., more information).


The Small Business Development Center (SBDC) will hold their every-other-month Board meeting (Weds. 5/1 at noon, Economic Development Boardroom, 625 N. Washington St., Suite 400).  


Community members can ask questions and offer opinions on a variety of topics relating to transit, school impacts, and how the first phase proposal relates to the eventual build out of the site, particularly in terms of how it complies with the Landmark/Van Dorn Corridor Plan, at the second public meeting to discuss the Landmark Mall redevelopment (Weds. 5/1 at 7:00 PM, Landmark Mall, West End Community Redevelopment Room).


The AEDP is hosting the Northern Virginia National Association of Industrial and Office Properties (NAIOP) Luncheon in Potomac Yard on Thursday, part of the annual bus tour where the commercial real estate community learns more about the development and office leasing opportunities available in Northern Virginia.  It is anticipated that more than 450 developers, bankers and institutional investors from all over the United States will join us to see firsthand the City of Alexandria and recently started and planned development projects in the Potomac Yard area.


The Del Ray Business Association is once again hosting a series of free outdoor street festivals along Mount Vernon Avenue this spring and summer called First Thursdays. The theme for the first festival is Health and Wellness- Cirque du Del Ray (Thurs. 5/2, 6:00 - 9:00 PM, Mt. Vernon Ave, more information).

Spring for Alexandria! 


This year's 3 day City-wide celebration of service and giving features the following events:
ACT Legacy of Giving Gala
ACT for Alexandria's Legacy of Giving Gala, held at the US Patent and Trademark Office at 6:30 PM on Thursday, May 2nd. This year ACT will be honoring David Speck and Marcia Neuhaus Speck with the Legacy of Giving & Service Award. 
Friday, May 3rd begins with 
Volunteer Alexandria's Summit,

featuring keynote speaker Catherine Merrill Williams and awards & recognition for philanthropist and nonprofit leaders in Alexandria.
Day of Service  
Immediately following the Summit, businesses & individuals are encouraged to spend the day giving back through Volunteer Alexandria's Day of Service at sites all around Alexandria.  Teams are then invited to celebrate at the Market Square celebration.
The three day event ends with an opportunity to do some spring cleaning while benefiting those less fortunate at the Alexandria Jaycees' Alexandria Giveevent.  Come by the First Baptist Church on Saturday, May 4th from 10:00 am - 4:00 pm to donate food, clothing, furniture and more! 
Alexandria Gives  
Alexandria: Most Well-Read City!


Lots of buzz this week about Alexandria topping Amazon's 'Most Well-Read Cities in America' ListSee the articles below, from various publications:


Washington Post

Washington Business Journal

Washington City Paper

Virginia Business

Del Ray Patch


In the News  





Senate Approves Major Real Estate Prospectuses -- Washington Business Journal


National Science Foundation to Stay in Ballston, For Now --Washington Business Journal


Malls, Shopping Centers Getting New Life as Residential and Retail Projects -- Washington Post Article






Alexandria Continues 'What's Next?' Dialogue with Residents -- Article

Alexandria Named 'Best Foodie City in the South' Article






Beso + BYT Shopping Guides: Old Town Alexandria -- Brightest Young Things Article


REVEL: Hints of Los Angeles Styles in Old Town Alexandria (Photos) -- Article


New Virginia Sushi Restaurant to Ban Kids [VIDEO] -- Story


Local TV Covers Del Ray's Adult-Only Sushi Spot [VIDEO] -- Article


Sushi with a Twist on the Avenue -- Alexandria Times Article


Sushi Bar Fit for Adults -- Article


Serving up 'Passion for Food' (Page 5) -- Alexandria Gazette Article


Chef Billy McCormick Headed to Virtue Feed & Grain -- DC Eater Article


Virtue Feed & Grain Gets New Chef Article


Deposit a Check With Your Phone? Coming Soon to a Community Bank Near You --Washington Business Journal Article


Familiar With Scissors, Depeyrots Cut Ribbon on Salon Bisoux Article


Little Caesars Coming to Alexandria's West End Article


Mayor, Verizon Crew Celebrate New West End Store--


Fibre Space Moving to New Location --