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Tuesday, May 8, 2018  
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Public Hearing on Meals Tax Increase, Meeting on changes to scope of Potomac Yard Metro project & More in This Week in Economic Development



Alexandria Economic Development Partnership

Week of May 7 - 13,



If you have questions about this weekly update, or would like to learn more about economic development opportunities in Alexandria, please contact the AEDP staff:


Tom Colicchio

Business Development Associate


Teresa Garrison

Director ofOperations


Adrianne Griffith

Marketing & Communications Coordinator


Stephanie Landrum

President & CEO


Christina Mindrup

Vice President,

Business Development


Marie Plishka

Business Development Associate

Jacqueline Reilly

Project Assistant


Ryan Touhill

Chief of Staff


Elizabeth Watson

Campus Manager




Events & Activities

The Braddock Implementation Advisory Group will hold a meetingwhich will include updates on neighborhood development projects such as Braddock Gateway Phase 3, the Carpenter's Shelter and a proposal for 1200 N. Henry Street (Mon. 5/7 at 7:00 - 9:00 PM, Durant Center, Cameron St).

TheIndustrial Development Authority will hold a regularly scheduled meeting to consider modifications to previous bond issuances by Catholic Charities USA and ASCO (Tues. 5/8 at 5:00 PM, AEDP Boardroom, 625 N. Washington St. Suite 400).

Discover the District, in partnership with AEDP, will hold the second installment of theBraddock Fitness Seriesat theBraddock Interim Open Space.Refresh Yoga Center will teach a yoga class, followed by a community happy hour at Mason Social (Tues. 5/8 at 6:15 - 8:00 PM,Braddock Interim Open Space, 600 North Henry Street, Registration Required).

City Council will hold their regularly scheduled legislative meetingwhere items of interest includeRecommendation to Rename Portions of U.S. Route 1 in the City of Alexandria and Consideration of a Resolution supporting the Underground Transmission Line Working Group (UTLWG) Recommendation on Dominion Energy's 230kV line proposals and Memorandums of Agreement related to Dominion's proposed purchase of certain real property rights related to the transmission line (Tues. 5/8 at 7:00 PM, City Hall, Council Chambers).

The Alexandria SBDC and TD Bank are hosting this Spring Celebration of Small Business. Come network with other small business owners in Alexandria and celebrate spring (Weds. 5/9, 5:30 - 8:00 PM, 119 S. Washington St).

The Potomac Yard Metrorail Implementation Work Group will meet to receive project updates on the project design, specifically changes to the project scope- details available in this memo (Weds. 5/9 at 7:00 PM, City Hall, Sister Cities Conference Room 1101).

The West End Business Association (WEBA) will host a Networking Happy Hour for members and the community at London Curry House (Thurs. 5/10, 5:30 - 7:30 PM, 191 Somervelle St., registration required).

City Council will hold their monthly public hearing. The complete docket will be posted here once it is published. Items of interest include the 1% increase to the meals tax to fund affordable housing and consideration of aDevelopment Site Plan for 1101 North Washington Street - Abingdon Place (the Old Colony Inn) to accommodate changes related to a change of redevelopment from hotel to townhouses (Sat. 5/12 at 9:30 AM, City Hall, Council Chambers).

In the News


Vacant office in Alexandria to become hundreds of apartments-Washington Post

The Hunt for HQ2: Alexandria-Arlington earning big buzz for their bids -Washington Business Journal

One goal of Amazon's HQ2: Learn the lessons of Seattle- Washington Business Journal

Tech talent will be key in Greater Washington's courtship of Amazon, others- Washington Business Journal

D.C. Un-United: Amazon's Second HQ Pits City Vs. Its Suburbs- WAMU

Elon Poll on Amazon HQ2: What residents in 19 U.S. finalist cities think about the $5B project- Elon University

Townhouse Plan Advances for Old Colony Inn Site in Alexandria- Alexandria Gazette

ULI Washington to Analyze Barriers to Housing Affordability in the Region: Impact Task Force will address factors related to land use approval processes and their impact on the supply and cost of homes across the region- ULI Washington News


'Wonder Woman 2' to film at Alexandria's dead Landmark Mall- Washington Business Journal

Why Landmark Mall is an intriguing location to film 'Wonder Woman 2'- Washington Business Journal

My Pleasant Suburb Is Going a Little Bit Crazy:A story of development, bickering, and a mayor who really, really cares about trees.- Washingtonian Magazine

Regional Cooperation Successes Celebrated by Coalition - 2030 Group and Partners Take Action- ULI Washington News

New name for Jefferson Davis Highway recommended in Alexandria- WTOP

Greater Washington's rebranding effort is waiting on one thing. You guessed it, Amazon HQ2.- Washington Business Journal

Alexandria will increase its meals tax to pay for affordable housing- Washington Post

Alexandria council's plan to raise meals tax steams restaurant owners- WTOP

Alexandria restaurateurs fear meals tax hike will give edge to other dining destinations - Washington Business Journal

Splitting the Bill: Meals Tax Debate Divides Council (Page 1)

- Alexandria Gazette

Council approves FY2019 budget, tentatively approves 1 percent meals tax increase- Alexandria Times

Alexandria City Council Adopts Fiscal Year 2019 Budget

- City of Alexandria Release

Alexandria doubles funding increase for public safety

- Washington Post

These Are The Best Cities For Biking In The U.S. (Alexandria = #5 Mid-Size City)- Fast Company

Metro-area jobless rates show little change in March- Virginia Business

Alexandria to consider proposal to hike pay 36 percent for next council, mayor- Washington Post


Taco Eatery to Open at Former Auto 'Chop Shop' in Alexandria- Alexandria Living Magazine

Taco Shop, Fitness Studio Coming To New Alexandria Development- Old Town Alexandria Patch

50 Fastest-Growing Women-Owned/Led companies announced by Women Presidents' Organization (featuring Tribal Tech, LLC)- WPO Release

MAVA to celebrate its 20th edition of TechBuzz (featuringReferral Rock andUserMuse)- Press Release

RG Opens New Technology Development Center- PR Newswire

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