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Waterfront Park & Public Art Opening, SWaM Workshop & More in This Week in Economic Development

Monday, March 25, 2019  
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Alexandria Economic Development Partnership

Week of March 25-31,



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

Event & Client Services Manager


Adrianne Griffith

Marketing & Communications Coordinator


Stephanie Landrum

President & CEO


Christina Mindrup

Vice President,

Business Development


Marie Plishka

Business Development Associate


Ryan Touhill

Chief of Staff



This Week: Events & Activities

The Beauregard Design Advisory Committee will hold their regularly scheduled committee meeting. Items of interest include an amendment to DSUP #2017-0019 by Monday Properties for 2000 N. Beauregard St(Mon. 3/25 at 6:30 - 8:30 PM, Goodwin House Auditorium, 4800 Fillmore Ave.).

NAIOP is hosting a lunch with Alexandria Mayor Justin Wilson. He will discuss plans for current and future growth and development in Alexandria(Tues. 3/26 at 11:45 AM - 2:00 PM, Eisenhower Center III, 2331 Mill Road, Registration Required).

The Virginia Restaurant, Lodging, and Travel Association (VRLTA) is holding the HQ2 Hospitality & Restaurant Forum, featuring AEDP President and CEO Stephanie Landrum. Join them for an overview of the latest news and timelines related to Amazon's HQ2 arrival, as well as expected impacts on the hospitality industry and potential development opportunities. The panelists will discuss key issues and take questions from the audience; a networking reception will follow the program
(Tues. 3/26 at 3:00 - 5:00 PM, Crowne Plaza Crystal City, 1480 Crystal Drive, Arlington, Registration Requested).

City Council will hold their regularly scheduled legislative meeting. Items of interest include aMetro Platform Improvement Project Oral Update, Department Strategic Review: Alexandria Economic Development Partnership (including discussion of incentives), Department Strategic Review: Visit Alexandria and Consideration of a Resolution Affirming City Council’s Commitment to Regionalism(Tues. 3/26 at 6:00 - 9:00 PM, Council Chambers, City Hall, 301 King St.).

AEDP will hold their rescheduled Board of Directors meeting (Weds. 3/27 at 8:00 AM, AEDP Boardroom, 625 N. Washington St., Suite 400).

The Old Town Business and Professional Association (OTBPA) will hold their board meeting (Weds. 3/27 at 9:00 AM, The Hour, 1015 King St.).

The City will hold the sixth Budget Work Session. This one will focus on Accountable, Effective, and Well-Managed Government Focus Areas (Weds. 3/27 at 7:00 - 9:00 PM, Sister Cities Room 1101, City Hall, 301 King St.).

There will be anEisenhower East SAP Update Community Open House.Its purpose is to provide an overview of the planning process and the topics and updates to the Plan that will be considered. Members of the community are invited to stop by at any time during the open house to learn about the process, ask questions, and provide feedback(Weds. 3/27 at 7:00 - 9:00 PM, Eisenhower Center III, 2331 Mill Road).

The Carlyle Vitality Initiative is hosting a community event; join in for fun, food and games on Nationals Opening Day! Wear your favorite red outfit to be entered into a raffle (Thurs. 3/28 at 12:00 - 4:00 PM, Trademark Drink and Eat, 2080 Jamieson Ave.).

Join the Alexandria Chamber of Commerce as they bring together City Council and General Assembly members for a discussion on current issues facing businesses at their annual legislative breakfast (Fri. 3/29 at 7:30 - 9:30 AM, Holiday Inn Alexandria at Carlyle, 2460 Eisenhower Ave., Registration Required).

If you are a small woman or minority owned business, join the Alexandria SBDC for a workshop on becoming SWaM certified. "Selling to the Commonwealth #2- SWaM Certification Lab" will cover small, women-owned, or minority-owned business who want to do business with the Commonwealth of Virginia. Small business owners who are looking to participate in Virginia's specialized procurement and contracting opportunities are encouraged to become SWaM certified. The SWaM certification is a vehicle to promote economic growth of Virginia's businesses.In this workshop, you will apply for the SWaM certification program (Fri. 3/29 at 10:00 AM - 12:00 PM, AEDP/SBDC Boardroom, 625 N. Washington St., Suite 400, Registration Required).

The Alexandria City Council invites the public to a ribbon-cutting ceremony for the interim Waterfront Park! The celebration will continue with festivities to mark the opening of Mirror Mirror, a new sound-responsive, interactive public art installation. Events will occur rain or shine(Sat. 3/30 at 10:00 - 11:00 AM [Ribbon Cutting]; 2:00 - 9:00 PM [Festivities], Waterfront Park, 1 King St.).

Upcoming Events & Opportunities

Carlyle Vitality


AEDP is happy to be part of the Carlyle Vitality Initiative, whose aim is to contribute to the vitality and quality of life for those working, living and visiting Carlyle by making physical and experiential improvements to the neighborhood.

Follow the Carlyle Community Council on social media to keep up with future events:





Community Matching Fund


The City of Alexandria Recreation, Parks and Cultural Activities (RPCA) is currently accepting applications for their community matching fund program. Community organizations and non-profits can apply for 1:1 matching funds to improve a park or recreation facility that will provide a free, public benefit to all. To see all of the criteria and more information,

please visit the City website.

In the News


AEDP is proud to support the Alexandria/Arlington Regional Workforce Council. We featured a new initiative from the Council called the "Careers in Technology" Tuition Reimbursement Program. This program will help local businesses attract and retain tech talent by offsetting the costs of certain education and certifications. To find out more, head on over to the blog.


Restaurants approved for waterfront development- Virginia Business

Waterfront Robinson Landing Development Makes Progress- Old Town Patch

Wary of Amazon, Latino neighborhood vows not to be pushed out- Washington Post

Gentrification Affects Certain Areas In Alexandria: Report- Del Ray Patch


Survey ranks Virginia as seventh most innovative state- Virginia Business

Alexandria Receives $10,000 Tourism Grant- Alexandria Living Magazine

Dulles up, National flat, BWI down in new passenger totals- Inside NOVA

How Alexandria Ranks For Health, Life Expectancy- Old Town Patch

'Car tax' window decal no longer required in Alexandria- WTOP

City of Alexandria Eliminates Windshield Decals for Car Tax- City of Alexandria

Ribbon-Cutting for Interim Park in Alexandria- Alexandria Gazette

New consortium sets vision for Washington region to be national leader in finding digital solutions to problems- Washington Post

Virginia will chip in $3.6M during Metro summer shutdown to help provide other options- Washington Business Journal


Amify Secures $5.8M Series A Funding, Empowers Brands to Maximize their Amazon E-Commerce Potential- Business Wire

"Marine MacGyver" boot camp gives troops technology to confront modern enemy- CBS

Restaurants approved for Old Town Alexandria's ritzy Robinson Landing- WTOP

City OKs New Alexandria Waterfront Restaurants- Alexandria Living Magazine

Poultry proposal deferred- Alexandria Times[Page 1]

Hank's Pasta Bar expansion to include rooftop dining- Alexandria Times[Page 12]

Pier restaurants earn council approval- Alexandria Times[Page 13]

Bagel Uprising Rises Again with New Del Ray Location- Alexandria Gazette[Page 17]

Drybar opens new location in Old Town Alexandria- Northern Virginia Magazine

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