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Monday, December 2, 2019  
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VEDA Winter Meeting, VA Economic Summit, Scottish Christmas Walk & More in This Week in Economic Development


Alexandria Economic Development Partnership

For the Week of December 2 - 8,



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:


Ashley Bayana

Administrative Services Manager

Alexander Cline

Project Assistant


Tom Colicchio

Business Development Associate


Teresa Garrison

Event & Client Services Manager


Adrianne Griffith


Marketing & Communications


Stephanie Landrum

President & CEO


Christina Mindrup

Vice President,

Real Estate


Marie Plishka

Business Development Associate


Jerry Sanford

Vice President,

Business Development


Ryan Touhill

Chief of Staff



Calling all ALX Businesses

One thing we love to do is highlight milestone events for Alexandria businesses. If you've hit a certain number of years in business, are planning an open house or a grand opening, received an award, or are celebrating anything else, please let us know so that we can showcase your organization!

This Week: Events & Activities

The Carlyle Vitality Initiative's Holiday Festivities transforms John Carlyle Square into a lively open-air festival. The Holiday Market, with a wide range of vendors, began on December 1st and runs through Friday the 6th.


Take photos with Santa and Mrs. Claus, who will be appearing December 4th from 5-7 pm.Photo Booth for pictures with Santa will be available on December 4th.

The Carlyle Neighborhood will also feature the Holiday Movie, "It's a Wonderful Life" in the Holiday Market's enclosed tent on December 8th, starting at 4 pm. Bring your own chair, blanket, and snacks.

(Holiday Market: Sun.- Fri., 12/1-6 at 11:00 AM - 7:00 PM;

Santa & Ms. Claus: Weds., 12/4 at 5:00 - 7:00 PM;

Movie: Sun., 12/8 at 4:00 PM, all at John Carlyle Square Park, 300 John Carlyle St.).

The Virginia Economic Developers Association (VEDA)'s 2019Annual Meeting and Winter Membership Luncheoncompletes the program year ofTelling the Virginia Story. This final meeting for 2019 will include a joint VEDA/VEDP workshop, a networking reception, the year in review, the election of VEDA's 2020 leadership, and programming that will addressHas Your Story Hit its Mark?(Tues.-Weds., 12/3-4, Waynesboro, VA, Registration required).

The Planning Commission will hold their regularly scheduled meeting. Items of interest include a briefing on the Draft Eisenhower East Small Area Plan(Tues., 12/3 at 7:00 - 10:00 PM, Council Chamber, City Hall, 301 King St.).

ECONOMIX is a blending of economic development professionals, coming together to stir additional insights and practical tools to enhance work in their respective communities. ECONOMIX 2019 is designed for economic developers by economic developers. Plan to mix things up as attendees will add critical ingredients to their personal leadership recipe. And, to add some spice, ECONOMIX will feature over 24 site consultants who are getting deals done and are ready to connect with attendees(Weds.-Thurs., 12/4-5, Charleston, SC, Registration required).

The Alexandria Small Business Development Center will hold their regularly scheduled Board Meeting(Weds., 12/3 at 12:00 - 2:00 PM, AEDP/SBDC Boardroom, Suite 400, 625 N. Washington St.).

The Board of Architectural Reviewwill hold their regularly scheduledhearing. Items of interest include a request for new construction at 2901 Potomac Avenue for the Potomac Yard Metro station(Weds., 12/4 at 7:00 - 10:00 PM, Council Chamber, City Hall, 301 King St.).

The Alexandria Economic Development Partnership Ad Hoc Communications Committee will hold their regularly scheduled meeting(Fri., 12/6 at 8:00 AM, AEDP Office, Suite 400, 625 N. Washington St.).

The Virginia Chamber of Commerce will host the 10th Annual Virginia Economic Summit, with a focus on Perspectives on Virginia's Economic Future.Join as they celebrate the CNBC ranking of Virginia asthe #1 State for Business.Hearbusiness and legislative leaders discusshow Virginians will work together to secure the economicfuture of the Commonwealth(Fri., 12/6 at 9:00 AM - 2:00 PM, Greater Richmond Convention Center, 403 N. Third St., Richmond, Registration required).

The Greater Washington Board of Trade will host their 2019 Annual Meeting. The focus will bethe past, present, and future of the Board of Trade and the dynamic region(Fri., 12/6 at 11:00 AM - 1:30 PM, Omni Shoreham Hotel, 2500 Calvert St. NW, Washington DC, Registration required).

Don't miss Old Town Alexandria's most spectacular holiday weekend. In 1749, the City of Alexandria was officially established by three Scottish merchants and named after its original founder, John Alexander, also of Scottish descent. Today, the city continues celebrating its heritage with a weekend of festivities. At the Campagna Center's iconic Scottish Christmas Walk Parade, dozens of Scottish clans dressed in colorful tartans parade through the streets of Old Town, joined by pipe and drum bands from around the region, as well as terriers and hounds. The parade, which takes place rain or shine, begins at St. Asaph and Wolfe Streets and concludes at Market Square with a massed band concert.


More weekend events include the Taste of Scotland Scotch tasting (December 6), a holiday Heather and Greens Sale (December 6-7) and Holiday Home Tours (December 7). The Campagna Center's 2019 Business Partner of the Year & Premier Scottish Walk Sponsor is Passport Auto Group. Scottish Walk is consistently ranked by the Southeast Tourism Society as one of the top 20 events in the South, this event has grown from a small informal parade to an entire weekend filled with events and festivities. Join the conversation online by using #SCWW19.

(Fri.-Sun., 12/6-8, Alexandria- see website for details).

Old Town Alexandria's historic waterfront will shine for the20th Anniversary Alexandria Holiday Boat Parade of Lightsas dozens of brightly lit boats cruise along one mile of the Potomac River shoreline. Enjoy dockside festivities from 2 to 8 p.m. in Waterfront Park including a pop-up beer garden fromPort City Brewing Companyand holiday music and giveaways from97.1 WASH-FM. Take part in hands-on activities including a Letters to Santa postcard station from paper goods boutiquePenny Post, a holiday craft activity fromAR Workshop Alexandriaand a bookmark making station fromOld Town Books. Enjoy savory meatballs fromPizzeria Paradisoand a hot chocolate bar fromDolci Gelati. On the Alexandria City Marina,Riverside Taco Companypresents a Parade Day Patio Party with hot cider and bottomless bites included in admission. At 3:30 p.m., Santa and Mrs. Claus will arrive by fireboat at the Alexandria City Marina to take photos with children and families at the annualTorpedo Factory Art Center Holiday Festival(Sat., 12/7 at 2:00 - 8:00 PM, Alexandria Waterfront, 1 Prince St.).

In the News

Each month, check out "Growing in Alexandria," our AEDP blog series that focuses on businesses around the City.

For our first December Growing in Alexandria post, we sat down withCorey and Liz Tara Losinski, Co-Founders ofBaseRent. BaseRent is an app for landlords, and we got to learn a little more about the couple and the company this month.Check it out today on the blog!



City Asks for Public Input on Eisenhower East Plan- ALX Now

Alexandria's housing market now more expensive than Arlington- WTOP

PY Metro proceeds on wetlands site- Alexandria Times[Page 1]

City of Alexandria to Hold Groundbreaking Ceremony for Potomac Yard Metrorail Station- City of Alexandria


Scooters, Phase II: City Officials to Consider New Regulations- Alexandria Living Magazine

Northam discourages repeal of right-to-work law in remarks to revenue council- Richmond Times-Dispatch

Agencies Reaffirm Highest Bond Ratings for City of Alexandria- City of Alexandria


Hank's Pasta Bar to Become Hank & Mitzi's Italian Kitchen- Alexandria Living Magazine

Small Business Saturday takes over Old Town Alexandria- FOX 5 DC

Small Business Saturday: 6 Neighborhoods to Shop in DC, Maryland and Virginia- NBC Washington


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