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Monday, September 21, 2020  
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For the Week of September 21 - 27, 2020



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


Teresa Garrison

Event & Client Services Manager


Adrianne Griffith


Marketing & Communications


Stephanie Landrum

President & CEO


Christina Mindrup

Vice President,

Real Estate


Kyla Ramdat

Economic Development Associate


Jerry Sanford

Vice President,

Business Development


Marie Spittell

Business Development Associate


Ryan Touhill

Chief of Staff



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In case you missed it: Round Two of the Alexandria Back to Business grant program was announced last week. Applications open Sep. 30 at 8AM- for more information, visit our website or read morehere.

More exciting news for Virginia Tech, as the future Innovation Campus in Potomac Yard was selected for the Washington Business Journal's Game Changer Award! Read more and see renderings of the new campus here.

Last week, Alexandria City Council approved three loans worth $1.15M that will bring financing to more than 720 affordable apartments aroundthe city. Read the full articlehere.

Stephanie Landrum, AEDP's President and CEO, joined with fellow Northern Virginia Economic Development Alliance member Victor Hoskins (FCEDA) on an op-ed that highlights how regionalism is working for Northern Virginia. Read their opinion piece in the Washington Post here.

Last week, Alexandria City Council approved three loans worth $1.15M that will bring financing to more than 720 affordable apartments aroundthe city. Read the full articlehere.



The City will host a live, virtual Potomac Yard Metrorail Implementation Work Group (PYMIG) meeting.

*Mon., 9/21 at 7:00 AM, Virtual

The Beauregard Design Advisory Committee will hold a virtual meeting. The agenda can be found here.

*Mon., 9/21 at 7:00 PM, Virtual

TED Circles is a platform of small groups to engage in conversation about thought-provoking ideas. Join TEDxOronocoBayPark for theirsecondTED Circles event where you willview together "Where Joy Hides and Where to Find it" by Ingrid Fetell Lee.Afterwards, there will be an open discussion on life at it's fullest, share takeaways online to consider each other's perspectives and create a global conversation.

*Mon., 9/21 at 7:00 PM, Registration required(free)

City Council will hold their regularly scheduled virtual Legislative meeting. The docket can be found here. Items of interest include Update Regarding the Housing Contributions Policy Review, Resolution Consenting to an Extension of the Declaration of Local Emergency through March 31, 2021 and Consideration of a Resolution to Request that the Potomac Yard Metrorail Station Official Name be "Potomac Yard - VT" Metrorail Station.

*Tues., 9/22 at 7:00 PM, Virtual

Visit Alexandria will host their annual Member Meeting, where they willreport on the past year, share current research and consumer trends, preview plans for the year ahead, and celebrate the remarkable resiliency of our business community.

*Weds., 9/23 at 4:00 PM, Registration required

For this month'sTech on Tap, join inaugural Vice President and Executive DirectorLance Collinsto hear how the Virginia Tech Innovation Campus will collaborate with partners to transform the Washington, D.C., region into the nation's next great tech hub.Steven Barnett, a student in the inaugural Innovation Campus class, will join the conversation and provide his perspectives.

*Weds., 9/23 at 5:00 PM,Registration required

The Virginia Tech Foundation and JBG SMITH will host a virtual North Potomac Yard Phase 1 community meeting.In anticipation of the October 6 Planning Commission and October 14 City Council public hearings for seven Development Special Use Permit applications and associated requests, the applicants will present the most recent information associated with the proposal for the Virginia Tech academic building, four office buildings and two residential buildings in Phase I.

*Weds., 9/23 at 7:00 PM, Virtual

The Northern Virginia Association of Realtors is putting on their annual convention in a three-week, all virtual format. Between September 21 - October 9, there will be numerous sessions. During week one, AEDP President and CEO, Stephanie Landrum, will join colleagues to discuss the topic: Beyond Boundaries - Regional Economic Development, featuring Northern Virginia.

*Thurs., 9/24 at 10:00 AM,Registration required

Alexandria-based Green Buzz Agency is continuing their webinar series. This week's topic is "We all Need a Crystal Ball: Forecasting Consumer Trends During Uncertainty".Planning for the future has never been more difficult. With constantly changing trends, conversations, and events, it can seem impossible to stay engaged and keep your content relevant.Attend this webinar to learn how to stay ahead of consumer trends by tapping into news cycles and adopting a flexible content strategy. You'll hear from Annie Granatstein, EVP, Creative Newsroom Director at Edelman, and Gabriella Mirabelli, former EVP, Consumer Insights and Brand Strategy at Valence Media. You'll learn:

> How to build flexibility into content models

> When to align with news cycles to stay relevant and ensure longevity

> How to map out your brand strategy even in under uncertainty

*Thurs., 9/24 at 12:00 PM, Registration required

The City will hold a virtual community meeting on the design for the new open space in Oakville Triangle.

*Thurs., 9/24 at 6:00 PM,Virtual

The Columbia Pike Revitalization Organization will hold their annual Columbia Pike Progress Luncheon. While the COVID-19 pandemic has had a significant impact on Columbia Pike, the region, and indeed the world, the community is still strong. Columbia Pike businesses have come together in new ways to support each other, companies adapting to serve new needs, and even new businesses opening along our corridor. Please join as they celebrate these achievements and discuss the future of our region with a panel of speakers (including AEDP's Stephanie Landrum).

*Fri., 9/25 at 12:00 PM,Registration required

The Carlyle Vitality Initiative has a host of events happening this Friday and Saturday. All events are in John Carlyle Square Park, located at 300 John Carlyle Street.

  • The weeklyFarmer's Marketis up and running at John Carlyle Square Park!The CVI Farmer's Market mission is to support and promote local farmers and small businesses with direct in-person interaction to buy or pick up products (pre-orders) at the farmers market.
    • Cost: Free to the Public; Produce, Meats, Food, and Beverage sales are welcomed
    • What to Bring? Face Mask and your Social Distancing Etiquette
    • Some vendors are offering preorders, found here(preorder by Thursday night).
    • *Fri., 9/25 at 2:00 PM
  • The Carlyle Concert Series returns, this week featuring Jesters to the Left.
    • What to Bring?Seating and Snacks for you, friends and/or Family. Social Distancing reservations will be observed at the Park's lawn.
    • Cost: Free to all
  • Bootcamp returns on Saturday morning!
    • Instructor-led by 3 Step Fitness
    • What to Bring? Towel and Water
    • Cost: $5 per participant per class
    • *Sat., 9/26 at 10:00 AM
  • Another installment of the Saturday Cinema Series! Movies start at dusk.
    • What to Bring? A blanket or chair and enjoy!
    • Cost: Free to all
    • This week's movie: Black Panther
    • Special this week: A night to remember Chadwick Boseman; wear your tribute costume, bring your tribute figurine!
    • *Sat., 9/19 at 6:00 PM

Sponsored by the Carlyle Vitality Initiative- City of Alexandria, The Carlyle Council, and the Alexandria Economic Development Partnership.




MeetTorchLight Hire- an Alexandria-based business that has been on the Inc. 5000 list for four of the past five years! We talked withHeidi Parsont, President & CEO, to learn more about the business and how they have continued to sustain growth over the past decade.Check it out todayon the blog!




ALX Now:Demolition of Potomac Yard Movie Theater Going to Board of Architectural Review

ALX Now:Numerous Restaurants and Other Businesses for Sale in Alexandria

Washington Business Journal:Alexandria planners excoriate Old Town redevelopment: 'We can't put lipstick on this pig.'

ALX Now:'Lipstick On A Pig': BAR Rejects Heritage Old Town Proposal

Washington Business Journal:Major mixed-use development eyed for site across from Landmark Mall


ALX Now:Second Round of Back to Business Grants Available September 30

Virginia Business:Va. initial jobless claims slightly drop last week

Washington Business Journal:D.C.-area employers are open to the idea of more permanent teleworking. That could help traffic.

Washington Post:In Alexandria, two art installations memorialize men and women who lived under exploitation


Washington Business Journal:The Covid pandemic is pushing businesses to adapt or die. This new program could help.

Alexandria Living Magazine:Chewish Deli Set to Open First Permanent Location

Alexandria Gazette:Just Say Yes Monte Durham salon opens in Old Town.

Washingtonian:These Are the 50 Most Influential DC Restaurants of the Last Century [Feat. Restaurant Eve (2004-2018)]

Forbes:Reality Star Monte Durham Dishes On His New Salon And His Love Of Alexandria, Virginia



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