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  • 10/29/2014 11:16 AM | Eisenhower Partnership (Administrator)

    The 2014 Alexandria Chamber of Commerce Business Summit & Expo will take place on November 3rd at the Westin Alexandria. The Summit will gather Alexandria businesses and community leaders together to discuss the State of Business in Alexandria and how to further Alexandria's economic power. Register online today at www.AlexChamber.com

    We hope to see you there!

  • 10/28/2014 11:56 PM | Eisenhower Partnership (Administrator)

    You’re invited to answer that question by visiting AlexEngage -- a new online forum and a tool of the What’s Next Alexandria civic engagement initiative. AlexEngage will allow you to express your opinion for decision-makers to read, see what other residents are saying, and discuss important issues in the City.

    Join the conversation at http://engage.alexandriava.gov/!

    We look forward to hearing your ideas about the future of Alexandria, and how we can work to make it a better place for us all. Participate soon, this topic will close on Friday, October 31st.

    Thank you for participating!
  • 10/07/2014 1:01 AM | Eisenhower Partnership (Administrator)

    On September 29th the Alexandria Convention & Visitors Association held their annual meeting and published their 2014 Annual Report. This report is a review of economic growth and a new marketing campaign for Alexandria in 2014 and a look ahead at what is to be expected in 2015.  ACVA launched an aggressive new marketing approach in 2014 to promote the Alexandria tourism sector. The brand was titled “Extraordinary Alexandria” and drew the beautiful story of the vibrant, contemporary Alexandria experience one gets in our inspirational historical City. The report describes the increase in sales and economic impact tourism has had on the city as well as increases in the King Street Trolley and National Harbor Water Taxi ridership. From FY13 to FY14 ACVA has had a 5% increase in actualized sales revenue and has reached a much larger regional target radius through their new marketing campaign.

    Looking forward to 2015, the ACVA report states, “In Carlyle, the National Science Foundation broke ground on their new headquarters, which promises an important new source of visitation when it opens in 2017. Continuing development of Potomac Yards and its potential to add a 5th Metro stop will further expand our position as a city of neighborhoods. Across the river, our neighbors in National Harbor opened the Tanger Outlet mall, added the Capital (ferris) Wheel, and broke ground on the MGM casino, which will include a 3000 seat entertainment complex, all creating additional attractions that will complement the Alexandria experience.”

    The ACVA annual report helps to illustrate the exciting growth Alexandria has seen in 2014, and the exciting growth to come. You can find a link to the report along with the Extraordinary Alexandria media campaign below.

    2014 ACVA Annual Report

    Please find us on LinkedIn, and follow us on Facebook and Twitter to stay up-to-date on important economic and business developments affecting the Eisenhower Valley.

  • 10/06/2014 2:55 PM | Eisenhower Partnership (Administrator)

    On September 27th, ground was broken by family members of fallen Alexandria Police officers and the Alexandria Police Foundation on a new memorial honoring the 18 Alexandria Police officers who have died in the line of duty since the 1800s. The memorial is to stand in front of the Alexandria Police Department's Wheeler Avenue headquarters and fundraising for memorial was taken over by the Alexandria Police Foundation in 2013. The Alexandria Police Department is still fundraising to make a memorial that would "properly honor the courage, sacrifice and memory of these officers."

    The Eisenhower Partnership has donated $1000 to the fund as a part of our responsibility to the community and the Police force that serves to protect our community every day.

  • 10/06/2014 2:45 PM | Eisenhower Partnership (Administrator)

    The Alexandria Small Business Development Center is offering a FREE workshop titled; Federal Contracting: Federal Government Technical Proposals. It will take place on Wednesday, October 15th from 9am-12pm in the AEDP Ballroom located at 625 N Washington Street, Suite 400.

    The workshop is being led by John Boulware and he will provide an introductory overview of the Federal Technical proposals process. Sign up today at http://alexandriasbdc.org/event/technical-proposals/ to reserve your spot!

  • 09/24/2014 8:29 PM | Eisenhower Partnership (Administrator)

    The Eisenhower Partnership is now on Facebook, Twitter and LinkedIn. Please like us and follow us to help promote our mission and to stay up to date on current events and news in the Eisenhower Valley.

    Facebook - Eisenhower Partnership

    Twitter - @EisenhowerPart

    LinkedIn - Eisenhower Partnership

  • 09/24/2014 7:51 PM | Eisenhower Partnership (Administrator)

    The Alexandria State of the Market Report is released twice a year by the Alexandria Economic Development Partnership and “…provides the latest updates on the City’s economy, the status of different development projects, insights into the office and retail markets, and residential sales patterns.” The information found in this publication seeks to provide an economic update for business owners, real estate professionals and any interested citizen of Alexandria or its surrounding area. Specific topics are covered in more detail in a spotlight section found at the end of the publication. This edition’s spotlight is on the growth in development in Old Town North. There are a number of active and planned development projects taking place in Old Town North, and the City has identified a need for a new small area plan for the neighborhood, which is scheduled to begin in 2016.

    Alexandria - The State of the Market: Mid-Year 2014

    You will also be able to find this publication on our LinkedIn page. We are also developing an Eisenhower Partnership Facebook page where this document will be posted as well.

    Please like us on Facebook, follow us on our new Twitter account @EisenhowerPart and find us on LinkedIn to stay up to date on news and updates concerning the Eisenhower Valley.

  • 09/23/2014 1:28 PM | Eisenhower Partnership (Administrator)

    Flyer 3 Sept 29 2014.pdf

    Please join us at the 3rd Community Meeting concerning the Eisenhower West Small Area Plan. We and the City of Alexandria highly value your input!


    We hope to see you there!

  • 09/06/2014 2:02 PM | Eisenhower Partnership (Administrator)

    The 5th Steering Committee Meeting will be help on Monday, September 8th at 7:00PM at the Samuel Tucker Elementary School Multi-Purpose Room/Mini Auditorium.

     

    The 3rd Community Meeting will be held on Monday, September 29th at 7:00PM at the Beatley Central Library.

  • 09/06/2014 1:58 PM | Eisenhower Partnership (Administrator)



    Background:

    The Alexandria City Council approved the Eisenhower West Small Area on May 29, 2013, to be the foremost item on the agenda for the Alexandria Department of Planning and Zoning.  The planning project is taking into account community visions, issue identification and the basic plan framework and is anticipated to be completed in late 2015. The City Manager appointed 12 members of the Alexandria Community to serve on the Eisenhower West Steering Committee. This committee will serve to guide the planning process as well as provide insight on suggested development ideas resulting from the Eisenhower West Transportation Study. The City’s Department of Transportation and Environmental Services is conducting this study at the same time as the Small Area Plan.

     

    The Eisenhower West Study Area is bounded by the Henry G Shirley Memorial Highway on the North West side, Holmes Run Parkway on the North East side, the Capitol Beltway on the South and Stulz Road on the West side.

     

    Update:

    As of July 28th, 2014 there have been two community meetings and four steering committee meetings concerning the development of the Eisenhower West Small Area Plan.  The fourth steering committee meeting, which took place on June 30th, involved discussions about existing transportation issues within the Eisenhower West area as well as a report on an online, voluntary transportation poll and finally a discussion on the development possibility of a multimodal bridge.

     

    There are three main purpose goals of the transportation study that is being conducted in conjunction with the small area plan study. They are to examine various land use scenarios to be explored in the small area plan, conduct an analysis of the Multi-modal bridge idea that was recommended in the Landmark/Van Dorn Corridor Plan (2009) and to conduct an analysis on the need for an extension of the Clermont Connector between Eisenhower Ave and Duke Street.

     

    At the Steering Committee Meeting, members emphasized the need to define ‘underutilized’ in the context of Van Dorn Metrorail station. In a memo following the meeting, staff wrote that in comparison to other Alexandria Metrorail stations, the Van Dorn station has a significantly lower number of riders who walk to the station and a higher number of users that access the station by shuttle or personal car.  WMATA has show that the station capacity could increase within the existing infrastructure but if the number of daily riders who arrive at the station by car or shuttle increases, there would be little room to accommodate them.  T&ES recommends that the best way to improve utilization and accommodate more riders at the Van Dorn station would be through improving pedestrian and bike connectivity from the surrounding area.

     

    The Steering Committee Meeting also discussed the option for a multi-modal bridge that was originally proposed in the 2009 Landmark/Van Dorn Corridor Plan.  The multimodal bridge is still under much debate but could possibly be placed on the western edge of Armistead Booth Park, and staff stated that it aims to recommend touchdown locations for the bridge on Eisenhower Ave and South Pickett Street. There was much talk over what forms of transportation the bridge would hold and whether or not automobiles would be allowed.

     

    Next steps for the 5th Steering Committee Meeting will involve further discussion into the two main issues facing the Eisenhower West area; the economic development of the region and emphasis on the entire Eisenhower Valley as one economic corridor, and the utilization of the Van Dorn Metrorail station.

     

    The second and most recent Community Meeting too place on July 28th. At the meeting, three community-visioning activities were conducted in order to get a better idea for the change community members would like to see in the Eisenhower West area. The first exercise was a long term visioning exercise, which produced a graphic that can be seen on the Alexandria City - Eisenhower West website here; http://www.alexandriava.gov/EisenhowerWest. This graphic will serve as a marketing tool and reference piece as the Eisenhower West Small Area Plan continues to develop.  The second activity involved placing preferences, symbolized by difference colored stickers, on items community members would like to see emphasized in the plan. There were three key topic areas in which participants could place their stickers; Land Uses and Building Heights, Parks and Public Spaces and Amenities and Streetscape Elements. What is interesting to note is that in terms of building heights, the majority of stickers were placed in either the mid rise (4-8 stories) or high rise (9+ stories) categories. This indicates the desire for higher density in the Eisenhower West area as compared to the existing density now.  Connectivity was also a very popular category to place a preference sticker, indicating the desire of community members for higher connectivity in the area. The third activity asked participants to place stickers in places they wanted to preserve or enhance in the Eisenhower West area.  There was a high preference to preserve the Cameron Station area while enhancement of the businesses on Pickett Street was a highlighted choice.

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