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  • 02/11/2016 11:00 AM | Arja Seppala-Scheer (Administrator)
    National Inventors Hall of Fame joins the Eisenhower Partnership  The newly renovated National Inventors Hall of Fame is located on the United States Patent and Trademark Office campus in Alexandria, VA. Experience the gallery of icons illustrating each of the 500+ Inductees and their great technological achievements that helped stimulate growth for our nation and beyond. The National Inventors Hall of Fame inspires the next generation of innovators by connecting them through the story of invention. Families and groups can interact with and explore our kiosks and archives during their visit.

    http://invent.org/plan-your-day


  • 02/01/2016 10:56 AM | Arja Seppala-Scheer (Administrator)

    The City of Alexandria and its Ad Hoc Pedestrian and Bicycle Master Plan Advisory Committee have recently completed a draft Pedestrian and Bicycle Master Plan and are seeking public comment through February 5, 2016.  An easy way to comment is to take the Community Survey available athttps://engage.alexandriava.gov/portals/191/Forum_537/Issue_3314/survey_responses/new.

    If you would like to review the entire draft plan, here is a link to a pdf of the plan document: http://alexandriava.gov/uploadedFiles/tes/info/Alexandria%20Ped%20Bike%20Master%20Plan%20DRAFT%202%20-%20Full%20Text(1).pdf.


    The updated draft plan reflecting public input will be reviewed by the City's Transportation Commission, Planning Commission, and City Council in the spring, to be adopted as a Chapter of the Transportation Master Plan.


    Although the Plan is citywide, several improvements are planned in the Eisenhower Avenue corridor.

    Arja Seppala-Scheer


  • 12/17/2015 2:30 PM | Arja Seppala-Scheer (Administrator)

    Zipcar and City of Alexandria have put together a special program for residents. Join Zipcar and City of Alexandria will refund your application fee and your first year's annual membership fee.  There are Zipcar locations on Ballenger Avenue and by Eisenhower Metro station.

    This program is only available to Alexandria, VA residents and businesses.   Cannot be used with other offers of discounts. 

     More details and to receive reimbursement; bit.ly/CarshareAlexandria

  • 12/07/2015 12:20 PM | Arja Seppala-Scheer (Administrator)

    The 45,000 square foot Fire Station 210 on the west end of Eisenhower Avenue is now fully staffed and ready for emergency operations.   A paramedic team stationed there since spring has been replaced by a fire engine and its cross-trained crew, along with an EMS supervisor.   

    The city’s foam truck, which is used to battle ethanol-based fires, has been relocated from the Potomac Yard station to Eisenhower Avenue. Station 210 is close to the Norfolk Southern rail yard and its rail-to-truck transfer ethanol transloading facility.

    More details are available in this Washington Post article: https://www.washingtonpost.com/local/virginia-politics/firefighter-less-fire-station-finally-lands-a-crew/2015/12/05/4b93e4c0-9ab8-11e5-94f0-9eeaff906ef3_story.html

  • 09/15/2015 7:34 AM | Jay Palermino (Administrator)

    NEW PBS CIVIL WAR HOSPITAL SERIES TO PREMIER IN ALEXANDRIA: AFF LOOKING FOR SPONSORS

    Next January, PBS will broadcast a new historical series on public television called "Mercy Street." This will be the first time in over a decade that a PBS dramatic series has been produced in the United States - and the story takes place in Alexandria in the Spring of 1862 and centers on health care and hospitals! It has been described by the producers as "E.R. for the Civil War," and is expected to be the "next Downton Abbey."

    Mercy Street follows the lives of two volunteer nurses on opposite sides of the Civil War conflict. One is a staunch New England abolitionist. The other is a naive young Confederate "belle." The two confront each other in Alexandria, Virginia, a Confederate-occupied city located just across the Potomac River from Washington D.C., the North's seat of power.

    The Alexandria Film Festival will host the premier screening of Mercy Street with a full episode of the series on November 5, 2015, the first day of the Festival.

    Sponsors for the festival which is scheduled for November 5 through 8, 2015 are needed. PBS, of course, will be heavily promoting the Mercy Street program starting this fall and this would be an opportunity to associate yourself with the film -- and at the same time help the AFF, now in its 9th year. 

    Some of the events this year will be exclusive to sponsors and other VIPs and will not be open to the general public. 

    We're deep into reviewing films submitted to the festival from around the world and are now developing the exhibition program.

    Attached is a brochure describing the various levels of film festival sponsorships. Please note that Alexandria Film Festival has an official 501(c) 3 status which means that sponsorship contributions are tax deductible.


    Film Fest Sponsor Brochure

  • 08/21/2015 10:10 PM | Jay Palermino (Administrator)

    Do you accept credit cards as payment for the goods and services that you provide to your customers?  These days, most small businesses answer “yes” to that question.  For those who currently swipe the magnetic stripe on credit cards, including most restaurant and retail establishments, there are major changes coming soon that may have serious implications for your business. 

    The major credit/debit card issuers have begun to distribute new cards that contain an embedded chip on the front which should make fraudulent card use more difficult.  The fraud reduction benefits of the new cards will not be realized if merchants do not have the technology to accept the new cards.  It is important for all merchants who accept these cards to upgrade to the new technology because on October 1, 2015 there will be a shift in the fraud liability.  This means that after that date, merchants who swipe chip cards will be liable, rather than the bank, for any fraudulent transactions. 

    What should you do? 

    1.     First, if you have not already been contacted by your merchant services provider, payment processor, or financial institution, you should contact them.  The solution for each merchant will depend on how they have set up their payment processing, how it interfaces with their POS (Point of Sale) system, etc.  At the very least, you will need to acquire new devices that will be able to process the new cards in place of the swipe machines currently in use.  There are varying charges and steps necessary, depending on the system that you use.  Again, your best source of information should be your current processor.

    2.     If you find that the new technology changes will not work with your current POS system, and you want to continue with that system, you may need a change in processing companies.  This is why all merchants who swipe cards should be taking action now – October will be here sooner than you think.

    3.     There is a great deal of information in the press and on the Internet about these changes.  One of the most complete and unbiased resources is www.emv-connection.com/merchants.  This site has listings of videos, Frequently-asked Questions, and other information to help you.  Educate yourself now, talk with your providers, and begin to determine the best solution for your particular circumstances.

     

    At 9am on September 23rd, the Alexandria SBDC will be presenting a one-hour workshop on this issue to clear up and clarify any remaining issues.  The Presenters will be Chris Harrison and Scott Johnston of WorldPay.  We encourage everyone who accepts credit card transactions to attend this free one-hour session.  Registration is through the SBDC website http://alexandriasbdc.org/event/dip-the-chip/.

    Small Business Owners – Don’t put this off!!!  Now is the time to act.

  • 02/02/2015 1:19 PM | Jay Palermino (Administrator)

    It's that time of year again! Invoices for membership dues have been sent out today, please renew your membership so you can continue to grow with us at the Eisenhower Partnership.

  • 02/02/2015 1:15 PM | Jay Palermino (Administrator)

    Alexandria City Council is currently considering a request by NOVA Parks that the city renew the current lease on Cameron Run Park for another 40 Years, at the current rate of $0.25 per year, $10.00 for the life of the lease. NOVA Parks is interested in renewing the lease 6 years earlier than the expiration of the current lease, apparently to allow them to make unspecified capital improvements to the park. Although we at Eisenhower Partnership do not oppose the current use in principle, we question committing to another 40 years without exploring best uses for over 39 acres of land for the next 40 years. We have already sent a letter asking the council to consider this matter carefully, please see the link here: Letter to City Council.pdf.

    Also, a petition is currently being circulated by a group called Concerned Citizens of Alexandria, asking for a steering committee to study the matter before deciding (Here).


    This information is only to inform. Cameron Run Park has been an important part of the Eisenhower Valley. It is our opinion that careful consideration is required before making a move of this importance.

  • 10/29/2014 11:16 AM | Jay Palermino (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 | Jay Palermino (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!
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