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The Alexandria City Academy
(For Residents and Businesses)

Classes will begin on Thursday, September 11 and run for nine weeks, ending on Thursday, November 6. Each class will begin at 7 p.m. and end at 9 p.m.; light refreshments will be provided beginning at 6:30 p.m. The Graduation Ceremony will be held on Tuesday, November 11, during the City Council Meeting.

The Academy is designed to develop civic leadership and build a stronger city through well informed, engaged residents and business owners. This program will also prepare individuals for public service on a board, commission, task force or other involvement in the City's governance.

The Academy is open to any resident over the age of 18, or owners of businesses located within the City of Alexandria. Class size is limited to 20 students.

For additional information, contact Elaine Scott at 703.746.4317 or by email:


Session 1: September 11

Getting to Know Your City Government 
City Hall - Council Workroom - 301 King Street

Session 1 Presentation (File size is 8.50 MB. For best results, right-click, select Save Target As, and save to a familiar location on your computer.) 

  • Welcome
  • Meet The Mayor and The City Manager
  • Brief History of Alexandria
  • Overview of Government Organization
  • Council-Appointed Boards and Commissions
  • City Employment
  • Communications and Public Information
  • Community Engagement Division
  • Overview of the Alexandria City Public School System

Session 2: September 18

Community Development
City Hall - Council Workroom 

Session 2 Presentation - Part 1 of 4 (File size is 5.00 MB)
Session 2 Presentation - Part 2 of 4 (File size is 4.70 MB)
Session 2 Presentation - Part 3 of 4 (File size is 2.80 MB)
Session 2 Presentation - Part 4 of 4 (File size is 5.10 MB)

  • Promoting the City's Economic Development
    • Alexandria Convention and Visitors Bureau (ACVA)
    • Alexandria Economic Development Partnership (AEDP)
  • Affordable/Subsidized Housing  
  • Land Use Planning
  • Zoning: Map, Regulations, Processes
  • Historic Preservation/BAR


Session 3: September 25

 Public Safety (Fire)
Fire Administration - Station 204 - 900 Second Street 

Session 3 Presentation (File size is 6.70 MB)

  • Emergency Preparedness
  • Fire and EMS Services


Session 4: October 1 (Wednesday)

Alexandria Health Department
Community and Human Services

Alexandria Department of Health - 4480 King Street

Session 4 Presentation (File size is 2.20 MB)

  • Public Health
  • Child Welfare Services
  • Assistance Programs
  • JobLink 
  • Youth Programs
  • MH/MR/SA Services


Session 5: October 9

 Finances and Support Services 
City Hall - Council Workroom

Session 5 Presentation (File size is 2.00 MB)

  • Finance Department (Treasury & Revenue Divisions)
  • Overview 2014 Real Estate Assessments
  • Overview of the City's Operating and Capital Improvement Program (CIP) Budgets 
  • Overview of the Budget Process
  • Revenue Base


Session 6: October 16

Code Administration
Transportation and Environmental Services

 City Hall - Council Workroom

Session 6 Presentation (File size is 3.40 MB)

  • Building Controls/Code Enforcement
  • Transportation Policy
  • Traffic Management System
  • Transit Services
  • Street Maintenance
  • Garbage Collections and Recycling
  • Environmental Quality Controls


Session 7: October 23

Office of Human Rights
City Judicial System
General Services (City Support Services)
Information Technology Services

City Hall - Council Workroom 

Session 7 Presentation (File size is 1.80 MB)

  • Human Rights
  • The City's Judicial System
  • City Support Services (General Services Division)
  • Information Technology Services 


Session 8: October 30

Leisure and Cultural Activities
Charles Houston Center - 901 Wythe Street 

Session 8 Presentation (File size is 8.40 MB)

  • Recreation Programs: Youth, Adults and Seniors
  • Parks, Centers, Pools and Other Facilities
  • Open Space Plan
  • Library Services
  • Historic Sites and Museums
  • Arts


Session 9: November 6

Public Safety (Sheriff and Police)
Alexandria Police Department Headquarters - 3600 Wheeler Avenue

Session 9 Presentation (File size is 5.65 MB)

  • Police Programs and Operations
  • Sheriff and Jail


Communications & Public Information
301 King St., Room 3230
Alexandria, VA 22314
Fax: 703.683.4462

Office Hours:
Monday - Friday,
8:00 a.m. - 5:00 p.m.