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The Alexandria City Academy
(For Residents and Businesses)

The Alexandria City Academy is now accepting applications for its 19th session. 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. The deadline for registration is Thursday, August 14 at 5 p.m. (EST).   

Application forms may be downloaded, submitted online or picked up at City Hall, 301 King St., Room 1900. Submit the completed printed application by return email, regular mail, by fax to 703.838.6426 or in person to the above address.

For additional information, contact Elaine Scott at 703.746.4317 or by email: elaine.scott@alexandriava.gov.


Curriculum

Session 1: September 11

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

  • 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 
 

  • 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

TOP 


Session 3: September 25

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

  • Emergency Preparedness
  • Fire and EMS Services

TOP 


Session 4: October 2

Alexandria Health Department
Community and Human Services

Alexandria Department of Health - 4480 King Street
 

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

TOP 


Session 5: October 9

 Finances and Support Services 
City Hall - Council Workroom
 

  • 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

TOP 


Session 6: October 16

Code Administration
Transportation and Environmental Services

 City Hall - Council Workroom
 

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

TOP 


Session 7: October 23

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

City Hall - Council Workroom 

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

TOP 


Session 8: October 30

Leisure and Cultural Activities
Charles Houston Center - 901 Wythe Street 

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

TOP 


Session 9: November 6

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

  • Police Programs and Operations
  • Sheriff and Jail

TOP 

Public Information
301 King Street, Room 1900
Alexandria, VA 22314
703.746.4800
Fax: 703.838.6426
E-mail

Communications
301 King St., Room 3400
Alexandria, VA 22314
703.746.3960
Fax: 703.838.6343
E-mail

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