Manager's Report - September 21, 2012
What's Next, Alexandria? A Community Conversation
The City has launched a new civic engagement initiative to begin a conversation about how community members can best participate in shaping the City's future. Through this initiative, “What's Next, Alexandria?”, the community and City government will embark on a process to develop citywide principles of engagement to guide future civic initiatives. The project begins with a poll, hosted by ACTion Alexandria, to get input on what community members think about civic engagement, both in terms of personal experience and suggestions for improvement. The poll, which was launched on September 20, will remain open for one month. The community will discuss feedback from the poll as well as best practices in civic engagement at a kickoff meeting planned for November. Discussion at that meeting will shape the rest of the process.
BRAC-133 Transportation Master Plan Ad Hoc Committee Update
The BRAC Ad Hoc Committee, which was the small group that helped negotiate the Transportation Management Plan (TMP) with the Department of Defense, will review the findings of the mid-year TMP report submitted by Washington Headquarters Services. The report documents the performance of the TMP at the BRAC-133 Mark Center site. The next meeting will be held on Monday, September 24, from 4-6 p.m., in the City Council Workroom in City Hall, 301 King Street.
Witter Fields Construction Update
Construction on the Witter Athletics project is nearly done, with the rectangular fields finished and the softball field being completed. Occupancy is anticipated for late this fall. In the meantime, final completion of the restroom/control building remains underway and site systems such as athletic field lights, mechanical/electric/plumbing and solar collection panels are being tested for use. Until occupancy, the site remains a construction zone and is closed to the public. For more information, contact Ron Kagawa, Division Chief, Recreation, Parks and Cultural Activities at firstname.lastname@example.org.
City Celebrates Home Energy Retrofit
The Local Energy Alliance Program (LEAP), Congressman James Moran, and representatives from the City of Alexandria and Arlington County, along with partner financial institutions celebrated the completion of a home energy retrofit through the Home Performance with Energy Star Program on September 19 at a participant's South Arlington home. LEAP is serving as the local administrator of the Northern Virginia Home Performance with Energy Star and assisted the homeowners in achieving a 29% improvement in the energy efficiency of their home. The City has partnered with LEAP and CommonWealth One Federal Credit Union to offer the Alexandria Energy Saver and Home Performance Loan Program, which provides affordable financing for energy efficiency upgrades to Alexandria residents. To learn more about the City's partnership with LEAP and CommonWealth One, visit alexandriava.gov/Housing.
Fall 2012 Career Fair: Hire our Heroes
The Department of Human Resources and Department of Community and Human Services are hosting a Career Fair on Tuesday, October 2, from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m., at the First Baptist Church Activity Center, 2932 King Street. The theme of this year's Career Fair is “Hire our Heroes.” If you know of veterans seeking jobs, encourage them to register and make plans to attend. For more information, call 703.746.5850 or visit alexandriava.gov/Joblink.
Alexandria Library Hosts Digital Bookmobile National Tour Event
The Charles Beatley Jr., Central Library Branch proudly welcomes a state-of-the art digital bookmobile on Tuesday, September 25, from 1 to 7 p.m. Participants will be able to explore electronic devices and learn how to download free eBooks from Alexandria Library through interactive demonstrations and high-definition instructional videos. The 74-foot community-outreach vehicle is equipped with broadband Internet-connected PCs, premium sound systems, and features a gadget gallery that includes the Kindle®, iPod® touch, Android™ tablet, NOOK™, Sony® Reader™, BlackBerry®, Windows® Phone, and more. In addition to discovering the portable devices that are compatible with the Alexandria Library's download service, visitors will have an opportunity to search the Library's digital media collection, use supported mobile devices, and sample eBooks, audiobooks, music, and video. Library card holders can also check out and download digital books and audiobooks anytime, anywhere, by visiting http://alexandria.lib.overdrive.com.