City Manager to Announce Proposed Fiscal Year 2014 Budget
On Tuesday, February 26, City Manager Rashad M. Young will present his proposed Fiscal Year 2014 General Fund Operating Budget and Capital Improvement Program to City Council at its regularly scheduled legislative meeting on Tuesday, February 26, at 7 p.m. The meeting will be held in Council Chambers at City Hall, 301 King Street.
New DASH Hybrids Hit the Streets
Alexandria Transit Company recently deployed 10 new hybrid buses as part of the DASH bus system. Like the hybrid buses and trolleys that joined the fleet last spring, the new buses are environmentally cleaner and quieter, with frameless windows that open at the top, seating that offers increased leg room, and automatic stop annunciators. The buses are also equipped with the NextBus Real-Time Information System hardware, which will be used once DASH implements system-wide, real-time bus information later this year. Thirty-two percent of DASH's fleet is now powered by hybrid electric, which can provide an approximate 25 percent fuel savings over diesel. The ten new buses were purchased with funding allocated through the City's Transportation Improvement Program (TIP). This program was approved by the Alexandria City Council in FY 2012 to provide funding for expanded transportation infrastructure and transit options.
Alexandria Seeking Applications for the Fund for Human Services
The Alexandria Fund for Human Services (AFHS), which awards funding to organizations providing human services to Alexandria residents, has issued a request for proposals. The AFHS allows the City to support human service programs vital to meeting the service needs of our community children, youth, immigrants, the elderly and persons with disabilities. AFHS is the umbrella fund that coordinates grants and special initiatives for the Community Partnership Fund and the Children and Youth Fund. Only private non-profit 501(c)(3) organizations are eligible for funding through the AFHS Community Partnership Fund. Any organization, public, private, or non-profit, is eligible to apply for funding through the Children's Priority or Youth Priority. Submission deadlines for proposals seeking funding for Fiscal Year 2014 are April 2, 2013, for Community Partnership Fund and April 11, 2013, for Children and Youth Fund (Children and Youth Priorities).
JobLink Receives Joint Employment Training Grant
JobLink, Alexandria's one-stop career center, a division of the Department of Community and Human Services, will share a $150,000 grant from the Virginia Community College System with the Arlington Employment Center to train military veterans who wish to enter the information technology field. The Alexandria/Arlington Workforce Investment Board was one of nearly three dozen organizations that received funds to assist veterans. Northern Virginia Community College will provide the training.