Monday, January 28, 2013
Potomac Yard Metro Tax Increment Bill was introduced by Del. Rob Krupicka (D-45th).
Alexandria city officials and members of the Alexandria Chamber of Commerce are scheduled to testify in a state committee hearing Monday in support of a bill to generate state funding for a Potomac Yard Metro station. The Potomac Yard Metro Tax Increment Bill (HB-1650), introduced by Del. Rob Krupicka (D-45th), provides that if an infill Metro station is constructed in a service district in a locality—in this case, the city of Alexandria—then the locality is entitled to retain the sales and use tax revenue generated in the district to pay bonds issued to construct the station. The bill would place a $1.25 million a year cap on the tax revenue retained. The state would support approximately 10 percent of the cost of the Metro construction …
Wednesday, December 12, 2012
The chamber held its annual meeting and State of Business breakfast Tuesday morning.
The Alexandria Chamber of Commerce awarded local business leaders Tuesday morning during its annual meeting and State of Business breakfast. The event, which was sold out, included business and community leaders, Mayor Bill Euille and Rep. Jim Moran. The keynote speaker was Ángel Cabrera, president of George Mason University, and the event highlighted chamber contributions to the Alexandria’s business and nonprofit communities. Awardees included: The 2014 chairman elect is Joe Haggerty of United Way Worldwide. Joining the board of the directors in 2013 are:
Friday, November 16, 2012
Armstrong is co-owner of Eat Good Food Group.
The Alexandria Chamber of Commerce honored chef Cathal Armstrong, co-owner of Eat Good Food Group, as its 2012 Business Leader of the Year this week. Armstrong received the distinction Tuesday during the chamber’s annual Business Awards Event at the Rachel M. Schlesinger Concert Hall & Arts Center, presented by the Land Rover of Alexandria. Armstrong was selected for the chamber’s top business award as a result of enormous respect within the business community for his dedication and exemplary leadership, according to a chamber news release. The Eat Good Food Group is an Alexandria-based restaurant group created by Armstrong and his wife and business partner, Meshelle. “The Alexandria Chamber of Commerce is proud to honor Chef Cathal …
Friday, August 10, 2012
The National Science Foundation is considering location options as its expensive Arlington lease is up next year.
There’s a tug of war over the National Science Foundation between Arlington and other, neighboring localities such as Alexandria, reports Clarendon Patch. Tina Leone, the former head of the Alexandria Chamber of Commerce and now the head of the Ballston Business Improvement District, says the NSF should stay in Ballston, where the government agency has helped develop the area into a “center for innovation.” But Arlington risks losing the agency to places like Alexandria, which is also walkable and Metro accessible, due to the high cost of Arlington rent. The NSF and its 1,500 employees occupy most of two buildings in the 4200 block of Wilson Boulevard, and its lease expires next year. The average cost per square foot of office space in …
Tuesday, February 28, 2012
Long currently works for a firm that advises state and local chambers of commerce and has served as chief of Maryland's Talbot County chamber, among others.
The Alexandria Chamber of Commerce has named John Long as its president and CEO. He currently is the president and CEO of JTCK Associates, an advisory firm to state and local chambers of commerce. “Building on our recent successes, the Alexandria Chamber is positioned to have a significant impact locally and regionally, and John Long brings the talent, experience and enthusiasm to lead the chamber and its members into a new era,” said Andrew Palmieri, 2012 board chairman and a commercial transactions partner at Saul Ewing. Long served as president and CEO of the Talbot County Chamber of Commerce, which includes Easton and St. Michael's, Md., from 1991-99. Prior to that, he served as vice president, area manager and senior administrative …
Friday, January 27, 2012
Small businesses are key to city growth, speakers say
Alexandria business leaders praised recent business-friendly developments in the city and called on the public and commercial sectors to work together at a Thursday morning marketing forum sponsored by the Alexandria Convention & Visitors Association. About 250 people attended the event, the “ABC’s of Business in Alexandria,” held at the Crowne Plaza Alexandria in Old Town. Guest speaker Rashad Young, Alexandria city manager, stressed the importance of the aligning of the public sector with the business community to create a winning team. “I want to win,” Young said. “I want to win this community. I want to make this community continue to be a highly desirable and economically sustainable to live, work and play." Stephanie Landrum, senior …
Monday, November 28, 2011
Andrew Macdonald, co-chair of Citizens for an Alternative Alexandria Waterfront Plan, outlines why the CAAWP plan is the only realistic, long-term economic alternative for the city.
Monday, November 28, 2011
I’ve grown weary of the fight over the waterfront too, though for very different reasons than those espoused by the Chamber’s, Co-Chair Elect, Andrew Palmieri. For one thing I’m tired of a political process that effectively cuts off all real debate and the opportunity for compromise, whether it be along the waterfront or in the West End near the BRAC-133 monstrosity. For another, the waterfront plan that the Chamber and its proxy, Waterfront4All$, supports is a direct threat to a National Historic Landmark District. Mr. Palmieri appears to believe that a process where senior City planners met much more regularly with property owners (and developers) than it did citizens is a fair and democratic one too. Yet it was in those former meetings …
Wednesday, November 23, 2011
In this Letter to the Editor, Alexandria Chamber of Commerce Chair-Elect Andrew Palmieri writes that it's time to vote on the city's plan.
Wednesday, November 23, 2011
Honestly, I have grown so weary of the debate that it is difficult to open the local newspapers or to run into neighbors who want to discuss the future of Alexandria’s waterfront. In June 2009, I was among the hundred or more citizens who turned out for the first of over 100 waterfront charettes and meetings to plan the re-design of Alexandria’s waterfront. Everyone at T. C. Williams High School that Saturday morning had an agenda: arts, economic development, historic preservation, recreational activities, transportation, and of course, status quo. These issues, and the people advocating them, were the same then as they are today. Over a two-year period, the City Staff generated a consensus waterfront plan that reflects sensitivity for…
Wednesday, October 26, 2011
Campaign aims to discourage adults from buying alcohol for minors.
Lauren Sausville was a “beautiful and accomplished” 16-year-old girl until she drove drunk, flipped her father’s Ford Explorer and died instantly. A 27-year-old man had bought her two cases of beer – a catalyst for her death in 2004. Her stepmother, Debbie Sausville, recounted the painful tale at an event over the weekend kicking off Alexandria’s Sticker Shock campaign, a youth-led initiative aiming to prevent adults from purchasing alcohol for minors. Teams of T.C. Williams High School students with adult leaders, including Teneka King from the Sheriff’s Office, traveled throughout the city over the weekend visiting more than 60 stores to place red STOP stickers on beer, wine coolers and other alcoholic beverages. “I know adults who give …
Friday, July 1, 2011
Suspect may be responsible for series of thefts from King Street boutiques
The Alexandria Chamber of Commerce has sent a notice to members asking for their help in finding a shoplifter who may be responsible for a series of thefts along King Street. The "Police Department Criminal Investigation Division is asking for our help," said the Chamber. "They are attempting to identify the person who may be responsible for committing a series of distraction-type larcenies at boutique businesses located along the King Street corridor." The police say this person may be going into Old Town area shops and politely asking the shop employees to retrieve a store item in order to create the opportunity to steal a wallet or money from either the back room or front counter. Police are asking if anyone sees the suspect in this …