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September 2016 AveNews

10/26/2016 10:23 AM | Linda Vitello (Administrator)


October enews will be published soon!!                  September 2016

Eisenhower Partnership Workshop Crisis Prep 101  
Gives Info, Tips to Attendees

On Friday, September 9, just as the country remembered the 15th year since the 9/11 attacks, the Eisenhower Partnership (EP) gathered a distinguished group of speakers from the Department of Homeland Security, FEMA and the City of Alexandria to discuss crisis preparation for property and building owners and businesses large and small located in the City of Alexandria.  “Crisis Prep 101,” was the first in what EP hopes will be a series of workshops leading to a more well-prepared City. 

Frank Cole, President of the Partnership, greeted participants and got the morning off to a great start with welcoming remarks and introductions.  As Director of Administrative Services at the Society for Human Resource Management (SHRM), Mr. Cole initiated planning at SHRM which led to development of the current workshop presented by the Partnership.  

Speakers from Homeland Security and FEMA presented on “Global and Domestic

 Threat and Disasters,” and Disaster Recover respectively.   Participants were informed about the impact of recent events, including DT “Domestic Terrorism,” and received an overview of the national matrix of planning for all kinds of possible disasters, both by terror and natural means.  There was discussion of plans for the inauguration that are in progress.  Discussion and questions followed with the recommendation to check out a valuable website called for further information and training.  Speakers said being ready is all about Situational Awareness—look around, spot the exits, identify obstacles in your way and scope out a path to get out.  Remember, in a crisis your cell phone may not have connectivity for phone calls, but it is likely that you will still have the ability to text.  The next speakers presented information about “Hometown Security,” including a presentation on Business Continuity. 

The City of Alexandria Emergency Preparedness Team led by James Podlucky, Deputy Emergency Management Coordinator presented local information from the City’s Fire and Police Department.  The speakers urged participants to get a plan, train for potential emergencies and get connected to alerts.  ACOOP “Continuity of Operations” Plan is important for each business.  City of Alexandria EMS personnel are willing to come out to review your premises and advise.  Each participant received a copy of the brand new “City of Alexandria Emergency Action Tips,” a laminated one-fold card with loads of information about how to handle emergencies.  You can receive emergency alerts and customize them by signing up at  To report suspicious activity, use the “See Something/Send Something,” app from the Virginia Fusion Center ( 

Specific tips for businesses included:  prepare an emergency action worksheeworksheet for your employees; if the building is large, add an evacuation map.  Often you will see these maps on walls of public buildings near the doors.   Be sure to leave a copy of all the materials by the main entrance to the building for emergency responders.   Finally—what can an individual do?  Be Informed.  Make a Plan.  Build a list.  Get Involved.

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                Storm Surge Map provided by City Emergency Management

Frank Cole summed up and told all the participants that this was just the beginning of a series of workshops with the goal of a better prepared business community.  Watch for news of the next in this series of Crisis Prep workshops.

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Eisenhower West Landmark Van Dorn Implementation

Work has begun on implementing the recommendations of the Eisenhower West and Landmark Van Dorn Small Area Plans!  The Eisenhower Partnership was instrumental in obtaining the Victory Center as the location for the first meeting of the City’s Advisory Group – a meeting attended by the 14 group members, as well as numerous City staff and a general audience of 20-25 people. 

After reviewing the key aspects of each of the two plans, City staff noted that the City was currently engaged in procuring two analyses important to the plans; the first is an air quality simulation of what would happen to emissions from the Covanta waste-to-energy plant if the 20 or so tall buildings envisioned in the Eisenhower West plan were to be built.  The second is a very important analysis of the capital needs that follow from the recommendations in the two plans – roads, sewer improvements, stream bank stabilization, and the like.  The first study could potentially be concluded in the next four months, but the second study will take much longer – particularly since the

City has to go through standard procurement procedures and a consultant may not even be selected for several months.

Also at this meeting, City staff went over the status of several developer and tenant proposals in the area.  The next meeting will be held in November.  The Eisenhower Partnership is being represented by EP Vice President Agnès Artemel.

Stormwater Utility

Facing federal and state unfunded mandates on stormwater management and the need to protect and improve Alexandria’s waterways, the City of Alexandria is studying a potential stormwater fee to be imposed on both commercial and residential property owners.  The fee proposal will be discussed at a number of community and business events this fall, including one to be sponsored by the Eisenhower Partnership.  Currently, staff is proposing to base the fee on the amount of impervious surface at a property, measured in Equivalent Residential Units (ERUs) worth 2,062 square feet.  The currently proposed fee per ERU ranges from $120 to $145 per year.  Staff plans to do further work to refine the cost per ERU.  For further information, see the City’s website at

Save the Date for the Eisenhower Partnership Annual Meeting

The Eisenhower Partnership is planning its 2016 Annual Meeting, where we will bring members and guests the latest news on new developments planned on the Eisenhower Avenue corridor.  Please saveThursday, November 17 from 5:30 to 7:30 on your calendar.

Welcome new and renewing members

This month we welcome;

Access National Bank joined the Partnership and is coming to Carlyle.  The new office, located in the Carlyle District at 2050 Ballenger Avenue—steps away from the US Eastern District Courthouse and the USPTO main campus—will open in early November.

The Alexandria Banking Center will be a full-service location with hours from 9:00 a.m. until 5:00 p.m.Monday– Friday, or by appointment.  Chhaya Muth, Assistant Vice President and Client Services Manager will be tasked with managing the Banking Center and assisting with the commercial banking efforts.

 Rushmark Properties as a new member.  Rushmark will be developing the site at 2901 Eisenhower Avenue, formerly the VDOT staging area for the Woodrow Wilson Bridge project.  Two residential towers and some townhouses are planned for the properties.  

Innovative Solutions, Paradigm and Restaurant Depot have renewed their membership.

Eisenhower Restaurants-Alert!

Eisenhower Partnership is developing a "Restaurant Guide," for the Eisenhower Valley.  If you would like to be included, please contact the Partnership by phone or email with subject line: "Restaurant Guide."

Phone# 703-684-5124  

Thanks in advance
for your assistance!

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Does your business have news you want to promote?  Are there new plans, initiatives, or promotions that you want  the Eisenhower Community to know?  Send it to Eisenhower Partnership.  We will put it in this monthly newsletter and/or on our website.  We are here for you!!  Contact us by phone or email.  See contact information above!

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