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Alexandria city academy accepting applications

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 and 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 form may be downloaded or 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:

Session 1: September 11

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

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

Session 3: September 25

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

Emergency Preparedness
Fire and EMS Services

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
Youth Programs
MH/MR/SA Services

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

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

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

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

Session 9: November 6

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

Police Programs and Operations
Sheriff and Jail

Source: City of Alexandria

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