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The Alexandria City Academy
(For Residents and Businesses)

The Alexandria City Academy will begin on Thursday, March 12 and run for nine weeks, ending on Thursday, May 7. Each class will begin at 6:45 p.m. and end at 9 p.m.; light refreshments will be provided beginning at 6:15 p.m. The graduation ceremony will be on Tuesday, May 12 during the City Council meeting.

The City offers the nine-week program to provide residents with an opportunity to gain exposure to and learn about a wide range of City government functions, services, activities and issues through first-hand experience.

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.

For additional information, contact Elaine Scott at 703.746.4317 or by email:


Session 1: March 12

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

  • Welcome
  • Meet The Mayor and The City Manager (Acting)
  • Call.Click.Connect
  • Brief History of Alexandria
  • Overview of Government Organization
  • Council-Appointed Boards and Commissions
  • Communications and Public Information
  • City Employment
  • Voter Registration


Session 2: March 19

Community Development
City Hall - Council Workroom

  • Promoting the City's Economic Development
    • Alexandria Convention and Visitors Bureau (ACVA)
    • Alexandria Economic Development Partnership (AEDP)
  • Office of Housing
    • Affordable/Subsidized Housing  
  • Office of Planning and Zoning
    • Neighborhood Planning and Community Development
    • Zoning
    • Development Review
    • Historic Preservation
    • Commission/Committee Support


Session 3: March 26

Code Administration
Transportation and Environmental Services
General Services

City Hall - Council Workroom

  • Office of Code Administration
    • Building Controls/Code Enforcement
  • Office of Transportation and Environmental Services
    • Resource Recovery
    • Maintenance and Operations
    • Traffic
    • Transit Services
    • Infrastructure/Environmental Quality
  • General Services - City Support Services


Session 4: April 2

City Financial
City Hall - Council Workroom

  • Finance Department
  • Overview 2015 Real Estate Assessments 
  • Overview of the City's Operating and Capital Improvement Program (CIP) Budgets
  • Overview of the Budget Process
  • Revenue Base


Session 5: April 9

Office of Human Rights
City Judicial System
Overview of Alexandria Public Schools (ACPS)
Information Technology Services (ITS)

City Hall - Council Workroom

  • Human Rights
  • The City's Judicial System
  • Alexandria Public Schools
  • ITS


Session 6: April 16

Leisure and Cultural Activities
Charles Houston Center - 901 Wythe Street

  • Recreation Programs: Youth, Adults and Seniors Parks, Centers, Pools and Other Facilities, Mobile Art Lab
  • Open Space Plan
  • Library Services
  • Historic Sites and Museums


Session 7: - April 21 - Tuesday

Alexandria Health Department
Community and Human Services
Alexandria Department of Health - 4480 King Street

  • Public Health
  • Child Welfare Services
  • Assistance Programs
  • JobLink
  • Youth Programs
  • DCHS - Overview, Center for Children, Youth and Families, Center for Adult Services, Center for Economic Support


Session 8: - April 30

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

  • Alexandria Police Department (APD)
  • Sheriff's Office


Session 9: May 7

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

  • Emergency Preparedness
  • Fire and EMS Services


    Communications & Public Information
    301 King St., Room 3230
    Alexandria, VA 22314
    Fax: 703.683.4462

    Office Hours:
    Monday - Friday,
    8:00 a.m. - 5:00 p.m.