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Community Dialogues

Alexandrians participated in four Community Dialogues to collaborate on improving the City's public participation process, including development of principles of engagement and a framework for the planning process. All materials from the Community Dialogues are posted below.

4th Community Dialogue June 24, 2013

The final Community Dialogue was held Monday, June 24th at First Baptist Church, 2932 King Street. Community members reviewed the draft elements of the Handbook for Civic Engagement and collaborated on communications strategies.   

Table Exercises

Meeting Evaluations: 

3rd Community Dialogue April 30, 2013

More than 130 community members participated in What's Next Alexandria's 3rd Community Dialogue on April 30th at First Baptist Church. The community finalized the principles of civic engagement and discussed concrete steps for achieving the principles.CD3 Image 1 

Table Exercises:

 Meeting Evaluations:



2nd Community Dialogue January 29, 2013

Approximately 120 Alexandrians participated in the second Community Dialogue on January 29th to refine principles of engagement and begin work to develop a framework for the planning process. 

Table Exercises:

Meeting Evaluations:


1st Community Dialogue November 15, 2012

Approximately 165 Alexandrians participated in a Community Dialogue on November 15. That night, after hearing results of the community poll and remarks by Dr. Carolyn J. Lukensmeyer, founder and former President of AmericaSpeaks and Executive Director of the of the National Institute for Civil Discourse, attendees worked together on principles of engagement.

Each table answered the following questions, individually and as a group:

  • What does ideal engagement feel like? 
  • What is expected of you as an engaged citizen? 
  • What do you expect in return for your effort? 

Group Work on the Principles of Engagement

Meeting Evaluations



For more information, contact Jerome Fletcher at 703.746.3727 or send an email to


301 King Street, Room 3500
Alexandria, VA 22314
FAX: 703.838.6343

Office Hours:
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8:00 a.m. - 5:00 p.m.