Commonwealth of Virginia State House

Virginia House Bill 2108 – VA Broadband Deployment Act
and Its Substitute in the Form of An Amendment

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The Alexandria Chamber of Commerce is a proud member of the City of Alexandria community and is committed to supporting and promoting our commercial sector by advocating for smart fiscal policies and investments in infrastructure to attract and retain business.

As noted in our 2017 Legislative Agenda, the Alexandria Chamber has a strong interest in the future of broadband in our City and supports Alexandria’s municipal broadband program as the right solution to expand the City’s communications infrastructure amid significant competitive headwinds. As such, we strongly oppose the HB2108 (the “VA Broadband Deployment Act”) and its proposed amendment which, despite its name, will restrict broadband options in both rural and urban communities across Virginia.   (more…)

LEED certified Alexandria Police Headquarters in Alexandria Virginia

Virginia is one of the top states in the country for LEED green building, according to the U.S. Green Building Council (USGBC).

USGBC announced the Top 10 States for LEED, an annual ranking that highlights states throughout the United States that made significant strides in sustainable building design, construction and transformation over the past year. LEED is the world’s most widely used and recognized green building rating system.

Topping the list is Massachusetts, which moved from third to first place, with a total of 136 LEED-certified projects representing 3.73 square feet of certified space per resident.

“LEED guides our buildings, cities, communities and neighborhoods to become more resource- and energy-efficient, healthier for occupants and more competitive in the marketplace,” said Mahesh Ramanujam, president and CEO of USGBC. “The green building movement continues to evolve with advancements in technology, benchmarking and transparency, and the states on this list are leading the way toward a more sustainable future.”   (more…)

Dominion Building

Dominion to Award $1 Million in Environmental Education and Stewardship Grants

NOW ACCEPTING APPLICATIONS FOR GRANTS OF UP TO $50,000 EACH; RECIPIENTS TO BE ANNOUNCED IN APRIL

Dominion Resources announced this week that it will once again provide $1 million in environmental grants this year through its charitable arm, the Dominion Foundation. The competitive program is designed to support specific short-term projects by nonprofits and K-12 schools working to improve the environment and provide environmental education experiences in communities served by Dominion companies. (more…)

Albert Bryan Federal Court in Alexandria, Virginia

A federal judge in Alexandria, Virginia has ordered the re-opening of voter registration in Virginia immediately due to the Monday incident where a Virginia Department of Elections computer server(s) crashed at 3:00 p.m. through the October 17 midnight deadline for applications to vote in the Nov. 8 election.

The crash potentially blocked some would-be voters from registering. A civil rights group had filed a federal lawsuit against Virginia election officials after the Monday crash.

Senior Judge Claude M. Hilton order is viewed as a remedy for the voters that may not have registered yet. Judge Hilton ordered voter registration reopened effective immediately and registration is to be kept open until 11:59 p.m. Friday.

Warner, Virginia Miners Rally in D.C. to Ensure that Retired Coal
Miners Get the Health and Pension Benefits they have Earned

Mark Warner

U.S. Sen. Mark Warner (D-VA) joined United Mine Workers of America (UMWA) President Cecil Roberts, thousands of retired coal miners, and their families in Washington yesterday to push Congress to protect miners’ hard-earned pension and health benefits.

At issue is a UMWA pension plan supporting 120,000 retired coal miners across the country, including an estimated 10,000 in Virginia, that is currently at risk of running out of money in the coming months unless Congress acts. Eight busloads of retired coal miners from Southwest Virginia came to the U.S. Capitol to rally in support of the Miners Protection Act, bipartisan legislation sponsored by Sen. Warner that would take leftover funds from a federal government program that cleans up abandoned mines to shore up the underfunded health insurance and pension plan.

Without the legislation, thousands of retired coal miners – including nearly 20,000 retirees whose companies filed for bankruptcy last year alone – face the prospect of significant cuts to their pensions and health care.

The Senate Finance Committee, of which Sen. Warner is a member, is scheduled to consider the legislation next week, and the miners are hopeful that the full Senate will follow to save the pension plan from bankruptcy.

U.S. Attorney's Office In Carlyle
Former Virginia Gov. Bob McDonnell and his wife Maureen will not be retried, according to court documents filed today by the U.S. Attorney for the Eastern District of Virginia, Dana Boente, in a motion to remand for dismissal.

The motion states “The United States respectfully moves for this court to remand this case to the district court for the United States to file a motion to dismiss the indictment with prejudice under Fed. R. Crim. P. 48 (a). The defendant does not oppose this motion.”

Once the Fourth Circuit of Appeals approves the motion, it will head back to the U.S. District Court for formal dismissal. In June 2016, the Supreme Court unanimously tossed out McDonnell’s conviction on corruption charges.

McDonnell

Virginia Governor Terry McAuliffe visited the International Academy at T. C. Williams High School yesterday to help launch the 2016-2017 school year. The visit was an effort to  showcase the International Academy and the collaborative learning environment it fosters. (More photos below…)

Alexandria City Public Schools opened the International Academy at T.C. Williams High School in 2012 and the Academy follows the standards set by the Internationals Network for Public Schools.

The International Academy is built on a five-principal model emphasizing heterogeneity and collaboration, experiential learning, language and content integration, localized autonomy and responsibility, and one learning model for all.

The main goal of the program is to challenge students academically while increasing English proficiency, fulfilling emotional and social needs, ensuring access to quality education and preparing those students for high school, college and careers in our society. This particular model is key for integrating language development and academic content.

The Governor arrived yesterday morning by helicopter, landing at Chinquapin Park right near to the school.


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