Driving
Americans Spend an Average of 17,600 Minutes Driving Each Year

American drivers spend an average of more than 17,600 minutes behind the wheel each year, according to a new survey from the AAA Foundation for Traffic Safety. The research finds that more than 87.5 percent of Americans aged 16 years and older reported driving in the past year. During this time, drivers travelled nearly 10,900 miles on average and spent more than 290 hours on the road.

“The amount of time the average driver spends behind the wheel each year is equivalent to seven 40-hour weeks at the office,” said Martha Mitchell Meade, Manager of Public and Government Affairs for AAA Mid-Atlantic. “It’s clear that traveling by car remains a central part of American’s lives.”The American Driving Survey is the most current and comprehensive look at how much Americans drive on a daily and yearly basis. It revealed that Americans drove a total of 2.45 trillion miles last year, which is a 2.4 percent increase from 2014.

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Charles Houston Recreation Center

Help guide the development of future recreation programming by participating in this short survey

The Alexandria Department of Recreation, Parks and Cultural Activities is conducting its annual Program Interest Survey to determine programming preferences by type, user group, location and time of day.

To ensure your voice is heard, responses must be submitted by Monday, September 12. Paper copies are available at all City community centers or take the survey online today.

The survey should take no more than 3 minutes to complete and can be accessed using this link.

Census Bureau survey of American businesses

This graphic gives a snapshot of the number of years firms have been in business by gender, race, ethnicity and veteran status.

Among the 5.4 million U.S. firms with paid employees, 481,981, or 8.9 percent, had been in business for less than two years in 2014, according to findings from the U.S. Census Bureau’s inaugural Annual Survey of Entrepreneurs.

In contrast to the employer firms that had been in business for less than two years, there were 167,917, or 3.1 percent, that had been in business for 16 years or more. More than 4 in 10 employer firms (2.4 million, or 44.1 percent) have been in business between 11 and 15 years.

Beginning with today’s release of 2014 statistics and continuing through the release of 2016 data, the Annual Survey of Entrepreneurs will supplement the Survey of Business Owners, conducted every five years. The Annual Survey of Entrepreneurs provides a timely, more frequent socio-economic portrait of the nation’s employer businesses by gender, ethnicity, race, and veteran status. It includes a relevant topic not found in the Survey of Business Owners: the number of years a firm has been in business.

The survey is a public-private partnership among the U.S. Census Bureau, the Ewing Marion Kauffman Foundation and the Minority Business Development Agency.

“As ‘America’s Data Agency,’ the Department of Commerce puts open data resources and digital tools in the hands of families, communities, and federal and local leaders to help them make data-driven decisions,” U.S. Secretary of Commerce Penny Pritzker said. “The Annual Survey of Entrepreneurs is a new and exciting resource that responds to data users’ request for more timely statistics on the demographics of America’s businesses owners.”

The tables released today provide estimates of receipts, payroll and employment for the nation, states and the District of Columbia, and the 50 most populous metropolitan statistical areas. Firm size data are available by sales size (the number of firms with sales/receipts of $1.0 million or more) and employment size (the number of firms with 500 employees or more).

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Alexandria Chamber of Commerce Announces Business Survey Results and Launches New Initiative

As the voice of business in Alexandria, Virginia, the Alexandria Chamber of Commerce undertook a survey of its membership with the goal of determining the state of business in the City and what issues business owners/managers identify as their key concerns. The survey was composed of a variety of topics constructed to meet these goals and pinpoint where resources may need to be directed to improve any perceived challenges.

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538 thanksgiving
This survey result would help explain Cheesetique’s Thanksgiving dish popularity. What is your favorite side dish at Thanksgiving  in Alexandria, Virginia? Mine is Green Bean Casserole.

Via FiveThirtyEight.com

Thanksgiving — when we give thanks and celebrate a tale about the welcoming of foreign refugees to American shores — is once again upon us. For some, it’s a day of mass media consumption, with a parade and three NFL games. For others, it’s a day to identify the secret Canadians in our midst by finding out they don’t have plans (Kim!). Sure, we’ve hit the point where the Santa Claus float at the end of the Macy’s Thanksgiving Day Parade commemorates the start of the third week of Christmas music on the radio, but at least turkeys are cheap, right?

And that’s what Thanksgiving is really about: food. So, in the spirit of the things that bring us all together, let’s peel apart this holiday and carve this nation up into factions like a bargain-bin bird. Who eats what where? Our SurveyMonday Audience poll about Thanksgiving traditions had 1,058 respondents.

Read more at this link.

(Image via @FiveThirtyEight on Twitter)

Traffic Study

This is an update to this post.

If you haven’t made your voice heard yet, you are running out of time as this study CLOSES tomorrow (Friday, October 23).

The City of Alexandria, Virginia is asking employees, residents and community members to participate in a traffic study survey for the Duke Street and West Taylor Run areas of Alexandria.

This important survey will be used to better gauge wider input on the City’s three proposals, and to add a proposal for addressing safety on Seminary Road and Quaker Lane. The following survey seeks to achieve these goals, and will be available through October 23, 2015.

The survey results will be available on the project website at this link and takes only minutes to complete.

To complete the survey, please visit this link.

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The City of Alexandria, Virginia is asking employees, residents and community members to participate in a traffic study survey for the Duke Street and West Taylor Run areas of Alexandria.

This important survey will be used to better gauge wider input on the City’s three proposals, and to add a proposal for addressing safety on Seminary Road and Quaker Lane. The following survey seeks to achieve these goals, and will be available through October 23, 2015.

The survey results will be available on the project website at this link and takes only minutes to complete.

To complete the survey, please visit this link.

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