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Mayor Allison Silberberg’s Record of Leadership

  • Secured the $1 billion Virginia Tech Innovation Campus for Alexandria, part of the largest business deal in the region’s history.
  • Worked with state and local officials as well as AlexRenew and led the approval of the long-delayed plan to resolve the sewage issues for all four outfalls into the Potomac River. Brokered partnership with AlexRenew to build the largest infrastructure project in the city’s history, and lobbied Congress and the Virginia General Assembly for funding.
  • Built consensus among governmental agencies and stakeholders to approve the new Potomac Yard Metro Station plan, concluding 20 years of debate.
  • Tripled the dedicated funding for the city’s Affordable Housing Fund.
  • Planned, approved, and built three schools during one term – a first for Alexandria.
  • Initiated, drafted, and adopted the City’s Statement on Inclusiveness, which garnered national attention.
  • Created the city’s first Arts District, an economic development catalyst.
  • Quintupled the number of trees planted across the city from 225 trees to 1,100 trees per year to replenish the canopy and mitigate climate change.
  • Initiated and passed ethics reform to increase transparency and trust in local government.
  • Maintained Alexandria’s AAA bond rating, saving the city millions of dollars through proactive initiatives.
  • Reached a historic low unemployment rate of 1.9%. The city’s unemployment rate dropped by 39% during mayoral term.
  • Reached a historic low crime rate for Part 1 Crime, which dropped by over 13%.
  • Led the contentious Council decisions to remove the Confederate statue and rename Jefferson Davis Highway.
  • Approved the city’s Racial Equity Initiative, creating a Racial Equity Office with a Racial Equity Officer.
  • Established the city’s commitment to the Equal Justice Initiative.
  • Initiated and drafted the Resolution to Combat Hate and Hate Crimes.
  • Became one of the first U.S. mayors to sign on as a Climate Mayor to uphold the goals of the Paris Climate Agreement.
  • Committed the city to work toward 100% renewable energy.
  • Approved the city’s Environmental Action Plan (Part One).
  • Stood with the majority of the Old Town business community and led a successful effort to stop a proposed tax on Old Town businesses, known as the BID tax.
  • Adopted City’s Strategic Plan for FY 2017 – 2022.
  • Championed civic engagement and fought for the City Council’s open mic tradition.
  • Doubled long-overdue street repaving, tackling over 130 lane miles in two years.
  • Established the Senior Advocacy Roundtable, joining forces with nonprofits, foundations, the Commission on Aging, and city staff to meet the needs of seniors.
  • Adopted the Age-Friendly Plan, the first in Virginia.
  • Committed the city to be Stroke Smart Alexandria — the first city in the nation to be a Stroke Smart city — and worked to launch the statewide and national Stroke Smart campaign.
  • Created the Clergy Council to address community concerns and unmet social needs.
  • Initiated and drafted the Council’s Resolution for Common-Sense Gun Reform Laws.
  • Renovated a record 8 city parks, including: Windmill Hill Park, Waterfront Park, Beverley Park (“The Pit”), Lake Cook, Powhatan Park, Taney Avenue Park, Commonwealth Avenue Park, and Warwick Pool and Park. Created partnerships with local nonprofits and civic associations to achieve greater results.
  • Approved and built the Patrick Henry Recreation Center.
  • Renovated two of the city’s four libraries and added Sunday hours.
  • Added the 1770s’ Murray-Dick-Fawcett house to the city’s historic preservation stock, the most significant addition to the city’s portfolio in half a century.
  • Passed the Vision Zero Plan to increase safety for pedestrians, cyclists, and drivers.
  • Successfully created a plan and secured a building to combine all of the Department of Community and Human Services’ functions with community partners in one place to facilitate easier access for all residents.
Teaching at Harvard
At the Institute of Politics at Harvard's Kennedy School of Government, Mayor Silberberg taught a seminar about the importance of inclusiveness in 2018 and held up Alexandria's Statement on Inclusiveness, which she drafted and the Council approved in November 2016. The statement garnered national attention.
One of a handful of mayors and civil rights leaders from across the nation, Mayor Silberberg was honored to be asked to join Mayor Bill de Blasio, Mayor Mitch Landrieu, and Mayor Greg Fischer and a few others at Gracie Mansion for a meeting and an announcement regarding the importance of inclusiveness and equity in our country. (October 2017)