CANDIDATE NAME: Bob Wood                                         PARTY: Republican

QUESTION

ANSWER

Re West End

Re Eisenhower Valley

1.    Modes of transportation: Which modes of  public transportation and ease-of-use  solutions for private transportation do you  support which will encourage local residents and visitors to increase their purchases from businesses in –

I believe BRT has a future role, but I’m equally in favor of less expensive support to foot traffic, bicycles, and connected pedestrian ways.  We cannot create poorly designed transit corridors that preclude shopping by car or block access to small business. Additionally, we cannot destroy businesses in the process of building corridors. Think connected, not contiguous business sectors.

Public transportation must expand its service in concert with growing Eisenhower Valley businesses.  Eventually, I favor shuttle service, BRT, and linked pedestrian ways along with expanded DASH.

Think connected, not contiguous business sectors.

a.    By when?

Before, during, and after any future re-development

Phased to create some “supply pull”

2.    Attracting new businesses: Which  mechanisms do you support which will attract new businesses to and encourage them to locate in -

City can promote growth by:

Targeting/marketing the expansion of specific outside businesses into this area

Surveying intentions of current business to support a retention strategy

Streamline governmental processes supporting expansion and retention of business in these areas during extended transition.

Utilize existing federal, state, and local incentives.

Create new incentives where necessary.

City can promote growth by:

Targeting/marketing the expansion of specific outside businesses into this area

Surveying intentions of current business to support a retention strategy

Streamline governmental processes supporting expansion and retention of business in these areas during extended transition.

Utilize existing federal, state, and local incentives

Create new incentives where necessary

a.    By when?

Now

Now

3.    Master Plan: What timeframe do you support for the completion of a submarket Master Plan for -

As soon as possible

As soon as possible

4.    Small Area Plans:  What initiatives and  timeframes do you support for the completion of development for the:

a.    Beauregard Small Area Development Plan.

This market faces redevelopment pressure such as transportation shortfalls, service interruptions, and customer displacement.  I’d make this area a priority planning district for AEDP for assistance as this market evolves.

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b.    Landmark Shopping Mall

There is already a SAP in place.  We know the current owners are either unable or unwilling to proceed with the current plan.  We must immediately reestablish high-level dialog and citizen engagement to assess viability of current planning, feasible steps forward, and responsible entities to guide progress ahead.  Personal, continual involvement by city leadership is urgently needed to spark progress. 

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c.    Eisenhower West End Development Plan: What is your commitment to maintaining the schedule of the City’s Eisenhower West End Development Plan and, specifically, economic development in the Eisenhower Valley?

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The West End Development Plan is an important element of restoring balance to our developments and insuring a vibrant business climate across our city.  We need to continue our attention on this area.

5.    Help for existing businesses: Which specific measures will you promote which will increase the growth, customer base, revenue, and expense minimization of  businesses currently located in –

Small businesses are most concerned with costs, credit, cash, and customers.  Larger businesses are no less concerned with these things but also need help assuring and promoting their competitive advantage locally and beyond. We must understand the specifics of each, very diverse business submarkets in the city, determine priority expansion needs, and leverage city assets to reduce both direct and indirect costs.  We can implement boutique districts, supplement marketing in our tourist activities, direct residents to new or expanded services, and attract travelers to our businesses.  We can also help create and promote “branding” beyond Old Town.

Small businesses are most concerned with costs, credit, cash, and customers.  Larger businesses are no less concerned with these things but also need help assuring and promoting their competitive advantage locally and beyond. We must understand the specifics of each, very diverse business submarkets in the city, determine priority expansion needs, and leverage city assets to reduce both direct and indirect costs.  We can implement boutique districts, supplement marketing in our tourist activities, direct residents to new or expanded services, and attract travelers to our businesses.  We can also help create and promote “branding” beyond Old Town.

a.    By when?

Now

Now

6.    Developer Taxes: Will you encourage that taxes which are raised from developers be spent on (1) matters pertaining specifically to the developer’s project or (2) City-wide infrastructure services?

Developers should satisfy distinct and key proffers pertaining to location and impact of their particular development.  Benefits to the developer and to the city should be proportionate and reasonable.  Taxes should go to the general fund unless needed in early development to mitigate significant community impacts.

Developers should satisfy distinct and key proffers pertaining to location and impact of their particular development.  Benefits to the developer and to the city should be proportionate and reasonable.  Taxes should go to the general fund unless needed in early development to mitigate significant community impacts.

7.    National Science Foundation: How do you plan to encourage the NSF’s coming to Eisenhower Valley and selecting one of the three sites it is considering there?

Same answer as for Eisenhower Valley.

Streamline governmental processes; personal engagement; utilize existing state and local incentives;

8.    Victory Center: What are the tangible solutions you will implement to promote Victory Center for immediate tenancy and development?

Same answer as for Eisenhower Valley.

Target DoD, DHS, and other large government agencies with direct contact and congressional advocacy (e.g. I know that USSOCOM in Tampa) is seeking a Washington base); Market extensively to outside commercial customers; Advertising Bill Board visible from Beltway; Examine all realty contract solutions (sublet, REIT, prime/sub) to expand alternative marketing methods and audiences.

a.    By what date do you expect first tenant to assume occupancy in Victory Center because of those solutions?

Same answer as for Eisenhower Valley.

ASAP

9.    Campaign Signs: What is your plan to remove all of your political campaign signs following the election?

Remove them personally

a.    By when?

Within 48 hours after election

10. In 30 words or fewer, why should Alexandria business-owner voters vote for you?

I am the only small businessman in Alexandria running for city council.  I operate on small margins, worry about extraneous costs, and need a supportive city business climate to expand.

 
 
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