Old Town Business and Professional Association (OTBPA) is an association of businesses which shares common interests and concerns. Its purpose is to provide networking, advocacy, and marketing opportunities for its members and to publicize the area as a progressive business district in the City of Alexandria, Virginia.

OTBPA represents all of the business districts located east of Alexandria Union Station to the river and includes all of the business districts located from the northern to the southern boundaries of the City of Alexandria.
















Old Town Area Parking Study (OTAPS) Work Group Meeting –

Wednesday, June 24

A public meeting of the Old Town Area Parking Study (OTAPS) Work Group will take place to review parking policies in Old Town on Wednesday, June 24, from 5 to 8 p.m. in Sister Cities Room 1101, City Hall, 301 King St. The purpose of the meeting is to review the draft recommendations for consideration by the Work Group.  Meeting materials will be available on the OTAPS website.  The meeting is open to the public.


Alexandria Sidewalk Sale


Saturday, August 1st at 9 a.m. | Sunday, August 2nd at 11 a.m.
Metered Parking is free on both days; Parking is free in City garages on Saturday. The King Street Trolley will operate at 9 a.m. on Saturday.
Visit Alexandria is handling the Permits for both Old Town & Del Ray business locations for this sale. As part of those permit requirements:
There must be a consistent 5-foot walkway between the curb and where your setup begins so that there is a clear pedestrian walkway.
NO electrical hookups, tenting, extension cords or wires.
No food may be sold outside with the exception of bottled/sealed drinks like water.
There must be a clear full-door entrance and exit from each door to the sidewalk.
Businesses will be added to the Sidewalk Sale webpage on the Visit Alexandria website as they come in; page will go live JUNE 22nd. Press Release will be sent in late June/early July. Promotional materials will be available for pickup at the Visitors Center in early July - exact date will be sent to participants as soon as it is known.

Alexandria Chamber of Commerce announces retirement of President & CEO John Long


Alexandria Chamber of Commerce President & CEO John Long has announced that he is retiring from the Chamber. Mr. Long has been with the Alexandria Chamber since March, 2012 and he retires after 25 years as an executive with Chambers of Commerce around the country.

Under his leadership the Alexandria Chamber has transformed into one of the largest and most active Chambers in the Washington Capital Region, while establishing a highly effective and energetic staff. 

Mr. Long initiated a number of highly successful programs and events, including a Government Contracting Council, a Non Profit & Association Academy, and the highly successful Women’s Leadership Forum with the Alexandria Chamber Professional Women’s Network, which merged with the Chamber in 2012. Successful partnerships have been forged by Mr. Long with leading regional organizations, including George Mason University, Quantico/Belvoir Regional Business Alliance, the City of Alexandria and the Alexandria Redevelopment and Housing Authority. The Chamber has also developed a powerful new website and accompanying social media presence.

“I am proud of the accomplishments the Chamber has made over the past three years. It has been rewarding to work for the Chamber, with the supportive work of the Chamber Board and our many volunteers and professional and dedicated staff. I wish all of my friends and colleagues continued success,” stated Long.

“We thank John for his leadership and vision,” stated Board Chairman Walter Clarke. “His dedication, team building, and strategic planning helped to professionalize the Chamber and provide increased educational opportunities for our members and our community.”

The Board will now embark on a search for a permanent replacement as President & CEO. In the meantime, Chamber Finance and Operations Director Stanley Brinkley will manage the Chamber’s day-to-day operations. To assist with the transition, Mr. Long has agreed to remain available for consultation and advice. According to Clarke, “We have a great team in place, and the Board has every confidence they will continue the outstanding work they have always done.

Congratulations to Mark Jinks on his appointment to City Manager by the City Council.  The OTBPA officers, board and members look forward to working together.

Mark Jinks

Yon Lambert    Karl  Moritz  Michael Kochis

OTBPA congratulates Yon Lambert on his promotion to Director of the Department of Transportation and Environmental Services, and to Karl Moritz on his promotion to Director of the Department of Planning and Zoning.  We also congratulate our Board Member Michael Kochis on his promotion to Assistant Commander of the Alexandria Police Department.

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