Institute for Leadership Training
July 29 - August 1, 2009 | Alexandria, VA

Useful Information

Registration Materials

You may pick up your badge and other materials on Wednesday, July 29th from 5-7 pm outside of Edison E & F on the second floor. Registration materials will again be available on Thursday morning, July 30th.

Hotel Information

COPARC and the ACA Institute for Leadership Training will be held at the Westin Alexandria hotel, 400 Courthouse Square, Alexandria, VA 22314; phone 866/837-4210; fax 703/253-8625.

Travel Information

It is recommended that Reagan-National Airport (airport code: DCA) be utilized as your arrival/departure point. The airport is only 10-15 minutes away from downtown Alexandria, and approximately a $12 cab ride to the hotel. Metrorail subway service from the airport to Alexandria costs $1.35 (Blue or Yellow Metro line from National Airport to King Street) with a slight increase during rush hour. From the Metro, you can get a cab for no more than $6.00, or you can walk to the hotel (less than a mile). For details, please call the hotel directly.

Washington's Dulles International Airport (airport code: IAD) is approximately 45 minutes away from the hotel, approximately $35-40 cab ride. Ground transportation is located on the ground level near baggage claim.

Baltimore-Washington International Airport (airport code: BWI) is 60-90 minutes away from the hotel, and the cab ride is approximately $60. For information on Super Shuttle reservations, please call 800-BLUE VAN (258-3826).

Washington Weather

Though we have had a cooler than normal summer, Washington can be hot and humid. Bring an umbrella just in case. You may want to dress in layers for the meetings at the hotel as it can be cool with the air conditioning.

Remember To Bring With You

Make Your Dining And Entertainment Plans

Optional Group Dinner - On Your Own
Wednesday, July 29, 2009

If you are interested in having dinner with your colleagues on Wednesday, July 29, ACA will make a group reservation for you at one of the following local restaurants. Please contact Theresa Holmes (800-347-6647 x246 or by July 24 and I will add you to the group reservation of your choice below.

$ = Entrées $10 - $20
$$ = Entrées $20 - $30
$$$ = Entrées $30 and up

Ted's Montana Grill
2451 Eisenhower Avenue
Alexandria, VA 22314
Price: $-$$
0.5 miles from Westin Alexandria hotel. Approx. 10 minute walk

The Ted's Montana Grill menu features made-from-scratch dishes including premium beef, National Bison Association-certified bison, chicken and seafood. The time-honored American favorites include steaks, meatloaf, crab cakes, pecan-crusted trout, cedar plank salmon, burgers, chicken grills and vegetable sides. Daily blue-plate specials, fresh-cut fries, hand-dipped salt and pepper onion rings, delicious soups and an array of salads and desserts round out the menu. Casual dress

Zikrayet Lebanese Restaurant
540 John Carlyle Street
Alexandria, VA 22314
Price: $$
0.3 miles from Westin Alexandria hotel. Approx. 5 minute walk

Zikrayet is an experience. Enjoy the best authentic Lebanese cuisine, in a transitional atmosphere blending modern design with traditional warmth. Casual dress

The Carlyle Club
411 John Carlyle Street
Alexandria, VA 22314
Price: $$-$$$
0.3 miles from Westin Alexandria hotel. Approx. 5 minute walk

Walking into the Carlyle Club is like taking a trip back to the 1920's with its art deco style and its decadent over the top menu. Spend an evening at the Carlyle Club and you'll enjoy a spectacular meal in an unforgettable setting with classic sophistication and meticulous attention to detail. Business dress

Chart House
1 Cameron Street
Alexandria, VA 22314
Price: $$-$$$
1.9 miles from Westin Alexandria hotel. We do not suggest walking. Taxis are available at the hotel, approx. $10.00 round trip.

Experience this most spectacular waterfront dining in Alexandria at the Chart House Alexandria. With its delectable menu offering the freshest seafood in the city and its exceptional service the Chart House is the ultimate in fine dining. The Alexandria Chart House offers spectacular nighttime views of the Capitol dome and Washington Mall from its water front location on the Potomac River. Business casual dress

Optional City Tours - On Your Own
Friday, July 31, 2009

If you would like to take advantage of some of the great history, theatre, or even restaurants in the Washington DC area, we have put together a brief listing of some of the best. If you decide to take in any of the following events, information has been provided to help you plan your evening. Have a great time in our home town!

Kennedy Center

The Kennedy Center is America's living memorial to President Kennedy. Since opening in 1971, the Kennedy Center has continued its efforts to fulfill his vision—presenting the greatest performers and performances from across America and around the world, nurturing new works and young artists, and serving the nation as a leader in arts education.

This is a listing of a few performance's at the Kennedy Center on July 30 & 31. Please visit the Kennedy Center website for additional performances on these or other dates.

Spring Awakening - Musical
Length: 2 hours 15 minutes
Time: 7:30pm
Price: $69.00-$90.00

Color Purple - Musical
Length: 2 hours 45 minutes
Time: 7:30pm
Price: $73.00-$90.00

Shear Madness - Comedy/Whodunnit
Length: 2 hours
Time: 8:00pm
Price: $42.00

Transportation: Nearest Metro is Foggy Bottom/George Washington University

Tickets can be purchased online at, at the box office between 10am-9pm M-Sat, or by phone 202-467-4600 or 800-444-1324.

Capitol Steps

The Capitol Steps is a performance that began as a group of Senate staffers who set out to satirize the very people and places that employed them.

Length: 2 hours
Time: 7:30pm-9:30pm
Place: Ronald Reagan Building and International Trade Center

Transportation: Nearest Metro is Federal Triangle or Metro Center

Price: $35.00 ($39.00 total after Ticketmaster service charges)

Tickets can be purchased through Ticketmaster on-line ( or by phone at 202-397-SEAT, 703-573-SEAT or 410-547-7328.

Washington DC After Dark Tour

The Washington DC After Dark tour is a 3 hour bus tour that shows you our national monuments and federal buildings flooded in lights.

Length: 3 hours
Time: 7:00pm daily
Pick-up: Union Station, Washington DC
Transportation: Metro to Union Station
Price: $46.95 adult
$20.95 child (ages 3-11)
Free child (under 3)

Reservations required. Call 888-878-9870 to reserve your space or for more information.

Potomac Riverboat Tours

Washington DC has so much to offer the visitor, that it's difficult to see them all. With a Potomac Riverboat Company tour, you can see some of the most spectacular monuments, landmarks, buildings and bridges (the Lincoln Memorial, Jefferson Memorial, Washington Monument, and the John F. Kennedy Center for the Performing Arts to name a few) as you relax on our sightseeing cruises.

Length: 90 minutes round trip
Time: Departs every 2 hours from 11:30am to 9:30pm
Place: Alexandria docks-behind Torpedo Factory, 105 N. Union Street, Alexandria, VA
Transportation: Taxi
Price: $26.00 adult
$14.00 child (ages 2-11)

Tickets must be purchased 24 hours in advance. To purchase a ticket or for more information call 703-684-0580 or email Office hours 9am-5pm ET M-F.

Old Town Alexandria King Street Pub Crawl

You can start at the top of Old Town Alexandria (near King Street Metro) and walk your way down King Street to the Potomac River and stop off at some of the local pubs to take a load off and cool yourself down. By-the-way, you won't just find cool drinks at these stops, you'll find great food too!

Hard Times Café - 1404 King Street
Vermillion - 1120 King Street
Tiffany Tavern - 1116 King Street
Majestic Café - 911 King Street
Austin Grill - 801 King Street
Eamonn's Dublin Chipper - 728 King Street
Jackson 20 - 480 King Street
Bayou Room - 219 King Street
O'Connell's - 112 King Street

*These are just suggestions; feel free to venture off course, you may find a new favorite!

The length, time, and price are completely up to you and you can start the pub crawl on foot but we do suggest you take a taxi back to the hotel at the end of your evening.