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What is PLACE?

A County government initiative to update the “Arlington Way” by expanding the ways in which our residents engage with each other and our government to enrich Arlington.

Our challenge now is to ensure that Arlington — our home town — continues to tap into our residents’ and County staff’s talents, so that Arlington remains a great place for all kinds of folks — even in these increasingly demanding times.

Arlington County Board Chair Mary Hughes Hynes (January 2012)

What is the goal?

How do we get there?

  • Offer regular civic engagement training for residents, commissioners and staff
  • Find new ways to encourage persistent, thoughtful, constructive residents to engage in the continuing work of improving Arlington.
  • Create a community map that captures the depth and breadth of Arlington’s groups, leagues, organizations and other entities.
  • Engage in a community-wide conversation to develop a clear description of the Arlington Way, to energize civic decision-making processes.
  • Understand, describe the role that each sector plays in achieving successful civil discourse.
  • Build effective civic engagement into staff’s work and evaluation processes.

Who is involved?

  • You, your family, your friends and your neighbors.
  • Anyone, really, who lives, works, or owns a business in Arlington.
  • Groups, organizations and individuals from every corner of the County and every walk of life.
  • The County Board and County staff

Kick-off flashback

To kick-off PLACE, Arlington County Board Chair Mary Hynes described the initiative, using a visual presentation.

View the presentation with audio from the Open House kick-off.
View the presentation without audio (use the arrow buttons to click forward and back).


Latest PLACE report
PLACE brochure (Eng)
PLACE brochure (Esp)
Arlington’s Changing Story
Creating the Arlington E-Way
Mapping the Arlington Way
2012 Progress Report