The American Association of Physicists in Medicine Relocates to Alexandria
The American Association of Physicists in Medicine (AAPM), whose mission it is to “advance the science, education and professional practice of medical physics”, recently relocated their headquarters from College Park, Maryland to Alexandria, Virginia. The staff enthusiastically embraced the move; according to the association’s controller Robert McKoy, they are “very excited about the retail shopping opportunities”. But the leadership of this national association thought carefully about this transition, and chose Alexandria for a variety of reasons.
Firstly, Robert McKoy said that having nearby amenities was “Number 1 on the [list of determining factors]”. AAPM frequently holds meetings at their headquarters for the association’s national leadership, and Alexandria’s chef-driven restaurants and exceptional hotels in an amenity-rich neighborhood will allow them to stay and dine all within just a few blocks. For those meetings, Mr. McKoy also said “Having an office that’s 5 miles from a major airport is crucial for our members”. In that regard, Alexandria is undeniably one of the most convenient locations.
For this respected association, staffing is also crucial for their growth as an organization. Mr. McKoy mentioned that throughout their search for a new headquarters, “We were seeking a location to draw [new employees], but we were also seeking a marketplace that had a strong pool of candidates.” He continues: “We felt that [Alexandria] would only enhance our recruiting efforts moving forward”.
Mr. McKoy also emphasized that “Old Town was significantly safer than our current area and other areas we were exploring”.
AAPM found that the amazing amenities of Old Town, along with Alexandria’s demographics, relative safety, and location were a perfect fit for its staff and leadership. We are looking forward to having them in the Alexandria community.
To hear Robert McKoy's full presentation to the Alexandria City Council about their move to Alexandria, see this page for the 3/10/2015 City Council Legislative Meeting. This presentation is Item 26.