Committees

Through participation in the National Trust for Historic Preservation’s Main Street Program and Downtown Delaware, a division of the Delaware Economic Development Office, the DNP is able to model its approach to downtown revitalization after that of the National Main Street Program.  This approach centers on the use of committees dedicated to design, organization, promotion and economic restructuring issues.  The DNP modified these roles slightly in order to make them best fit the needs of downtown Newark, also creating committees to deal with issues of merchant services and communication, as well as parking.  Each of the committees creates and implements an annual work plan to be approved by the Partnership’s Board, allowing for a clear and active movement toward accomplishing a variety of goals.  The Committees develop work plans which are reviewed and approved by the DNP Board of Directors.  The approach allows the Board to chart the course for downtown enrichment and provide a directional framework for each of the working committees: Design, Economic Enhancement, Events, Merchants, and Parking.  All the Committees include volunteers from a range of industries, interests and occupations, which helps to ensure that the diverse and unique atmosphere of downtown Newark is maintained.

This organization strategy had been successful for downtown Newark.  For the eleventh year in a row, the Partnership has been designated as a Certified National Main Street Community by the National Trust for Historic Preservation, showing that the accomplishments of the DNP are appreciated not only by Newark, but far outside the city limits!  In addition to national recognition, the DNP was recently recognized by the State of Delaware as the community hosting the Best Retail Event (Downtown Newark’s Food & Brew Fest) and having the Best Economic Restructuring Project (the Downtown  Newark Gift Card Program) at the inaugural Delaware/Maryland Revitalization Conference in the fall of 2010.

The Partnership owes this success to the hard work of the Board and Committee members, as their dedication allows the DNP to meet the high standards necessary to earn national recognition for excellence in downtown revitalization.

Every DNP Board meeting is open to the public.  For further information regarding the Partnership and its activities and committees, please contact Megan McNerney at 302-366-7000 or e-mail the DNP at dnp@newark.de.us.

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Mission

The Design Committee focuses on the visual appeal of downtown Newark.  The main goal of the Committee is to improve its aesthetic and pedestrian scale qualities.  The 2009 Work Plan was the Committee’s strategy for meeting this goal during the past year, and the 2010 will serve the role in the upcoming year.

The Design Committee meets the first Tuesday of the month at 8:00 am at various downtown locations.  Please check postings at the City Municipal Building or call 302-366-7000. All meetings are open to the public.

For Agendas and Minutes click here and select Downtown Newark Partnership.

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Mission

The Economic Enhancement Committee strives to ensure that Downtown Newark is a great environment for business. Functionally, the committee works to recruit new businesses, as well as retain our current downtown businesses through programs that foster a favorable downtown environment. This committee is always working to improve the business mix downtown by recruiting selectively the businesses that best complement existing establishments.

The Economic Enhancement Committee is a staff function of the City of Newark’s Planning and Development Department, and as such, no regularly scheduled public meetings take place. To obtain more information on this committee or call 302-366-7030.

For Agendas and Minutes click here and select Downtown Newark Partnership.

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Mission

Downtown Newark’s Events Committee has been working on improving existing events and adding new events for downtown since the beginning of the DNP in 1998. Each event, however, brings forth its own leaders, responsibilities, challenges and tasks, and therefore, the Events Committee is actually composed of several Ad Hoc Planning Committees, one for each major Downtown Newark Partnership event. The Ad Hoc Committees are:

Restaurant Week Committee
Food and Brew Fest Committee
Main Street Mile Committee
Taste of Newark Committee
Wine and Dine Downtown Committee
All of the members of these committees are considered part of the Partnership’s Events Committees for the year they participate. The separate committees each have unique committee members and meeting times.

Events not listed as having committees, such as Newark Nite, Community Day, the Spring Concert Series, Halloween Parade, and Winterfest are handled by the City of Newark’s Parks and Recreation Department, with some assistance from the DNP. The City Parks and Recreation Department does an outstanding job each year of organizing these special events with their own group of volunteers. The help of this dedicated group of volunteers and capable staff allows the Partnership staff and Ad Hoc Committees to focus on creating new events and improving the events, which they plan. The result is a full calendar of diverse, fun and well-run events!

Also another extremely successful event – the 6th Annual Newark Film Festival was held at the Newark Cinema Center in the Newark Shopping Center, September 23 – 30, 2010. This year’s Festival; featured 100 screenings of 25 films – and boasted record attendance. The Newark Film Festival is planned by Barry Schlecker, with the assistance of others. Downtown Newark is proud to host this fabulous film event in Newark. And for the second year in a row has received a 30 second commercial to from an independent filmmaker for our ad campaigns through event sponsorship. What a great deal for downtown Newark! Not only do we get to host this popular cultural event in our community, reaping the economic benefit of hundreds of visitors, but we also get tools to continue our promotional efforts!

For Agendas and Minutes click here and select Downtown Newark Partnership.

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Mission

The DNP’s Merchants Committee exists to open and maintain lines of communication between the merchants of downtown Newark and the rest of the Partnership - the City, University and citizenry. This committee also seeks to establish events, programs and publications that make downtown Newark a destination for the entire family, as well as to advocate the viewpoints and address the concerns of downtown merchants to the City, State and University.

The Merchants’ Committee strives to improve the image of downtown Newark, as well as foster growth through promotion of the area. Using retail promotions, advertising campaigns, and by fostering strong and open communication both ways between merchants and the other participants in the Partnership, the committee works to keep Downtown Newark vibrant. Communication and coordination between the various participants are key responsibilities of this committee.

The Committee meets on the first Wednesday of each month at 8:15 AM at various locations in downtown Newark. To view monthly agendas or for additional information, check postings in City Hall or call 302-366-7030.

For Agendas and Minutes click here and select Downtown Newark Partnership.

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Mission

The Parking Committee works to improve off-street parking in Downtown Newark. This committee is constantly striving for more user-friendly and cost-effective ways to operate lots and meters, increased participation in the parking validation program, cooperation between private owners, as well as incorporating long-range parking plans with economic development to prepare Newark for future economic success. The work plan of the Parking Committee outlines the proposed strategy for meeting its goals.

The Parking Committee meets the second Wednesday of each month at 10:00 a.m. in City Hall. For more information, consult the postings in City Hall or call 302-366-7030.

For Agendas and Minutes click here and select Downtown Newark Partnership.