The Downtown Newark Partnership is a private/public partnership dedicated to the aesthetic, economic, cultural and social enhancement of downtown Newark. The Partnership has created a unique environment in which the City of Newark, businesses, residential communities, and the University of Delaware can work together toward a common goal:
THE ONGOING ENHANCEMENT OF DOWNTOWN NEWARK with mutual benefits.
An eighteen-member policy board governs the Partnership. The Board provides direction to each of the Partnership's five working committees: Merchants', Design, Economic Enhancement, Special Events and Parking; and charts the course for downtown enhancement. The Committees bring together leaders from broad range of industries to ensure that downtown Newark remains an active spirited place to live and do business.
Under the leadership of the Board of directors, the Downtown Newark Partnership has been designated by the National Trust for Historic Preservation as a National Main Street Community since 2001. This year downtown Newark is one of ten semi-finalists for the National Trust Main Street Center’s Great American Main Street Award (GAMSA). The GAMSA winners will be announced in May.
The Board meets the second Wednesday of every other month at 6:00 p.m. in the City Manager's Conference Room, second floor, Municipal Building, 220 Elkton Road. All Downtown Newark Partnership meetings are open to the public.
For more information regarding the Downtown Newark Partnership, its activities and business opportunities in Downtown Newark, please call Ricky Nietubicz at (302) 366-7030.
The Downtown Newark Partnership participates in the Delaware Main Street Program, a division of the Delaware Economic Development Office, and adheres to the National Main Street Program approach to downtown revitalization -- that is, revitalization accomplished through working committees dealing with design, organization, promotion and economic restructuring issues. In addition, the Downtown Newark Partnership has supplemented the standard Main Street approach to better fit Downtown Newark's specific needs with working committee that deals with the challenge of parking in the downtown area. Each committee develops and implements an annual work plan, which is approved by the Partnership Board.