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Hey Chesapeake, thanks for posting this. I edited out the last two paragraphs just to make sure this stays within the bounds of our copyright rules. It was kinda borderline, but thanks for the good info. :thumbsup:

I don't know if anyone else has a membership in the Downtwon Norfolk Council or not, but I find it a very inexpensive way to be officially connected to the revitalization of Norfolk and to receive some good information. Following is an example of the monthly electronic newsletter (looks a lot nicer than this with some color photos and graphics:

March, 2005 www.DowntownNorfolk.org

In this issue:

Contract Signed with Arts Market

Downtown Update Highlights TCC

International Downtown Association

Award Winners Are Chosen

DT100 to Receive Volunteerism Award

Night Time Employees Parking Deal

Ride Bus & Park Bike for Free

Responsible Hospitality Panel Formed

DNC's E-Communication Better Defined

Construction Update

Briefs and Reminders

Welcome New Members

A recently published Brookings Institution publication outlines

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Is there something else involved with being part of the DNC or is it just a monthly newsletter?

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Is there something else involved with being part of the DNC or is it just a monthly newsletter?

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Well, that is a very good question. I see the DNC as the private sector taking ownership in downtown and organizing to promote and improve every possible aspect of downtown.

I joined because of my interest, as a new resident of downtown (I live on Duke Street, which is one block west of Boush Street, right opposite where Harbor Heights is about to be built.), in living in a place that continues to be a lively and thriving destination that is safe, friendly, and vibrant.

I enjoy getting a weekly electonic update and monthly electronic newsletter. They also do an annual report of the progress taking place downtown.

The DNC also offers "quarterly updates". I have attended two, which are combination networking and informational. The information is usually a program with guests, such as developers or city officials or both, with updates on things that are happening or about to happen. One was held at Nauticus and the other at the Chrysler Museum.

Following is some of the membership information from their website:

Membership Information

Downtown Norfolk is a dynamic mix of people and activity. No matter what your interest, there's a place for you within the Downtown Norfolk Council.

Artists and architects, bankers and brokers, residents and retailers....all are a part of making Downtown Norfolk a dynamic, attractive, and prosperous place. And all understand that as Downtown prospers, so too do they.

You, your business, your employees and your coworkers benefit every day from the work of the Downtown Norfolk Council staff and volunteers. By committing to membership, you share in the responsibility of continuing Downtown Norfolk's growth and development.

We invite you to take your place amongst our committed group of members.

Large Corporations

Small Businesses

Seasoned Executives

Young Professionals

Arts Organizations

Non-profit Agencies

Residents

Retailers

Restaurateurs

Be part of our growth and take an active role in the city's continued development. It's the involvement of Downtown's people that makes Downtown stronger.

To become a member, print the application found at:

http://www.downtownnorfolk.org/membership_...ership_benefits

Once it is complete mail it to:

Downtown Norfolk Council

201 Granby Street, Suite 101

Norfolk, VA 23510

BENEFITS OF MEMBERSHIP

Receive the benefits that more than 200 other business leaders are enjoying. When Downtown prospers, business owners, property owners, citizens and visitors benefit.

Advocacy

Networking Opportunities

Bi-monthly & weekly Newsletters

Downtown Updates - Quarterly membership breakfast

Business Counseling

Referral

Leadership Recognition

Reduced Fees

Reduced Advertising and Promotion Rates with DNC programs

Web site link

DOWNTOWN NORFOLK COUNCIL - WHO SHOULD JOIN

Business owners whose success is aided by an attractive, healthy and vital business environment.

Retailers and restaurateurs who recognize that a healthy and prosperous business community will increase sales and traffic to their business, and that cooperative programming provides opportunities to develop new customers and relationships.

Corporate executives who understand that the success of nearby commercial districts helps attract and maintain a quality workforce.

Downtown professionals, managers, consultants, developers, lawyers, accountants and others who share in our vision for the future of Downtown Norfolk.

Residents who understand the importance of a friendly, welcoming and safe business district for the benefit of the entire community.

Non-profit organizations who know that a healthy community can only improve the economic environment in which they operate and seek funding support.

Individuals who take pride in Downtown and understand that people really make a difference in shaping the future of the place they call home.

Friends of the Business Improvement District; those who support the activities of the Downtown business community and who have developed personal and professional relationships with businesses that are located here.

For more membership information or how you can become involved, call Beth Bilderback, Membership and Marketing Coordinator, at the Downtown Norfolk Council at 757.623.1757 or email [email protected]

WHAT OUR MEMBERS ARE SAYING

"The Downtown Norfolk Council has invested considerable time and energy to provide the framework for a dynamic downtown that stimulates enthusiasm and promotes economic growth. As a result, the private sector has created a range of goods, services and attractions that reinforce our position as the preferred destination for the region."

Michael McCabe, President & CEO

NAI Harvey Lindsay Commercial Real Estate

"We have all benefited from the growth and redevelopment of Downtown Norfolk in recent years. Throughout the development process, the Downtown Norfolk Council has identified and reviewed the issues, established priorities and implemented a plan of action resulting in long-term gains for the entire city. That has been time well spent."

Michael Ives, President & CEO SouthTrust Bank

"Every Successful city, large or small, has a spirit of cooperation and a sense of energy that is reflected in its business community. In Downtown Norfolk, this all comes together in the form of the Downtown Norfolk Council. DNC has had a considerable impact on the way our downtown looks and feels today. Participation in this organization provides business people with a unique opportunity to make a personal contribution toward our growth and prosperity."

Mary Baker, Owner, Norfolk Stationery

"The business community of Downtown Norfolk has a strong voice through the Downtown Norfolk Council. DNC stands up as the advocate, catalyst and facilitator of varied interests, and maintains cooperative relationships between the public and private sector."

Dean Buckius, Partner Vandeventer Black LLP

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Well, that is a very good question.  I see the DNC as the private sector taking ownership in downtown and organizing to promote and improve every possible aspect of downtown.

I joined because of my interest, as a new resident of downtown (I live on Duke Street, which is one block west of Boush Street, right opposite where Harbor Heights is about to be built.), in living in a place that continues to be a lively and thriving destination that is safe, friendly, and vibrant.

I enjoy getting a weekly electonic update and monthly electronic newsletter.  They also do an annual report of the progress taking place downtown.

The DNC also offers "quarterly updates".  I have attended two, which are combination networking and informational.  The information is usually a program with guests, such as developers or city officials or both, with updates on things that are happening or about to happen.  One was held at Nauticus and the other at the Chrysler Museum.

Following is some of the membership information from their website:

Membership Information

Downtown Norfolk is a dynamic mix of people and activity. No matter what your interest, there's a place for you within the Downtown Norfolk Council.

Artists and architects, bankers and brokers, residents and retailers....all are a part of making Downtown Norfolk a dynamic, attractive, and prosperous place. And all understand that as Downtown prospers, so too do they.

You, your business, your employees and your coworkers benefit every day from the work of the Downtown Norfolk Council staff and volunteers. By committing to membership, you share in the responsibility of continuing Downtown Norfolk's growth and development.

We invite you to take your place amongst our committed group of members.

Large Corporations

Small Businesses

Seasoned Executives

Young Professionals

Arts Organizations

Non-profit Agencies

Residents

Retailers

Restaurateurs

Be part of our growth and take an active role in the city's continued development. It's the involvement of Downtown's people that makes Downtown stronger.

To become a member, print the application found at:

http://www.downtownnorfolk.org/membership_...ership_benefits

Once it is complete mail it to:

Downtown Norfolk Council

201 Granby Street, Suite 101

Norfolk, VA 23510

BENEFITS OF MEMBERSHIP

Receive the benefits that more than 200 other business leaders are enjoying. When Downtown prospers, business owners, property owners, citizens and visitors benefit.

Advocacy

Networking Opportunities

Bi-monthly & weekly Newsletters

Downtown Updates - Quarterly membership breakfast

Business Counseling

Referral

Leadership Recognition

Reduced Fees

Reduced Advertising and Promotion Rates with DNC programs

Web site link

DOWNTOWN NORFOLK COUNCIL - WHO SHOULD JOIN

Business owners whose success is aided by an attractive, healthy and vital business environment.

Retailers and restaurateurs who recognize that a healthy and prosperous business community will increase sales and traffic to their business, and that cooperative programming provides opportunities to develop new customers and relationships.

Corporate executives who understand that the success of nearby commercial districts helps attract and maintain a quality workforce.

Downtown professionals, managers, consultants, developers, lawyers, accountants and others who share in our vision for the future of Downtown Norfolk.

Residents who understand the importance of a friendly, welcoming and safe business district for the benefit of the entire community.

Non-profit organizations who know that a healthy community can only improve the economic environment in which they operate and seek funding support.

Individuals who take pride in Downtown and understand that people really make a difference in shaping the future of the place they call home.

Friends of the Business Improvement District; those who support the activities of the Downtown business community and who have developed personal and professional relationships with businesses that are located here.

For more membership information or how you can become involved, call Beth Bilderback, Membership and Marketing Coordinator, at the Downtown Norfolk Council at 757.623.1757 or email [email protected]

WHAT OUR MEMBERS ARE SAYING

"The Downtown Norfolk Council has invested considerable time and energy to provide the framework for a dynamic downtown that stimulates enthusiasm and promotes economic growth. As a result, the private sector has created a range of goods, services and attractions that reinforce our position as the preferred destination for the region."

Michael McCabe, President & CEO

NAI Harvey Lindsay Commercial Real Estate

"We have all benefited from the growth and redevelopment of Downtown Norfolk in recent years. Throughout the development process, the Downtown Norfolk Council has identified and reviewed the issues, established priorities and implemented a plan of action resulting in long-term gains for the entire city. That has been time well spent."

Michael Ives, President & CEO SouthTrust Bank

"Every Successful city, large or small, has a spirit of cooperation and a sense of energy that is reflected in its business community. In Downtown Norfolk, this all comes together in the form of the Downtown Norfolk Council. DNC has had a considerable impact on the way our downtown looks and feels today. Participation in this organization provides business people with a unique opportunity to make a personal contribution toward our growth and prosperity."

Mary Baker, Owner, Norfolk Stationery

"The business community of Downtown Norfolk has a strong voice through the Downtown Norfolk Council. DNC stands up as the advocate, catalyst and facilitator of varied interests, and maintains cooperative relationships between the public and private sector."

Dean Buckius, Partner Vandeventer Black LLP

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Sounds like something I would love to be apart of if I lived DT. So what line of work are you in Pirate?

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Sounds like something I would love to be apart of if I lived DT. So what line of work are you in Pirate?

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I am the CFO for a Norfolk headquartered distributor of floor covering products serving a dealer network throughout Virginia and parts of North Carolina.

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