Downtown Newark Partnership Unites All Fronts

The public/private partnership is dedicated to enhancement of Newark.

Dawn Calzada (center) of the Mid-Atlantic Ballet Company is a DNP board member.The Downtown Newark Partnership (DNP) 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 the ongoing enhancement of downtown with mutual benefits for all the partners.  

DNP is governed by an 18-member policy board, which directs five working committees—Merchants, Design, Economic Enhancement, Special Events and Parking—and charts the course for downtown enhancement. The committees bring together leaders from a broad range of industries to ensure that downtown Newark remains a vibrant place to live and do business.  

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Since 2001, DNP has been designated by the National Trust for Historic Preservation as a National Main Street Community. In 2011, Newark was recognized as a Great American Main Street Award Winner.

DNP also participates in Downtown Delaware, a resource center of the Delaware Economic Development Office, which builds on the National Main Street Program approach to revitalizing downtowns through working committees focused on design, organization, promotion and economic restructuring issues.

DNP has expanded the standard Main Street approach to better fit downtown Newark’s specific needs with a committee that deals with the challenge of parking.

The board and working committees meet monthly. All DNP meetings are open to the public.

For more information regarding DNP, its activities and business opportunities in downtown Newark, call Ricky Nietubicz, planner and DNP administrator, at 366-7030, or visit  

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