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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 benefits for all the partners.  

DNP is governed by an 18-member policy board which charts the course for downtown enhancement. The board brings together leaders from a broad range of industries to ensure that downtown Newark remains a vibrant place to live and do business.

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 the Delaware Main Street Program, a division 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 meets every month at 6:30 p.m. in the Council Chambers of the Municipal Building at 220 S. Main St. 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, call Megan McNerney at 366-7000. 

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