Downtown Norfolk Council is pleased to announce that the International Downtown Association (IDA) awarded the organization with two Downtown Achievement Awards of Excellence for its work and initiatives in Public Space Management and Operations and Leadership Development.
Downtown Norfolk Council was among 29 qualified entries in the category of Public Space Management and Operations, which IDA identifies as one of the seven professional urban place management practice areas. This category features unique organizational approaches and projects in the areas of clean, safe and hospitality, placemaking and activation and facilities management.
“Downtown Norfolk Council continues to lead with innovative ideas and outstanding execution,” said Mary Miller, president and CEO. “We are so proud to be recognized for these initiatives by our international peers, and we are happy to share these successful programs with other downtowns across the globe.”
Downtown Norfolk Council was recognized for the 2019 Holiday Placemaking Initiative. With increasing competition in the region, DNC knew it needed to create even more compelling holiday experiences to engage the community, cut through the clutter and remain the region’s top holiday destination.
The LiveNFK program received an Award of Excellence for Leadership Development. As part of an ongoing effort to attract and retain talented young professionals to Norfolk and the region, Downtown Norfolk Council and the Greater Norfolk Corporation developed the LiveNFK program that connects college students with the local business community.
The International Downtown Association is the premier organization for urban place professionals who are shaping and activating dynamic city center districts. Its members are city builders and downtown champions who bring urban centers to life, bridging the gap between the public and private sectors.