Why Renew Your Membership?
The DNA provides residents with a strong voice that is unprecedented for an all volunteer neighborhood group. Every week Board members attend multiple city and county meetings. The DNA is seen by city and county administration as a top community stakeholder, and we are almost always included in working groups and big decision making. DNA board members regularly meet with our elected officials, tourism leaders, and other community leaders. We write letters and give recommendations. We stand up at MPC, HRB, ZBA, and City Council meetings when necessary. We do distribute letters and recommendations on our website and Facebook page when it does not compromise a certain cause, as those are publicly accessible. We also have standing seats to appoint on many of the City committees and commissions and encourage our members to apply for those positions through SavannahGA.gov.
•Advocated extensively and had a spot on the working committee for regulations and an ordinance for vacation rentals
•Initiated a regular Town and Gown meeting between the DNA, the City, and SCAD
•Successfully negotiated a rework of the SCAD student bus system
•Held what were widely regarded as the best candidate forums for multiple elections in 2015, as well as a successful Get Out and Vote! campaign
•Partnered with the City and Emergent Savannah to bring in international speaker, Elizabeth Becker to Savannah.
•Sponsored the Savannah Development and Renewal Authority’s Golden Broom Award
•Major contributor financially along with the City, Visit Savannah, and HSF to incorporate a Tourism Management Plan, as well as having multiple representatives on the Tourism Advisory Committee (TAC).
•Advocated for the Arena not to be placed at the current civic center site. Down the road, DNA will likely support a return to the grid with careful development
•DNA Public Safety chair meets regularly with our captains and other police leadership.
•DNA has launched multiple Public Safety campaigns, such as Lock It or Lose It (which significantly reduced the number of items stolen from cars), and Light up the Neighborhood, which brought awareness to the impact that leaving on porch and lane lights can have on the overall safety of the neighborhood as well as coordinated National Night Out events for our neighborhood.
•DNA regularly pursues zoning items at MPC should they threaten the neighborhood, and has made a difference on numerous occasions.
Without the Downtown Neighborhood Association, who would be vocal in protecting your interests in Savannah’s unique downtown fabric and advocating for public policies? We invite you to join or renew your membership for 2018 and help us continue our mission of preserving the quality of life in downtown Savannah!