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  • Wednesday, December 05, 2018 8:42 AM | DNA ADMIN Communications (Administrator)

    Savannah Area Chamber’s 2019 State Legislative Agenda

    • Defend against legislative measures that would negatively impact Savannah’s business climate
    • Support efforts to obtain the funding to begin the building phase of the Savannah Convention Center expansion
    • Support enhancement of Georgia’s historic preservation incentives to encourage rehabilitation of historic landmarks
    • Support Georgia Southern University’s Board of Regents’ request for $5.2 million for the new Center for Engineering and Research building on the Statesboro campus
    • Support Georgia Southern University’s Board of Regents’ request for $5 million to convert existing under-utilized space into Student Success and Mentoring Centers on the Armstrong and Statesboro campuses
    • Support the expansion of culinary and hospitality training at Savannah Technical College
    • Support proactive military legislation that seeks to expand Georgia’s military installations
    • Support efforts to streamline the deployment of technology to make wireless broadband more accessible

  • Thursday, November 08, 2018 10:15 AM | DNA ADMIN Communications (Administrator)

    House Short-term Rental Study Committee Public Meeting, scheduled for 1 p.m. Saturday, Nov. 10, in City Hall Council Chambers

    Official Meeting Announcement >> STVR Study Committee.pdf

  • Thursday, November 08, 2018 8:17 AM | DNA ADMIN Communications (Administrator)

    The public is invited to attend a meeting regarding the proposed implementation of a pilot program exploring tour restrictions is certain residential areas. Attendees will also have the opportunity to address other tourism related concerns.

    Thursday, October 15 | 6:00 p.m. at the Savannah Civic Center in the O'Connor Room (2nd floor)

    City of Savannah contact: Amanda Hutson >>

    DNA Contact: Bill Lovett >>

  • Friday, October 26, 2018 9:59 AM | DNA ADMIN Communications (Administrator)

    Via the City of Savannah
    October 26, 2018
    Good morning,

    We are beginning to release information on the second public input meeting for the Tour Restriction Proposal. The invitation is attached, please forward it on to those in your network. The notice will also be sent to the DNA, DBA, and TLC, so keep an eye out for duplicate notification (better too much than too little!). Mobility and Parking has already sent an invitation to those on their email list (emails submitted on annual registration forms). 

    For those unable to attend this next meeting, I have posted a survey on the City website for people to submit their comments and suggestions. Please include this in any information you send out. Unfortunately, the survey was not live when notice was sent to tour companies. Cynthia and I will send a follow-up email with the link to the survey to the tour companies the week before the meeting, but it is open for comment through Nov. 23rd

     We will be collecting all comments and will share them in reports to you. Since the second meeting will be held after our November TAC meeting, I plan on having the first round of comments to you, along with the agenda, one week in advance of our meeting. Any comments received after this time will be included with the next report. 


    Amanda Hutson

    Tourism Management Coordinator
    Office of Special Events, Film & Tourism
    City of Savannah
    912-351-3837 (O)


  • Wednesday, October 24, 2018 4:19 PM | DNA ADMIN Communications (Administrator)

    Road Closures on Saturday, October 27, 2018 for SSU Parade

  • Monday, October 22, 2018 5:06 PM | DNA ADMIN Communications (Administrator)

    The Office of Special Events, Film & Tourism is presenting information on a proposed restriction of hours for tour operators in the Landmark Historic District tomorrow, October 23rd, from 6:00 pm to 7:30 pm The meeting will be held at 3401 Edwin Street, Savannah. They are hoping to get input on what the public wants in this regard. The Downtown Neighborhood Association’s Tourism Advisory Council representatives, Melinda Allen and Bill Lovett, recommend the following based on what cities like St. Augustine and Charleston have done regarding the balance of hours of tour operation and quality of life for residents and visitors alike:
    Restrict tours from operating from 10:00 p.m. to 7:00 a.m. in the following area:

    • Using the hotel overlay approved by the Savannah City Council, increase the tour hours restricted area to follow the entire zone area. Arterial streets of Liberty, Oglethorpe, Broughton, and Bay would NOT be included.
    • Tours will still be able to operate after 10 pm in the remainder of the Landmark District more conducive to late night activity.

    If you can make this meeting, we’d appreciate your attendance and suggestions. If you can’t make it but would like to provide your suggestions, please email to We’ll make sure your message gets to the Office of Special Events, Film & Tourism.

    We have been assured there will be another meeting in the downtown area in the near future but your input is urgently requested.

  • Tuesday, October 09, 2018 7:45 PM | DNA ADMIN Communications (Administrator)

    The City of Savannah has hired the Urban Land Institute to help determine how to best use the current location of the Savannah Civic Center and it’s surrounding area.  The Downtown Neighborhood Association is on record in support of the area going back to the original Oglethorpe Plan, including streets, parks, squares, trust lots, and tithing lots.  The community is being asked to take part in a survey to obtain input for “what is most important to you.”  It is imperative that as many people as possible take this survey.  And we hope you will note as a high priority the necessity of preserving Savannah’s National Landmark Historic designation and returning the area to the Oglethorpe Plan as an important element.  Please take the survey HERE.

  • Wednesday, September 26, 2018 11:35 AM | DNA ADMIN Communications (Administrator)

    The City of Savannah and Savannah Police Department are inviting the public to meet its next police chief, Roy Minter. The City is hosting a “Meet and Greet” event on Thursday, October 4 from 5 to 7 p.m. at Grayson Stadium in Daffin Park.

    The public is invited to meet Minter, his command staff and officers during this informal event. There will be food, fun and police displays. Local radio station Hot 98.3 will provide music.

    Minter is currently serving as the Director of Savannah Police until he completes his police chief certification classes for the State of Georgia.

    “I’m really excited to now live in and serve the City of Savannah,” said Minter. “Building relationships with community members is a key component of my overall public safety strategy. I hope to meet as many people as possible at this event to not only get to know them, but hear what we can do to better serve them.”

    Invitation to meet and greet Opens in new window

  • Friday, September 21, 2018 11:34 AM | DNA ADMIN Communications (Administrator)

    There are several important dates coming up where the public will have the opportunity to give input on a number of matters. I encourage all District Two residents to participate. This is your time to get involved, ask questions and be part of the process.

    October 15

    6:30 - 8:30 p.m. 
    District Town Hall Meeting

    Location: Savannah Civic Center

    Topic: SPLOST


    October 20

    8:30 a.m. - 5:00 p.m.

    City-wise participatory budget workshop
    Location: Savannah Civic Center

    Click here to register


    November 7

    6:30 - 8:30 p.m.

    District Town Hall Meeting
    Location: Savannah Civic Center
    Topic: New ZO

  • Saturday, August 25, 2018 10:23 AM | DNA ADMIN Communications (Administrator)

    The Mayor and Aldermen of the City of Savannah will be accepting applications through Friday, September 28, 2018 at 5:00 p.m. for appointment(s) and reappointment(s) to the following Boards, Commissions and Authorities:

    CIVIL SERVICE BOARD.  Three (3) members appointed to overlapping six-year (6) terms by City Council. Basic function is to hear appeals from disciplinary action against an employee when it is alleged the action is taken for political or religious reasons. The labor Seat should be filled by someone who is not a management-level employee: this person does not have to be member of a labor union.  Chatham County resident for at least five (5) years.  No term limits.  Two (2) terms available for appointment

    COASTAL WORKFORCE INVESTMENT BOARD.  The Workforce Investment Act of 1998 created Workforce Investment Boards, charter is to improve workforce quality development, enhance the productivity and competitiveness of the workforce and to reduce welfare dependency. The composition of the WIB is made up of individuals serving in both private and public sectors, who have a genuine interest in improving the quality of the region’s workforce.  Appointments to the WIB are made by the Consortium of Chief Local Elected Officials within Region 20 which includes Bryan, Glynn, Chatham, Long, Bulloch, Camden, Effingham, Liberty and McIntosh counties.  The term of membership is three (3) years. Appointed can live/work in the City/County.  One (1) term available for appointment

    CULTURAL AFFAIRS COMMISSION.  Eighteen (18) members appointed to three (3) year terms by City Council.  Advisory body charged with the responsibility of recommending a comprehensive plan and program for a community cultural arts services program. No more than 2 consecutive, three-year terms.  Five (5) terms available for appointment

    ETHICS BOARD.  The board will hear and conduct review of complaints filed against elected officials of the City; if such complaints involve impropriety of elected officials and violation of the provisions of the Ethics Ordinance, and if such violations affected the elected official’s ability to carry out his/her official duties.  Members shall be known for their personal integrity. The Mayor shall appoint one (1) member; the Aldermen shall appoint one (1) member; together the Mayor and Aldermen shall appoint one (1) member who shall be an attorney in good standing with the State bar.  Members must reside in the City and not be an elected official or City employee.  Board members shall be prohibited from engaging in City election, political activities, and from making campaign contributions to candidates in City elections during their terms as board members. Members shall serve a four (4) year term.  Two (2) terms available for appointment

    GREATER SAVANNAH INTERNATIONAL ALLIANCE.  The Greater Savannah International Alliance shall consist of 13 members all of whom shall be approved by vote of the Mayor and Aldermen.  The term of office for each member of the Greater Savannah International Alliance shall be three (3) years, and no member shall serve for more than two consecutive, three (3) year terms.  The members of the Greater Savannah International Alliance shall be a demographically broad representation of the community and economy in the Savannah Metropolitan Area with an interest in international issues.  Five (5) terms available for appointment

    HISTORIC DISTRICT BOARD OF REVIEW.  Eleven (11) members appointed to three (3) year terms by Savannah City Council including one small business owner with an architectural background.  Makes decisions on new construction and any changes to historic structures in the City’s Historic District.  Four (4) terms available for appointment

    HOUSING AUTHORITY OF SAVANNAH.  Established pursuant to general law O.C.G.A. 8-3-1 et seq. which creates a Housing Authority for each City and County. The general law provides for a governing body of five (5) Commissioners serving a five (5) year term with one (1) appointment each year. Vacancies are filled for the unexpired terms. Commissioners serve until a successor is named. The terms begin, on January 5th of each year. Any appointment after January 5th would be for the remainder of the term expiring on January 5th. The General Assembly of 1994 repealed all special legislation providing for additional Commissioners and Residents, thus the only Commissions are the five (5) Regular Commissioners appointed pursuant to general law.  One (1) term available for appointment

    KEEP SAVANNAH BEAUTIFUL.  Twenty-five (25) members appointed to three (3) year terms by City Council.  Shall include representatives from the news media, businesses, City government, civic associations, and neighborhood groups.  No term limits.  An advisory board that works with the City in developing a program to control litter and assist beautification efforts on streets, sidewalks, parks, and private property.  Six (6) terms available for appointment

    METROPOLITAN PLANNING COMMISSION (MPC).  Twelve (12) members appointed to overlapping three (3) year terms with six (6) appointments made by City Council and the City Manager serving.  No term limits.  Aided by professional staff, this commission makes studies of present and future development; assists local government in translating study results into plans, policies and programs; recommends zoning ordinances and subdivision regulations.  Two (2) terms available for appointment

    PARK AND TREE COMMISSION.  Nine (9) members appointed to overlapping three (3) year terms by City Council.  Must be a City resident. Term Limit: No member may serve more than three, consecutive three year terms. Charged with directing the activities related to the planting and caring for parks, squares, grass plats, trees, and flowers of the city.  Two (2) terms available for appointment 

    PILOTAGE COMMISSION.  Seven (7) members appointed for overlapping seven (7) year term by City Council. No term limits. Appointees must include shipping agents, exports, or merchants, or others engaged on or familiar with marine shipping and the requirements of the Port of Savannah. Licenses pilots, prescribes rules and regulations, sets fees and imposes penalties, sets and collects penalties for vessels refusing to take pilots or mistreating pilots. Appointees cannot be pilots.  One (1) term available for appointment

    SAVANNAH AIRPORT COMMISSION.  Five (5) members appointed to overlapping five-year (5) terms by City Council.  Members are eligible for reappointment.  Chatham County resident.  Responsible for the operation, development and maintenance of municipal airport; and independent authority with its own staff and revenue sources.  One (1) term available for appointment

    SAVANNAH-CHATHAM COUNCIL OF DISABILITY ISSUES.  The Savannah–Chatham Council on Disability Issues shall facilitate and coordinate community efforts to improve the quality of life for citizens with disabilities for the City of Savannah and Chatham County through advising and advocating local leaders. The Council shall be composed of ten (10) members with representation balanced among the business community, human service providers, and consumers (i.e., citizens with disabilities). At least ½ of members shall be persons with physical or mental disabilities. Members shall serve overlapping two (2) year terms, with eligibility for reappointment to a second consecutive two-year term.  Three (3) terms available for appointment

    SAVANNAH ECONOMIC DEVELOPMENT AUTHORITY (SEDA).  Eighteen (18) members, six (6) appointed by City Council, serving overlapping five-year (5) terms.  No term limits; eligible for re-appointment.  Conducts a program of industrial and port development for the City of Savannah and Chatham County and is self-funded.  No one holding public office or receiving compensation from either public entity can serve.  One (1) term available for appointment

    SAVANNAH RECREATION COMMISSION.  Twelve (12) members are appointed to three (3) year terms by City Council. Eligible for reappointment. Serves as an advisory body on recreational programs and facilities.  One (1) term available for appointment

    SAVANNAH ZONING BOARD OF APPEALS.  Seven (7) members appointed to overlapping three-year (3) terms by City Council.  No term limits; City resident. Members cannot hold public office, except for one appointee who must be a current member of the Metropolitan Planning Commission.  Board hears and rules on appeals from decisions of the zoning administrator and hears and rules on requests for permits which require the board’s approval.  One (1) term available for appointment

    TRAFFIC CALMING COMMITTEE. The Traffic Calming Committee shall consist of nine (9) members all of whom shall be approved by vote of the Mayor and Aldermen.  The term of office for each member of the Traffic Calming Committee shall be three (3) years.  A member of the Traffic Calming Committee shall not serve for more than two consecutive, three year terms. The members of the Traffic Calming Committee shall be a demographically broad representation of the community in the Savannah Metropolitan Area with an interest in Traffic Calming. Committee members must live in the City limits of Savannah.  Appointments can come from any district. Three (3) terms available for appointment for: District 4 appointee; District 5 appointee; and District 6 appointee

    The application form can be found on the City’s website at:

    Applications will be accepted beginning Friday, August 24, 2018.
    NO APPLICATIONS WILL BE ACCEPTED AFTER 5:00 p.m., Friday, September 28, 2018.  (CLOSING DATE)

    Upon completion of the appointment process by the Mayor and Aldermen of the City of Savannah, all applicants and appointees will be notified.

    For more information, contact the Clerk of Council’s Office: Telephone (912) 651-6442; Fax (912) 651-4260; Email


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Downtown Neighborhood Association of Savannah, GA Inc.
P.O. Box 9416
Savannah, GA 31412

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