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  • Wednesday, September 27, 2017 10:58 AM | Anonymous

    [WASHINGTON, DC, September 27, 2017] – Downtown Neighborhood Association (DNA) president, Melinda Allen will speak on behalf of the Savannah downtown residential community and Historic Savannah Foundation regarding sustainable tourism and preservation at the United Nations Foundation’s Environment Forum today, Tuesday, September 27th. The forum is designed to showcase the importance of the UN’s declaration of 2017 as the International Year of Sustainable Tourism for Development. This invitation-only, day-long event is taking place at the UN Foundation in Washington, DC.

    Allen joins an esteemed lineup of key thought leaders in the field of responsible travel, as well as officials, executives with an interest in sustainable tourism. The keynote speaker, Elizabeth Becker, author of Overbooked: The Exploding Business of Travel and Tourism, who visited Savannah in 2016 will speak on the key challenges facing travel and tourism today.

    Allen’s presentation shares the story of Savannah’s historic preservation movement and how the City is striving to establish a sustainable balance between visitors and residents. Allen has served on the Board of Directors of the Downtown Neighborhood Association for the past four years as President and CEO.


  • Wednesday, September 20, 2017 4:02 PM | Anonymous

    A new, more convenient system of fare-free dot shuttles will launch in Savannah on September 25, connecting riders with popular destinations throughout downtown and reaching as far as Forsyth Park.

    Two new dot routes will be available: a downtown loop will bring riders through the core of Savannah’s historic downtown and a Forsyth loop will give riders access to Forsyth Park from downtown. These new routes and stops replace the existing dot shuttle and Liberty Street parking garage shuttle.

    The new shuttles will arrive at designated stops approximately every 10 minutes. The service will be available for riders Monday – Friday: 7 a.m. – 7 p.m., Saturday: 10 a.m. – 7 p.m., Sunday: 10 a.m. – 6 p.m.

    The implementation of the new shuttles and routes is part of the Parking Matters study, a comprehensive mobility management plan that aims to provide a variety of mobility options, reduce congestion, and enhance the overall quality of life for Savannah residents, employees, and visitors alike.

    The dot shuttle service is a partnership between the City of Savannah, Chatham Area Transit, and Savannah Mobility Management, Inc.

    For more information and to view the route map, visit

  • Tuesday, September 19, 2017 6:30 PM | Anonymous

    At today's Downtown Neighborhood Association meeting, Sean Brandon with the City of Savannah announced some welcome changes to residential parking. 

    Click here to view the presentation.

  • Tuesday, September 19, 2017 9:43 AM | Anonymous

    Every year the Savannah Bicycle Campaign and the Coastal Region Metropolitan Planning Organization join forces to measure bicycle and pedestrian traffic at locations around Savannah.

    Why is this important? Read this: I count bike people.

    Volunteers are needed to conduct bicycle counts on the following dates and times:

    • Saturday, Sept. 23, noon-2 p.m.
    • Tuesday, Sept. 26, 5-7 p.m.
    • Thursday, Sept. 28, 5-7 p.m.


  • Thursday, September 14, 2017 8:14 AM | Anonymous

    Gettin' it done! Neighbors from Crawford Square gathered earlier this week to remove small debris, branches and litter strewn by Tropical Storm Irma. Thanks for keeping our neighborhood beautiful!

  • Wednesday, September 13, 2017 8:15 AM | Anonymous

    As our residents and business owners begin to return, there will undoubtedly be a myriad of issues and complaints. The City of Savannah Government asks that all such issues be directed to 311. We have additional personnel staffing the 311 call lines to address an increase in call volume.

    It is important that we track and document all of our efforts to clean-up from Hurricane Irma for the FEMA disaster declaration and reimbursement process and 311 is the method for allowing us to do so.

    You may call or fill out the online 311 form and upload photos. Follow this link >>…/311…/311-Service-Request-Form-36

  • Monday, August 28, 2017 3:57 PM | Anonymous

    The Downtown Neighborhood Association Board is shaken and saddened by the tragic loss of a Board member, dear friends and neighbors, Catherine and William Byron Cocke. Mr. and Mrs. Cocke have been active in not only the Downtown Neighborhood Association but also countless other civic organizations. The Savannah community has lost a shining light in this beautiful couple and while our hearts are heavy, we ask for prayers for their surviving five children and encourage that the media respect the family’s wish for privacy. Our support is unwavering and those closest to the family are committed to helping them in whatever capacity needed in this difficult time.

  • Wednesday, August 16, 2017 7:12 AM | Anonymous

    The Mayor and Aldermen of the City of Savannah will be accepting applications beginning Thursday, August 17, 2017 through Friday, September 15, 2017 at 12 noon for appointment(s) and reappointment(s) to the following Boards, Commissions and Authorities. If a DNA member is applying for a Board or Commission, please send a copy of your application to so it can be determined if a Letter of Recommendation is needed from the DNA. 

    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 a member of a labor union. Chatham County resident for at least five (5) years. No term limits. One (1) term available for appointment

    DOWNTOWN SAVANNAH AUTHORITY. Five (5) members, including Mayor or member of City Council serving his/her term of office and four (4) City residents appointed to 4- year terms by City Council, as well as a member of Chatham County Delegation to the GA Legislature. Encourages construction of new parking facilities and provides financial incentives for private projects which have economic benefits to the downtown area. One (1) term 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. Three (3) 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. One (1) term 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. Four (4) terms available for appointment.

    PENSION BOARD: Eight (8) members, including one member of City Council and two residents appointed to ¬overlapping four-year (4) terms by City Council; also serving are the City Manager, the City’s Chief Financial Officer and three employee-elected representatives. Administers the City of Savannah Employee Retirements Plan. One (1) unexpired 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. Two (2) terms 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. One (1) term available for appointment for: DISTRICT 6 representative.

    Applications can be found on the City’s website: Applications will be accepted beginning Thursday, August 17, 2017.

    NO APPLICATIONS WILL BE ACCEPTED AFTER 12:00 noon, Friday, September 15, 2017. (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 further information, contact the Office of the Clerk of Council. Telephone 651-6442, Fax 651-4260 or Email –

  • Wednesday, August 09, 2017 8:15 AM | Anonymous

    Despite some misgivings, the Chatham County-Savannah Metropolitan Planning Commission on Tuesday voted in support of new short-term vacation rental restrictions.

    Read the full article here >>

  • Sunday, August 06, 2017 5:02 PM | Anonymous

    The Downtown Neighborhood Association's annual Holiday Tour of Homes features exquisite architecture, beautiful furnishings, and gracious hospitality. This intimate tour experience allows guests to look “behind the doors” at some of Savannah's most beautiful private residences, festively decorated Historic Inns and culturally significant Museum homes.

    Click here to purchase tickets

Office Voicemail: 912.236.8362

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

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