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News & Recognition

Newark Downtown District Launches ‘From the Heart’ Program to Help Feed City’s Hungry

June 1, 2020 |

Since the program’s inception, the NDD has raised enough funds to directly deliver several hundred meals, prepared by Newark-based restaurants. The NDD reaches out to partners around the city for tax-deductible donations, and donors are eager to support local restaurants who are otherwise struggling. With the average cost per meal at $10, 100% of donations are immediately spent at neighborhood eateries to ensure meals are bought and delivered without haste to those who need them.
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Pandemic doesn’t stop dedication to Newark

May 20, 2020 |

Though we never imagined our world would become as complicated as it has due to the COVID-19 pandemic, from these challenges, new ideas are born. As the CEO of the Newark Downtown District, I am in a unique position, representing private corporations and businesses that have voluntarily funded a number of initiatives over the past 22 years to enhance downtown Newark, ensuring a strong, vibrant, enticing shopping district within the 110 city blocks the NDD manages.
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Newark Downtown District: A Proud Pioneer of the City’s Redevelopment

May 8, 2020 |

The NDD was born, a special improvement district privately funded through a special assessment levied on district property owners. With an original footprint of 56 city blocks, the NDD grew to 110 blocks in 2013 and now covers the area between NJ Transit’s Broad Street Station and City Hall. Over the years, the NDD has created its own strong brand, with its yellow-clad Ambassadors cleaning the streets daily and program organizers continually finding new ways to inject vibrancy and excitement into the commercial district, expanding shopping beyond “Broad & Market” to Newark’s other small businesses that offer a variety of unique items, services, and cuisine.
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Newark Ambassadors Are Disinfecting the Downtown to Keep All Safe

April 22, 2020 |

On a typical weekday, the yellow-clad Ambassadors of the Newark Downtown District (NDD) would be busy sweeping streets, watering plants, and disposing of trash, surrounded by the bustle of the city.

But since the middle of March – and the outbreak of COVID-19 – their daily work plan has changed drastically. Gone are the thousands of daily workers, students, and shoppers who would fill the 110 city blocks in the downtown district.
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Newark Downtown District Receives 2020 Best of Newark Award

March 2, 2020

Newark Downtown District has been selected for the 2020 Best of Newark Award in the Non-Profit Organization category by the Newark Award Program.

Each year, the Newark Award Program identifies companies that we believe have achieved exceptional marketing success in their local community and business category. These are local companies that enhance the positive image of small business through service to their customers and our community. These exceptional companies help make the Newark area a great place to live, work and play.
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McLaren Wins ULI Award for Newark’s Capital Improvement Project

November 14, 2019 |

McLaren Engineering Group, a full-service firm, has been named a Urban Land Institute (ULI) Northern New Jersey (NNJ) Excellence Award winner as part of the project team that expanded Newark, N.J.’s Capital Improvement Program. McLaren provided the Newark Downtown District (NDD), a privately funded nonprofit organization, with a suite of engineering services to expand its Streetscape Design Project, garnering a ULI win for Best Public/Private Partnership.
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