The Downtown Stakeholder group held a meeting onNovember 4, 2015 to hear the proposal of the Downtown Task Force. To view the minutes of the meeting click here, to see a copy of the PowerPoint presentation click here. A helpful "Take-Away" document was given out at the meeting to summarize the process and next steps, to view that click here.
The Task Force recommends the creation of a new organization specifically dedicated to the continued vitality of Downtown Northampton.
The new organization will be called The Downtown Northampton Association. The ‘DNA’ will seek input from and serve all Downtown Stakeholders including: Property Owners, Business Owners, Arts Organizations, Social Service Organizations, Professionals, Residents, and visitors.
The DNA will function independently with a Board of Directors and its own paid Full Time Director.
The DNA will be affiliated with The Greater Northampton Chamber of Commerce. The Chamber will provide office space, payroll, administrative services, and other institutional support to the nascent to both help the DNA get off the ground and defray expenses.
If you are interested in serving on the Board of the Downtown Northampton Association or would like to nominate someone please
send an email to northamptonDNA@gmail.com, nominations must be received by December 15, 2015.
Stakeholder and Task Force Meeting History
Mayor Narkewicz convened a meeting of downtown Northampton stakeholders on December 2, 2014. This meeting was a chance for positive and inclusive conversation about how all stakeholders can and must work together to keep downtown Northampton strong and vibrant. To prepare for future meetings an online survey was distributed. A copy of the minutes from the meeting are available here.
On February 4, 2015 a follow up meeting was held of the entire stakeholder group, approximately 40 people attended. A copy of the minutes of that meeting can be found here. The results of the survey were presented and briefly discussed and are available here. The Chamber of Commerce presented a proposal, here, that outlines a potential Downtown Task Force comprised of 12-15 members.
On Monday, February 23, 2015 another meeting of the stakeholder group was held, minutes of that meeting can be found here.
The selection of the Task Force occurred at the March 9, 2015 meeting. The Task Force then began it's work and reported to the full Downtown Stakeholder group on November 4, 2015 (see above).