During the May 15th City Council Meeting, DNA past-President, Hank Reed was presented with a Proclamation from Mayor Edna Jackson and the City of Savannah and Council recognizing the outstanding work he has done in the downtown community.
Mayor Jackson commended Hank on his ability to always challenge her to understand and think about things from a resident's perspective.
Among the many accomplishments mentioned, some of them include:
Under Hank’s leadership in 2011 DNA worked with City of Savannah, the Savannah Park and Tree Commission and the Historic Savannah Foundation to create a comprehensive plan to improve lighting in downtown Savannah squares.
Halted a “fast-track” vote on double-decker buses and encouraged city leaders to evaluate tourism traffic issues with the Tourism Advisory Committee.
Developed a strong relationship with the SCMPD Downtown Precinct Commander to keep lines of communication open for residents involving crime and safety.
Formed a partnership with the Savannah Downtown Business Association and the Historic Savannah Foundation agreeing to work together for a common, transparent approach to future development in downtown Savannah.
Historic Savannah Foundation’s Lee & Emma Adler Award for Preservation Advocacy was presented to the Downtown Neighborhood Association.
Created an Economic Impact Committee within DNA to research whether a cruise ship terminal was viable in Savannah and was an instrumental voice for downtown residents in opposing the terminal being built.
Under Reed’s Leadership, a successful Neighborhood Crime Watch Program was been developed and regular alerts are distributed to neighbors. A Block Captain system is in place and active participation and communication from SCMPD has helped the program to grow.
Recruited new volunteers and formed committees to further strengthen DNA’s impact by researching and working on issues such as VRBOs and fundraising for public safety.