The Downtown Norfolk Council (DNC) has partnered with the City of Norfolk and Safe Night LLC to implement an initiative that will develop a unified municipal nightlife strategy, improve business operation standards, and enhance economic viability. A Safe Night Out is a comprehensive nightlife management model that provides strategies to municipal agencies, business owners, trade associations, and the community to improve safety and build mutually beneficial relationships. The model utilizes a multi-component approach incorporating a voluntary hospitality accreditation program that includes employee policies and multi-faceted training. A Safe Night Out is a long-term program implemented in stages and teaches municipal agencies to do the following:
Understand and evaluate the need for a unified nightlife approach
Collect data and identify issues through analysis
Identify vital stakeholders and establish collaborative relationships
Teach municipal agencies the Proactive Alliance relationship-based approach
Implement an Accreditation Program for businesses
Improve effectiveness vibrancy through public-private partnerships
This new program is aimed at bolstering the city's nighttime economy by developing improved relationships among Norfolk's businesses, municipal agencies, and community to improve safety and collaborative problem-solving.
If you are interested in more information about or joining the Safe Night program, please click here.