CNI Community Update Meeting

CNI Community Update Meeting

Mark your calendars for the CNI Community Update Meeting, which will take place on Thursday, Aug. 2, 6-8 p.m. at the Marshall Early Learning Center, 743 24th Street.

Come get an update on the Choice Neighborhoods Initiative (CNI) implementation and our next steps.

On the agenda:

  • Recap of feedback from HUD
  • Discussion of next steps
  • Overview of upcoming activities

Dinner will be provided.
Questions? Contact Latara Branch at 757-926-8081 or

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Statement Regarding CNI Grant Application

News Release- City of Newport News

2400 Washington Avenue, Newport News, Virginia 23607 ·  · ·



FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE                  Media Contact:

July 6, 2018                                         Kim Lee, Manager of Media Relations

                                                            (757) 926-3685, (757) 508-2782 – cell;


Statement Regarding Newport News’

Choice Neighborhoods Implementation Grant Application


Newport News, Va., - Newport News City Manager Cindy Rohlf and Redevelopment and Housing Authority Executive Director Karen Wilds today released the following joint statement regarding Newport News’ Choice Neighborhoods Implementation Grant application.

“Today we received notification from HUD that our application for $30 million in grant funds to transform the Marshall-Ridley neighborhood was not selected for funding. We are disappointed with this decision, and we intend to apply again in September for the next round of grant funds. We will soon be meeting with HUD officials for a debrief and to gain a better understanding of how we can strengthen our application.

“We are deeply thankful to everyone who worked so very hard on this application with us including our citizens in and around the Marshall-Ridley neighborhood as well as nonprofit and business partners. It is an honor to have been named a finalist for the funding out of 20 applications submitted from across the country, competing in the final round with some localities that are much larger than Newport News such as Baltimore, Tulsa and Phoenix.”

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Building Better Futures- Gang Violence Prevention Discussion

Newport News’ youth and gang violence prevention initiative, Building Better Futures, has begun to create a three-year strategic plan to strengthen prevention and intervention efforts in the city. Community members are invited to attend a discussion on Tuesday, July 17, 5:30-7:30 p.m. at the Downing-Gross Cultural Arts Center to plan a vision to enhance the city’s efforts in preventing violence. Come and discuss:

  • How violence impacts you directly or indirectly
  • Strengths of the community
  • Possible solutions

For more information contact or call 757-933-2311.

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Digital Technology Workshop - July 11

Digital Technology Workshop - July 11

Digital technology, like the internet, is key for success today. Most social
connections and practically the whole economy depend on it. Do you have it?
Can you get internet in your home? What does it mean for you, your family and
work, and the community?

As part of the Choice Neighborhoods Initiative, the City of Newport News is
studying technology for the Marshall-Ridley area. Join us and find out how fast
internet access, or broadband, can help us implement the Housing, People, and
Neighborhood strategies in the Marshall-Ridley Choice Neighborhood
Transformation Plan.

Register for one of two sessions: 

  • Session 1: 1:30 to 3 p.m.
  • Session 2: 6 to 7:30 p.m.

Call 757-926-8671 to register.

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Follow us on Social Media!

Follow us on Social Media!

You can now find NewportNewsChoice on Facebook and Instagram. Get updates about the implementation of the Transformation Plan for the Marshall-Ridley Choice Neighborhood, notices about public meetings, and information about opportunities to participate in the transformation process. Log in, stay informed, and get involved!

Neighborhood Leadership Series (Postponed)

Neighborhood Leadership Series (Postponed)

Update: The Neighborhood Leadership Series has been postponed. New dates will be announced at a later time.


The Neighborhood Leadership Series (NLS) is a great starting place to gain the knowledge and skills to become a community leader. The program includes seven weekly learning sessions and ends with a graduation celebration:

  • Week 1: Tuesday, July 17 – Teambuilding Exercises and NLS Alumni Discussion Panel
  • Week 2: Tuesday, July 24 – Driving Tour and history of Marshall-Ridley Choice Neighborhood
  • Week 3: Tuesday, July 31 – Conflict Resolution and Consensus-Building
  • Week 4: Tuesday, Aug. 7 – Local Government 101: Ways to Get Involved and Be Heard
  • Week 5: Tuesday, Aug. 14 – Leadership and Community Organizing 101
  • Week 6: Tuesday, Aug. 21 – Community Resources and How to Start a Business or Non-Profit
  • Week 7: Tuesday Aug. 28 – Graduation Ceremony

Participants must live or work in the Marshall-Ridley Choice Neighborhood. Sessions will take place from 6—8 p.m. at the Ridley Recreation Center, 618 18th Street. Dinner and networking will begin at 5:30 p.m. Registration is free, but space is limited. Childcare will be available for program participants. Please register by contacting Latara Branch at or 757-926-8081 by July 13, 2018.

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Community-Hosted Events

Community-Hosted Events

  • Bridging the Gap: Gethsemane Baptist Church, 5405 Roanoke Avenue, launched a new Student Summer Program starting Monday, July 2, 2018 through Friday, August 31, 2018. The program is aimed at bridging the gap for students who are too old for summer camp and too young for a summer job. This free program runs from 8 a.m.-5 p.m. Monday through Friday with occasional field trips and provides breakfast and lunch in partnership with the Southeast Foodbank. For more information, contact or pick up an application at the church.



  • Ice Cream Social - July 18, 3-6 p.m., Doris Miller Community Center, 2814 Wickham Avenue: Hosted by the Wickham AV=venue Alliance. Call 757-244-9223 or 757-247-8603 for more information.