NRHA Newsletter Wins State Recognition

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Kelly R. Williams

For Immediate Release
Release Date: 
Wed, 12/01/2010

Neighborhood Patterns 2009Neighborhood Patterns, a newsletter published by the Norfolk Redevelopment and Housing Authority (NRHA) Communications & Marketing Department, placed first in Virginia Association of Housing and Community Development Officials’ (VAHCDO) first annual Outstanding Newsletter Competition.


Four judges with experience in public relations and marketing reviewed and scored the newsletters. Judges included Bob Halloran, Marketing Director at VHDA, Tamara Talmadge-Anderson, Director of Public
Relations for the Virginia Tourism Corporation who formerly served in a similar role with DHCD, Anne Moss Rogers, a copywriter and marketing consultant, and Suzie Bird, Creative Team Leader at VHDA.


NRHA’s Neighborhood Patterns, Summer/Fall 2009 edition, was the top scorer. Bristol Redevelopment and Housing Authority’s BRHA Beacon, May 2010 ranked second, and Richmond Redevelopment and Housing Authority’s RRHA Spirit-Newsletter for Residents, Summer 2010 came in third.


Judges comments included:

• Extremely professional looking and gives a positive image of the organization.
• It is clear and succinct with some separation between the articles. It does not have all that “sea of type” look.
• Information was clear, well written, and formatted so it was easy to skim; plus the type was large enough. Good use of shadow boxes on text-heavy pages to break up/organize content.
• The articles are interesting and uplifting. The name of the newsletter conveys a good feeling. Lots of pictures to engage the reader.


The newsletter may be viewed on NRHA’s website here.

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Founded in 1940, NRHA is a national leader in community revitalization and fostering sustainable mixed-income communities. As the largest redevelopment and housing authority in Virginia, NRHA plays a key role in making Norfolk the city of choice to build, work, live and play.

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