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Department of Neighborhood Advancement

City Hall Building
801 Crawford Street, 4th Floor

Fred R. Brusso, Jr., Director


For several years, the City’s efforts for neighborhood improvement services have been divided across several different departments, reducing our effectiveness in helping you and your neighborhood.  Recently, City Council expressed a desire to place more emphasis on the quality of our neighborhoods, knowing that great neighborhoods are the backbone of great cities.  The Permits & Inspections Department’s Environmental Inspectors have recorded many successes in protecting Portsmouth’s neighborhoods.  They received the Achievement Award from the Virginia Municipal League for the Derelict Structures program and we want to continue building on these successes.  In response, City Manager, John Rowe reactivated the Department of Environment Services, and has renamed it the Department of Neighborhood Advancement (DNA).  Like the term "DNA", our neighborhoods contain the genetic code that is the very core of the character of our City. 

Our Mission
We are dedicated to the improvement and quality of our neighborhoods. Our department brings together all people whose mission is the advancement of our neighborhoods.  Our Mission will be realized by:

  1. Engaging all citizens including the civic and religious leaders and the faith-based community.
  2. Coordinating staff including, Inspections, Police, Fire, Engineering, Public utilities, Public Works and Parks, Recreation and Leisure Services for all issues that impact each neighborhood.
  3. Recognizing that each neighborhood is unique and that diversity must be preserved. protected and celebrated

Please visit our web page in the future as it is still under construction.




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