Nighttime Economy Stimulus Program

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Ybor City-Tampa will host the first of fourteen regional forums on the nighttime economy held throughout North America. Each forum will guide business and government leaders in planning and managing nightlife. The first forum in Ybor City on April 30 will be followed in cities from Providence to San Diego, Toronto to LA and Seattle to New York City. As the economy recovers it will be the cafes, bars, taverns and night clubs where people will gather to celebrate, and investing now in a safe and vibrant nighttime economy will pay dividends to cities taking the lead.

We are continually evaluating the changing demographics and work with various agencies, neighborhood organizations and businesses in creating the best mix of hospitality options, preserving our historic character and place for excitement

When tax rebates from the economic stimulus package arrive this month, many will choose to share food and drink at local restaurants, cafes, bars and clubs with friends and family, creating priceless memories for minimal cost all the while supporting local small businesses.

With the help of the Responsible Hospitality Institute (RHI), business and government leaders throughout North America are banding together to discover solutions to sustain venues integral to a truly 'sociable' city and nighttime economy.

Beginning on April 30th in Tampa, Florida and in thirteen other cities over the next six months, RHI's regional forums (http://www.rhievents.org) will provide tools that maximize resources to better manage safety and nightlife vitality - a foundation for tourism, conventions, and attraction to the professional "creative class" required for innovative and sustainable technology, knowledge and experience industries.

Tampa's Ybor City is an example of the evolution of city districts accommodating the changing demographics of people seeking safe and vibrant places to meet and socialize. Historically known as Tampa's Latin Quarter, Ybor City is an exotic blend of aromas, flavors, sights and sounds, offering a menu of options for dining and entertainment during the day, evening and late-night.

Vince J. Pardo, Manager, Ybor City Development Corporation, will lead a panel discussion on the opportunities and challenges as a regional destination. "We are continually evaluating the changing demographics and work with various agencies, neighborhood organizations and businesses in creating the best mix of hospitality options, preserving our historic character and place for excitement," says Pardo.

Forums are open to attendance by any interested parties who seek to connect with regional and municipal peers, exchange strategies, and be part of a regional initiative to create a "sociable city." Visit http://www.RHIevents.org or call 831.469.3396 for additional information.

The Responsible Hospitality Institute (RHI) assists businesses and communities create safe and vibrant places to socialize. RHI provides technical assistance that builds local capacity, incubates and shares cutting-edge information and proven strategies, and links a broad-based network of professionals who plan, manage and police dining and entertainment districts.
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http://www.RHIweb.org or 831.469.3396.

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