Nine Cities Showcase their Nighttime Economies

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Innovative strategies in managing the nighttime economy will be presented at the Responsible Hospitality Institute's annual Networking Conference on November 12-14, 2009. City and state leaders will convene in Austin, TX to learn practical strategies to plan, manage and police their nightlife districts. Nine cities in the U.S. and Canada will showcase exemplary models for nightlife safety and vibrancy as a key feature of the conference's learning experience.

No other conference convenes representatives from police, transportation, downtown development and nightclubs in the same room. Nighttime economies are a collaborative effort - everyone needs to be on board to make it a success

Challenges in nightlife is the common cause motivating city and state leaders from across North America to seek solutions at the Responsible Hospitality Institute (RHI)'s Networking Conference November 12-14, 2009 in Austin, TX. When well planned, managed and policed, nightlife is an economic boon for cities, and a key factor for cities to attract the "creative classes" to live, work, study and play.

Nine cities have been selected to showcase innovative solutions to increase safety, reduce quality of life impacts and enhance sociability. Among the themes and cities presenting:

Pittsburgh, PA - Mixed-Use Challenges: Bruce Kraus, Member of Council
San Jose, CA - Cost-Sharing Policing Model: Lee Wilcox, Downtown Coordinator
Gainesville, FL - College Town Safety: Jeanna Mastrodicasa, City Commissioner and Ed Book, Captain, Police Department
West Palm Beach, FL - Public/Private Safety Partnerships: Raphael Clemente, Associate Director, Downtown Development Authority
Long Beach, CA - Music Festivals: Steve Sheldon and Justin Hectus, Marketing Manager and Event Producer, Downtown Long Beach Associates
Santa Rosa, CA - Sustainable Growth: Raissa de la Rosa, Economic Development Specialist
Livermore, CA - District Vitality in Economic Transition: Rachael Snedecor, Executive Director, Livermore Downtown Inc.
Seattle, WA - Joint Enforcement Team: Bob Peth, Detective, Police Department
Edmonton, AB, Canada - Managing the Street as a Venue: Shirley Lowe, Executive Director, Old Strathcona Business Association

"No other conference convenes representatives from police, transportation, downtown development and nightclubs in the same room. Nighttime economies are a collaborative effort - everyone needs to be on board to make it a success," said RHI President Jim Peters.

Presented in cooperation with the 6ixth Street Austin, Wild About Music, City of Austin Cultural Arts Division, Austin Convention and Visitors Bureau, Downtown Austin Alliance and through support provided by Diageo, Wine & Spirits Wholesalers of America, and National Beer Wholesalers Association.

Visit http://www.RHIevents.org/conference 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.

Innovative * Collaborative * Inclusive

http://www.RHIweb.org or 831.469.3396.

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