Nighttime Social Economy Management

Join in peer-to-peer small group discussions on emerging challenges and share innovative solutions. Unlike a webinar, there is not a presenter. Everyone is an expert and the collective experiences shared in small groups will form the foundation of recommendations to guide future planning.

Cannabis Lounges as New Social Venues

Tuesday, December 13   |   10-11am PT

Cannabis lounges are a hot new trend where you can consume on-site. But, you still can’t legally buy a drink and consume cannabis in the same space. This session will explore the role of cannabis in social districts and implications when you separate out spaces to consume different recreational substances.
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Local Control of Alcohol Policy and Practices

Tuesday, January 10   |   10-11am PT

Join a discussion on how your city is working with state alcohol authorities on local policies. With the repeal of prohibition, states were given the authority to regulate the sale of alcoholic beverages. For almost a century, some systems have still governed the regulatory process, often hindering local authorities to determine how to best distribute licenses and address at-risk businesses in a timely manner. Communication and coordination are key, as well as more localized permitting systems for entertainment operating outside of the alcohol licensing realm.

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Building a Safety Alliance for Risk Management

Police are typically the catch-all for public safety challenges in nightlife settings. But other city, county and state agencies also play a critical role in nighttime safety. Learn how an inter-agency alliance can facilitate collaboration among code compliance, alcohol enforcement, fire and health departments. Benefits included data sharing, compliance training for businesses, and educational support prior to enforcement.

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Does your City Need a Night Manager?

More cities are creating an office on nightlife with dedicated staff and advisory boards. It is an evolving field and job descriptions and structure vary considerably from city to city. The early pioneers have navigated the ambiguity of what a “night manager/night mayor” does on a day-to-day basis, and in some cities, resources are expanding to support additional staff and data analysis. Would a dedicated office on nightlife and staff be useful to enhancing sociability and controlling chaos?

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Managing the Street as a Venue

Public space vibrancy offers a continuum of outdoor activities such as sidewalk dining, outdoor seating, street performers, markets, food vendors, festivals and art walks. Truly vibrant cities maintain social activity during day and night. COVID also introduced expanded parklets and streeteries, taking over parking and closing streets. Take-out and delivery, scooters and bikes, pedicabs, food trucks and deliveries all compete for reduced parking and infrastructure. Is it time for a nighttime “Street Venue Manager” to coordinate and manage the impacts?

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Gun Violence and Nightlife

Every week there is another shooting in nightlife districts. The issue is complex, and various approaches are being tried, from metal screening at venue entrance to controlled access points in social districts. Social venues have been focused on training security on active shooters and conflict resolution. Cities are developing strategies to manage public space activity contributing to personal conflicts and mass attacks.
Eighty-nine participants from 35 cities and four countries grappled with in two open forums on gun violence hosted by RHI.

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