DC as a Learning Laboratory

Mayor Bowser welcomes Summit Attendees to DC on April 1

Muriel Bowser, Mayor of Washington, DC gave the closing presentation at RHI’s 2021 Sociable City Virtual Summit with an invitation to DC in 2022. She reflected on the adversity faced by the city’s nightlife and social economy, as well as the relief and advocacy initiatives she has led through the Mayor's Office of Nightlife and Culture.
Mayor Bowser will speak at the DC hosted reception on Friday, April 1 highlighting progress in revitalizing the city's nightlife.

social responsibility creates new opportunities
craft beverage industry bolsters social economy

Local production of beer and spirits has transformed the beverage alcohol industry and changed demands from the public for new social experiences in beverages, food and entertainment. A recent trend is the development of facilities in downtown districts, co-mingling with traditional social venues. Discover how these entrepreneurs navigated the process and built distinguished brands and products.

MOBILITY CHALLENGES IN SOCIAL DISTRICTS

COVID brought many changes in how people move in nighttime social districts. Take-out and home delivery, expanded outdoor dining areas in parking lanes, reduced public transit hours and an increase in private vehicle use are straining parking options and adding traffic congestion challenges. The return of tourism, conventions and downtown vitality requires a continuum of nighttime mobility options and creates opportunities for innovative, safer and more affordable and efficient service. This session brings trends and strategies by international association representatives and local leaders.

PUBLIC SAFETY AND POLICING NIGHTLIFE DISTRICTS

Saturday features a keynote presentation by Darrel Stephens followed by a series of insightful sessions with representatives from leading public safety and policing researchers and associations focusing on ways to better plan and manage the nighttime social economy.

NITE CAP Leads Discussion Forums

The NITE CAP Alliance will curate a series of sessions for the Sociable City Summit that are relevant to any city thinking about or working on nighttime management. Informed by the unique perspective of practitioners employed in the field of nighttime management, the sessions will highlight topics that have emerged as common themes throughout their network of nighttime managers working in U.S. cities.

international panel on Reimagining Sociability in a post covid world

The success of Main Streets, Downtowns and City Centers will depend upon the revival of tourism, conventions, residential growth, and employers seeking to attract visitors, residents and workers. The Sunday session opens with a distinguish keynote panel.

David Downey

President/CEO

International Downtown Association

carolina duran

Former Secretary Economic Development

Bogota, Colombia

philip kolvin

Former Chair

London Entertainment
Commission

sATURDAY LUNCHEON FEATURES DC CITY SHOWCASE

Washington, DC brings a rich music heritage and a creative food culture reflective of the city's diverse population.
The April 2nd Keynote Luncheon will feature a panel discussion among DC's stakeholders on how the city navigated the challenges of COVID and planned for future opportunities to revitalize the city's daytime and nighttime social economy.

the future of dining, entertainment and nightlife

COVID brought many changes to how people socialize and changed how dining and entertainment venues meet the new consumer lifestyle. This panel will bring together association leadership that assisted their members through the ups and downs of opening and closing. They facilitated national, state and local resources and regulatory reform to sustain hospitality and performance venues.

Experience DC's Neighborhoods

Washington, DC is a dynamic city with a compelling story to tell. Each neighborhood offers a different social experience and has different planning and management needs. The opening reception will introduce you to representatives to share more about their neighborhood or district.

  • Cultivate a vibrant hospitality ecosystem in an office heavy downtown
  • Balance conflict between long-term residents and new hospitality development
  • Build a new live, work, play environment from the ground up
  • Preserve cultural heritage and a local music community in the face of growth and change
  • Revive hospitality after the end of a moratorium on new businesses

Golden Triangle

Adams Morgan

Dupont Circle

Wharf District

summit program sessions | link to schedule
summit program themes
Regulation
City's role in the social economy
Hospitality and nightlife
Public safety and policing
Business District Management
MOBILITY AND CURBSIDE MANAGEMENT
streeteries, parklets and street closure
Hospitality and Sustainability
Economics of Hospitality and Nightlife

Summit Video Testimonial

philip kolvin, barrister

Our Role in the Night Manager Movement

RHI has advocated for cities to establish a structure within city government to oversee the safe, vibrant and sustainable future of nightlife. The Sociable City Assessment and consultation have resulted in the creation of seven dedicated staff positions and two offices of nightlife in the cities. The Sociable City Academy has been attended by 171 participants, from 66 cities and 28 states/provinces.

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NITE CAP Leads Discussion Forums

The NITE CAP Alliance is a network of professionals responsible for nighttime economy advocacy, planning and management in US cities.

The NITE CAP Alliance will curate a series of sessions for the Sociable City Summit that are relevant to any city thinking about or working on nighttime management. Informed by the unique perspective of practitioners employed in the field of nighttime management, the sessions will highlight topics that have emerged as common themes throughout their network of nighttime managers working in U.S. cities.

Entertainment districts

Pros and cons of district designation, how and why they need to be defined and what tools are needed to manage them to support thriving and sustainable districts. 

Effective Approaches to Sound Management:

Key components to proactively manage     entertainment-related sound, plus interactive problem-solving and suggestions for possible implementation.

Alcohol Licensing from theCity’s Perspective:

Moving from supporting role to proactive engagement to     make this critical component of night economy work for cities.

Initiating Difficult, butNecessary Conversations:

Strategies and talking points to advance nighttime management and move policy forward.