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Policies, Programs & Practical Solutions for Managing the Nighttime Economy

Our network of experienced practitioners in nighttime economy management thoroughly analyze key issues facing cities' nighttime economies, evaluate existing policies and practices and develop practical solutions and model policies to support cities. This year NITECAP will begin releasing a series of policy briefs examining the following key issues in nighttime economy management.

Nighttime Economy Offices & Programs

Cities around the US are increasingly launching nighttime management offices and programs, although each one has its own unique origin, purpose, staffing and organizational structure. Informed by the unique perspective of practitioners in the field, this paper will provide

a systematic, three-step guide to help you articulate your goals and begin to develop a plan for your city's life at night.

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Alcohol Licensing

Liquor licensing has often been used to limit consumption and mitigate quality of life issues, but responsible alcohol sales are also important to a vibrant nighttime economy. This paper will review alcohol policy strategies and modernization efforts that should be explored to support and grow nighttime economy and culture in cities.

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24 Hour Cities

Cities are increasingly recognizing that work and recreation occur around the clock, even though city services may largely shut down overnight. This paper will explore infrastructure required for 24 hour cities, highlighting promising approaches to supporting workers and residents beyond the traditional "9 to 5."

Amsterdam Light Festival

Sound Management

Most cities don’t have a strategy for managing entertainment-related sound and instead rely on outdated, one-size fits all sound ordinances. This paper will detail the approaches, strategies and systems needed for an effective and comprehensive approach to entertainment-related sound to support a vibrant and sustainable nighttime economy.

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Greening the Nighttime Economy

Green policies and programs tend to look at large industries, while small businesses are left to figure out how to reduce impacts on their own at great cost to their bottom line. This paper will review new trends in the hospitality sector to reduce waste and limit climate impacts while  maintaining profitability and quality of service.

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Nightlife & Entertainment Districts

Cities sometimes designate areas with large concentrations of nightlife businesses as entertainment districts, but successful nightlife management requires more than just a designation. This paper will explore the pros and cons of entertainment district designation, how and why they need to be defined and the tools needed to manage them to support thriving and sustainable districts. 

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