The Southeast Regional Summit on the Nighttime Economy brings a unique team of technical experts and practitioners to guide you through a process to conduct an assessment and formulate a short term action plan to enhance your nightlife.

Orlando Welcome

Thomas Chatmon, Jr.
Executive Director
Orlando Downtown Development Board

Orlando is on a fast track to achieving its vision as a great international city with arts and cultural offerings, advanced technology and a variety of dining and entertainment opportunities. Thomas Chatmon, will provide an overview of how Orlando's nighttime economy has evolved and what's in store for the city. 

The Sociable City: Nighttime Economy Management Seminar

Jim Peters
Responsible Hospitality Institute

Jim Peters will bring insights and experience from working with almost 100 US and Canadian cities and information gathered as a presenter at conferences worldwide on the role of sociability and the nighttime economy. Peters will introduce RHI's "Framework of building a Sociable City."

Enhance Vibrancy: Music Cities and the Street As a Venue

Nighttime vibrancy is created by a continuum of social experiences from outdoor dining and street performers to restaurants and entertainment venues.

Marjorie Ferrer
Project Associate
Responsible Hospitality Institute

Delray Beach is a gem of South Florida. Known worldwide as a vibrant, intimate town with big city sophistication. Marjorie Ferrer served as the Executive Director of the Downtown Development Authority (DDA) leading the transformation of downtown to what it is today. By focusing on a clear vision, effective use of data, and progressive policy, Delray Beach maintains a balance of day, evening and night uses for retail, dining and late-night socializing. 

Shain Shapiro
Founder and CEO
Sound Diplomacy
Music Cities Conventio

Want to be a Music City? Shain Shapiro will share best practices on the use of music to improve city life. He'll discuss the role and impact of music across education, employment, community building, place making, licensing and regulation. Learn about the global movement to create "music cities" and lessons learned from the Music Cities Convention series.

Assure Safety: A Continuum of Partnerships for Prevention

Effective public safety requires a continuum of collaborative partnerships, from licensing and permitting to enforcement and regulatory agencies to prevent disorder and reduce risk. Safe venues boast trained management and staff who provide quality products and service.

Heath King
Charleston Police Department

Charleston, South Carolina ranks among the world's top travel destinations, is home to colleges and a nightlife district nestled in a residential community. Learn how the city's initiatives, including a dedicated police team supported with policy and resources preserves a vibrant social experience, reduce impacts on residential quality of life, facilitate an efficient movement of people at closing time and build a collaborative partnership among city government, public safety, nightlife venues and residents. 

Paul Seres
Founding Trustee and Vice President
New York City Hospitality Alliance

Build an alliance of hospitality and nightlife businesses and develop voluntary practices for safety, security and service as a vital link to creating a sociable city. The New York City Hospitality Alliance is a shining example of dedicated industry advocates who partnered with the New York Police Department in developing Best Practices 1 and Best Practices 2. Paul Seres, will showcase the Best Practices 3 with a special focus on sexual assault prevention and addressing active shooters in nightlife venues.

Plan for People: Coordinating Resources for Mobility and Quality of Life

Mixed-use development places residents and commercial businesses in close proximity, which can spur conflicts about noise, trash, vandalism and social disorder. Coordinated approaches to set community standards, update zoning regulations, and build an efficient late-night transportation system allow for the density of social experiences with minimal impacts on quality of life..

Jocelyn Kane
Executive Director
San Francisco Entertainment Commission

Jocelyn Kane works with the commission to accept, review and gather information to conduct hearings for entertainment applications, with systems to incentivize entertainment venues and residential developers to take proactive measures to reduce sound impacts and conflicts. They maintain online safety and security guides and annual Nitey Awards. The Office of Economic and Workforce Development worked closely with the Entertainment Commission to develop NightlifeSF.org to support San Francisco’s nightlife and entertainment businesses.

Allison Harnden
Nighttime Economy Coordinator
City of Pittsburgh

Allison Harnden is the primary liaison among key stakeholders working on building a dining and music economy, the implementation of a comprehensive nighttime transportation plan and convening the many colleges and universities in the city to reduce risk to students. Prior to her role in Pittsburgh, Allison served as RHI's vice president and for almost 20 years, assisting in development of programs and nightlife assessments of dozens of North American cities.


Orlando, FL  — June 8-9, 2017


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Video Testimonials


“Nighttime management is more than just more officers. 
It’s a coordinated approach to build alliances with venues and the community, 
a dedicated and trained hospitality officer, transportation management 
and city staff invested in the nighttime economy.” 
— Gregory Mullen, Chief, Charleston Police Department


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RHI is a nonprofit organization founded in 1983 with a mission to assist businesses and communities to plan safe and vibrant places to socialize. RHI's Sociable City events create an organized opportunity to connect and share information with peers and access resources from RHI.  © 2017 Responsible Hospitality Institute