Vibrancy in the Public and Private Realms

Create a continuum of social experiences from day to evening to late-night for all ages and lifestyles with restaurants, cafés, bars, and nightclubs to when the street itself becomes a venue through outdoor dining, vendors and street performers.

A Global Movement to Create and Manage Music Cities

A global movement seeks to bring the concept of "music cities" to government and industry leaders and how a thriving music ecosystem can enhance economic development. At the same time, major urban center growth of residential housing can threaten a vibrant music economy, whether festivals or late night music venues, as community groups express concerns about sound, drugs, disorder and crime. This webinar features an in-depth discussion on how music facilitates economic development, enriches the life of residents and visitors, and is an instrument of progressive development. Learn how organized business associations and health advocates work to improve relations and reduce risk.

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Public Space Management

The Delicate Balance: Streets and Sidewalks as Social Destinations

HZDDowntown streets and sidewalks have increasingly become new destinations for socializing. Sidewalk cafés, events, street performance, vending and public art, tools which can successfully activate public space, can also bring rogue and illegal formats such as street performers using portable amplifiers at all hours and “gypsy” vending. Pedestrian traffic also attracts panhandlers, homeless and a new breed of transient: Nomadic belligerent youth who are creative at circumventing laws.

This webinar presents Tempe, AZ's comprehensive strategy to manage a vibrant public space with a balance of uses and users, to communicate and uphold standards for civility, and restore a positive downtown experience.

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Seattle City Showcase

A Great American Music City's Approach to Nightlife Safety and Vitality

EntertainmentSeattle launched a comprehensive Nightlife Initiative in 2010 covering a full spectrum of nightlife strategies. Learn the critical components of this overarching plan to sustain Seattle as a popular destination and a Great American Music City. 



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Scott Haine Author Showcase: Creativity and the Social Space

Creativity and the Social Space

W. Scott Haine will discuss the rise and evolution of cafes as a site of modern intellectual and cultural life.  Learn how cafes have undergone a transformation into a space where contemporary knowledge workers interact both face-to-face and on the Internet. 



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Austin City Showcase

Sound Advice from the Live Music Capital of the World

EntertainmentMusic cities generate significant economic revenues, yet are challenged with sound mitigation, venue regulation, and livable wages for musicians. Learn how Austin maintains its reputation via a myriad of policies and citywide collaboration. 




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Gamal Hennessy Author Showcase: Nightlife Culture Initiative

Business and Culture of NY Life

EntertainmentGamal Hennessy, author of Seize the Night and President of the Nightlife Cultural Initiative (NCI), discusses NCI’s mission to redefine the perception of nightlife and increase support for this vital aspect of urban life in the public sphere. A strong nightlife industry stimulates job creation, tourism, social connection and cultural development.





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Street Vending Best Practices

Integrating Food Vendors and Trucks into the Street

In RHI’s May 10th, 2011 webinar titled, “Street Vending Best Practices,” representatives from four North American cities shared insights on how best practices and legislative policies can support a collaborative relationship between street vendors and cities. Existing misconceptions about street vendor operations have masked their positive social and cultural contributions to communities, as well as their significant impact on local economies, innovative entrepreneurship and brand extension. Best practices for integrating new or existing street vendors into cities are defined through specific case studies where legislative policies, advocacy organizations and associations pose mutualy beneficial solutions to challenges faced by vendors, policymakers and other stakeholders. Concerns over competition, unfair legislation, standardization and burdens on infrastructure are a few of the many topics offered by the panelists for discussion. 

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Assessing Impacts of Nightlife

How Does Nightlife Benefit Your Economy?

Determine the economic value of your city’s nightlife through practical collection tools and local data sources. Economic impact studies establish concrete evidence for the value of nightlife, leading many cities to more appropriately allocate public resources for impact management. A 2003 economic study of New York City’s nightlife found that 86% of out-of-towners who patronized a nightlife venue also spent money on shopping, hotels, restaurants and transportation, totaling $3.7 billion. Do you know which industries thrive on nightlife patrons, and which would suffer if nightlife activity ceased? Find out how to assess the contribution of nightlife to your local economy. 

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Sociability and Safety

Impact of Jane Jacobs on Nightlife and Multi-Use Sidewalks

Scott Haine, author of The World of the Paris Café, presents his thesis on the role Jane Jacobs, author of The Death and Life of Great American Cities, has played in the evolution of public space. The return to community increases the proximity of where people live, work and play, driving greater demand to nurture relationships through face-to-face encounters that knit the social fabric. This webinar examines Jacobs’ critique of 1950s urban renewal policies, how they relate to hospitality, and how an active street life can reduce crime while enhancing the social capital of a city.  

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Vibrant Public Spaces in Hospitality Zones

How Street Vendors and Markets Enhance Public Space

Vendors, kiosks and markets are key components of a sociable city. Public space activities establish downtowns as vibrant destinations for outdoor socializing experiences. Entrepreneurs have an opportunity to venture into business at an affordable level by vending, which augments existing options with a greater diversity of food and products. Contrary to common belief, vendors and kiosks actually drive more pedestrian traffic and patronage to retail shops and dining venues rather than taking away business as competitors. In this webinar, learn how to ma

intain high standards of quality and safety for a variety of public space activities. 

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UGA's Music Business Program

Teaching Practical Business Skills

University of Georgia’s unique business program fosters success in the music industry. Students are instructed in practical business management skills and gain hands-on experience in Athens' local music scene, solidifying partnerships between alumni and venues. University music business programs are a valuable resource for enhancing cities’ music and entertainment industries. They help to develop business leaders that are informed about the music industry, therefore offering interested parties a greater opportunity to succeed in an ever changing industry. While having talent, being creative and entertaining audiences can be life enhancing, knowing how to earn a living is equally important for success.  

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Great Music Cities

How to Support and Nurture a Music-driven Economy

Learn what makes the major music cities in the U.S. a success and financial incentives that can support performers and venues. In recognition of the significant cultural and economic impact of the music industry, the city of Seattle undertook an economic assessment to document direct and indirect contributions. This webinar provides an overview of how other cities can apply a similar approach to nurturing their music industry. Presenter James Keblas, director of the Seattle Mayor’s Office of Film and Music, also discusses a progressive, though controversial, approach to nightlife management: get rid of entertainment licensing. 

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"The Great Good Place"

Role of Sociability in the Community

Hear Ray Oldenburg's insights on the social importance of “third places” such as the tavern, coffee house, tea room, pub and café in cultures worldwide. “Third Places” or “Great Good Places” are the public places where people gather, put aside the concerns of home and work, and hang out simply for the pleasure of good company and lively conversation. Find out what this esteemed author projects for the future of sociability based on the history and contemporary revitalization of traditional “third places” in urban communities.  

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Sound Management in Nightlife Districts

Urban Nightlife: Race & Public Space

Nighttime Mobility: Role of Ride-Sharing


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