Over 75 people participated in the January 19th Nighttime Economy Summit at the Hamilton, Downtown's new 24-hour restaurant and entertainment space. DC Council Chair Kwame Brown welcomed the crowd, saying "nightlife doesn't have to mean destroying a neighborhood." Rich Bradley, President of the DC BID Council and Executive Director of the Downtown DC BID, provided a overview of the nighttime economy in DC. His presentation is available here. Jim Peters of the Responsible Hospitality Institute, provided a national perspective, and then a panel comprised of Deputy Mayor for Planning and Economic Development Victor Hoskins, Deputy Mayor for Public Safety Paul Quander, Restaurant Association Metropolitan Washington President Lynne Breaux and Destination DC Vice President of Sales and Services Ronnie Burt addressed the issues of communication, marketing, research, private and public responsibilities and the need for planning.
The summit report is now available!