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Pittsburgh delegation attends 2018 RHI Sociable City Conference in New Orleans


Last updated 2/21/2018 at 8:16pm

Continuing a multi-year commitment to creating a sociable city and one that is welcoming to all, the City of Pittsburgh and partners have sent a sizable delegation to the Responsible Hospitality Institute’s 2018 Sociable City Summit in New Orleans earlier this week.

Recent data from labor market analytics firm, EMSI, reports the food-and-beverage industry is the Pittsburgh region’s top employer, providing 87,000 jobs in the field. Managing and encouraging this growing economy is a central focus of the 2018 RHI Sociable City Summit. Local participants anticipate bringing national best practices back to Pittsburgh, as well as sharing the many local success stories.

Pittsburgh City Council President Bruce A. Kraus lead the delegation of the Office of Nighttime Economy, Pittsburgh Police, Point Park University, WYEP, Hillman Foundation, Clemente Museum, Music City Pittsburgh Initiative, community organizations and business district representatives from Lawrenceville, Oakland, Downtown, North Side and South Side.

Mr. Kraus lead a panel on the concept of “studentification,” understanding the impact of universities and young residents in long-established residential neighborhoods. The conversation will result in a compilation of policies and practices on the subject.

The Summit featured an academy to train new “Night Mayors and Managers” nationwide. Pittsburgh’s Nighttime Economy Manager Allison Harnden joined Amsterdam’s Night Mayor as faculty alongside peers from London, Orlando, Tampa, New York, Seattle, and San Francisco.

“This is the second year Pittsburgh has brought the largest team to the summit,” Ms. Harnden said. “Their participation will amplify the reach of Pittsburgh’s sociable city mission: to create safe and vibrant places to socialize for Pittsburghers and visitors of all ages, lifestyles, and cultures.”


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