City Officials Talk Nighttime Economy
This month, the Nighttime Economy Summit was held at The Hamilton, Downtown’s new 24-hour restaurant and entertainment venue, which opened last month.
“Let’s commit to do something this year,” urged D.C. Council chairman Kwame Brown, who delivered brief remarks. “It will be tough because people think they don’t want nightlife in their areas. But the definition of nightlife today is different. We have to explain to people what it means,” stressing that it can be both vibrant and safe.
Hosted by the D.C. BID Council, the Restaurant Association Metropolitan Washington, the Washington, D.C., Economic Partnership, and the D.C. Nightlife Association, the summit attracted more than 75 participants, including business organizations, city officials and business owners, who recognize that D.C.’s economy is diversifying rapidly. While they discussed growing the evening economy, which includes restaurants, bars, theaters, and sports and entertainment venues, they also identified key issues of concern and sought to get a comprehensive understanding of what a nighttime economy entails.