Iowa City Downtown District Welcomes new Nighttime Mayor
The Iowa City Downtown District revealed that the much-anticipated new position of Downtown Iowa City’s first official “Nighttime Mayor” has been given to local Iowa City resident, event planner, nightlife enthusiast, and java connoisseur, Angela Winnike.
Winnike, a West High graduate with a BA from the University of Iowa in Political Science, will fulfill the role by championing Downtown’s night economy by advancing business relations, fostering non-traditional events, supporting partnerships and advocacy. Winnike will be tasked with shaping the ICDD’s vision for a thriving and positive nightlife that will not only further attract expanded cultural offerings but appeal to intergenerational audiences throughout Eastern Iowa.
“After meeting with Angela, I’m obliged to ask – when was the last time you were provoked, compelled and engaged and loved every minute of it?”, said president of the Iowa City Downtown District, Mark Ginsberg. “I’m confident with Angela that those who come to Downtown Iowa City will have the opportunity to experience all the emotions that surround our magnificent culture.”
Iowa City will be the first in the Midwest to appoint a Nighttime Mayor to help proactively coordinate resources for the City’s night economy to welcome visitors and enhance vibrancy. The night mayor concept has grown rapidly across the world from Amsterdam to London and more recently, from San Francisco to Pittsburgh.
The position is a key role in the Iowa City Downtown District’s strategic initiative to boost downtown’s role as an active cultural, dining and bar scene, widely known for it’s vibrant and eclectic character. “Winnike’s true strength is working with and fostering all kinds of community engagement and collaboration – and that’s what will make the role successful,” said Nancy Bird, Executive Director.
“I am extremely excited and honored to serve as downtown Iowa City’s first Nighttime Mayor”, said Angela Winnike. “I look forward to working as a liaison between our amazing bars & restaurants and our community organizations to foster positive relationships and to build a cohesive nighttime community to be enjoyed by ALL members of our beautiful community. I believe that a vibrant, fun and safe downtown is key to growing our entire Iowa City and surrounding community.”
The position received dozens of applications, Angela was hired based on her extensive knowledge of downtown’s night economy and lengthy experience working with diverse stakeholders. Winnike has been with the Java House past 9 years, currently as the COO, she has a proven track record of helping build and manage a successful business in the community.
Night champions known as “Night Mayors” have been gaining popularity throughout Europe as a way to connect with the night economy of large 24/7 cities. See other news links: