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Edmonton’s success in creating a safe and vibrant nightlife helped it beat 9 American cities as the Most Sociable City in North America.

The Responsible Hospitality Institute named Edmonton the most Sociable City in North America in December, 2009.
The award recognizes Edmonton’s success in creating a safe and vibrant nightlife.

Key initiatives that earned Edmonton the award were the City’s innovative marketing campaigns, partnerships between government and businesses, the Public Safety Compliance Team and other city services. The award acknowledges the city’s work in its 13 different entertainment districts, which include Whyte Avenue in Old Strathcona, West Edmonton Mall, and downtown.

“We’re honoured for the recognition and proud to work closely with our many partners in the industry, community and government. Our work through Responsible Hospitality Edmonton (RHE) definitely contributes to Edmonton’s renowned high quality of life,” said Angela Turner, RHE Project Coordinator.

“The cities that received awards are outstanding models for planning and managing nightlife. Their city leaders are at the forefront of innovation for harnessing dining and entertainment as an economic engine to drive revitalization and increase city funds,” said RHI president Jim Peters.

Edmonton’s expertise has become a valuable resource for other cities that want to learn about safely managing entertainment districts.
RHE was invited to the New York Regional Forum where cities like Boston, Philadelphia and New York examined Edmonton’s successful strategies. The City of Pittsburgh also consulted Edmonton to learn how it successfully evolved the management of the Whyte Avenue area in Old Strathcona.

Other major North American cities competing with Edmonton for the coveted title included:

  • Long Beach, Santa Rosa, Livermore and San Jose, California
  • Gainesville and West Palm Beach, Florida
  • Seattle, Washington
  • Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania

The City of Edmonton created RHE to plan, manage and police 13 hospitality and entertainment district zones throughout the city to support community development, revitalization, safety and economic development. 

The first Sociable City Awards were presented in Austin, Texas. Judging criteria for the top sociable city focused on safety and vibrancy to encourage partnerships, proactive compliance education and training, public space entertainment, multi-cultural and/or multi-generational activities and public services supporting an active nightlife.

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