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Iowa City Downtown District announces first Nighttime Mayor

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Iowa City's downtown has found it's first Nighttime Mayor in Angela Winnike, the Iowa City Downtown District announced Tuesday.

Winnike, an Iowa City native, is tasked with advancing business relations, fostering non-traditional events, supporting partnerships and advocacy. This is part of the ICDD's strategic initiative to boost the downtown's role as, "an active cultural, dining and bar scene, widely known for it's vibrant and eclectic character."

She says the new position is important because it helps with communication with late night businesses. 

"I don't think they've had a voice to the city. Bar managers and owners and a lot of people who work in the city are usually 8 to 5 and they're done by the time that bar managers are working so I think this will help kind of be that bridge in the gap of communication," Winnike said.

Her background is described as an event planner, nightlight enthusiast, and java connoisseur. She's currently the COO of Java House.

According to the release, Iowa City is the first city in the Midwest to enact a Nighttime Mayor, modeling after cities such as Amsterdam, London, San Francisco, and Pittsburgh that have recently done the same.

"The position is supposed to be fun but I think it is a, or will be an important and serious position. It's not a, like a city authority. I don't have the power to do anything except to communicate for people," she said.

Winnike begins her tenure as the Nighttime Mayor on April 27th. She'll work Thursday to Saturday from 7 p.m. - 2 a.m. and will hold day hours Monday and Tuesday.

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