IOWA CITY — The Iowa City Downtown District announced Wednesday that the organization’s first nighttime mayor is resigning.
Angela Winnike, who has been nighttime mayor since April 2017, is leaving the position to move to Los Angeles this month. In the new year, the district will reevaluate the position’s hours and responsibilities, according to the district’s news release.
“What we’ve learned is that the role was well-targeted to support the unique needs of cultural and social venues. We hope to evolve the role to ensure we sustain, preserve and grow the nighttime economy,” said Nancy Bird, the district’s executive director, in the release.
The position was first created to help support downtown night life and connect with restaurants, bars and other businesses open long after regular business hours.
“As a touch point for (the University of Iowa) and the community on downtown night life, Winnike’s role helped reinvite the community back downtown to showcase the uptick in vibrancy occurring since the additions of downtown’s art cinema house, FilmScene, the UI Voxman School of Music, new restaurants and advances in the social setting,” the release said.
Winnike was a one-time Iowa City Council candidate and as a day-job worked as chief of retail operations for Java House and Heirloom Salad Company. Under her tenure as nighttime mayor, Iowa City hosted its first two downtown block parties, which collectively drew 72,000 attendees.
“I will miss this place that I have and always will call home. The opportunities, friends and experiences Iowa City has offered me have been endless,” Winnike said in the release.
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