Pittsburgh City Council gives preliminary approval to extend contract for hospitality consultant

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Pittsburgh City Council gave a preliminary nod to extend a contract with a consultant that is helping the city develop a plan to deal with the problems associated with entertainment districts, particularly the South Side.

The Responsible Hospitality Institute will be paid $100,000 to continue its work with the city, which includes training the city’s new nighttime economy manager, who will be charged with coordinating various agencies to help the city deal with the traffic, crime and nuisance problems that come with nightlife. RHI will formulate a job description for the manager, assist in the hiring process and train whomever gets the position.

The nighttime economy manager will be housed within the mayor’s office and will be paid $65.249.

In 2012, the institute drafted a report containing recommendations for how to address nightlife problems. This year, the institute will begin implementation of the transportation recommendations on the South Side, which include creating off-site parking for employees and providing better regulation of pedi-cabs,

The legislation passed 8-0, with Councilwoman Darlene Harris abstaining after she had questions about the language of the bill, which failed to spell out some of the institute’s responsibilities.

The contract will have a final vote Tuesday.

Moriah Balingit: mbalingit@post-gazette.com, 412-263-2533 or on Twitter @MoriahBee.

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