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April 28, 2022 City Council Regular Meeting
21. Authorize the City Manager to Execute a Contract for a Night Life Economy, Safety, and Mobility Assessment Program with Responsible Hospitality Institute (RHI) in the Amount of $80,000. The Special Events, Film, and Tourism Department is requesting the vendor to guide the City through a night life assessment process to develop a night management program. (Special Events, Film and Tourism)
Strategic Priority
Good Government

This contract is for a Sociable City Assessment process to develop a night management program with Responsible Hospitality Institute, Inc. (RHI) in the amount of $80,000.

The Special Events, Film, and Tourism Department is requesting the vendor to guide the City of Savannah through a sociable city assessment process to establish a Nighttime Management Program. This program will address nighttime-related issues like public safety, transportation, tourism, noise, and alcohol control while simultaneously enhancing the growth and vibrancy of Savannah’s nighttime economy.

RHI is a non-profit organization founded in 1983 as a global advocate promoting responsible beverage service training and policy. Today, RHI holds the position as the leading source of information on trends and strategies in nighttime economy management in North America. RHI’s expertise has provided direct technical assistance to more than 80 U.S. and Canadian cities to facilitate collaborative solutions to the nightlife challenges.
This effort is an identified strategy in the council-approved Tourism Management Plan.

The City of Savannah is piggybacking off a contract between the City of St. Augustine, Florida, and RHI. The contract term expires on June 30, 2022. This contract also includes no available annual renewal options. Delivery: As needed. Terms: Net 30 days. The bidders were:

Section 2-4154 of the Purchasing ordinance allows for the purchase of goods or services by accessing a bid or contract awarded by any federal, state, county, or municipal government entity in lieu of the city's competitive bidding procedures.

P.B. Responsible Hospitality Institute, Inc. (Scotts Valley, CA)(D) $80,000

(D) Indicates non-local, non-DBE business. Recommend approval.



Susan Broker, Sr. Director Special Events Film & Tourism Division
Financial Impact
Expenditure of $80,000 from the General Fund, Special Events, Film & Tourism Department
Review Comments
Exhibit 1: Funding Verification - Night Life Management.pdf
Exhibit 2: Purchasing Notes - Night Life Management.pdf
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