Iowa City’s first nighttime mayor is leaving the city for warmer weather.
Angela Winnike will leave Iowa City and the nighttime mayor position to begin a new job in Los Angeles.
She first began this position in April 2017 when the Iowa City Downtown District wanted to place a greater emphasis on the entertainment, food, and fun the city offers after the sun sets. Iowa City was one of the first cities in the country to have a night mayor, according to a press release.
“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. To be the first Night Mayor in the United States has been a surreal and extremely fun experience,” Winnike said in the release.
By creating the nighttime mayor role, the release said, the city was able to better show off the vibrant downtown scene, which includes Filmscene, the University of Iowa School of Music, and restaurants.
Winnike also was in charge of the Downtown District’s nighttime initiative, the release said, which included adding Kybos on game days for people to use and hosting nonalcoholic events.
The Downtown Block Party began in 2017 after Winnike became the nighttime mayor, and the event last year drew a crowd of 42,000 people.
The press release said the Downtown District will continue to work with the City of Iowa City to continue the nighttime initiative.
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