What use is Jefferson City festival district?

Official: Goal is to foster pleasant gathering place

Allen Weider, left, and James Deem talk during a Thursday Night Live in 2010. Jefferson City will try out a festival district to allow alcohol at the events this year.

Allen Weider, left, and James Deem talk during a Thursday Night Live in 2010. Jefferson City will try out a festival district to allow alcohol at the events this year. Photo by Stephen Brooks.

The Jefferson City Council could decide soon to create the city's first festival district, complete with a temporary waiver of the city’s open container ordinance. But why does the city need such a district?

The short answer is because it was identified in the Ad Hoc Committee on the Revitalization of Old Town’s 10 suggestions to the council as a way to enhance the older part of the city, and in the first phase of the Jefferson City Area Chamber of Commerce’s economic development plan.

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According to Mark Mehmert, community development manager for the chamber, the idea was something that was spawned from the chamber's discussions with its Young Professionals group.

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