Category Archives: Event Planning

Austin city staff to events organizers: Show us the money – Austin Business Journal

The city of Austin is taking new approaches to stemming future budget shortfalls that result from previous service for special events. On average over the past five years, the city has recouped only 64 percent of its expenses incurred to service special events. One method to address future shortfalls is to initiate a cost-of-service study for all services required to support events to help guide future permitting fees to cover costs. Source: Austin city staff to events organizers: Show us the money – Austin Business Journal

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Obama Tries to Recreate SXSW at White House | NBC 5 Dallas-Fort Worth

President Obama gathered actor Leonardo DiCaprio and environmental conservationist  Dr. Katharine Hayhoe to create an event “South by South Lawn” to bring awareness of global climate change and global conservation awareness. Modeled after similar events held during Texas’ own South by Southwest, the event brings awareness featuring innovations in technology and music. Panel discussions included topics such as “feeding the future” and “fixing real problems.” Source: Obama Tries to Recreate SXSW at White House | NBC 5 Dallas-Fort Worth

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Employment: King William Fair Hiring Fair Supervisor

King William Association, a historical neighborhood nonprofit organization in the heart of San Antonio, TX, is hiring a Fair Supervisor for their annual fundraiser King William Fair. The Fair Supervisor is responsible for overseeing the daily function of the King William Fair, and other event activities in accordance with the current Board of Director’s priorities in keeping with the King William Association Charter and By-Laws. The King William Fair Supervisor is expected to work independently but will be accountable to the Fair Manager, the Executive Director, the Fair… Read More →

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Delray festivals, parade now paying double with more restrictions | www.palmbeachpost.com

Compare this article regarding municipal annual expenditures and special events in Delray, FL to the article we posted on city policies and special events with the City of Austin, TX. From Delray: “A decision to change special events policies means Delray Beach will have at least five fewer festivals — and the staple events that want to remain face more restrictions and higher costs.” Source: Delray festivals, parade now paying double with more restrictions | www.palmbeachpost.com

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Austin city staff to events organizers: Show us the money – Austin Business Journal

Austin officials are exploring new ways to pay for increased services during special events held in the city. One of the recommendations would require events that have been granted fee waivers — including South By Southwest Inc. — to submit post-event reports so that city officials can make sure these events are worth the money. If they fail to meet to-be-determined benchmarks, those waivers could be forfeited. Source: Austin city staff to events organizers: Show us the money – Austin Business Journal

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How technology is giving more life to festivals | Tech City News

The future is now! Enjoy a topical review of tech trends in the festival and events industry by Nick Thompson, founding partner at creative technology agency Knit. Source: How technology is giving more life to festivals | Tech City News

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Battle Creek, MI holds city fair introducing people to city services

Once in a while I receive questions from municipal event/tourism managers to offer educational programs specific to the city event experience. The following is a link to an article of how the city of Battle Creek, MI held its first city fair downtown showcasing city services. “Each department was on hand to talk about their role, address concerns and answer questions, like how do I vote and how does my water meter work.” Source: Battle Creek holds festival to introduce people to city services | WWMT

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Public Spaces are Going Private

Interesting article discussing the dichotomy between the pressure of municipalities using existing public spaces (i.e. city parks) to host private festivals and events, public perception of said events and community economic impact. The article is written from the global perspective (Great Britain) and can certainly apply to privatized events taking place in public settings in the US. Source: Public spaces are going private – and our cities will suffer

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Key Ingredients for Event Success – Part II: Post Event Debrief

Post-event debriefing is a valuable tool & key to future event growth.  Debrief meeting will identify how to replicate success, grow from challenges and innovate for future events. Source: Key Ingredients for Event Success – Part II: Post Event Debrief

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The 5 P’s of Event Planning

The 5 P’s are a marketing concept that are given a new spin in this article from DerryBerry PR firm: Practicalities, pre-planning, promoting, pertinence & polish Source: The 5 P’s of Event Planning | For The Record

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