Category Archives: Program 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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Drawing Future Visitors – January 2015

The International Association of Amusement Parks and Attractions (IAAPA) suggests that “millennials hold the key to continued success and survival” in the attractions industry. Read about demographic, spending habits and social structure of our current (and future) public. Source: Drawing Future Visitors – January 2015

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Why Festivals Are More Popular Than Ever

The perfect storm of cultural trends and technology has combined to make music festivals explode in attendance, visibility and overall quality. The author attributes one cultural trend to millennials sharing new music and collaborating with peers via increased use of socials media platforms. Another is increased corporate sponsorship. A look at what’s behind the explosion in music festivals and their replacement of traditional shows, with an analysis brought to you by ibus media. Source: Why Festivals Are More Popular Than Ever

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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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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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Key Ingredients for Event Success – Part 1: Defining the “Why”

Event Leadership Institute asks us to ponder the question “why” when developing a new event or planning for a well-weathered event. “Whether you’re internal to an organization, independent, or part of an event agency, you know the critical part of the event process is defining the “why” of the event on the front-end and the second is taking the time to do a thorough debrief on the back-end.” Source: Key Ingredients for Event Success – Part 1: Defining the “Why”

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