Be a Part of the Vision of the Changing Landscape of Seattle Events
October 7, 2019
Bertha Knight Landes Room at Seattle City Hall
Seattle has long boasted of some of the best and diverse events in the country. This seminar will enable the producers of these events to go to the next level, while also giving them the opportunity to hear from and give input to city officials on several issues.
You’ll learn from event experts on the latest regarding liquor and cannabis regulations and how to prepare your event to be disaster ready.
You’ll also get an update on the efforts of ASSET (A Seattle Special Events Team), and how it is working with the City to find ways to keep police, fire and other cost increases for organizers to a minimum, in order that events can continue to thrive.
Monday, October 7th, 2019
8:00 – 9:00 am
Welcome and Networking
City of Seattle
Bruce Skinner, Executive Director, Washington Festivals and Events Association
9:00 – 10:45 am
Event Disaster Management
Robert Mitchell, Director of Community Disaster Medicine
Events will never be disaster-proof, but they can be disaster ready. Learn how you can develop a program that will provide for safety for community leaders, first responders, bystander/victims, as well as festival performers and the audience.
11:00 am – 12:15 PM
An Update from the City on its ongoing partnership with seattle events
Chris Swenson, City of Seattle Special events, ANDY FIFE, FIFE CONSULTING; RANDY ENGSTROM, ARTS & CULTURE DIRECTOR; JULIA REED, MAYOR’s OFFICE; STEVE SNEED, Seattle Center
The events industry, while vibrant, operates on thin margins and is dangerously vulnerable to rising costs. Events rely on the collaboration from public-private partners to ensure this valuable part of our City’s fabric remains intact. Learn about the City’s new economic vision for the inclusive creative industry, and its collaboration with ASSET (A Seattle Special events Team), which is includes many Seattle event organizers, discuss creative and mutually beneficial solutions that address the challenges all parties face. Learn how you can become involved.
12:30 – 1:45 PM
SEATTLE CENTER, THE HUB OF SEATTLE EVENTS
ROBERT NELLAMS, DIRECTOR, SEATTLE CENTER
Seattle Center has been the site of events since the 1962 Seattle World’s Fair. It remains as a vital center for cultural activities. Major events include Bumbershoot, PrideFest, Bite of Seattle, and Seattle Center Festal, a year-long series of 24 world cultural events, the largest of which is Northwest Folklife. Other events include arts and entertainment events at several facilities in the Center.
Over 12 million people visit Seattle Center annually. It attracts large cohorts of visitors, over 58 percent of its audience comes from outside the area, generating significant economic impact that provides for thousands of jobs in King County.
Learn about the history and development of the iconic Seattle Center, and its future vision.
2:00 – 3:45 Pm
Update on Liquor and Cannabis Laws for Event Organizers
WSLCB Customer Service Manager Beth Lehman and Senior Policy and Education Manager Brent DeBeaumont
Here’s what all event organizers should know about this very important subject. The WSLCB Licensing and Enforcement Visions will educate you on how to have safe and legal events with alcohol. They will cover types of licensing permits, ways to obtain and sell alcohol, and relationships with alcohol industry members at events. Although cannabis can’t be sold at festivals and other related events, they will discuss the new world of cannabis related events such as trade shows.