Kzoo Event Academy creates an opportunity for event planners of all skill levels to connect with Kalamazoo city officials and city event partners. This unique workshop will allow for event planners to walk through the application process with the same people who will be reviewing them. There will also be experts in specific areas of the event planning process available to offer ideas and answer questions. This FREE half-day workshop is open to the public so come join us and share your event ideas.

Our spring workshop was a success. See you in the fall!

Workshop Schedule

7:30 am Registration Begins

8 am  Welcome

8:10 am Panel Discussion

9:30-10 am Question and Answer Session

10-10:45 am Table Topic Discussions

Panel Discussants: 

  • Sgt. Davis Juday , KDPS

  • Fire Marshal Scott Brooks, KDPS

  • Patrick McVerry,  Deputy Director - Parks and Recreation

  • Bob McNutt, Building Official and Inspector - City of Kalamazoo

  • Rebekah Kik, Community Planning and Development Director - City of Kalamazoo

  • Corey Stamps, Special Events Coordinator - Parks and Recreation

  • Sue Huggett, Marketing and Engagement Manager - Downtown Kalamazoo Partnership

Table Topic Discussions:

  • Budgeting and Sponsorship | Presenter TBD

  • Decorations | Presenter TBD

  • Event Experience | Presenter TBD

  • Music Considerations and Staging | Presenter TBD

  • Alcoholic Beverages and Guidelines | Presenter TBD

  • Marketing your event on LocalHop | Presenter TBD

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