This free Event Management Program course is designed by Downtown Grand Rapids Inc. and the City of Grand Rapids to provide event producers with the essential knowledge and tools necessary to organize successful public and private events of any size in the City of Grand Rapids.
The one-day course provides practical advice from experts about event planning, funding, promoting, problem-solving and best practices. The course also provides information about the event applications and permits required by the City of Grand Rapids as well as an opportunity to meet and speak with the City’s Special Events Supervisor, Downtown Grand Rapids Inc. representatives and other city staff relevant to executing successful events.
Networking provided. We will break for lunch from approximately noon-1 p.m. Attendees can bring their lunch and eat in the room to network with each other or go out to lunch. Complimentary coffee and water will be available; please bring your own bottle so you can access the water dispenser. On-site parking is complimentary. Please use the parking areas north and west of the building only.
This opportunity is free and open to the public, specifically event organizers, volunteers and staff.
Participants will receive a Certificate of Completion after the full day training along with a 25% site fee reduction on each participant’s first permitted event in this calendar year scheduled through the City of Grand Rapids Office of Special Events.
Immediately following the Event Management Program session, an optional networking social time with event facilitators will be offered at Charlie’s Crab (63 Market Ave. SW), just north of the City of Grand Rapids Office of Special Events. Attendees can take advantage of Charley’s Crab Happy Hour pricing until 7 p.m.