Panel Discussion - Nov. 4, 2015
Producing Events in Minneapolis

Attendance was strong for the Wednesday,
Nov. 4 Panel Discussion on event production in Minneapolis. Nearly 60 event planners and vendors, from small craft shows to the largest and oldest events in Minneapolis were in attendance—some walked across the street and others flew in from across the nation!

Panelists fielded questions on a number of topics including the application process, BESE meetings, licensing, permitting, deadlines, fire codes, stage rules, ADA regulations, alcohol and noise ordinances, and so much more.

Panelists included:
• Moderator Kent Gustafson, Gustafson     Facilitation

Phil Schliesman, License Inspector/Events Coordinator: City of Minneapolis

Doug Maday, Traffic and Parking Services: Minneapolis Public Works

Shane Stenzel, Manager of Permits and Events: Minneapolis Park and Recreation Board

Ryan Krick, Registered Environmental Health Specialist/Sanitarian; Supervisor: Food, Lodging & Pools, Minneapolis Health Department

Mike Rumppe, Deputy Director: Fire Inspection Services


The evening continued with appetizers, great dialogue, networking and many new member sign-ups! It’s clear that conversations like these give planners the in-depth understanding of a city’s processes and procedures, which helps to produce better-orchestrated events. All hopes are to make this panel an annual event.

Members will be able to access a general list of questions and answers on the website in the near future.

A sincere thanks to the panelists, as well as the event's sponsors; Vic's Restaurant for the unique and inviting space along the Mississippi River in Minneapolis, and Aprés Party and Tent Rental for supplying the stage, tables and chairs.

If you have an idea for a future MNFEA event, please contact us at info@mnfea.com. Thanks again to everyone who made this event a great success!

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