New York City’s Mayor’s Office of Citywide Event Coordination and Management (CECM) has announced the formation of a Citywide Events Advisory Group. Leading members of New York City’s events community have been invited to re-imagine event models and standards for safely proceeding with events in the five boroughs. Over the course of the past months, this group has collaborated with CECM to strategise best practices, share industry-wide solutions, and recommend innovations and protocols for events. “New York City is the premier location for events in public spaces across the globe. Now more than ever, we must come together to find ways to safely celebrate our strong communities, deliver services, and begin the process of rebuilding our public life. The CECM team and I are honoured to be among the smartest and most passionate problem solvers with our Events Advisory Group, and I’m confident that together with the ideas and creativity of New Yorkers, we will continue to lead the world in event innovation opportunity,” said Ellyn Canfield, executive director of the Mayor’s Office of CECM. The Citywide Events Advisory Group includes: Heather Collamore, VP, Metropolitan Hospitality at New York Mets Citifield Evan Korn, CEO, IDEKO Tom Bussey, Founder and principal, Production Glue, LLC Alex Pollak, President, ParaDocs Worldwide Inc. Dr Stu Weiss, CEO, Intelligent Crowd Solutions Jim Heim, SVP of event development and production, NYRR; Race Director, TCS NYC Marathon Zoe Gorringe, Event manager, NYC Pride Chris Bannon, VP of production operations, Macy’s Branded Entertainment Greta Knutzen, Senior advisor, Public Art for Production Jennifer Stiles, Director of festivals and events, Founders Entertainment Stefanie Davidowitz, Operations producer, Times Square New Year’s Eve at Countdown. Established in March 2007, the Mayor’s Office of CECM oversees oversight all event permitting activity in New York City. CECM is responsible for interagency coordination and external dissemination of information about upcoming and ongoing public events, including outdoor concerts, large-scale citywide events, gatherings in city parks, parades, plaza events, sporting events, street events, street festivals, and water events. The office’s goal is to ensure informed decision-making by the various permitting agencies, as well as compliance by permit applicants. CECM will further develop standards and protocols for a new landscape of events. Additional information available here.
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