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Public Events, Activities and Programming

EL SEGUNDO DOWNTOWN SPECIFIC PLAN

IX. Implementation and Financing

  1. Public Events, Activities and Programming

    The ongoing scheduling, coordination and implementation of special events in the Downtown area are seen as a key component in the effort to revitalize the Downtown. Downtown events enhance the image that the Downtown is the center of activity in the community. In order to provide creative, diverse and high quality events and programs throughout the year in Downtown, the City retained an Events Coordinator/Facilitator in June of 1999. The events coordinator met with the Council Downtown Revitalization Subcommittee, DESI (the Downtown subcommittee of the local Chamber of Commerce), and the City’s Event Coordination Steering Committee and developed a draft list of events. These include events such as a Main Street Bike Parade, June Jamboree-Food and Music Festival, Concierge Day, Annual West Fest, and Scavenger Hunt, designed to attract local and nearby residents to the Downtown year round. This will increase the awareness level of the types of shops and services that are available in the Downtown which will directly benefit local residents, merchants, and property owners by creating a broader and consistent customer base. Many of the events include participation by and coordination with other groups and local service organizations such as the Chamber of Commerce, Rotary, and Kiwanis. The new events are intended to complement existing successful Downtown events (such as the Richmond Street Fair, Main Street Cruise, and the Holiday Parade) by coordinating new promotional programs around the existing schedule of events. In addition to developing, organizing and implementing various monthly events, the Coordinator also acts as a clearinghouse to coordinate the City of El Segundo Master Event Calendar. This central location for business owners and residents to access event information is seen as key to planning future events to eliminate potential date conflicts and to help ensure successful events with maximum participation. The Master Calendar includes maintaining a website calendar and issuing press releases. The existing weekly farmers market in the 300 block of Main Street, initiated in July of 1999, is also one of the key Downtown events, being managed separately from the other Downtown events by the Recreation and Parks Department. The budget for the farmers market includes approximately $35,000 of 1999/2000 General Fund monies. The farmers market generates approximately $4000 a month during the 3 summer months and $2000 a month during the balance of the year, a total of approximately $30,000 in revenue annually. The City Council approved $20,000 of General Fund monies in both the 1998/1999 and 1999/2000 budget years for the Downtown Events Coordinator, although the 1998/1999 funds were not spent and were carried over to the 1999/2000 budget. An additional $10,000 was allocated from the 1999/2000 Downtown marketing materials account and will be used for the Downtown Food and Music Festival, scheduled for June, 2000. Subject to City Council direction, it is anticipated that future budget years may have approximately $30,000 annually in General Fund monies for Downtown Events.

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