IFEA 64th Annual Convention & Expo IFEA 64th Annual Convention & Expo
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Lessons Learned: A Look Inside the City Partnership between Virginia Beach and Pharrell Williams' 'Something in the Water' Festival

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Room -Tidewater A

Brian Solis, AICP
City of Virginia Beach, Virginia, Assistant to the City Manager for Special Projects

Brian Solis is the Assistant to the City Manager for Special projects with the City of Virginia Beach.  A credentialed urban planner by trade, Mr. Solis has over 25 years of professional experience in fields ranging from parks and recreation to transportation planning to strategic growth.  He has held leadership roles accomplishing a variety of successful public, public-private and public-non-profit programs, projects and initiatives.


The focus of this session is on how a mid-large size city plans and supports a large scale community festival in just six months from conception to reality. How the city balanced roles as a festival sponsor and partner while also serving as the permitting agency will be highlighted. Lastly, evaluating city expenses and economic impact resulting from the inaugural festival set the stage for what the 2020 Something in the Water Festival may bring.