PIQUA — The city of Piqua has hired some help to make planning and running community events go as smoothly as possible.
The city has announced Brittany Van Horn, of Piqua, as their public relations/special events coordinator. The position was created to coordinate events between the city, local organizations, and the community as local events become more numerous and continue to highlight the assets of the community, such as the riverfront and downtown.
“My goals would be just to make sure that the community knows everything that is going on with the city and that they’re as updated as possible,” Van Horn said, adding that she aims to make sure events run as smoothly as possible and that it is as easy as possible for community groups to organize events within the city.
“I’m actually beginning to work with the committee for the Piqua Fourth of July Festival. That’s my main event right now that I’m working on,” she said.
Van Horn has also met with committee members for Down a River, Down a Beer and plans to help coordinate other popular events like the Rock Piqua! Riverfront Concert Series and the Taste of the Arts. Van Horn will be able to help coordinate other local events by helping community groups — such as Mainstreet Piqua, the Piqua Arts Council, local churches, and other groups — obtain permits, and provide other assistance when needed for organizing an event in the city.
Van Horn was born and raised in Piqua, later moving to Columbus to get her B.S. in public relations from Otterbein University. She comes back to the city of Piqua with nearly five years of experience in business development and special events.
Most recently, Van Horn worked as an assistant to business development/marketing and recruiting at Jones Day Law Firm in Columbus. There, she created and implemented ideas and events. Her background also contains event production work with an audio and visual staging company, and public relations work with an art gallery. As part of that, Van Horn worked on audio and visual for nine different stages for the Red, White, and Blue concert in Columbus.
“We are excited to bring Brittany’s talent and experience back to Piqua,” Assistant City Manager and Economic Development Director Justin Sommer said. “The city of Piqua continues to look for ways to leverage our quality of place. We are certain Brittany will help us capitalize on our destination assets.”
Van Horn added that it is “wonderful” for her be back.
“It’s a nice change of pace from going from something really, really fast to actually slowing down a bit and actually enjoying everything around me,” Van Horn said. “The main thing that drew me back was, my husband and I, we started our family. We figured through pros and cons that we really thought that Piqua had everything we wanted to raise our family … It’s safe, and it feels like home.”
Van Horn and her husband, Carson, hope to give their son, Declan, the same experience Van Horn had growing up in Piqua, where she took part in the community and in school as much as possible. Van Horn graduated from Lehman Catholic High School in 2008.
“I want my children to have that experience I had growing up. Just being able to do as much as you want was great,” Van Horn said.
It is those assets and experiences that she wants for her family that she also hopes to help the community enjoy through the various local events she plans on helping coordinate.
“The city of Piqua is doing great things within the community, and I am excited to be a part of its growth,” Van Horn said.
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