Government Connections - Spring 2013 - (Page 11)
By Rob Bergeron, CAE, CGMP
LAST FALL, AS
our members know,
SGMP took another big step in its growth
trajectory when we moved our association
headquarters. We remain in Alexandria,
Virginia. We remain at 908 King Street.
But—after calling the ‘Lower Level’ home
for so many years—our new home (your
new home) is in Suite 200.
In December, we were thrilled to
have nearly 80 members and guests join
us for our open house. Notable guests
included current national president Rob
Coffman, past national president Rance
Willis, SGMP founding member Don
Webb and Alexandria Mayor Bill Euille.
The Alexandria Convention & Visitors
Association provided gracious support at
The amount of staff resources required
prior to the actual relocation—in terms of
managing the physical and technological
build-out and the acquisition of new furniture and furnishings—was greater than
anyone on staff would have ever predicted.
However, the amount of budget resources
utilized for the relocation appears to be
right on target. I can only imagine what this
task would have been like had we moved
to another building!
We are excited to have accomplished
this relocation of all operational aspects of
the association’s headquarters in less than
two days and the entire SGMP operations
over a period of about two weeks. We are
proud of the fact that we accomplished this
task without the services of a moving company and without any injury to staff. We are
most proud of the fact that the office was
closed for this relocation for only one day.
The home of SGMP continues to be in
Alexandria’s historic Firehouse Square.
The Friendship Firehouse that can be seen
through our suite’s windows to the south
was established in 1774 as the city’s first
fire company and was restored in 1992.
Our office building was originally built
in 1929 as one of the first retail outlets
for Montgomery Ward. The concrete face
atop the building features a depiction of a
woman balancing on a globe and holding
a torch—a symbol that is known as the
“Spirit of Progress.”
Suite 200 is comprised of 5,424 total
square feet of office space. Included in that
space are eight staff member offices, a board
room and a 620 square foot training center.
The development of the training center continues at the time this article was
submitted for this issue of GC. We are
very excited about the development of our
first-ever “adjunct faculty” of government
meetings experts. This faculty will help us
develop and/or present existing and new
educational programming for utilization
at chapter meetings nationwide as well as
right here at headquarters.
The SGMP Training Center will provide:
• First-class education in a modern, comfortable setting to groups of 16-32 planner and/or supplier members
• Advanced and beginning courses with
durations of two hours, half-day, full day
or multiple days
• The CGMP certification course & exam
presented here on a regular basis (in addition to being hosted nationwide)
With the “Spirit of Progress” as our
inspiration…and with the bright sunlight
that was so missed during our years in the
basement… SGMP’s days ahead are looking
brighter and brighter. We hope you’ll stop
in to see your headquarters when you are
in our area.
Table of Contents for the Digital Edition of Government Connections - Spring 2013
The Meeting Minute
Plan Green: Why Create a Sustainable Event?
Good to Know: Do You Need Per Diem?
That's Technology: Dispelling the Myths about Strategic Meetings Management
Conference Connection: 2013 NEC & Expo
SGMP's New Headquarters
Working With Your Convention and Visitors Bureau
Starwood Looks Forward to Seeing You
Government Connections - Spring 2013