Government Connections - Spring 2013 - (Page 11)

SGMP’s New Headquarters 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 this event. 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. 11

Table of Contents for the Digital Edition of Government Connections - Spring 2013

President's Letter
Editor's Letter
SGMP Nation
The Meeting Minute
Advertisers' Index
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