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EDUCATION EDGE Education Upgrades AS YOU ARE likely aware, your national organization has created a second major event for our members modeled off of the Convention Industry Council’s (CIC) CMP Conclave. We are continuing to make strides and efforts to offer new and advanced education to our Certified Government Meeting Professional (CGMP) designees. The exclusive and unique experience of the CGMP Congress is expected to sell out in its first year and attendees will have plenty to be excited about. T h e C G M P C o n g r e s s We lc om e Reception and Keynote Speakers will feature James Spellos and Corbin Ball. The two technology masters in the meeting planning profession will be co-presenting on the latest and greatest tools and resources available to our members at the National Archives in Washington, DC, on the evening of Wednesday, November 14. All members are eligible to attend the CGMP Congress Welcome Reception and Keynote Speakers for only $25. If you are not yet eligible for the CGMP Congress and live in the Washington, DC, metro area, you do not want to miss this unique presentation. The CGMP Congress attendees will continue their advanced education on Thursday and Friday, November 15 and 16, 2012, at The Westin Washington DC City Center. The sessions will feature international protocol, managing a work/life balance, ethics, event photography, and a report from a panel of industry leaders on the impact of new federal regulations on the government meeting profession. Both government and meeting industry leaders are thrilled to be involved in providing our members with a renewed perspective on their industry’s future. In addition to the CGMP Congress, many of our chapters have started to roll out the Government Meeting Specialist (GMS) program to their members. This chapter-run certificate program further validates your membership and education through the Society. As you track your progress over the two to three year program, you will be exposed to a variety of educational content through our core competencies: Education/Programming, Facilities and Services, Logistics, Financial and Contract Management, Technology, Leadership, and Ethics. For the past few years, we have expected our chapters to focus their education on these government and meeting planning specific core competencies. The GMS program solidifies that effort and creates a pathway for you to formally track and develop your professional skills within SGMP. We are encouraging all chapters to participate in the program and to deliver continually improving educational content to you. As our members continue to earn and recertify their CGMP designation, we also have a national task force working on revising and improving the course content in light of the changes to the federal government rules and expansions in technology in the profession. All aspects of the certification program are continually reviewed for improvement and this task force was formed with the mission of setting a new baseline for certified government meeting professionals. As an organization that does not engage in lobbying, we are continuing to provide you with the educational responses to the changes within the government meeting profession. Working with meeting industry partners, we are striving to provide you with a clear and specific path to developing your professional skills to create cost-effective government meetings. If you have any feedback or suggestions, we welcome them via email at 15

Table of Contents for the Digital Edition of Government Connections - Fall 2012

President’s Letter
Editor’s Letter
Going Places
Dieting on a Per Diem
Plan Green
Education Edge
Demonstrate the Value of Your Meeting
Good to Know
Supplier Strategy
That’s Technology
Conference Connection
Freeze of Per Diem Rates is not a Hotel Freeze out for Government Business
Membership News
Travel Tips & Trends
Continuing Education Now Includes New ADA Rules
SGMP Nation
Advertisers’ Index
The Meeting Minute

Government Connections - Fall 2012