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EDITOR’S LETTER G Published by Society of Government Meeting Pr Governme overnme ent Professionals CONNECT TO GOVERNMENT MEETINGS. FALL 2012 • VOLUME 4, ISSUE 1 Looking Up By Rob Bergeron, CGMP Acting Executive Director Many of you have heard me say that this summer has been the most challenging and intense experience of my life. It surely was. But SGMP is now looking up. I cannot tell you the exact number of years that SGMP headquarters has called the “Lower Level” of 908 King Street our home. But I can tell you that the Lower Level is merely Insidethe-Beltway spin for, well, “basement.” SGMP is looking up as—by the time you read this—Society headquarters will have moved up two flights of stairs in our building to our new home (your new home) in Suite 200. We are eager not just for the sunlight, but for the exciting headquarters announcements we have forthcoming. The SGMP Member Bill of Rights provides that members have the right to lawful and ethical leadership, to participate in governance, and to transparency in governance and operations. Your entire headquarters staff is looking up…prepared for and excited about representing you and supporting the mission of your Society. Published for Society of Government Meeting Professionals 908 King Street, Suite 200 Alexandria, VA 22314 703-549-0892 Fax: 703-549-0708 Naylor, LLC 5950 NW First Place Gainesville, FL 32607 800-369-6220 Fax: 352-331-3525 MANAGING EDITOR Kimberly Kowal, CGMP PUBLISHER John Kilchenstein EXECUTIVE EDITOR Rob Bergeron, CGMP MANAGING EDITOR Sean Garrity SALES MANAGER Heather Greyling MARKETING Michelle Hunsucker ADVERTISING DIRECTOR Pam Blasetti ADVERTISING SALES Amanda Blanchard, Cherie Dubay, Ray Goodwin, Rick Jones, Janine Mancuso, Scott Pauquette, Beth Sheahan, Jamie Williams, Matthew Yates, Bryan Zeig LAYOUT AND DESIGN Alawind Creative Direction, Sharon Lynne For advertising rates, information and media kits, please contact Pam Blasetti at 800-369-6220 ext 3423 or ©Naylor, LLC. All rights reserved. The contents of this publication may not be reproduced by any means, in whole or in part, without the prior written consent of the publisher. Mention of any product does not constitute endorsement by SGMP. SGMP assumes no responsibility for return of unsolicited manuscripts, photos, art or cartoons and reserves the right to reject any advertising or editorial materials. Unsolicited materials should be accompanied by a self-addressed, stamped envelope. PUBLISHED OCTOBER 2012/SGM-Q0312/6917 7

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